Do The Limbo!

by L-Johnson

Limbo is somewhere between Heaven and Hell.

Limbo, other than being a fun activity at a tropical-themed party, is an intermediate between Heaven and Hell where people go after dying. The concept arose in the Catholic Church to account for the dead who can’t be clearly assigned to either Heaven or Hell. The idea of Limbo is a controversial matter among Christians, and is not accepted by many. It has been long debated and discussed by theologians. The problem is that someone may not have been baptized and accepted Christ, but has not done anything highly offensive during their lifetime – would they go to Heaven or to Hell?

So what is Limbo like? Some Catholic theologians describe Limbo as a state of perfect natural happiness, distinct from the supernatural bliss known in Heaven. The common belief is that Limbo is instead a neutral state, where nothing really good or bad happens. In this sense, Limbo can be a kind of stagnation or a waiting period with no clear end.

There are believed to be two main types of Limbo.

Limbo of the Fathers – This was the Limbo that the deceased went to before Jesus died and opened up Heaven to mankind. There was no Heaven yet, so the dead had to go to this temporary Limbo.

Limbo of the Children – This permanent Limbo is the more controversial type of Limbo. This is where unbaptized children go when they die young, according to the Catholic belief we are all born with sin and require baptism to remove this sin. One cannot enter Heaven in a state of sin of any kind, be it original or personal.

A bit of history on the fate for those who have not been baptized- In the 5th century, St. Augustine concluded that the unbaptized were cosigned to Hell. In the 14th century, the poet Dante described Limbo as the “first circle of Hell”, where these souls were not punished. This, and the later theory of the Limbo of Children, deprived these unbaptized souls of God. But in April 2007, Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican Theological Commission closed Limbo. A 41-page report, compiled after a three-year study, reported that “Grace has priority over sin, and the exclusion of innocent babies from Heaven does not seem to reflect Christ’s special love.”

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