Can sin really decide a person’s eternal fate? For thousands of years, people have
accepted that sin is a breach of the religious laws set out in the bible and an offense against
God that can result in a permanent place in hell. However, there has never been any solid
proof of that. Really, sin is not only a violation of religious laws, but good morals, and
does not necessarily decide anyone’s eternal fate.
In the Catholic religion, there are two types of sin: mortal and venial. Mortal sin is
considering condemning unless it is confessed and absolved by a Priest. A venial sin will
not eternally damn someone, but it still needs to be forgiven (Catholic Online). The
relatives on my father’s side are all extremely religious Berean Christians, while on my
mother’s side they are Catholics. In my immediate family we are nondenominational
Christians. I have been educated about sin since birth from different positions since birth.
In the book of Exodus, the second book in the Bible, Moses writes the Ten
Commandments for people to follow. These religious laws are the mortal sins in the
Catholic religion. “Thou shall not kill,” “Thou shall not commit adultery,” and, “Thou
shall not steal,” (Bible) are a few examples of mortal sins. The Lord supposedly told
Moses that none were to commit these sins under any circumstances. In order to be
forgiven, people basically must go through the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation,
more commonly known as confession to a Priest, and he must absolve them of their sins.
In general, the Ten Commandments are also considered good morals. Even though
not everyone has heard of them, a lot of them are basically defining the most acceptable
behavior in today’s society. While Commandments like, “Thou shalt have no other gods
before me,” “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” (Bible) and that having false
icons is a sin are not considered good morals to most people, most of the others should be
Christianity is not as common in other cultures as it is in our own. There are places
where people have no way to learn about sins and what they can mean. Many people are
also raised in their beliefs. They believe that their religion is correct, just like Catholics
think that everything about the Bible is true. While sin is a major part of most religions, it
obviously will not be identical. For example, there are seventy sins laid out in the Qur’an,
which is the Islamic religious book. (Modern Religion) Their sins are not identical to
Christianity’s and they have other consequences, but should these people go to hell just for
believing in a different god? Yes, one of the Ten Commandments has to do with having no
other gods, but if that is the only god a person knows, why should they be persecuted?
This leads me to the problem of illegal Christianity. There are countries in Europe,
Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and Asia where people can be punished for
being any type of Christian. In Saudi Arabia, Christian proselytes are given the death
sentence if they do not become Islamic. Members of Al-Shaabab, an extremist group in
Somalia, beat or kill the few openly practicing Christians in their country. In North Korea,
“Reports indicate that many Christians are in labor camps; some estimates are as high as
200,000 imprisoned” (Persecuted Countries). People in countries like these have little to
no chance of learning about the Christian faith, let alone practicing it. They do not have a
choice when it comes to religion, so it is not their fault that they cannot repent for their
sins. If they do not know better, they should not go to hell.
Sin should not be the only deciding factor in a person’s eternal fate. If someone
leads a moral life they should go to heaven, whether or not they are Christian. It should not
be religion that decides whether...