Disowned before the angels of God …
Is it true that atheists don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven? (Part One)
Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words,
of him shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when he shall come in his own glory,
and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels …
whoever disowns me before others
will be disowned before the angels of God.
the right kind of
One of my last posts I mentioned that if you want to be considered a candidate for the Good Afterlife, make sure that you follow the right kind of
profit Prophet. Many Christians believe that unless one follows Jesus one has no chance to enter heaven. Is this true? Not according to the Pope.
A little while ago it was widely reported in the news that Pope Francis assured atheists that they don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven.
It’s an interesting concept because none of the atheists I’ve ever met believe in heaven. It is hard to imagine that atheists would end up in a place they have no desire to go to nor believe in.
Is this indeed what Pope Francis said? Were his words quoted accurately in the news?
This link will give you the original Italian version of what Pope Francis really said and this link will give you a rough English translation. Summed up the Pope said, don’t go in against your own conscience. This of course would apply to all of us; believers as much as non-believers.
The Pope said in a nutshell,
“God’s mercy has no limits if he who asks for mercy does so in contrition and with a sincere heart, the issue for those who do not believe in God is in obeying their own conscience. Sin, also for those who don’t have faith, exists when one goes against one’s conscience. In fact, listening and obeying it, means deciding about what is perceived to be good or to be evil. The goodness or the wickedness of our behavior depends on this decision.”
What does the bible have to say about this?
As far as God is concerned we all know about good and evil. In the bible it is written,
And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil
Not surprising then that those that have done good can be expected to be rewarded as such .. and same in reverse for those that have done evil.
And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Read next week’s post for Part Two of “Pope Francis says atheists can do good and go to heaven too!
Part of the above post was first published on TheLordsPub 03/06/2014 and reprinted here with permission.