Starting out the New Year in Limbo:
A fuzzy on Limbo sister!
U wrote that Moses, Abraham and all others waited until Jesus opened the gates of heaven. Well, when were the gates closed before they were opened by Jesus? After Noah? After Adam? Did not Enoch ascend to live with God, as per Old testament? Moreover, Jesus depicted Abraham in heaven in the "poor Lazarus" parable. What about that?
Oh, getting more fuzzy, fuzzier than my studies , perhaps ( well is there a patron saint for fuzzy thinkers). Waiting for your answers sister..
Yes, what about that? I believe the answer to that question is how the thoughts on Limbo originated. The great minds of theology have always been faced with such conundrums. As far a I can tell the thinking went something like this:
Jesus said we can only get to Heaven through Him and the Bible tells us that we had to wait for a Savior to redeem us. Hence the term "savior". So no one could go to Heaven until Jesus died on the cross.
Meanwhile, the Bible also says that some people went to Heaven.
But according to Jesus, and pretty much the whole thrust of the Old Testament, this can't be true. So where did they go?
There must be a place that was not Heaven and not Hell. Limbo. Specifically, the Limbo of the Fathers.
Since these were the Fathers, the great minds sought to describe this place. What they came up with is that Limbo is just exactly like Heaven, except in one very important detail. You don't get to see God. It is a joyous place, though, and the Fathers in Limbo would have known that they were going to be able to go on to Heaven "soon" (speaking in eternal terms).
Like living in Beverly Hills instead of Bel Air (speaking in earthly mansion terms).
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We are just people, living on earth on the corporeal plane. Are there gates and mansions and doors that need to be opened and closed? Probably not. We can not imagine life with no physical bodies, no need for chairs, refrigerators or macaroni and cheese. So we end up talking about that which we were never meant to understand in terms that are pretty silly. We don't really know where it is, what it is exactly, or what goes on there.
It's a Sacred Mystery. God doesn't expect us to ever understand it. Sacred Mystery=Just Let it Go.