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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. bob
    10 months ago

    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God
    -Ephesians 2:8
    not of works, lest anyone, should boast -Ephesians 2:9

    Yes, Jesus, died on the cross and shed His blood for all; however, one must accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior as only through Him can one have eternal life.

    To the best of my knowledge there is no middle man between oneself and Christ. And there is some clarification needed in the Pope's comments. Very vague. Also, one can get down on one's knees, right where you are, and confess directly to God. Works do not get one, anyone, to heaven. Please read the Bible.

  2. Colin Tucker
    10 months ago

    John 3:16 says for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him (puts there faith in Him) shall not die but have everlasting life. John 14:6 Jesus said to them, I am the way,the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me . That should put an end to all the opinions of men !

  3. Steve OBrien
    10 months ago

    “Enter through the NARROW gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But SMALL is the gate and NARROW the road that leads to life and only a FEW find it.” Mathew 7: 13-14. What is it a FEW that this pope doesn’t understand? “Follow me” Says Jesus…not do as I do (I’m not here as an example, I’m here as THE WAY). This new attitude is dangerous teaching…we are to be salt and light to help unbelievers find the truth, not encourage them to live as they are and do good.

  4. Mark
    10 months ago

    I am embarrassed at the false headline given this article, and the false implications it gives to the Pope's comments. Redemption is available to all, but Redemption is not Salvation. Redemption (Christ's blood) was required before Salvation was possible. For a supposedly Catholic website to do such a disservice to the Pope's words is inexcusable.

  5. Valiant Sheep
    10 months ago

  6. Blake
    10 months ago

    But doesn't this contradict Jesus saying that "whoever does not believe has already been condemned"?

  7. Scott Hughett
    10 months ago

    Yes, Jesus Christ did offer His life as a ransom for all people, Atheists included. And yes, mankind was created in the image of God. However, if a person does not even believe that a God exists, how could they believe that there is even a home to a non-existent being?

  8. JoAnn
    10 months ago

    By some comments here, I am seeing a lot of Catholics who are sounding like Protestants. The Bible says this, the Bible says that, etc. The Bible is NOT the final word on anything. Remember, what John said at the end of his gospel? There are many things Jesus said and did, but there would not be room enough in the world to hold the books to record them. (paraphrasing) Have you all forgotten our Catholic teachings? It is Scripture AND Tradition AND the Teaching Authority of the Church we are to obey. 1 Timothy 3:15 says that it is the CHURCH that is the foundation and bulwark of the "TRUTH" NOT "sola scriptura." If we are to believe the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit, then when Peter speaks (Pope Francis) regarding faith and morals, he speaks for Jesus. I see a lot of Catholics on this site that need to get back to the basics. Some of you may remember the "old" Baltimore Catechisms. We were taught about our awesome Faith from these books in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. You can still buy them today. AND, of course, our Catechism of the Catholic Church which should be in every Catholic home on this planet. Invest in your Faith. In the end, it is our Faith that will save us, not the government. Open your hearts to all people. We are ALL God's children no matter what we believe. God does not want anyone to perish, that's why He sent His Son, and it is God's judgement regarding what happens to all of us. Come on, people. Find the love and understanding that we are all supposed to have towards one another. God bless.

  9. Janice
    10 months ago

    It's kind of sad how atheists use the word 'judging' every time they argue with Christians. It's okay to judge actions- I can judge that what that person did was good, I can also judge that what that other person did was wrong. I am not judging the person- God is the only judge of the individual, but to say we cannot judge actions? This is an erroneous but oh-so-popular argument by many. To tell another person that what they are doing is wrong is not judging them, but loving them.

    Atheists: we do not want you to go to hell. we don't want you to fall for every piece of rubbish that falls from the sky. Unlike so many who "tolerate" what you do- WE LOVE YOU! Come! Not to a stranger's house- but to your HOME- the Catholic Church! Come HOME!

  10. Gerard Deveney
    10 months ago

    I grew up Catholic.I was for 28 years an Evangelical Protestant until returning to the Church four years ago.My foremost reason for returning was my need for Confession and the Holy
    Eucharist,but I also wanted to be a good Catholic and submit to the teachings and authority
    of the Church.I've remained Evangelical,defending the Church and it's mission at every opportunity,and encouraging friends and family to Come Home and receive the fullness of
    What Pope Francis said about atheist and good works was vague and confusing and needs
    calcification.In this culture many are struggling to find Truth.It is why many ex Catholic have
    turned to sola scriptura and Evangelical Denominations.
    Those of us who are on the fence need a steady hand at the helm and solid teaching.

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