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The limbo, an intermediate place

The limbo is a concept developed by several theologians that there alludes to the state of natural happiness later the death, a place that is between the sky and the hell.

The catholic tradition for his part describes to the limbo as a temporary place to which there go the souls of the faithful whose deceased has come before Jesus's resurrection, that in this case of denomina “Limbo of the patriarchs”, and also there is the limbo of the children where there remain the souls of the deceased children that there have not been baptized, that is to say those who have not been freed from the original sin, although in spite of his name, it is said that there also there protect themselves the souls of the men who have not had the opportunity to be baptized.

Truly limbo means “rim“ and it got in the language when one began using the theory of which not baptized dead children would reside in a frontier region of the hell, where the flames of the fire would not reach them. Although it is known popularly as a place where the souls protect themselves, from a theological point of view this limbo concept never stopped being defined. In contrast to the purgatory, the limbo was never declared like dogma by the church although the belief on his existence was much spread between the Christian faithful. Before one will begin to speak about the limbo, the first doctrine that was fixed as for the destination of the souls of not baptized dead persons, it was developed by San Agustín due to his opposition opposite to the doctrine pelagiana regarding the original sin, that due to his initiative, the same one was declared heretical. limbo - photo

According to his conclusions, the original sin is deserving of the sorrow that the hell proposes, together with his anguish and not baptized children they deserve the same destination, although the sorrow should be minor. The term that is used now, “Limbo“ was introduced to the language by Alberto Magno while the influence about the idea on a specific place for the souls of those children not baptized together with that of the existence of a sky, a hell, the purgatory and the limbo of the patriarchs, was induced by if disciple Santo Tomás.

Anyhow like well we said previously, the limbo was never incorporated into the dogma but if it is administered like a habitual belief in the educations that gives the church. In fact, everything what to the limbo it recounts has been a part of the regular education that happens in most of the catholic schools although it is not completely present in the Roman catechism of Tentro, which was current for about 4 centuries. For his part the educations catechists between the XIXth and XXth centuries since those of the father Ripalda mention several times of the limbo of the children as an alternative to the hell as the purgatory, the hell of the reprobates and the limbo of the patriarchs. For his part, the a little more modern catechisms do not mention to the limbo but if it speculates about a specific destination for the souls of those dead children before being able to be baptized.

The limbo as the catholic church

An official summary exists about the doctrine of the catholic church that alludes be afraid of it, that although it does not express the doctrine of the limbo of Santo Tomas, alludes to the possibility that there exists a destination that would be placed in the sky and not in the hell, something that goes against the doctrine of Faith of the Vth century. limbo - boyIt is important to stand out the fact that if the doctrine that alludes to the existence of the limbo like a dependency on the hell or like an independent place, has helped to give place to him historically to pelagianismo accusations, and without doubts the same ones will be major. Also they have already begun to be heard, although the theological commission cannot find a way of justifying the salvation of the souls that have not been baptized, without the possibility of denying definitely the irrevocable dogmatic declarations of the church. Bearing in mind all this, many persons consider to the baptism like something unnecessary, but that will depend on the beliefs of each one. Logically for a Christian, the baptism is a fundamental experience, as the communion, the assertion and the marriage, but it costs to clarify that none of these actions represents an obligation for anybody.



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