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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. 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."

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/22/pope_at_mass:_culture_of_encounter_is_the_foundation_of_peace/en1-694445 here

  9. 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."

  10. 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!


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