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If the leaders of your church tell you specifically not to do something

and you do it anyway, are you going to Hell?

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 8:55 PM on Jun. 7, 2013 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • NOPE!

    Seriously... this is the best thing about not believing in hell!
    SleepingBeautee

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 8:57 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • Whether someone is going to hell, if indeed there is an actual place that is hell, is between each person and his or her Creator. No earthl church leader can condemn someone to hell or decide that person will be going there. That being said, church leaders usually advise against behaviors that, if they don't send people to eternal damnation, make their lives on earth hell.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 8:58 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • God is the only one who decides who is going to hell or not, no human leader gets to decide that
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 8:58 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • So when the leaders of a church tell you specifically NOT to go on a particular website and annoy the living shit out of everyone in the name of your religion, even when your religion disagrees, that's a-ok cool to do?
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 9:01 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • sidesplittinglaughter  I'm so glad I don't believe in "church" or hell. 

    3libras

    Answer by 3libras at 9:07 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • I wouldn't say it's okay to do. It's annoying and ineffective. But bugging people on the Internet is hardly a mortal sin.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 9:20 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • The leader is given advice on what they should not do. The person makes their own decision to not take the advice but they are not going to hell for not listening to the leader.
    virginiamama71

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 9:21 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • Well if I were a leader I would certainly encourage the person NOT to bother returning if they keep making a bad name for the church.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 9:25 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • Not necessarily. If my leaders tell us (Catholics) that murder is a mortal sin that results in going to hell, unless you are forgiven, that is Church doctrine and we should believe it. If our leaders tell us not to buy grapes (as was done not so long ago) and we do it anyway it is no big deal. This had nothing to do with Church doctrine as such but was said from the pulpit because migrant workers were being treated inhumanely. The Church was in favor of the boycott, that does not mean every Catholic had to be. That was a matter of conscience.
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 9:55 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

  • Do you have a specific?
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 9:56 PM on Jun. 7, 2013

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