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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. Jean-Francois
    1 year ago

    As an atheist, I know that all evidences points toward the fact that when you die it's the end.

    So I'm better off using this life to do what I ought to do instead of hoping of something better after my death if I just do the bare minimum on the "how to get to heaven" checklist.

    Please, Mr. Bergoglio, stop patronizing people who don't share your made up world view.

  2. Amy
    1 year ago

    So here's the thing... atheists don't give two good craps about what the Pope says, thinks, wants, considers, preaches, condones or declares. Know why?

    Because atheists do not recognize the right, authority or importance of this guy. Many of them consider him to be something of a crossdressing nutjob in a funny hat, and whether or not people who believe in an imaginary sky-friend do or do not decide that THEY (who do not believe in said imaginary friend) are going to go to on some imaginary playdate with him after they die... makes exactly zero difference to them. Except it might give them a little chuckle.

    The sooner you understand that, the sooner you can stop arguing about this. This is like telling an adult "hey good news! Santa IS coming this year! If you get on the good list, he WILL be here!"

    Ya buncha freaks.

  3. Yasha Renner
    1 year ago

    Oh my word, talk about beating a dead horse. The more lay Catholics "clarify" the Pope's statements the more it makes the Church look bad and encroaches on her authority to teach. If the Holy Father's statements were "nothing new" and orthodox, we should act like it. So please stop it, for the love of God and His Church.

  4. John
    1 year ago

    Don, re: 'There are no atheists in Heaven".

    Wow, did you take a survey or is it an opinion? Or is it impossible for God to allow a man or woman who does good works their whole life because God needs to follow our interpretation of the Bible?

    This is actually the only time I've ever posted to the Forum, but I fell pretty comfortable we can follow the Pope's view on this. I encourage you to try not to put limits on God's powers or mercy. We all need his help and forgiveness.

    God Bless You!

  5. james in colorado
    1 year ago

    Please people of Faith and of God Will; Re-read the above article again. The pope's homily is expalined magnificently in it, and you will see the echo of what St Paul wrote in Romans ch 2 vs 14-15....That those without the law are judged by what they did with the law that was written on their hearts. Pope Francis is saying the same thing! Let us pray with St. faustina "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have Mercy on us and on the whole world".

  6. Samuel Ajayi
    1 year ago

    An atheist is one who believes that there is no God. If we agree on this description then the atheist cannot seek to go to heaven which is the dwelling place of God. Neither can anyone advocates that atheist qualifies for Heaven, the dwelling place of the God he has not acknowledged.
    Whoever fails to see God in the splendor of creation simply doesn't believe that God exists. An atheist can find God by reading his bible and believe the words of God.
    Let us read scriptures on salvation.
    Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

    Mark 16:15-16 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
    Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
    However, let us be mindful of what Apostle Paul says in : 1Corinthians 4:5 So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.

  7. Don
    1 year ago

    There are no atheists in Heaven. We must all accept Christ to make it to the Beatific Vision. So I believe Pope Francis went a bit too far in some ways, not enough fact attached to his statement. It certainly leaves the impression that you can go to Heaven without accepting Him as the only begotten Son of the Father. More confusion in these confused times. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

    As Our Lord Himself told Saint Faustina:

    “Let no sinner be afraid to approach Me." In Faustina’s "Diary," Jesus invites each one of us to yield to His infinite mercy, to trust in His compassion and forgiveness. Great graces are promised to those who proclaim His great mercy.

    "I shall protect them Myself at the hour of death, as My own glory. And even if the sins of the soul are as dark as night, when the sinner turns to My mercy, he renders Me the greatest praise, and becomes the glory of My Passion. When a soul praises My goodness, Satan trembles before it and flees to the very bottom of hell" (Diary, 378).

    This fits with the abyss of His Mercy. But in the final analysis, without accepting Him there is no path to Heaven. Again, there are no atheists in Heaven.

  8. Anthony Rochecouste
    1 year ago

    This article is very insightful the Pope hit the nail on the head. Also to all the people quoting scripture and saying only those who accept Jesus can be saved is right but also miss understood the atheists haven't had the opportunity to give themselves to The Lord so how can they be neglected of God's love then? at the end of the day MAN divided us, through other religions then the true one, by sexuality, by wealth statues', by someone looking different to someone else(racism) so what the Holy Father is saying is we ourselves as men and women should love one another as God does us, no one knows what happens at judgement time until your there so how can you doubters say that atheists can't be saved when you don't know yourselves, The Pope IS the representation of Jesus on earth so who are you to question him?

    i loved this article Pope Francis it gave me insight on to my own siblings afflictions and issues with their spirituality thank you :)

  9. Todd
    1 year ago

    I would like to hear a lot more discussion as to why one becomes an atheist. I fear that we don't as many Christians wouldn't like the answer. Do they see us loving our neighbor as ourselves, or just preaching a gospel of condemnation and judgement. This aside, I'm glad that God is much more merciful than we are.

  10. Mitana John mary Vianney
    1 year ago

    What the Holy father is Saying is true and authentic. The fact the Christ Died for all means that even the Atheists are included. Christ's mercy is for all. Let us love one another and Christ who is LOVE will be among us. What we need to remember is that we all children of God and what we need is to love one another as He has Loved us through Christ.

    Even when we do not know him He still loves us to the full. We need to take advantage of the Sacraments he has given us through the church and leave the rest to Him. Who knew the "good thief" would be saved at the last moment?. By the way when the Pope speaks, he speaks for all including atheists. He was entrusted all Jesus' sheep.

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