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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. Sean Michael Joseph Wilson
    1 year ago

    Thank you for your wisdom Pope Francis! You are my hero and I love you. You are humble and you love your neighbor. I am glad that the Holy Spirit chose you as the Holy Father.

    Ad maiorem Dei gloriam!

  2. JJ
    1 year ago

    This is not really complicated, unless you deny the Bible. These are the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Does this sound like you can deny Christ as Savior and go to heaven?

    Luke 10:13-16
    English Standard Version (ESV)

    Woe to Unrepentant Cities
    13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.

    16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

  3. Michael
    1 year ago

    Ronald... wow.
    thank you for sharing that link to what the pope actually said. you are right- this article and especially the mainstream media got it all wrong! The pope never even said anything about 'atheists going to heaven'. The pope simply said they too have been redeemed by Christ's blood- which is absolutely true- there is a difference between redemption and salvation. Christ came to redeem all of humanity, but atheists refuse to be saved.

    Lord, I pray that you may have mercy on those who reject you and your work of redemption. Give them the gift of faith so that they would rather shed their blood than profess that they reject you. How could we ever doubt you Jesus!

    Viva la Papa!

  4. DLL
    1 year ago

    Wisdom is from God. Without wisdom nothing makes sense as all becomes subject to non-sense. The world is a part of God's creation. All people belong to God wether they know it or not. We choose wisdom. Without wisdom we are like devils. Choose wisdom and one has a relationship with God. Wisdom can be rejected. The "world" has deliberately chosen to reject wisdom" God"! Logic and wisdom are two different things. Logic gives one a choice as to wether or not,we accept or reject the existence of God. Logically one can choose to be very good or very evil,even a luke-warm person. Logistically one can change their philosophical or religious beliefs many times over a lifetime. One can even live a perfect Christian life logistically as they think about wether or not the existence of a God makes sense or not. Doubt? Count the perfect Christ-like lifestyle as a love of God and humankind,count it as faith. Many are in this boat and God loves those who obey him. God is love. All who love have a part in God. Those without wisdom openly reject God. Hell is a place eternally without the wisdom of God both in this life and the next one. To reject wisdom,as even many governments do, is accept as well as to teach atheism,same sex marriage,promote pornography,abortion,euthanasia,militant Muslim terrorism,ignore organized crime,drug dealing and addiction,alcohol abuse,physical abuse,sexually deviant behavior,mis-leading the young with false teachings,as well as society in general,etc. Those that do these things are openly rejecting God in this life and will prefer to hate God in the next one,as this is what has been cultivated to be their "choice". God honors "choice " to live eternally without Wisdom or God. God must be a personal choice of Faith. Faith leads to wisdom and truth. Literally life without God is Hell. Logistically as human- beings we all have a hard time knowing truth and God knows this and because of this,in Christ,all can be recipients of God's mercy.

  5. rafaelmarie
    1 year ago

    @ KarlVDH

    These are your words:

    "That's interesting, Brother, because regardless of what Bl. Pius IX said, the Holy Bible names a great many people who never heard of the Roman Catholic Church but were accounted as Righteous nevertheless. Noah, Moses, Elijah, the Thief on the cross beside Christ... not one was offered entry to Heaven through Catholicism... but all were anyway.
    I believe we ought to follow our Holy Father and accept that God anointed him in this time for His own purposes, rather than second guess him with half-baked legalism and Pharasaical argument... don't you?"

    All the people you mentioned, besides the Thief on the cross, were all under the old covenant and their was no Roman-Catholic Church then. And at that time salvation came from the Jews.:

    "You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.- John 4:22"

    However, Jesus-Christ founded the Roman-Catholic Church.:

    "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.- Matthew 16:18"

    Since Christ was still on earth, who is the Head of the Roman-Catholic Church now and forever, and when the Good Thief asked him for salvation, Christ was fully authorized to grant it to him.

    You said, "regardless of what Bl. Pius IX said"?

    Well, well, well, a simple sinner like you, announcing to the world that YOU have to the authority to simply to toss this tradition aside, which is also backed up by CANON LAW, as it was just an item on the so-called catholic smorgasbord???

    Guess what? This makes you not only a heretic, but a schismatic also!

    "half-baked legalism and Pharasaical argument"

    Really??? I've just proven to you with Biblical references, which you so conveniently by-passed, and Canon Law that it is YOU that has "half-baked legalism and Pharasaical argument"!

    I have never meant to criticize the Holy Father, I just simply quoted genuine Roman-Catholic teaching, that I am sure the Holy Father would agree with. It is you who made the, "half-baked and Pharasaical JUDGMENT" of my intentions…BROTHER!


  6. JoAnn
    1 year ago

    michael: Oh, Michael, I wasn't offended. I was just concerned because you threatened to leave the Church. I just don't want you to take our Holy Father's words out of context and then leave the Church because of a misunderstanding. That's why I suggested that you pray to the Holy Spirit and read the article again. I was hoping Pope Francis' words would become clearer to you. That's all. This old lady (and I mean OLD lady) has been around a long time and I have seen many leave the Church because of misunderstandings. God bless you too my friend.


  7. pwayne
    1 year ago

    The denomination doesn't give someone entrance to is about the relationship with Christ. Jesus said, "I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME." Scripture also says, "By Grace are you saved, through Faith, NOT BY WORKS, so that no one can boast." There aren't any gray areas in these statements, so either you believe what Christ said or you consider Him to be completely insane. He claimed to be the Son of God. You clearly do not get to heaven by doing good works or being a good person. Good compared to whom? Scripture says, ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. What part of ALL don't we understand. Even one sin before a Holy , Just and Loving God makes us unacceptable to Him. The formula for salvation is Christ + Nothing = Salvation. He paid the price for our sins IN FULL. So if you think you are a good person doing good things.....don't be misled by anyone who says that opens the door to heaven. It doesn't . People doing good as a result of knowing Christ is an entirely different circumstance.

  8. Alessandre
    1 year ago

    Would you please avoid mischaracterizing what the Holy Father says? Of course, atheists are reaching for the same salvation we are & we are presumptuous if we think otherwise. Of course, Christ's salvation is available to all. But those who knowingly reject Him & His gift will be held accountable - such is the teaching of the Church. It's not our place to judge them & we can meet by doing good (I know a few atheists who converted after volunteering at cpc's). But the good must me that which we know through natural law & the good that has been revealed. The good must be God's definition of good & still, accepting Christ's gift, faith is required. As Catholics, we are called to know that faith is required, hope & pray for the conversion of those who don't believe in Christ & do good alongside them without ever judging. It's not as easy as you make out. Following Christ is never easy. It's just the only thing worth doing. If we follow Him with joy & welcome all who seek to do good, we will win converts by our love.

  9. Jeffrey Caperton
    1 year ago

    Some of the comments here remind me a bit of the parable of the vineyard workers in 20th chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew. Do you sound like the first workers?

    "Now the kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, 'You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.' So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing around, and he said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day?' 'Because no one has hired us', they answered. He said to them, 'You go into my vineyard too.' In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.' So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner saying, 'The men who came last have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day's work in all the heat.' He answered one of them and said, 'My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the lastcomer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why should you be envious because I am generous?' Thus the last will be first, and the first, last."

  10. Jason R.
    1 year ago

    As a concerned Christian (non-Catholic), I have to say this is not what Jesus taught; and you do Atheists no good by this teaching. It's human flattery. Also, nothing good exists outside of God and acting within His will. You don't get closer to God or knowledge of God by committing good acts; apart from Him, we are as depraved and separated as ever. By His grace, we are drawn to Him through the Holy Spirit.

    Matthew 7:13-14

    Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

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