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Pope Says Let Conscience be Your Guide to Heaven

I grew up Roman Catholic. I went to Catholic school through the fifth grade. I still have my first Holy Communion group photo.

I was also an altar boy. My first introduction to Latin was in learning the responses as the priest was going through the Mass. “Mea Culpa. Mea Culpa. Mea maxima mea culpa” rolls off the tongue. This was before the Mass went all-English.

The one thing I liked about attending Catholic school is that I didn’t have to attend Catholic instruction on Saturdays. Only Catholic kids who went to public school had to do that. When I started going to public school in the sixth grade, I had to go to Saturday instruction. I had to walk the two miles.

Now I learn it was all in vain. The new Pope has spoken. No more church, holy days of obligation, confession, penance, transubstantiation, and other Catholic doctrines and rituals for Catholics or anybody. As long as you follow your conscience – even if you’re an atheist – you can go to heaven:

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  • aceituna

    Sounds like the fulfillment of one of the warnings of the last days before judgment. The writer better believe that his childhood priest had a better understanding of where we stand before God than the Pope if he really said what he is accusing him of saying.

    • aceituna

      Post Script — Our conscience was compromised when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge. While it may often be right, it can be wrong. The only true rule is God’s Word.

      • Me_in_Canada_eh

        The pope said that even an atheist, as long as he lives a good life and follows his conscience, can go to heaven after he dies.

        • Pathfinder_82d_Abn_Div

          Exactly ! AND this statement contradicts even approved Catholic translations of the scriptures.
          “6 And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (RSV Catholic edition)

    • Pathfinder_82d_Abn_Div

      aceituna, I would add that even approved Catholic translations of the scriptures do NOT support this pope’s statement.
      “6 And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (RSV Catholic edition)

  • Wayne

    How many today have seared their own conscience with the repetition of sin in their life and the social acceptance of sin to the point of calling it right and good? How many today will call what is clearly wrong as being right, and what is right as wrong? The Pope is speaking against the word of God. OT or NT you will find that the heart is deceitful and nobody can know even their own heart. Many Bible characters were lead to do “What seemed right” in their own heart and were led to sin.

    Prov. 14:12 ” There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

    Prov 3: 5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”

    Jeremiah 16:9 ” The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

    • Pathfinder_82d_Abn_Div

      Wayne, AMEN ! Brother. I would add that even approved Catholic translations of the scriptures do NOT support this pope’s statement.
      “6 And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (RSV Catholic edition)

  • http://www.answersingenesis.org/ keyboardshark

    This illustrates the pitfalls of trusting a man instead of trusting the Bible. The Bible is clear that only those God has chosen will inherit eternal life and find a home in heaven.

  • mallen11

    Apparently the RCC still doesn’t use God’s Word to teach their people. Their man-made religion changes from time to time and I doubt that any of them can make up their minds about what is right in the sight of God.
    There are over 150 verses in the New Testament alone that tell us that eternal life (salvation) is by faith and faith alone. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5) One of the results of our faith in Christ for salvation is eternal life. Doctrinally speaking, the reason we receive eternal life is that we are sharing Christ’s life. (John 3:18, John 6:47, 10:28; I John 5:13)
    Eternal salvation from sin, death and hell is the free gift of God’s grace, and is based solely upon one’s personal faith and belief in Jesus Christ. He voluntarily died as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and arose bodily from the dead, thus guaranteeing our own resurrection to eternal life. This salvation is not received by, nor based on, any sacrament, merit, or good work on our part. It is faith alone in Christ alone. This one who believes in Christ’s salvation is eternally secure. (John 1:11-13, 3:16, 5:24, 10:28-30, 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:23-26, 5:8, 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 7:24-25; I Peter 1:18-19, I John 5:11-13)
    •Inhale the gospel, exhale belief in Jesus Christ – taking in a breath and exhaling a breath is non-meritorious is an illustration for salvation.
    There is no other way to God the Father and eternal life except through the Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
    John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
    Acts 16:31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…”
    Hear the gospel, understand the gospel (through the Holy Spirit) and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    • Pathfinder_82d_Abn_Div

      mallen11 : Brother, the scriptures do, indeed, teach that FAITH is required for salvation. “But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb 11 : 6. However, it is not by faith ALONE. “…., the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead ?”
      James 2 : 19 & 20

      • mallen11

        Isn’t that what I wrote? What are you trying to say? Too many people put their trust in the pope instead of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word.

        • Pathfinder_82d_Abn_Div

          Not only am I trying to say, but I have said, TWO things. 1) I agree that the pope is wrong and we are saved ONLY through faith. 2) BUT, we are not saved by faith only. {See the book of James 2: 19 & 20) Works without faith can not save us. Nor can faith without works save us. FAITH + WORKS = SALVATION.

          • mallen11

            Now that is where we differ. It is faith alone in Christ alone because He finished the work of salvation on the cross and we can’t help ourselves to be saved. The Book of James was written to Christians; not to the unbeliever. When we are in fellowship with the Holy Spirit (1 John 1:9) He will teach us through the teaching and studying of His Word and lead us to do good works as believers.

          • Pathfinder_82d_Abn_Div

            Well, brother, this IS where we differ.We both agree that it is the blood of Christ which has paid for our sins. And we both agree that there is no other path to salvation. I am convinced by reading James chapter two that God requires both faith PLUS works. Again I am convinced that works without faith are like filthy trash in our Lord’s sight.; and again we agree on that. So our only disagreement is that God requires BOTH faith and works – not faith alone. It is my fervent hope that since we both have placed our trust in the Lord and Savior, that whichever of us is wrong regarding this doctrinal matter, we may both enter into His kingdom on judgement day. Trusting in both His justice AND His mercy, I will keep you in my prayers and ask that you keep me in your prayers as well.

          • mallen11

            We still do not agree because the verses I gave you regarding salvation say nothing about works for salvation.

      • aceituna

        The devil does not have faith in Christ as redeemer. He is already condemned. Yes the devil believes because he knows the truth about God, but is determined to go against God. The devil is a deceiver, a liar, the father of lies, and he is trying to drag as many of the people God has created along with him to everlasting hell. He is spreading many different lies about God, lies to deceive people so that the either lose faith or never come to faith. He is smart and knows which lie will be believed by each person. It is only through God’s love and care that we receive faith and cling to God as our Redeemer. Amen.

        • aceituna

          In addition, what is the reason a person lives a life of doing good works. If the motivation for doing good works is to earn “brownie points” with God that person is lost. If the motivation for doing good works is a life of gratefulness and thankfulness for the Salvation that God has provided for us that person is on the way to heaven.

          • Pathfinder_82d_Abn_Div

            Exactly !! Works of obedience to God; NOT works of our own righetousness (No brownie point system). All the works we can ever do, no maatter how great, are like filthy rags to our creator. But, James chapter two, especially verses 19 & 20 clearly tell us that faith without works is dead. Thus, based on what the scriptures tell me, I assert that FAITH + WORKS = SALVATION. And works ALONE is NOT enough. NOR is faith ALONE enough. I believe that we must not be only hearers of the word; but doers also.

        • Pathfinder_82d_Abn_Div

          AMEN ! and AMEN !

  • Pathfinder_82d_Abn_Div

    “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Prov 14 : 12.

  • Pathfinder_82d_Abn_Div

    It should be noted that the pope is here contradicting even an approved Catholic translation of the bible; namely Hebrews 11 : 6 ”
    6 And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Catholic edition of RSV)