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Pope Francis says atheists can do good and go to heaven too! Comments

Pope Francis has good news for atheists. Jesus died and was raised for them as well. His redemptive embrace was for all, not just a chosen few.The choice to accept its reach is our own. The Holy Father was not teaching anything new. In fact, this hope that all who do not yet know God are not only capable of doing good - but will progress toward that knowledge of God by doing good - is ancient. The Church wants all men and women to be saved. Continue Reading

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  1. Thad
    4 months ago

    We must BELIEVE that Christ is our savior, we must REJECT sin, and LOVE everyone to get into heaven. The act of my, the Pope's, and God's love of an atheist does not get the atheist into heaven. Therefore if the atheist loves everyone, rejects sin but does not believe that Christ is his savior he will fail the test and will not enter heaven, his rejection of Christ has barred himself from heaven.

  2. Bill
    4 months ago

    What biblical reference is the Pope using for his atheist comment? Where in the Bible does it say that non-believers can be saved?

  3. Dave
    4 months ago

    Amanda, I don't agree your correction of "making sense" the prayer of Pope Francis by putting conjunction before "that" . The "sense" of the prayer is already complete or lacking in nothing, why add something which may not ilucidate the point rather make it ambigous? Please be objective & critical in your analysis of looking things so that your inference may sound logical & indubitable.

  4. Josef
    5 months ago

    What the Pope is saying is that even though these people do not believe and refuse to believe in God, if they are truly righteous in how they live then who are we to judge where they go, if they will go to heaven or hell, we can never know because only God knows all and you can't hide anything from him, and he is the most merciful and loving God, he truly knows you and where you belong and you yourself will understand what you are. So many people here are saying, NOO you have to believe in this and that to go to heaven, they think they know but God knows ALL. Jesus came for the bad people, the sinners, the unbelievers... if you think they cannot go to heaven then you are wrong is what the Pope is saying.

  5. Christopher Abdulla Sadoun
    5 months ago

    Hans Urs von Balthasar is a pastor who wrote a book titled "Dare We Hope That ALL Men Be Saved?" .

    "Revelation gives us neither the assurance that all will be saved, nor the certitude that any are condemned. What it does require of us is the "hope that all men be saved" rooted in a love of Christ that reaches even into the depths of Hell."

    Jesus died for You You will go to Heaven
    Jesus died for ALL ALL go to Heaven

  6. brian
    5 months ago

    I'm amused at all the comments trying to change, explain away what the Pope said, or even calling him wrong. 1. The Pope is infallible. 2. What he said very clear. 3. what he said was for the benefit of CatholiCD, as atheists need no reassurance of going to a place they don't believe exists. 4. It's completely lost on so many of you. I love you all the same. Pity you, and love you.

  7. Marymm
    5 months ago

    If we could enter heaven with good works, Jesus' death was for naught, and God is a liar. I understand the pope wanting to reach out to non believers, and thise of other religions, but watering down the truth is wrong. Now we are reading articles that try to "decipher" what the pope said. I read what he said, and it needs no explanation.....I can read it for myself. The bible tells us that the "road is narrow"..... the road into heaven....for a reason. The reason being, there is only ONE way into heaven....through Jeasu Christ.

  8. joe
    6 months ago

    The article tries quite desperately to "clear" up what the pope said. But damage control by spinning facts is not a good policy. Stated simply: the pope is wrong.

  9. Theresa Mohawk
    6 months ago

    I love what Pope Francis is doing to heal the world through the same church doctrine that was told by Christ Himself.

    I believe Pope Francis is leading ALL of us back to our Creator.

    Thank you for such a beautiful article.

    God Bless

  10. DLL
    6 months ago

    Triangle Whip: You are right in what you write I suppose,as I see it that way,as written. BUT!!! "LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART,SOUL MIND AND STRENGTH AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF!" We live in a society that mis-represents God and faith and Blasphemes God willingly. Because of this it is hard for many to know God or even what to believe about God. To love God is to love one another and to live a good moral life. God is in everyone we meet because God is our creator,God is all in all. To damn anyone is to damn oneself because that is being judgmental. Sin is damnable as a behavior pattern,as it is sin that destroys all human relationships. God has no part in sin,as God is love,so one cannot truly love and be a devout sinner. For instance to be for abortion as a woman's right to choose is not love for woman,as it is a fear of the unborn,as the unborn represent that when conceived,every couple,must be responsible for them and love these unborn babies. Pregnancy involves love,responsibility and acceptance for the procreative process that brings new beings into existence. The so called right to choose is based on the fear that a couple won't or an individual can't do this responsibly for what ever reason. Fear is not a basis for love and for this reason most wars are catastrophic not constructive. The only real warrior was Jesus Christ who won salvation for all from sin by His life,death on a cross,and His resurrection. Live Christ each moment that one lives and breathes and that is to work out one's own salvation with fear and trembling. Those that claim to have faith in Christ must do this. Those that do not proclaim faith,also must learn that to love one another is the pathway to peace now and forever. No matter what the negative circumstances sin has presented to any individual,one must turn from the evil of their sins and learn to love. To learn to love is to accept salvation. To love,is to serve God,even if one cannot appreciate his existence. God is community and that is why Catholics treasure the Eucharist so much. In community Catholics MUST live in the Persona of Christ,each one trying to be Christ-like,loving one another,as well as those without faith,because that is what Evangelization is all about. The eyes of God are all around us as those eyes are within each person on earth. In truth to sin against one person is to sin against all people and that is to sin against God because God created all and because of that,He is all and all. Not all people know God but they know when they are not loved. Love is also mercy and forgiveness. Only those that fail to love are"Screwed".

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