The word of our Lord:
Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me (Jn 14:1).
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life (Jn 5:24).
…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all (see Shema at end of post), bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? (Ro 10:9-14)
[Editor: The following article is a reprint from The Independent-UK published on September 11, 2013. If only by our conscience we can be made right with God then why did Yeshua HaMashiach die on the cross? My brothers and sisters in Christ, what do you think?]
In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.
Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.”
“Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.”
Robert Mickens, the Vatican correspondent for the Catholic journal The Tablet, said the pontiff’s comments were further evidence of his attempts to shake off the Catholic Church’s fusty image, reinforced by his extremely conservative predecessor Benedict XVI. “Francis is a still a conservative,” said Mr Mickens. “But what this is all about is him seeking to have a more meaningful dialogue with the world.”
In a welcoming response to the letter, Mr Scalfari said the Pope’s comments were “further evidence of his ability and desire to overcome barriers in dialogue with all”.
In July, Francis signalled a more progressive attitude on sexuality, asking: “If someone is gay and is looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him?”
Editor: What if Francis had asked, If someone is a sinner and is looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him? The understanding should be that they follow our Lord’s admonition to: Go and sin no more (Jn 8:10-11).
Letting one’s conscience be their guide absent the will of God can lead to tragic consequences. Otherwise, I could simply choose to define my own morality convinced in my mind that I will be saved outside of God’s righteous plan. That is a false message of hope bordering on heresy. My conscience is clear before God because I do believe that His Son died for my sins, and there is no other way to salvation but through Him.
There is an adulterated gospel being preached today that any number of paths will lead you to God. We have heard often the justification, “But I am a good person.” Even if we embrace the false assumption that all people have a good conscience this will not justify them before the Father (we are justified by faith); and it denies essential Judeo-Christian doctrine that none are righteous:
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins (Ec 7:20).
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Ro 3:23).
…as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD” (Rom 3:10-11).
If you think you are a good person, consider this teaching from our Lord:
As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:17-18).
A good conscience, like good works, will not get you into heaven. Look to Christ — not to a man, dear Catholics — if you are truly seeking God. We would remind the Pope that the God of the Christians (his reference) is one God as the Torah reveals in the Shema:
Blessed be the name of the LORD.
(Link to original article.)
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