reply to post by windword
"Pope Francis declared that atheists that "do good deeds" will go to heaven."
Assuming he is right, the good deeds represent the work of redemption and Christ was unnecessary. Assuming he is wrong, then good deeds are not
necessary and it was Christ's deeds that made the difference. This is not what he is saying. He is saying that Christ was not necessary and the
deeds themselves pay the penitently for sin. If he was also implying that Christ was necessary, then faith is not necessary, but good deeds triumph
over faith. What does scripture teach?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--
Grace is unmerited favor. We cannot merit God's forgiveness. What pathway does grace come? Through faith. Who imparts faith? God. Who judges
23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name.[d] 24 But Jesus would
not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by
grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the
coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been
saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s
handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
NOT by works, so that no one can boast.
How then? Our works cannot save us. Christ and faith are the key. Christ did what we cannot. Faith is the mechanism for bridging the gap. God
gives the faith.
Does an Atheist have faith in God?
42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance
at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge
of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the
other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him
and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
There is a place set aside for unbelievers.
2 Corinthians 6
14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with
darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there
between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will live with them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”[c]
“Come out from them
and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you.”
Here, the unbeliever is compared to an unclean thing. What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
2 Corinthians 4
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they
cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ
as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
FOR HIS SAKE! Their god keeps them blind. They cannot see the gospel.
The Pope is a false teacher, but only assuming these were his words quoted in the OP.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
WHO? The good news is, as the fire approaches, few will be unyielding by the end. Belief will come in time. On this note, the Pope could be right
that many Atheists will have reason to believe. Our approaching destruction is by fire. Water puts out fire and that water belongs to the one giving
it. Faith is required.
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