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So don't anyone be getting your hopes up that it's a win win situation. It's not and the Pope knows this. He just wants more Catholics in the herd and this is a tricky way to do it. He knows salvation only comes through Jesus Christ.
reply to post by wrabbit2000
I think this happened over a month ago and the RCC church was quick to come out and denounce what he said by the next day. It will be interesting to see how carefully the Pope chooses his words in future, or not.
In my opinion, the biblical stories ( in the new Testament, anyways), boil down to:
Do good for yourself and others.
Stick to the law.
Put others before yourself.
Let others be/don't judge a book by its cover.
Miracles sometimes happen due to faith and prayer.
Do and believe in (most of) these things, and you will end up in heaven.
Otherwise: The Game, you lost it.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
I don't know where he is coming from, but you cannot have one with out the other if you take the Bible literally at its word.
Jesus loves two peoples. Those of faith, and atheists. It's the ones waffling around in the middle who can't make up their minds that are in trouble.
Hold on there..... whoa....
The Pope isn't saying it right. The Bible says that if a person lives his life as one would live it as obeying the laws of God (according to his conscience as God gave to him of right and wrong), and if that person would have no knowledge of Jesus Christ, salvation, God the Father. That person shall be judged by God according to his conscience, either condemning or excusing him. Do you really....... want to take that chance with the dice. That would mean that if you know you did even one thing wrong in life, you would lose your life forever.
Secondly, if you ever heard about Jesus Christ, or about salvation at any time, things are different for you now. If you have rejected salvation, Jesus says he will deny and reject you before God. So if you know, be warned that you can't get a free ticket.
: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.
As others have stated, this statement of Pope Francis is in line with the teaching of the church, because what it teaches is that God saves you, and who he saves is up to him, it's not up to the church, it's not up to some human being, it's up to God.
What the church teaches is that God is merciful, he can save whomever he wants to save, and only those who know that Christ is their salvation and intentionally reject him will be condemned, because that's what they want.