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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. Tom
    1 year ago

    Enlightened to what?
    The fact that you were "insulted" reveals what is in your heart. Doubt, uncertainty, defensiveness.
    Why should you be insulted if you are certain of your belief?

  2. DLL
    1 year ago

    An atheist can claim to be a realist but not enlightened. Only God enlightens and illuminates the human soul. The atheist claims there is no soul or one to be saved anyway. The realist sees things only as they perceive them to be acceptably real in their opinion. God is not a reality to the atheist and God accepts this,as as the atheist sees that he is only a body of circulating blood and with a brain that can be tuned to become a conditioned reflex for better or worse. Humanity are like working drones and when they becomes counterproductive or unproductive they must be liquidated as spoiled goods,unless the atheist holds to a belief that human rights include the right to life. As long as people are constructive and able to produce some worthy talent or service they are good and lived good lives. God is merciful. Those with faith are very responsible for what they know. Those confirmed atheists are realists but if they lived in obedience to God all of their life even while doubting God's existence,they have lived faithfully in respect to natural and supernatural law. There is a faithfulness in this lifestyle. Count it as living a life faithfully.

  3. Windy
    1 year ago

    As an atheist I think most atheists will agree that these comments are insulting and patronising. We are not atheist because we have not yet been enlightened by doing good. We are atheist because we have already been enlightened.

  4. Thomas
    1 year ago

    For Asad: Your interest in this site tells me you have not closed out the possibility of Gods Love. After 10 thosuand years we still struggle to understand God. We see him only in our limited capacity to reason. Being his child, and secure in his love is enough for me. These things do not need to be so difficult. Pope Francis thank you for the simple path.

  5. Errol
    1 year ago

    I agree with Pope Francis. Christ died for all man, without exclusion. Atheist are those who do not believe... because they need a convincing proof (just like Apostle Thomas) but Christ is very understanding, very patient and Loves each and every man, even those who learns nothing. Every person who has abnormal mentality doesn't know God, but they experienced goodness. It is goodness that enables them to be good, yet they don't know that, "GOD IS GOOD as much as GOD IS LOVE"... In the end, Judgement belongs to God not Man, therefore, I cannot judge any of my fellow man.

  6. ronald
    1 year ago

    Michael: This article was poorly written and extremely misleading, the Pope never even came close to saying Atheists can be saved still being atheists--he was just saying Atheists can do good and should do good. The homily can be read here

  7. Edit
    1 year ago

    Hebrews 11:6 says,"But without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."
    What may appear as a "Good Work" in the sight of man may not be in the sight of God. To please God one must possess faith.
    While, objectively Christ has died for the sins of the whole world, subjectively each human being must acquire salvation, through the obedience of faith.
    Of course, it is possible for God to save anyone, in anyway he chooses, but isn't it a sin of presumption to look for means other than those He has revealed to us? Our first Pope once said, "There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved."

  8. LRT
    1 year ago

    I love that song, "Come, Just As You Are To Worship", in the part that says: "One day every tongue will confess you are God...One day every knee will bow...Still the Greatest Treasure remains for those, who gladly choose You Now!" Yes, I too, believe that all human beings hunger and thirst to know God, but the gift is in recognizing, through prayer, that Gift of Conversion and Grace God has prepared for all who seek Him with an open Heart! Then, instead of thinking, "Praise nothing!", the converted soul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, exclaims, "Praise be Jesus!". The conversion of a soul is God's Greatest Work!

  9. KarlVDH
    1 year ago

    Hmmm...I wonder what Canon Law says???...

    "No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church- Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus
    "For, it must be held by faith that outside the Apostolic Roman Church, no one can be saved; that this is the only ark of salvation; that he who shall not have entered therein will perish in the flood; but, on the other hand, it is necessary to hold for certain that they who labor in ignorance of the true religion, if this ignorance is invincible, will not be held guilty of this in the eyes of God." Bl. Pius IX"

    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?

  10. karlVDH
    1 year ago

    NICKY..."The Pope needs to clarify what he meant before all atheists start running around saying they are all going to heaven, or that people of false religions are all going to heaven.''

    Brother, his Holiness doesn't "need to" clarify anything. WE, the REST of us, need to stop, pray, and wrap OUR heads around the truth he gave us.

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