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Q. 1. I do not understand the Apostles' Creed. Regarding Jesus' judgment, it says that “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” Does that mean we will all be judged twice, when we die and again when Christ returns?

A. 1. The Catholic Church teaches that there are two types of Judgments. There is the "particular judgment" and the "general judgment."

The "particular judgment" is based on Jesus' words that are found in Luke 23:43 where He states: "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." This is the judgment that follows immediately after one dies. From this moment, one either goes to heaven, purgatory or hell.

The "general judgment" is based on the Creed where it states: “to judge the living and the dead.” This is the judgment that will come at the Second and final coming of Christ at which time He will decide the fate of those who are yet to die and confirm the judgment of those who have already died.

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