The Easiest Way to End Up in Hell

As humans, we have a tendency to do things that feel good.  Conversely, we like to avoid things that are unpleasant.  When we are young, this practice often keeps us out of trouble. Speaking from personal experience, very few kids are going to put the metal key in the electrical socket more than once.  One “zap” is usually all it takes to make them realize that it’s not a “fun” experience!  Unfortunately, while this attitude can be a big help when we are young, it can work against us when we are older,  ESPECIALLY when we use it as the basis for making moral decisions.

There is no question that sometimes what God wants us to do is not pleasant.  If we want to grow closer to Him, however, it’s necessary to do these unpleasant things.  When we study the life of Christ and the saints, we see them constantly rising above what “feels good”, choosing instead what is necessary.  If you need an example, look at the life of Jesus and remove everything that wasn’t pleasant.  What would be left? If you take away His most painful agony, suffering and dying on cross, where would you and I be today?  Quite often, what is most painful in life bears the most fruit.  If we want to get closer to Christ, we have to learn to put aside what WE want to do and do what HE wants us to do.

While it’s important for us to understand the necessity of sometimes doing the unpleasant, it’s even more important to understand the danger of ALWAYS doing the pleasant.  Want to know the easiest way end up in hell?  Always do those things that “feel good” or look attractive!  No matter how much we want to deny it, sin feels good (at least for the moment).  If it didn’t, we wouldn’t be tempted to sin.  Let’s face it…if it was a sin to drink sour milk or eat moldy bread, it wouldn’t be too hard to avoid.  Satan may be a liar, but he’s not stupid.  If he wants you to sin (and he does!), he’s going to tempt you by appealing to your sense of pleasure.  The “harmless” link on the Internet that teases you with pictures of a celebrity’s revealing dress, the thought of “sleeping in” and missing Mass on Sunday, the gratification of not forgiving someone who offended you…these are ways that he fools you into sinning and putting your salvation in jeopardy.

Fortunately for us, the Church gives us the season of Lent to work on practicing self-denial.  If we train ourselves to voluntarily give up small pleasures, we’ll be better able to avoid the evil of mortal sin.  While abstaining from sweets or television has no direct bearing on our salvation, it teaches us to better control our desires.  Self-mastery is the key to becoming a saint.  Learning to control our impulses will better prepare us to overcome the devil’s onslaughts.  Give it some thought…

It really is THAT important!

“It is not always in the soul’s power not to feel a temptation. But it is always in its power not to consent to it.” (Saint Francis de Sales)


Gary Zimak is the author of several books, including A Worrier's Guide To The Bible, From Fear To Faith and Stop Worrying & Start Living. Gary is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. He is the host of Spirit In The Morning on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia and the creator and host of Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, the only Catholic podcast designed specifically for worriers. Gary is also a regular guest on EWTN TV and radio. For more information, visit his website

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  • The Apostate Church opened the door to the Beasts of
    the Apocalypse.  It did so with the key
    known as Ecumenism or Interreligious Dialogue, previously condemned by Pope
    Pius XI.  For there is only One Truth, One Lord, One Salvation…
    and no other.

    Pope Pius XI

         “Knowing perfectly that there exist few
    men who are entirely devoid of the religious sense, they [the men who are
    trying to introduce a sentiment of universal fraternity into the Church]
    nourish the hope that all the peoples, despite their religious differences, may
    yet, without great difficulty, be united in the profession of certain doctrines
    admitted as a common basis of the spiritual life.

         “With this object, they promote
    congresses, meetings, and conferences, attended by a considerable number of
    hearers. To join in the discussion they invite all, without distinction,
    unbelievers of every kind as well as the faithful, and even those who have
    disgracefully separated themselves from Christ or rudely and obstinately denied
    the divinity of His nature and mission. Such efforts can meet with no kind of
    approval among Catholics, because they support the erroneous opinion that all
    the religions are more or less good and praiseworthy.

         “Those who hold such a view fall
    into an open error; they also reject the true Religion; they distort its tenets
    and fall gradually into Naturalism and Atheism. Therefore, it is perfectly
    evident that one who joins with the partisans and propagators of similar
    doctrine abandons entirely the divinely revealed Religion.”

    (Pius XI,
    Encyclical Mortalium animos, of January 6, 1928 Paris: Bonne Presse,
    1928, vol. 4, pp. 64-5)

         Thus were opened the Gates of Hell which
    teach doctrines of Devils such as the ones embodied in “the erroneous opinion
    that all the religions are more or less good and praiseworthy”.


  • noelfitz

    It is a terrible thought that many may end up in hell for all time. However this article by Mr Zimak is timely.

    However I consider the post of WRS to be unhelpful.

    Pope Benedict has stressed the difference between true and false ecumenism.
    In ecumenical work, the Pope has claimed, the Catholic Church should work
    with all interested ecumenical partners to preserve the teachings of
    Tradition in today’s world.

  • top8305

    There is a danger in false “unity” between The Church and denominations that reject Truth such as Apostolic Authority, the Real Presence, Christ’s Clergy, the Sacraments, etc. True Ecclesiology endeavors to bring the Separated Brethren of the Body of Christ back into the Flock, not legitimize diametrically opposed, mutually exclusive and contradictory teachings as though modernistic relativism can be incorporated into the Teachings that Jesus gave to Holy Mother Church.

    Instrument of Destruction
    To engage in the ecumenical movement is to presuppose a preexisting unity. Dialogical irenicism is the primary mechanism by which those who are separated become conscious of that which unites the two subjects. As Cardinal Kasper puts it, “The Catholic understanding of ecumenism takes as its starting point the already existing unity and the already existing partial communio with the other churches and ecclesial communities.” (6) To encapsulate this new discovery of the theologians of Vatican II, there was needed a certain reformulation of ecclesiological doctrine. This principally occurred in Lumen Gentium, 8, wherein it was stated that the Church of Christ “subsists in” the Catholic Church. Thus, Pius XII’s doctrine in Mystici Corporis which unequivocally affirmed that the Mystical Body of Christ is (est) the Catholic Church, was ignored in favor of new ecumenical considerations. Cardinal Ratzinger explains the reason,
    In the distinction between subsistit and est is hidden the entire ecumenical problem…the difference between subsistit and est also embraces the drama of ecclesial division: for while the Church is only one and really exists, there is being which is from the Church’s being—there is ecclesial reality—outside the Church. Because sin is contradiction the difference between subsistit and est cannot, in the final analysis, be completely resolved logically.” (7)
    May God Protect us from false teachers and prophets and save us all. In Jesus’ Holy Name, we pray. Amen.
    PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS, Pope Pius X Encyclical on The Doctrines of the Modernists, 1907