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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. kp
    1 year ago

    More importantly and more dangerously is the implication that as long as one "believes" in Jesus, one will go to heaven even though one does bad all his life. The implication that religion is the free and unconditional guarantee to eternal salvation; the implication that one can do and continue to do evil and not have to worry about repercussions. This is where the religion fails most miserably and it must be corrected as the society progresses. Religions are only useful if they play a useful role in creating a better society.

  2. Gerard
    1 year ago

    Pope Francis speaks like Christ who wants t draw "all men" and women, boys and girls, and the other genders, All, without exception, to himself. But all must do good and they will come to the author of goodness,Jesus Christ. Great wisdom for today when all seems murky. A candle is now lit.

  3. Lil Joe
    1 year ago

    thanks for the clarification... may have saved my faith.

    viva la papa!

  4. bob
    1 year ago

    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God
    -Ephesians 2:8
    not of works, lest anyone, should boast -Ephesians 2:9

    Yes, Jesus, died on the cross and shed His blood for all; however, one must accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior as only through Him can one have eternal life.

    To the best of my knowledge there is no middle man between oneself and Christ. And there is some clarification needed in the Pope's comments. Very vague. Also, one can get down on one's knees, right where you are, and confess directly to God. Works do not get one, anyone, to heaven. Please read the Bible.

  5. Colin Tucker
    1 year ago

    John 3:16 says for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him (puts there faith in Him) shall not die but have everlasting life. John 14:6 Jesus said to them, I am the way,the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me . That should put an end to all the opinions of men !

  6. Steve OBrien
    1 year ago

    “Enter through the NARROW gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But SMALL is the gate and NARROW the road that leads to life and only a FEW find it.” Mathew 7: 13-14. What is it a FEW that this pope doesn’t understand? “Follow me” Says Jesus…not do as I do (I’m not here as an example, I’m here as THE WAY). This new attitude is dangerous teaching…we are to be salt and light to help unbelievers find the truth, not encourage them to live as they are and do good.

  7. Mark
    1 year ago

    I am embarrassed at the false headline given this article, and the false implications it gives to the Pope's comments. Redemption is available to all, but Redemption is not Salvation. Redemption (Christ's blood) was required before Salvation was possible. For a supposedly Catholic website to do such a disservice to the Pope's words is inexcusable.

  8. Valiant Sheep
    1 year ago

    http://valiantsheep.com/2013/05/what-pope-francis-forgot-to-mention-to-those-atheists

  9. Blake
    1 year ago

    But doesn't this contradict Jesus saying that "whoever does not believe has already been condemned"?

  10. Scott Hughett
    1 year ago

    Yes, Jesus Christ did offer His life as a ransom for all people, Atheists included. And yes, mankind was created in the image of God. However, if a person does not even believe that a God exists, how could they believe that there is even a home to a non-existent being?


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