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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. ANTON MCDONALD
    8 months ago

    I am and ardent catholic.Pope's view is totally misleading. In this perspective bible profession is very clear. What more do you require rather than the words of Jesus " I am the way the truth and the light no one enters the Kingdom of heaven unless through me".I appeal to Holy father not to express irresponsible sentiments which contradicts biblical teachings. You may become the most popular figure by executing good deeds but without knowing Jesus they are worthless. The catholic church was established by Jesus himself to perform the great commission which is spreading the Gospel and making disciples. Now this task is being carried out by a group of people who have abandoned the catholic faith due to their selfish desires. Catholic church is not taking meaningful steps to implement the great commission. If this task is fulfilled truth revealed in the bible will come to light.

  2. Thad
    8 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.

  3. Bill
    8 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?

  4. Dave
    8 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.

  5. Josef
    9 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.

  6. Christopher Abdulla Sadoun
    9 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."

    http://www.lunch.com/Reviews/book/Dare_We_Hope_That_All_Men_Be_Saved_With_a_Short_Discourse_on_Hell-wiki-1625020.html

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

  7. brian
    9 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.

  8. Marymm
    9 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.

  9. joe
    10 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.

  10. Theresa Mohawk
    10 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
    Theresa


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