Individual Death and Judgement
The Church believes in two final human destinies - one for individuals, and one for humankind as a whole.
What you can expect at death is expressed in the New Testament letter to the Hebrews. It says," It is appointed fro men to die once, and after that comes judgement..." (Heb 9:27)
Your life as an earthly pilgrim reaches its point of arrival at the moment of death. Having passed beyond the world of time and change, you can no longer choose a different reality as the ultimate love of your life. If your basic love-choice at the moment of death was the absolute Good whom we call God, God remains your eternal possession. This eternal possession of God is called heaven.
If your ultimate love-choice at the moment of death was anything less than God, you experience the radical emptiness of not possessingthe absolute Good. This eternal loss is calledhell.
The judgement at the instant of death consists in a crystal-clear revelation of your unchangeable, freely chosen condition - eternal union with God, or eternal alienation.