What’s wrong with this picture? American atheists welcome the Pope’s comments on atheists making heaven? Heaven is a figment of the imagination according to atheists.
First of all, since when do atheists care what a religious figure thinks? Atheists believe religion is a waste of time, fabricated myths that use fear to subjugate the masses.
Wait a second…if a religious figure extends a benefit towards you as receiving redemption from Christ, then that “theology” is welcome and proper. Sounds like atheists are a little wishy-washy about what they truly believe.
Pope Francis’comments of all inclusive “the Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone” was spoken.
Apparently someone in mass asked, “Father, the atheist?”
The Pope replied, “Even the atheists. Everyone”.
It is true that it is God’s desire that everyone comes to repentance, however the gift of salvation must be accepted only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
The Pope’s comments sparked a firestorm about everyone from secular humanists, atheists, and the non-religious making heaven under an inclusive banner.
Naturally the comments of the Pope made atheists, secular humanists, and the non-religious happy and the accolades rained a plenty on this new broad non-discriminatory doctrine…..only the Pope’s comments were badly taken out of context or the Pope was verbalizing a desire that everyone could make it to heaven.
Atheists as David Silverman, who has nearly always had an antagonistic relationship with the Catholic Church, actually welcomed the Pope comments by saying, “While the concept of Jesus dying for atheists is wrong on many levels, I can appreciate the Pope’s ‘good faith’ effort to include atheists in the moral discussion”.
Lost in the discussion is that the Pope’s comments came on the Feast of Saint Rita, the Catholic patron saint of impossible things. The Pope was articulating wishful thinking instead of a new theology. Pope Francis has an extremely conservative take on the theology of the Catholic Church.
The Holy Spirit draws all to the redemptive gift through the blood of Christ and is the only way for salvation which qualifies one for heaven. Acceptance of the gift of salvation is contingent on recognition that one is a sinner saved by grace which is a gift from God, repentance where you change the way you think about sin, having faith in Jesus’ sacrifice, and making Christ your personal Savior.
While inclusion and tolerance may be buzz words in the secular society, separation and intolerance towards sin are the standards at the gates of heaven set by God.
Suggesting that everyone can make heaven without going through the process of accepting the strict standards set by God sounds good, but as the old saying goes….if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
It is quite odd that atheists, secular humanists, and the non-religious would give any thought to what the Pope declared anyway about redemption or heaven. What the Pope probably said was verbalizing wishful thinking and nothing more. Absolutely no way the Pope would believe anyone can get to heaven bypassing the sacrifice of Christ.
God is all for inclusion, but it must be done His way.