In the article below, pope Francis once again reaffirms the current teaching of the Catholic church that EVEN ATHEISTS will be able to merit heaven if they “obey their conscience.”
Yet, every truly HONEST person will agree that they certainly don’t obey their conscience. We know we should be satisfied with what we have but we’re constantly jealous of those who have more. We know we should love everyone but we become instantly enraged at the person who carelessly cut us off on the expressway. We know we should be satisfied with our spouse but we persistently desire to be sexually intimate with others. The list goes on and on and on.
Unlike the pope, God’s Word recognizes our true reality and states there are NONE who are righteous. There isn’t one atheist who follows their conscience and there isn’t one religious person who obeys God’s laws. But God loved us so much He sent His Son, Jesus the Christ, the ONLY person who ever lived a perfect life, to die in our place for our sins. Then Jesus rose from the grave, conquering sin and death, and offers fellowship with God and eternal life to all those who accept Him by faith as their Savior.
“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away,
they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good,
not even one.” – Romans 3:11-12
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:23-24.
If everyone could earn their way to heaven by being “good” Jesus wouldn’t have had to come and die for our sins. Millions upon millions of people celebrated Christmas yesterday, the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior, but the VAST majority – atheists and religious – would say, “Hey, I don’t need to be saved. I’m a pretty good person.”
Pope Francis is wrong. He’s teaching the pernicious lie told from the very beginning that sinful man can earn his own way to heaven, utopia, nirvana, etc.
You celebrated Jesus’ birth yesterday. Now acknowledge that He came into this world to die for YOUR sins and accept Him as YOUR Savior.
Doctrine-light Evangelicals who embrace the pope and Catholics as “brothers in Christ” need to reevaluate their thinking in light of this “good atheists are going to heaven, too” philosophy.
Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven
December 26, 2015