The Myth of Mother Teresa

There’s an EXTREMELY popular notion out there that “good” people go to Heaven. But weMTTTTeee know from God’s Word there are NONE who are good, which is why God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this world to die for our sins. But Jesus rose from the grave, conquering sin and death, and all those who accept Him as their Savior are given the free gift of eternal life.

These two conflicting messages of salvation – by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone or by trying to be “good” enough – have been competing for men’s souls since the Fall.

Speaking of “good” people, we’re seeing quite a bit of Mother Teresa in the news lately. A movie based on her life, “The Letters,” is currently playing at theaters as Catholics eagerly anticipate her canonization to sainthood. See the stories far below.

Well, there’s no argument that Mother Teresa accomplished a lot of good. She spent a large portion of her life caring for the sick and dying in India. But of course there are many people who have done as much or more for the needy than Mother Teresa without any recognition whatsoever. There were even atheists in communist Russia and China who devoted their entire lives to assisting their needy comrades without any acknowledgment. Mother Teresa rose to fame primarily through the efforts of British journalist and Catholic convert, Malcolm Muggeridge, and her legacy has been snowballing ever since.

Most people would agree that if anyone’s going to Heaven it would have to be Mother Teresa because of all the good she accomplished. Unfortunately, even some Evangelicals get sucked into this cultural group-think. Yes, Mother Teresa did a lot of good but she was also a sinner just like the rest of us. She needed to accept Christ like we all do. Did Mother Teresa accept Jesus as her Savior? She certainly may have in spite of her church’s works-righteousness legalism but many of her quotes indicate she was trusting in the “good people go to Heaven” philosophy. We can see from her quotes that Mother Teresa was, in fact, a Universalist who believed people of all religions would merit Heaven if they were “good.”

Evangelicals should read “The Myth of Mother Teresa” article below and rethink if they can embrace the legacy of someone who believed God’s salvation must be earned.

The Myth of Mother Teresa
By Tim Challies

“As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” – Romans 3:10-12

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

The new movie about Mother Teresa is rather boring

Mother Teresa could be canonized in September
See my earlier post on Mother Teresa here.

2 thoughts on “The Myth of Mother Teresa

  1. Interesting post. Her spiritual director was Fr John Hardon, who was outspoken about some of the errors of Vatican II and was pretty solid theologically. I didn’t know either, but my intuition says that Mother Theresa was not someone who believed everyone went to Heaven. That’s more of a notion popularized by Protestants and liberals. She did have some prayer struggles but preserved. Let’s keep praying for the repose of her soul. requiescat in pace


    1. Thanks. Correct, MT never said everyone went to Heaven but she did state everyone could go to Heaven if they were “good.”

      The quotes below are from my 7/25/15 post here.

      “There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls – 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs—all different religions. But they all come to our prayers.”

      “There are so many religions and each one has its different ways of following God. We never try to convert those who receive [aid from Missionaries of Charity] to Christianity but in our work we bear witness to the love of God’s presence and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men — simply better — we will be satisfied. It matters to the individual what church he belongs to. If that individual thinks and believes that this is the only way to God for her or him, this is the way God comes into their life — his life. If he does not know any other way and if he has no doubt so that he does not need to search then this is his way to salvation.”

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