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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. michael
    1 year ago

    The Holy Bible states that the atheist is a fool. An atheist, objectively, cannot do any saving good. They might be able to plant a garden or serve in a soup kitchen, but without supernatural life, it means nothing in regards to their salvation. Without Me you can do nothing, our Lord said at the Last Supper. Atheists must convert and come to believe in order to get to heaven, for without Faith one cannot please God. An atheist qua atheist, although objectively redeemed, must participate in the redemption through the gift of belief. If not, they are damned objectively speaking.

  2. John
    1 year ago

    I am surprised that a site called "Catholic Online" is misrepresenting the Church worse that the HuffPost; the Pope does NOT say that atheists can enter the Kingdom of God, and he definitely does not say that we will be judged according to our works. The Church teaches, as Jesus did, that our Lord is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and that "no one comes to the Father except through me". This is very clear; you don't get to heaven just by being good, whether you're a Christian or not.

    What Pope Francis quite rightly says is that, in His death and resurrection, Jesus has redeemed the whole world; that is, he has bought each one of us out of our slavery to sin and death. That means that through his grace poured out on us, we all have the ability to do good. However, it does not mean we can work our way in to heaven! That's why the pope makes the point "we'll find a meeting point," because in doing good people get a glimpse of THE good: the Triune God.

    This homily is not for atheists, it's for Catholics, to remind them that we have to meet people where they are, and trying to evangelise people from the point of view of "you're evil, and will be until you believe what I tell you" is doomed to failure; we have to see the good that they are doing and show them that all good acts point to THE good act- the Cross. Thus it is from the good acts of atheists that they encounter and discover the reality of Jesus Christ, and find the salvation which will only then lead them into the Kingdom of God.

  3. Laura Pellegrin
    1 year ago

    I agree that God is the father of all creation. I also believe that Jesus died for all including atheists and everyone else in the world. But I also believe what the Bible says: ""I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
    "So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless." James 2:17
    "if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;" 2 Timothy 2:12

    So how is being Atheists saving us as well? How is this too a journey to the beloved? I am confused at how denying God's grace is a way to Heaven. I believe it takes an answer by us to God's pleading voice. To acknowledge and accept his love. How can one accept the love if they dont believe in the one offering it. Thats like saying I can be admitted into a theme park but I dont believe the ticket man exists... I just dont understand this concept.

  4. Mike P
    1 year ago

    This is a joke, right? Maybe atheists who are invincibly ignorant of God's existence can go to Heaven, but is that even possible given what St. Paul writes in Rom 1:18-23?

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