Atheists Cannot Go to Heaven

Atheists can go to Heaven. This is the message given by Pope Francis in a homily during Mass on May 22, 2015:

The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! “Father, the atheists?” Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. “But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!” But do good: we will meet one another there.

I beg to differ. Either Pope Francis is deluding himself or he is purposely misleading people.

While it is true that Jesus Christ has redeemed all of mankind, it does not mean that atheists can go to Heaven. The fact is that only people who of their own free will want to be redeemed and choose to be redeemed are able to do so.

Jesus Christ has redeemed all people, but only those who want to be redeemed will partake of the blessings of the act of Salvation. But anyone who wants to will indeed become blessed, because his will entitles Me to snatch the soul from My adversary, because I have paid the purchase price for it with My blood. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7369)

But even My love does not determine your will. For you have chosen this wretched state of your own free will, and of your own free will you shall also make an effort to be saved from it again. And for this reason the salvation through Jesus Christ requires your free will, otherwise the whole world would have been redeemed already, otherwise no one would be in bondage and weakness any longer, because the act of Salvation has been accomplished for all humankind. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6938)

As the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis should know better. Jesus Christ is the key to Salvation.

Jesus told him: I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

We cannot bypass Jesus Christ. Doing good is just a part of the equation. In order to be redeemed, we must call on Jesus Christ, we must acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and we must of our own free will choose Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

You can release yourselves from the lord who still has control over you during your earthly life only by calling upon another Lord for protection. And I Am waiting for this call, for then I will also be entitled to snatch you away from him, because I have bought this right as the man Jesus by My sacrificial death. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7038)

I only require the will of the human being; I only require the acknowledgement of Jesus as the Son of God and Redeemer of the world, in Whom I Myself accomplished the act of Salvation for people, in order to then be able to grant them the blessings of the act of Salvation which consists in the fact that the will of the human being finds strength, that he can receive the strength to achieve the transformation back into love. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7369)

Atheists cannot go to Heaven even if they do good all their lives. For their souls to be able to go to Heaven, they must first acknowledge Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour, if not on Earth, then in the kingdom of the beyond.

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The Worship of Mary

When you walk into any Catholic Church, you will find a statue of Mary, in front of which you can see many votive candles burning. I have seen many people touching and kissing the feet of the statue. The Catholic Church has certainly made the Catholic Mary a second God.

The Catholic Mary is known by many titles, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to name a few. The rosary is a devotion to the Catholic Mary. The Catholic Mary granted fifteen promises to those who faithfully serve her by reciting the rosary.

The devotion to the Catholic Mary, however, is a blatant contradiction to what God Himself said in Exodus 20:3:

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

The Catholic Mary is clearly a work of Satan, whose goal is to confuse people and to turn them away from God.

And he deems the mother of Jesus to be the best means, which he first puts in the forefront of people so that they, due to their veneration and glorification, forget their real purpose of earthly life: to attain the bond with Jesus Christ Himself, which is the only guarantee for the salvation of the soul. Thus people carry out an apparently righteous act of love for the mother of Jesus, but Satan’s intended result is less love for the divine Redeemer Himself, Who more or less takes second place. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7460)

Through these apparitions he predicts forthcoming events to people, which he indeed knows will happen, and thus he creates an impression of credibility even though it is a strategy of disguise in order to cause even greater confusion. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7460)

But he cannot stop himself from demanding honour and fame, and does this through the mouth of those camouflaged beings of light by demanding the building of churches and altars where homage should be paid to him, because he himself hides behind such apparitions. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7460)

A true being of light will not persuade people to perform formal prayers for hours either, but motivate them to establish a living bond with Jesus Christ, where only and forever salvation is to be found. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7460)

My earthly mother will never want to be the centre of events which stop the masses from taking the direct path to Me; she will never try to draw people’s attention and thoughts to herself because it would be the same as slighting Me, to Whom she gives all her love and devotion. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7045)

The Catholic Mary is not the biblical Mary, a humble and willing servant of God, as we read in Luke 1:38:

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word ….

Do not be deceived. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Only He can guarantee us eternal salvation.

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God Is Not Afraid of New Things

Many people believe that the Catholic Church should change and adapt to the changing conditions of society. Pope Francis has been pushing for the acceptance of practising homosexuals and remarried divorcees since he became the head of the Catholic Church.

Unfortunately, the changes he is trying to push are against God’s laws and Jesus’ teachings.

  • Leviticus 20:13 clearly states what God thinks of homosexual practice:

    If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination …

  • Mark 10:11–12 tell us what Jesus thinks of remarried divorcees:

    And he saith to them: Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

We read in John 15:18–19:

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Regardless of what the secular world thinks, as followers of Jesus we need to cling to His teachings. It is better to be in Jesus’ good graces than to be in dialogue with the world.

Yes, “God is not afraid of new things”, as Pope Francis put it; but that doesn’t mean that God gave the Catholic Church the power to change His laws.

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Changing God’s Law on Homosexuality

In an interview with the Belgian daily De Morgen on December 27, 2014, the Bishop of Antwerp called for the Roman Catholic Church to recognise homosexual relationships, saying:

We must look within the Church for a formal recognition of relationship that is also present in many homosexual couples. Just as in society there is a variety of legal frameworks for couples, there should also be a variety of forms of recognition within the Church.

Apart from the Bishop of Antwerp, there are many bishops and cardinals who support gay marriage. Using a term like “the surprises of the Holy Spirit”, these Church leaders are constantly trying to undermine God’s laws and commandments. It is very likely that the Catholic Church will recognise gay union in the near future.

I believe it is past time that these so-called servants of God reread Leviticus 20:13, which clearly states:

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination ….

As true servants of God, they should know that only Jesus can change God’s law on homosexuality. Yet Jesus said nothing against it.

Just because society views homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle, it doesn’t mean that God will see it that way. And even if the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian Churches recognise homosexual relationships, it doesn’t mean that God will.

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The Laws Jesus Redefined

No one except Jesus—the Son of God—has the authority to redefine God’s laws. Jesus did so with God’s permission, as we read in John 6:38:

For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Here are the changes Jesus made regarding:

  • Anger and Reconciliation

    You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou Fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath any thing against thee; Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother: and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift. Be at agreement with thy adversary betimes, whilst thou art in the way with him: lest perhaps the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing. (Matthew 5:21–26)

  • Adultery

    You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart. And if thy right eye scandalize thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee. For it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell. And if thy right hand scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell. (Matthew 5:27–30)

  • Divorce

    And it hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce. But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting for the cause of fornication, maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery. (Matthew 5:31–32)

  • Oaths

    Again you have heard that it was said to them of old, Thou shalt not forswear thyself: but thou shalt perform thy oaths to the Lord. But I say to you not to swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God: Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool: nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king: Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil. (Matthew 5:33–37)

  • Retaliation

    You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other: And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him. And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two, Give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away. (Matthew 5:38–42)

  • Neighbours and Enemies

    Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (Matthew 5:43–47)

  • Stoning

    And Jesus went unto mount Olivet. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him, and sitting down he taught them. And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst, And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery. Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou? And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground. When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground. But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst. (John 8:1–9)

As you can see, Jesus redefined quite a few of God’s laws. As Christians, we must do our best to follow Jesus in word and in deed.

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Not All Will Go to Heaven

On November 26, 2014, Pope Francis told the general audience who gathered in St. Peter’s Square:

It is beautiful to think of this, to think of Heaven. And we will all meet there. All of us, all of us … up there … all of us ….

It is true that Jesus offered His life to redeem the sins of everyone, but it does not mean that everyone will go to Heaven. For those who are not familiar with the Bible, they may be led to believe that all will go to Heaven, which, unfortunately, is not the case.

Jesus never said that all will go to Heaven. As a matter of fact, he told us in Matthew 7:13–14:

Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!

It is clear from this passage that few will find the way that leads to Heaven.

Read the Bible. Do not be lulled into false complacency, thinking that you will go to Heaven regardless of how you live your life.

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The Trinity Doctrine

The Trinity doctrine was formulated over the course of several centuries after the death of Jesus Christ. The doctrine defines God as three separate but equal persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church, the Orthodox Churches and most Christian Churches support the Trinity doctrine, but I beg to differ.

  • I believe that there is only God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son.

    We read in Genesis 1:26:

    And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    We read in John 16:28:

    I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again I leave the world, and I go to the Father.

  • I believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son.

    We read in John 17:24:

    Father, I will that where I am, they also whom thou hast given me may be with me; that they may see my glory which thou hast given me, because thou hast loved me before the creation of the world.

    We read in Matthew 11:27:

    All things are delivered to me by my Father. And no one knoweth the Son, but the Father: neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him.

    We read in Matthew 16:15–17:

    Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.

  • I believe that Jesus Christ is subject to God the Father.

    We read in John 4:34:

    Jesus saith to them: My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work.

    We read in John 5:19:

    Then Jesus answered, and said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you, the Son cannot do any thing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doth, these the Son also doth in like manner.

    We read in John 5:30:

    I cannot of myself do any thing. As I hear, so I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of him that sent me.

    We read in John 7:16:

    Jesus answered them, and said: My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

    We read in John 8:28–29:

    Jesus therefore said to them: When you shall have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know, that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself, but as the Father hath taught me, these things I speak: And he that sent me, is with me, and he hath not left me alone: for I do always the things that please him.

    We read in John 12:49:

    For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father who sent me, he gave me commandment what I should say, and what I should speak.

    We read in John 14:28:

    … If you loved me, you would indeed be glad, because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I.

  • I believe that the Holy Spirit proceeds from God the Father.

    We read in Joel 2:28–29:

    And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

    We read in John 15:26:

    But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

    We read in Matthew 10:20:

    For it is not ye that speaketh but the Spirit of Your Father which speaketh in ye.

  • I believe that God the Father and Jesus the Son are separate beings. Even Jesus Himself does not know the exact day and hour of His Second Coming.

    We read in Matthew 24:36:

    But of that day and hour no one knoweth, not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone.

    We read in Mark 13:29–32:

    So you also when you shall see these things come to pass, know ye that it is very nigh, even at the doors. Amen I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, until all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away. But of that day or hour no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father.

In addition, Paul’s letters never included the Holy Spirit in his salutations:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans)

Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians)

Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians)

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ. (Galatians)

Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians)

Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians)

Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians)

Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians)

Grace unto you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians)

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Timothy)

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. (2 Timothy)

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. (Titus)

Grace to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philemon)

It is clear from Jesus’ words and from Paul’s letters that there is only God the Father and Jesus the Son. The Trinity doctrine of three separate, equal persons in one God is an artificial construct.

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