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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. Gary
    1 year ago

    1. Atheism is not a religion!
    2. Does god accept responsibility for all the deaths resulting from 'natural disasters'?
    3. Are all the murders, rapes and beheadings in gods name acceptable?
    4. If god is all powerful why is the world in such a mess?
    5. Why do the bad people have so much success in life?
    6. Why does the catholic church still protect paedophiles?
    7. If someone prays for something and it doesn't happen, isn't that proof there is no god?
    8. Can you provide evidence of god here and now?

  2. Kerry Norris
    1 year ago

    My humble apologies, but if the Pope is teaching that someone could be saved without accepting Jesus, he is teaching folly. If you teach anything other that the true word, you are mocking the sacrifice of Jesus, and making his word of no effect.
    In Paul's letter to the church at Rome he writes, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9. IF is a key word here. Every word has meaning and is important, not one, single word can be omitted or dismissed.
    Jesus himself said in Mark 16:16, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
    Then there is the all-familiar John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." This sounds pretty straight forward to me.
    And let's not forget what God warns in Revelation 22:18-19:
    18 "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
    19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
    As important as good works may be, the Bible is VERY clear that we cannot be saved by our own works. Jesus gave his life for you and I, if we do not accept his free gift, we are lost. We cannot be saved without Jesus. PERIOD.

  3. ANTON MCDONALD
    1 year ago

    I am and ardent catholic.Pope's view is totally misleading. In this perspective bible profession is very clear. What more do you require rather than the words of Jesus " I am the way the truth and the light no one enters the Kingdom of heaven unless through me".I appeal to Holy father not to express irresponsible sentiments which contradicts biblical teachings. You may become the most popular figure by executing good deeds but without knowing Jesus they are worthless. The catholic church was established by Jesus himself to perform the great commission which is spreading the Gospel and making disciples. Now this task is being carried out by a group of people who have abandoned the catholic faith due to their selfish desires. Catholic church is not taking meaningful steps to implement the great commission. If this task is fulfilled truth revealed in the bible will come to light.

  4. Thad
    1 year ago

    We must BELIEVE that Christ is our savior, we must REJECT sin, and LOVE everyone to get into heaven. The act of my, the Pope's, and God's love of an atheist does not get the atheist into heaven. Therefore if the atheist loves everyone, rejects sin but does not believe that Christ is his savior he will fail the test and will not enter heaven, his rejection of Christ has barred himself from heaven.

  5. Bill
    1 year ago

    What biblical reference is the Pope using for his atheist comment? Where in the Bible does it say that non-believers can be saved?

  6. Dave
    1 year ago

    Amanda, I don't agree your correction of "making sense" the prayer of Pope Francis by putting conjunction before "that" . The "sense" of the prayer is already complete or lacking in nothing, why add something which may not ilucidate the point rather make it ambigous? Please be objective & critical in your analysis of looking things so that your inference may sound logical & indubitable.

  7. Josef
    1 year ago

    What the Pope is saying is that even though these people do not believe and refuse to believe in God, if they are truly righteous in how they live then who are we to judge where they go, if they will go to heaven or hell, we can never know because only God knows all and you can't hide anything from him, and he is the most merciful and loving God, he truly knows you and where you belong and you yourself will understand what you are. So many people here are saying, NOO you have to believe in this and that to go to heaven, they think they know but God knows ALL. Jesus came for the bad people, the sinners, the unbelievers... if you think they cannot go to heaven then you are wrong is what the Pope is saying.

  8. Christopher Abdulla Sadoun
    1 year ago

    Hans Urs von Balthasar is a pastor who wrote a book titled "Dare We Hope That ALL Men Be Saved?" .

    "Revelation gives us neither the assurance that all will be saved, nor the certitude that any are condemned. What it does require of us is the "hope that all men be saved" rooted in a love of Christ that reaches even into the depths of Hell."

    http://www.lunch.com/Reviews/book/Dare_We_Hope_That_All_Men_Be_Saved_With_a_Short_Discourse_on_Hell-wiki-1625020.html

    Jesus died for You You will go to Heaven
    Jesus died for ALL ALL go to Heaven

  9. brian
    1 year ago

    I'm amused at all the comments trying to change, explain away what the Pope said, or even calling him wrong. 1. The Pope is infallible. 2. What he said very clear. 3. what he said was for the benefit of CatholiCD, as atheists need no reassurance of going to a place they don't believe exists. 4. It's completely lost on so many of you. I love you all the same. Pity you, and love you.

  10. Marymm
    1 year ago

    If we could enter heaven with good works, Jesus' death was for naught, and God is a liar. I understand the pope wanting to reach out to non believers, and thise of other religions, but watering down the truth is wrong. Now we are reading articles that try to "decipher" what the pope said. I read what he said, and it needs no explanation.....I can read it for myself. The bible tells us that the "road is narrow"..... the road into heaven....for a reason. The reason being, there is only ONE way into heaven....through Jeasu Christ.


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