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Pope Gets Corrected on “Atheists who will stroll into Heaven”

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In today’s world it’s common to hear one thing and then before you blink find the statement has been amended. Well we men are fallible are we? A few Atheists were left irked when given a free Papal pass to Heaven by the only “infallible man” on earth the Roman Catholic Pope Francis himself and only to have a mere mortal who called himself a spokesman for the Vatican revoke their free pass the next second:

It’s sort of problematic to contradict someone who’s supposed to be the infallible voice of your religion, but that’s apparently what’s happened here. Refuting Pope Francis’ statements last week that those who “do good” will go to heaven, regardless of faith or lack thereof, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, has corrected his boss, saying those who know about the Catholic Church “cannot be saved” if they “refuse to enter her or remain in her.” So that’s pretty clear, we guess. There’s only one way to settle this: Thunderdome. Two high-ranking church officials enter; one high-ranking church official leaves.

We don’t need a fist fight or Thunderdome styled wrestling match (though that would be entertaining for our pagan and Atheist friends). The question on who will go to Heaven is the big question that every one of us must ask ourselves during our pilgrimage on this earth.

How will each person justify themselves before a Holy God on “that great and dreadful day”?

I am reminded of when Martin Luther began to argue that our justification before God is through faith alone, he set in motion the Protestant Reformation. Soon “disputations” and “colloquies” were being held at various places, and Luther and his followers were pressed to defend their “new” views (which were in reality simply a clear articulation of the ancient faith of the church). The Roman Catholic opponents of the Reformation attempted to show Luther that his views had not been taught in the councils of the church.

Luther and the Reformers replied that the councils did not explicitly contradict the Reformation doctrine, and more importantly, that creeds and councils were not infallible. Only the Bible, said the Reformers, is inerrant and absolutely authoritative. And how we need a reminder of that rhetoric to be sounded a little loudly in the Vatican!

Two things I would like to highlight: We call the doctrine of justification by faith (in Christ) the material principle of the Reformation because that doctrine is the “matter” or content of the reform. We call the doctrine of the supremacy of scriptural authority the formal principle of the Reformation, because that doctrine is the foundation upon which everything else is built. The doctrine of the supreme authority of the Bible does not mean that there are no secondary authorities in life, such as parents, governors, and church leaders. What it does mean is that the Bible and the Bible alone (sola scriptura) is the final and ultimate authority for our lives!

 

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8 responses to “Pope Gets Corrected on “Atheists who will stroll into Heaven”

  1. Truth2Freedom May 28, 2013 at 10:52

    Reblogged this on Truth2Freedom's Blog.

  2. Tony-Allen May 28, 2013 at 13:15

    Some of our Roman Catholic friends would probably argue that the pope is only infallible when he speaks ex cathedra. The problem is that your average Roman Catholic treats every single thing the pope says as infallible, to the point where I’ve had the argument thrown at me a few times of “You’re saying the pope was wrong?!”

    • Acidri May 28, 2013 at 18:48

      Rightly said! The average Roman Catholic takes him at his word as infallible.

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  4. glane8029 May 28, 2013 at 15:41

    Hate to bust your bubble but the Pope was born into sin just like you and me. Now he could be saved, but He is not infallible, He still with the sinful flesh like we do. If any man could be perfect Christ would not had have to die on the cross. The Bible says all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory, that includes the Pope.

    • Acidri May 28, 2013 at 18:48

      Thanks for bursting that bubble! Sadly Roman Catholic doctrine stipulates that the Pope is infallible when he sits “ex cathedra”.

      • glane8029 May 28, 2013 at 20:14

        Your welcome, it was done in love, can not compromise the word of God.

  5. Brian May 30, 2013 at 16:24

    “Only the Bible, said the Reformers, is inerrant and absolutely authoritative.”
    Only God, says God, is inerrant and absolutely authoritative.

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