So how does anyone get to Heaven? The Bible says in the book of John chapter 3 verse 3: Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." What does this mean? Let's look at what John chapter 3 says as the answer is in the text.
This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."
Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Many people say that verse 5 is water baptism and that is how to become born again.
John chapter 3 verse 5 says "unless one is born of water and the Spirit,"
then verse 6 immediately says: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
What does this mean?
"Born of water," "and the Spirit."
"That which is born of flesh is flesh," "that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
1st we were born of water (physical birth, mother's water breaks,) and 2nd we must be indwelt with God the Spirit. To further help we can look at Romans chapter 10 verses 9-10
Rom 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
In verse 9 it says if we confess (means to agree with,) Jesus as Lord and believe He rose after 3 days WE WILL BE SAVED. In verse 10 God says with the MOUTH CONFESSION is made UNTO SALVATION. Put John 3 together with Romans and we see that:
THIS IS THE GOSPEL. GOOD NEWS. JESUS LOVED US SO MUCH HE DIED ON THE CROSS FOR US.
The story of the thief on the cross next to Jesus is glorious. That thief:
"Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
Luk 23:39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us."
vs 40: But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
vs 41: And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."
vs 42: Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom."
vs 43: And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
Verse 42 the thief acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Jesus saved him from damnation (hell,) by assuring him "today you will be with Me in Paradise. What a glorious God and Saviour we have the honour to trust in.
Acts 3:18-19 says: "But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.18
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out...."19
So in closing to get to heaven you must follow the Bible;
It is not the prayer that saves you but the fact that when you say it you mean what you say.
For members of any one group to say that members of any other group will or will not "go to heaven" is presumption of the worst kind. God will judge; man's responisibility is to exercise HUMILITY, learn the TRUTH and FOLLOW it.
I would like to say that personally i think anyone can go to heaven although no one has the right to declare that someone will or wont because this is Gods choice but we can say our views . I think that as long as you are generally a good person with no major sins you can eventually get to heaven. i don't understand why some people think if you are not established in a faith or something you cant go. Like if a child was never introduced to a religion by there parents is it there fault?
As commentary on this, I am an atheist, I'd like to broaden the perspective a bit more, what you say is I think shows you have a good moral compass, but the reason most Christians don't believe this is because the bible does not give you a free pass except through Jesus, and in a few verses, expressly deny's you heaven. It would be nice if it did huh? Because far more than parents, for most of history, odds are you where not born in a geographical location where you could learn about Jesus, A few continents and locations it becomes actually imposable.
Catholics don't say if you do certain things you will or wont go to heaven we leave this to God to decide. And i have a question for you who think that if you say this special pray you will get to heaven, if you say the prayer but are a very bad person after sinning continually without being sorry for what you did can you still go? Is it a definite meaning after you say and believe it no matter what you still can go? i don't think its definite nor do i know if this prayer helps you i just say if you try hard yo will eventually get to heaven.
This is a bit of a misconception I know a lot of atheists and theologians wrassle with the idea of god's forgiveness extending to monsters, especially while the virtuous non believers by RAW are condemned, The bible is fairly clear however, These words are not a magic check book, The real currency of those prayers are the genuine feelings of the individual that he or she is doing grievously wrong and wants to change, a few verses go so far as to say if you play half hearted with god, He would rather you didn't 'love' him at all
It is not for us to decide. And the difference between purgatory believes between Catholics and other Christians i think is the fact that some think you will g straight to heaven as long as you believe but we Catholics believe you have to make up for what you did wrong on earth. we have no idea how long it will take or how it is also mentioned in the Bible (sorry i am not exactly sher were) that you must be cleansed by a painful process and something to do with fire. this is part of the reason we Catholics believe in purgatory.
Well, It would be nice in my opinion if the punishment didn't include your god's crazy absolute morality system. for 1500 years far more people who died (and mostly children) were without the vaguest notions of the western view of religion, that you must believe in Jesus to be saved. I know many individuals struggling with faith might find it disheartening to see their religion boiled down to that uncomfortable fact, but if it where not the case, there would not be missions to save souls in basically every sect, and the aspect would be preserved in scripture. If you strongly believe the non believers and heathens get a ticket to heaven when they don't obey the first commandant or Jesus, Your views just aren't in line with the current versions of the bible (not that it's really changed too much) and if this is a growing movement in their religious sect it hasn't made it into any scripture I know of yet. I would personally like to see it occur but as many 'improvements' to Christianity, I find, if you don't actually need Jesus for salvation. How is it still Christianity? In any case, I hope this puts a broader perspective to the reader on the issue of heathen salvation.
Catholics believe that only catholics can get to heaven.
The only major difference is that Protestants believe if go to heaven you go straight to heaven. Catholics believe for most people you have to go to purgatory before you go to heaven.
No i dont think they do :/ they believe what protestants believe and what they are is wrong but no catholic wishes anyone to go to hell Catholics believe that anyone whok lives a life of goodness and does not reject God may go to heaven. We live in the hope that all are saved.
Catholics & Orthodox believe in Apostolic Succession, while Protestants only go by what is in the Bible.
it depends on what you believe some strongly believe that yes all baptised people including catholics go to heaven
It would really depend on the Catholic. Some have varying beliefs on the matter of who is going to heaven and who isnt. Some catholics may feel only Catholics can go to heaven but if you are looking at catholic doctrine and what the catholic doctrine teaches it does not say you must be Catholic to go to heaven.
A:Catholics believe that they must first spend time in purgatory before going to heaven. One Protestant belief is that they go to heaven right away. However, there is another Protestant form of belief that they do not go to heaven until the Last Judgement. Many Protestants seem confused as to which of these options they really believe.
Your moms a catholic
Without really getting into it, (as it can be a rather long and descriptive), the main differences are: Catholics believe in the virgin Mary, Protestants do not. Catholics pray to saints, Protestants do not. When it comes to scripture, Protestants sole and only source is the bible. Catholics follow the bible, as well as Roman Catholic traditions. Catholics believe in Purgatory, (where you are purified if you are not yet perfect when you die) Protestants on the other hand believe if you follow the bible, and accept Christ you will go directly to heaven. Protestants do not approve or follow the Pope. Protestants believe that faith alone will grant you access to heaven. Catholics believe faith as well as good deeds on earth will send you to heaven.This is a fairly quick run down of some of the fundamental differences between the two. Like i stated this is quite an in depth subject and can be fairly extensive in exact differences and beliefs.Source: i am Irish decent with Irish citizenship and have traveled Ireland extensively both Northern Ireland and south. The fundamental differences there are clear and definitive in regards to your question. I could not expose my Celtic cross tattoo in the North, as protestants would know i am a catholic, and would not take kindly to it.
Yes.Well, ya. They believe that if you are good on earth that you will go to heaven. Like most religions.
Catholics believe that the soul goes to purgatory to get purified, then goes to heaven.
Becaus Catholics aren't Christians. Catholics believe that you have to go through the High Priest to talk to God, they believe that you'll go to purgetory if you do something wrong you didn't confess, and they pray to the saints. Christians, on the other hand, don't believe they need to go through someone else to talk to God (Jesus took care of the sepparation), they believe that if you rely on Jesus to get to heaven then you will go to heaven (no pergetory), and they only pray to God because the saints are only human.
Roman Catholic AnswerCatholics believe that death and dying are a result of sin, and that immediately after death we are judged and either go to heaven (with or without the detour through purgatory) or hell.
Christians believe that as long as you ask Jesus to come into your heart and to save you from your sins, than you will go to heaven. Muslims believe you have to earn your way to heaven and do many strange things. catholics believe that you must please God by doing "good works".
*This is generalising* The two main cultural groups in Northern Ireland are Protestants and Catholics Protestants: Political view= unionist/loyalist Nationality= British Catholics; PV= nationalist/republican N= Irish Protestants tend to play rugby, cricket, football Catholics tend to play Gaelic Football and Hurling, Protestants support Glasgow Rangers FC Catholics support Glasgow Celtic FC Protestants vote for DUP & UUP Catholics vote for Sinn Féin & SDLP Protestants live in east Belfast Catholics live in west Belfast Protestants go to state run schools Catholics go to Roman Catholic schools Protestants are in the Orange Order Catholics are in the GAA Protestants celebrate the Orange day (12th July) Catholics celebrate Easter Rising Catholics speak Irish as their 2nd language Protestants speak Ulster-Scots as their 2nd language Protestants wear a poppy to remember their fallen Catholics wear a lily to remember their fallen Protestants regard the IRA as terrorists Catholics regard the IRA as freedom fighters Protestants fly the Union flag Catholics fly the Tri-colour flag Protestants call the 2nd largest city 'Londonderry' Catholics call the city 'Derry' Protestants refer to 'Northern Ireland' Catholics refer to 'the north of Ireland' Catholics eyes are meant to be closer together Protestants say ee-ch for the letter H Catholics say he-ch for the letter H Protestants call Catholics; fenians or taigs Catholics call Protestants huns Protestants see Ian Paisley as their leader for unionism; Catholics see Gerry Adams as their leader for Irish nationalism Protestants read the Newsletter Catholics read the Irish Times Protestants tend to be more right-wing. DUP are anti-same-sex marriage, anti-abortion, conservative Catholics tend to be more left-wing. Sinn Féin are pro-same-sex marriage, pro-abortion, liberal Young Protestants are in flute bands Young Catholics do Irish dancing Protestants see the Queen as their figure head Catholics see the Pope as their figure head Catholics have larger families because of disapproval of contraception. *These are just stereotypes that I have just grown up with and do not apply to the majority of people here. Just a bit of banter.
In principle, there is no reason why they shouldn't. But in the end, it's down to the individual, not the denomination they have attached themselves to.
Because God came to earth, and was incarnate of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and promised heaven to those who did His Will, repented of their sins, and believed in the Gospel.
They go to different churches. Most Protestants have an allegiance to Britain. Most Catholics don't. Protestants and Catholics have different cultural interests. Protestants would not have interest in Irish music, the Irish language and the sports Gaelic Football and Hurling, which Catholics would for example. They go to different schools. As people and in day to day life, they have a lot in common, as do all people in they have to live, work, eat, raise children etc.
You determine wether you go to Heaven or Hell. Its your choice who to serve.
Most Catholics believe that when you die, you go into Purgatory. This is a time where you wait to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (or Hell, but not usually). They believe that the people back on Earth should pray for the person, as it will help them get into Heaven. Whilst you are in Purgatory, your sins are judged by God and cleansed or you go into Hell. By the way, Hell isn't supposed to be full of Demons and stuff like that. Its originally a "Place without God".
since catholics believe that Jesus is the savior and they are early christians so um the truth is that there is no new heaven or earth. so this is the word that christians use as the end of the world called the rapture(meaning apocolypes) so people who believe in Jesus christ may rise up with him to go to heaven supernaturally,and people who don't believe in god must stay down on the ruined earth and be ruled by Satan for 1000yrs.
Even Christians have different beliefs among denominations. For example, the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) do not believe in the Trinity (they believe that God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are three different beings) and they do not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ. Therefore, they are considered as a cult, or those who do go against the main beliefs of Christianity. and yes, they will go to hell. The reason for the fights between Catholics and Protestants? The Pope. Protestants believe in no superior figure than God himself, but the Catholics believe in the Pope as a supremacy among the humans, although lower than God.
Roman Catholic AnswerCatholicism believes in Our Blessed Savior who came to earth to make atonement for our sins and enable us to go to heaven. Our Blessed Savior taught us to offer the other cheek, and to not refuse the man who compells us to go a mile with him. Catholics, as a religion, do not believe in violence.
The majority of Mexicans are Roman Catholics and do not believe the souls of people come back as anything, but instead go to Heaven or Hell, or Purgatory.