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Is it true that the official position of the Catholic Church is that Christ has saved all people whether or not they are aware of the fact or even don't believe in Christ?
July 13, 2009 4:05PM
No. The official position of the Catholic Church is that some people will be saved and live eternally with God in Heaven. But not everyone will be saved; some will be eternally lost. Of the ones who are saved and live eternally with God in Heaven, their salvation will have been won by the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, some of the people whom God will save by Christ's sacrifice, will not necessarily have heard the Gospel preached during their lifetimes, or will have been taught all their lives to believe in some other religion opposed to the Gospel. This class of persons includes, for example, infants, especially unborn infants, who die without baptism, and persons living in remote regions of the Earth who have never enountered a metal knife blade, a camera, or a pair of binoculars, much less the Gospel. Nevertheless, it is within the power of the God of mercies even at the moment of their deaths, to make them acquainted with what Jesus Christ did for them, to extend to them the invitation to accept the gift of salvation, to receive their response, and to welcome them into Heaven. For time means nothing to God; with God, an instant can be as a thousand years, and a thousand years as an instant. For those of us who know and serve the Lord all our lives - to know and serve Him here on Earth is itself a privilege and a blessing, and to look forward to being with Him for all eternity is a blessing, too. And for those who enter into His kingdom without having ever had the opportunity to know Him here on Earth - to be with Him throughout all eternity is also for them a privilege and a blessing. Jonab answer: The Catholic church certainly have the answer for all those people who lived before and after Christ time and who had never heard of Christ during their life time. It is ridiculous to think that all those people would perish in hell. And secondly if anyone ever enters heaven it would be because "their salvation will have been won by the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ." For there is no other way by which any person can enter heaven. The fact is many people died without the knowledge of Christ. Could it be that even after death the knowledge of Christ wouls be revealed to them....