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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. LA
    1 year ago

    As a Protestant, I want to thank the Catholics who have discussed this in the comments section. I wasn't positive how to interpret the pope's words. I'm still a little confused, but you guys have helped.

  2. Al
    1 year ago

    The comments on here are the exact reason why so many people leave the church...
    Jesus preached a message of love and acceptance for everyone and doctrine has twisted this message over thousands of years. Now, the Holy Father, God's representative on Earth points this out and many of you are angered. The undertone I am reading is that you are bitter for what you see as wasted time or losing the elite status that you feel comes with being a Catholic, a.k.a. being right. Many of you apparently do not know the history of the church or even the history behind confession.
    If you are not willing to follow the teachings of His Holiness, then why are you willing to follow any other aspects of Catholicism?

  3. Ross Moore
    1 year ago

    It is important to understand that there is a distinction between reedemtion and salvation.
    God did die for all of humanity however we must still choose God for salvation as an individule.
    Here is a great comment I found on the subject.

    "Basically, redemption is collective and salvation is individual. By his passion, death, and resurrection, Christ redeemed humanity collectively from slavery to sin and from the debt of punishment mankind -- as a whole -- owed due to sin. Each and every person, Christian or non-Christian, is redeemed because he is a member of the human race.

    Salvation is the application of redemption to individuals. Although a member of redeemed humanity, and therefore himself redeemed, a person can freely choose to deliberately reject the graces won for him by Christ and go to hell."
    http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=41332

  4. April
    1 year ago

    "Jesus answered them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.'"
    John 6:29

  5. Yasha Renner
    1 year ago

    Disconcerting indeed.

  6. Cant you see?
    1 year ago

    This message is accurate. Anyone can get salvation, atheists, gays, murders, the point of the message is through the power of the holy spirit, the eyes of ALL non-believes can be opened and they can change and from there will believe and be able to repeat. The "doing good" part is not the source of salvation, its a step toward meeting the holy spirit. I take non-believers on mission trips, mixed group spiritual and non. I see first hand how their hearts of stone start to soften, they are blindly doing a good work, the get some exposure then the holy spirit works on them, they start to change, they believe, they repent, they are saved.

  7. Christopher
    1 year ago

    Alone, isolated, we become sick. One day the pews may fill to capacity again, and those just coming will have little to no knowledge of our deep and forgiving faith. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and indeed the Holy Spirit, call each of us to fully accept our mission as the Body of Christ to welcome them home with open arms. Let us all do as the angels have suggested so many times throughout the Bible, and, "Be not afraid!"

  8. Mathew Thankachen O.Praem
    1 year ago

    if one is catholic, one can't exclude anyone from the ambit of the kingdom. If an atheist could do "good", he is no more an atheist is only but a logical conclusion, for God is good. ; very often one becomes an atheist because he can't experience " goodness" within him and around him. In my article on "the God of Atheist", I mentioned, " when the God of Religion fails, the God of Atheists is born".The intention of the Pope is to be understood in its totality the perspective of " faith and good works" as in St.James. The failure of the " so called Catholics" to deliever good to humanity, despite being believers might be his intention. in the language of St.John, " let the tree be known by its fruits" his " pragmatic theology in contrast to Dogmatic theology" highlighted from the very inception of his papacy- indeed a challenge to the believing catholic.It is not an open caption for anyone to enter the heaven as some might presume to be for one can never do without God on his side. When Ope Benedict threw intellectual light to win over the Atheists, Pope Francis follows another approach, nevertheless to water down the morals.
    Mathew Thankachen O.Praem

  9. Roland
    1 year ago

    It is very clear in all Masses that Christ died for many, but not for all. Listen to the words of offering by the priest. Christ died for many and not for all.

  10. Deleuzean
    1 year ago

    I think this is magnificent.


    I hope everyone realizes that atheists, by definition, do not care if they are "saved" or if they will go to "heaven." Certainly The Pope Himself is intelligent enough to know this. Therefore, this is clearly intended as a very forceful message of tolerance and good will toward all humans who do good in the world - and a message for Catholics who may suffer from pride that leads them toward exclusionary intolerance..


    If you want to follow Christ with all you heart, please do so. I congratulate you for your devotion.


    If the main or only reason you remain in the Catholic Church, however, is to be sure that you will be "saved" and go to "heaven," then you might want to meditate upon that for a while. If believers only evangelize for the sake of "saving" non-believers, I think they are taking a very narrow-minded (and "narrow-spirited") approach.


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