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Mortal Sin Against the Fifth Commandment – Failure To Bury the Dead

The Fifth Commandment: “You Shall Not Kill”

stone-tablet-fifth-commandmentIntentional Failure to Bury the Ashes Or Body of the Dead.

At first glance, you may wonder why intentionally failing to bury the ashes or the body of the dead would constitute grave matter that would risk eternal damnation if left unconfessed. The keywords here would be intentional failure. This would mean that you knew that this was a mortal sin and refused to bury said ashes or body. If you did not know, then it is not mortal.

So assuming that you didn’t know better, why is it a mortal sin to not bury the body or ashes?

We read in Genesis after Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, God says:

“…By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, Until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

The punishment for Original Sin is death. God created us out of dust, out of nothingness. When we die our bodies will decompose back into dust and nothingness.

When we experience the Resurrection at the end of time, we will be reunited with our bodies and depending upon the state of our soul we will have either a glorified body or a corrupt body. Purgatory will be emptied and all souls that were in Purgatory will be granted access into Heaven so that they too may have those glorified bodies. The poor souls that rebelled against God and His mercy will be stuck with a corrupt body.

What makes failing to bury the dead grave matter is that we are going against God’s plan for the dead. That is, He wants them returned to the ground so that they can go back to where they came. This way when the Resurrection occurs they can rise again from their graves. It also allows for the body of the person to have a final resting place that they may have for them selves. Hence the old saying “Rest In Peace”.

Rest In Peace

It is unlikely that you have a dead body in your home. It is more likely that you have the ashes of a relative in your house. Maintaining those ashes in your house is dangerous to your soul as you are denying your relative their final burial and resting place.

I would also like to make note that cremation is not the traditional way that Catholics are to bury their dead. Burning the body and reducing it to dust hastens the progress of allowing the body to naturally return to dust. On top of that, there is no longer a body there, where as burying the body allows for the skeleton to stay there. There is still a body. Cremation was not accepted until after the Second Vatican Council. It was widely made popular by the freemasons. Masonry is itself a mortal sin as it goes against Jesus Christ and we should avoid doing the things that they do.

If you are forced to cremate by your government, it is not a mortal sin to do so as you are not choosing it yourself. However, if you are not being forced or coerced, bury the actual physical body.

Follow the plan that God allowed so that you can have peace in your soul and your relative can have peace as well.

Do not forget to pray for the repose of their soul. Unless they have been canonized by the Church as a Saint, they are not guaranteed in Heaven.

 

This post is one of many in a series on Mortal SinsClick here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

Mortal Sin Against the Fifth Commandment – Murder

The Fifth Commandment: “You Shall Not Kill”

stone-tablet-fifth-commandmentMurder, homicide or manslaughter.

When looking at the Fifth Commandment, we need to first look at the word “kill”. If you were to look at the original Hebrew, the term “ratsakh” is used. Literally translated “ratsakh” is to “murder”.  Thus we must be aware that in the case of this commandment, it is the term of murder that we must look at. We also must realize that these commandments are for how we interact with other humans. Thus the argument that eating meat is murder, does not apply.

Each and every single person is made in the image and likeness of God. Because of this basic fact, each person is unique and is deserving of life. God is very clear in this commandment, that we are not to murder each other. God is the giver of life, and thus, He is the taker of life. It is up to God and only to God when a person may die.

Intentionally murdering someone, killing someone for the sake of it (homicide) or killing in the moment or by neglect (manslaughter) is a mortal sin that breaks this commandment. In each of these scenarios, you have murdered someone either intentionally, or through your neglect of the situation you happened to be in.

Murder is one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for justice. We read this in Genesis when Cain killed Abel (c.f. Genesis 4:8-10).

Cain and Abel

Let it be clear that killing in self-defense or killing to defend another person (i.e. an assailant trying to kill a child) is not a mortal sin. It is also important to mention that pets do not count as humans, and thus do not apply under this commandment.

As mentioned earlier, only God can determine when and how a person can die. Likewise, in the Old Testament when God would destroy cities, this is not murder. As God is the maker and giver of life, He has every right to take it away, however He sees fit. Generally He would be violent to show that you are not to cross Him, that He is serious in the commandments that He gives us, and that physical pain and suffering is what awaits those who oppose Him.

 

This post is one of many in a series on Mortal SinsClick here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

Jeff May 13, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

Compromising Morality

Too often in today’s culture, we are encouraged to compromise morality. Sadly, many people have ill-formed consciences and have no problem justifying a compromise, as they feel it is not a big deal. In all reality, it is a big deal, as any time we compromise morality we are turning ourselves away from God and committing sin. This sin, if left unrepentant, can be our undoing and allow ourselves to be thrown into the fiery abyss that is Hell.

There are two types of morality. Objective morality and subjective morality.

Tintoretto Allegory

Objective Morality

Objective morality is the moral law that God has given us through Him, His Son, or through the Church. This is the moral code that does not change through the ages. It is constant, meaning if it was bad 1000 years ago, it is also bad today, and will still be bad 1000 years from today. It will always be immoral. Likewise, the same can be said in regards to something that is good. If it was good yesterday, it is good today and it is good tomorrow.

This is the type of morality that the Church upholds, that through God, we can know what is and isn’t moral regardless of what society may tell us. Since God is omnipotent and unchanging the morality that He gives to us remains true for all eternity. It is not up to changing by subjective morality.

Subjective Morality

Subjective morality is the moral law that is up to individual or societal interpretation. It changes from time to time depending on what people think is right or wrong. What may have been deemed good yesterday can be deemed immoral today and potentially amoral tomorrow. The Church has no issues with subjective morality as long as it does not interfere with morality that has been declared as objective.

An example of subjective morality would be a law involving stopping for school buses. 50 years ago, it would have been considered just fine to not stop for a school bus. Today you are to stop when the lights are flashing and be about 50 feet away (depending on state). Tomorrow, it may be that you must be 50 yards away. However, it is subject to the time and societal constraints that determine if it is moral or not and none of these are absolutely immoral.

I bring up objective and subjective morality because it is almost impossible to fully understand what mortal sins are mortal and the reasoning behind that if you do not fully grasp these two types of morality. It also makes far more sense when you understand that God’s law is unchanging and that many sins are derived from breaking the Ten Commandments from varying degrees.

It is also important to grasp because when it comes to morality, we can not compromise that morality, that is, the ends can never justify the means.

For example, if a terrorist tells the city of La-La Land that they must kill a particular innocent civilian in order to prevent the total annihilation of the city, it would be immoral to do so. The end (saving an entire city from certain destruction) does not justify the means (killing an innocent person). On top of this, we do not know if the terrorist is actually going to blow up the city, or if they will blow up the city even if you kill this innocent person.

A more realistic scenario would be the end (getting a promotion) does not justify the means (lying, cheating and stealing to get the promotion).

If you have committed sins in order to do good, those are stains on your soul. Go to confession and get rid of them. Only the pure can enter Heaven, and a stained soul is not pure. Confess and atone for your sins.

 

This post is one of many in a series on Mortal Sins. Click here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

More on the Ten Commandments

I was going to stay where I was on the 10 Commandments, but I was listening to a talk and ironically, an analysis came up. I was actually kind of taken a back as something very important was mentioned in the talk that I completely had forgotten.

When God gave Moses the 10 Commandments on Mt. Sinai, He wasn’t doing it to make us slaves, as society tries to make the 10 Commandments appear. More often than not, these laws seem to be oppressive and limiting to our freedom. Again, I mentioned earlier about how freedom can make us slaves, but I digress. When God gave Moses and the rest of the Jews these laws, He had just rescued them from Egypt, where, that’s right, they were slaves!
Why would God spend all that time trying to get the Jews out of slavery to put them right back into it? Egypt is a hot place and the physical labor that the Jews endured was severe. Granted, I don’t think many words I can say are going to do much justice in regards to the harshness that they suffered, but, I’m getting off topic. The Jews were slaves to the Egyptians. God told Moses to fight back and to lead His people the Jews out of Egypt and into the Promise Land. Moses obeyed his God and did just that. Then, shortly after they had escaped the clutches of Egypt, soon after, what did the Jews do? That’s right, they started to worship false gods and idols. They were dishonest with one another, they basically treated each other like garbage.
So, God sees His people in total disarray, and decides He’s gotta do something. So, He calls Moses up to the top of the mountain and gives him the 10 Commandments. Laws not to constrict us, but to more or less set us free from our sin. Now, we as humans need boundaries, otherwise we will go and do anything that we want to thanks to our fallen nature. Its rather sad that we do, but, its how we are. Its good for us to have clear and concise rules and boundaries in order to determine what we can and can’t do.
Let’s look at it this way. When a wide receiver catches a football, runs out of bounds and the referees blow their whistles and stop the clock and set up for the next play, nobody yells out that that wide receiver’s freedoms are being trampled upon. Why not? After all, if we follow the same logic that rules are there to restrict our freedom, then that wide receiver should be able to run wherever he wants to. No! Rules are there to determine what can and can’t be done.
We are all looking to be happy. God knows this, and He loves us. He wants us to be happy. He knows that if we break these commandments, then we will be unhappy. He doesn’t give them to us so that our lives are burdened down by rules and regulations, but He does this because He knows that if we do any of these immoral behaviors, we will severely be disconnected from Him. At the end of the day, the Ten Commandments are rules to live by, to receive love. Not love from another human person, but love from on high. Love that is greater than all other love combined. We need that love in order to be happy and when we fall away from the ten commandments, our lives begin to crumble, and our happiness vanishes.

Jeff January 23, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

The Ten Commandments

In order to really understand what sin is, we’ve got to look at the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments can tell us what are sins and where they fall into place. I think its important to realize that they are here to help us to live a better life, a happier life. So, without further a due, lets see them!

1. I am the Lord Your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.
2. You shall no take the name of the Lord Your God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
4. Honor your father and mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not desire your neighbor’s wife.
10. You shall not desire your neighbor’s goods.
I highly suggest that you memorize these as it becomes important later on when you go to examine your conscience. God gave us these not to entrap us in slavery, but to give us freedom from sin. When we can’t say no, and can only say yes, our yes no longer has meaning. It also shows us that when all we can do is say yes, we have become slaves to whatever it is we are saying yes to.
Alcoholics can not say no to the temptation of drinking, they are slaves to it. Yet, we have the opposite attitude when it comes to other sins. Society constantly tells us that in order to have freedom, we have to be able to say yes, but that is wrong. We need to be able to say yes or no when it comes to an option, and that is what freedom is. Being able to make that determination is what sets us free and that is what true freedom is about.

Jeff January 22, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

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