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Do I have to be a Catholic to be saved?

Do I have to be a Catholic to be saved? Topic: What is a research briefing
June 17, 2019 / By Wilda
Question: I want to know if I have to go through the Catholic church or not. I understand the history and lineage, but it seems that the way people approach God in the Catholic church today isn't much like it was in 100 AD. I have two scriptures to reference... 1 Tim 2:5 "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." and John 14:6 "...No one comes to the Father except through me." It seems Jesus wanted us to come to God through him, not by praying to saints or by one specific church. There were many churches in 75 AD, they were people that had given their lives to Christ in different cities and they met with believers in their homes etc (Acts 2...). Has something changed, or am I not understanding something? Do I have to come to God via the Catholic church or can I just come to God via Jesus? Are protestants going to be accepted by God? I really want to know what YOU believe. I'm a little disappointed by the taking of sides on this question. I think Jesus would like us to have one united body of Christ and although there is a movement towards this globally, it isn't really being reflected well in most of these answers. I find it interesting, Imacatholic2, that the answer is yes you can be saved in another church, but you are really being saved by the power of the catholic church, which is kind of like saying no. I also find it interesting how many protestants think Catholics aren't saved and how many Catholics don't reflect the same opinion as their leadership. I would have picked, "No best answer", but I think I'll just let it go to voting. A genuine "thank you and God bless" to all of you who genuinely shared their belief on this one...
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Sharleen Sharleen | 6 days ago
To be saved, you first have to research that what is Truth. you Can't understand truth by these different types of answers. I has researched of All relidions of the world. A brief description for you. God Almighty sent many messangers on the earth like Adam, Noha, Moses, Jesus, Ibraheem, Solemn, Muhammad (Peace be upon all of them). And there were many revelation Of God on the earth. On every nation God sent Prophets. And all these prophets told to mankind one and the same thing that "worship none but one God". So the followers of these prophets were on truth and believed on one God(afterward they changed their religion somewhat) but It was the rule fron very begining that whenever a new prophet came in a nation, all previous revelations were canceled and one has to follow the new prophet(to be on right and to be saved).All these Prophets were for the time period(Till coming of next Prophet) So Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him) was the last and final messanger of God. And there will be no prophet after him. He was for whole the world(As said in Holy Quran).And And Holy Quran is the last message of God. So one has to follow Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) and the Holy Quran to be saved. This was Abstract of my research. For more you have to research to find truth to be saved. .
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Sharleen Originally Answered: Do I have to be a Catholic to be saved?
To be saved, you first have to research that what is Truth. you Can't understand truth by these different types of answers. I has researched of All relidions of the world. A brief description for you. God Almighty sent many messangers on the earth like Adam, Noha, Moses, Jesus, Ibraheem, Solemn, Muhammad (Peace be upon all of them). And there were many revelation Of God on the earth. On every nation God sent Prophets. And all these prophets told to mankind one and the same thing that "worship none but one God". So the followers of these prophets were on truth and believed on one God(afterward they changed their religion somewhat) but It was the rule fron very begining that whenever a new prophet came in a nation, all previous revelations were canceled and one has to follow the new prophet(to be on right and to be saved).All these Prophets were for the time period(Till coming of next Prophet) So Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him) was the last and final messanger of God. And there will be no prophet after him. He was for whole the world(As said in Holy Quran).And And Holy Quran is the last message of God. So one has to follow Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) and the Holy Quran to be saved. This was Abstract of my research. For more you have to research to find truth to be saved. .

Ossia Ossia
no. A crowd that had witnessed a miracle was following Jesus and asked him "What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?" Jesus said: "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:28 and 29) Notice they asked 'works' plural and Jesus replied 'work' singular. He said nothing about Baptism or communion or confession or alms for the poor or praying a certain prayer or living a good life. The book of Hebrews, in fact, is a warning to Christians not to fall back into the observances of the law thinking that salvation was in works. (read it, please, especially my Catholic friends). In Romans 7, we are taught that Christians are dead to the law. This applies to question this way: The Catholic church teaches several musts for salvation, including you must be a member of the Catholic Church (if you know you must be a member of the Catholic Church, that is), you must be baptized, and other works conditions including somehow the pope praying for you. And there are other 'good' works or things to abstain from that while not technically required for salvation, added to the chances you'd ultimately go to heaven, such as communion, not eating meat on Fridays (since rescinded), saying the rosary prayer, visiting certain holy sites, etc. The Catholic doctrine, despite all the good folks (like Jennyfer down there, who appears to have her faith in Christ rather than the pope.) who attend the services, is a works doctrine. There is no salvation in it. The bible also has this to say about keeping the law for salvation: For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Romans 10:3-4
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Mallory Mallory
No. While the Catholic Church believes that she is "the highest exemplar" of the mystery that is the Church of Christ, she does not claim that non-Catholic Churches are not "saved". The Catholic Church teaches: Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements. Christ's Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him. For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, section 819: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt1s... With love in Christ.
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Kimberley Kimberley
Being Catholic has nothing to do with being "saved." Believing in God and Jesus does just as living a good life through His teachings impacts the end result.
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Janelle Janelle
Not like it was in 100AD!? The Catholic Church is the only place where it is anything like it was in 100 AD! ****************************** "Confess your sins in church, and do not go up to your prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of life. . . . On the Lord’s Day gather together, break bread, and give thanks, after confessing your transgressions so that your sacrifice may be pure" (Didache 4:14, 14:1 [A.D. 70]). Ignatius "I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible" (Letter to the Romans 7:3 [A.D. 110]). Ignatius "Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God. . . . They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes" (Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6:2–7:1 [A.D. 110]). Ignatius "Take care to do all things in harmony with God, with the bishop presiding in the place of God, and with the presbyters in the place of the council of the apostles, and with the deacons, who are most dear to me, entrusted with the business of Jesus Christ, who was with the Father from the beginning and is at last made manifest" (Letter to the Magnesians, 6:1). Hermas But you, [Hermas,] having been strengthened by the holy angel [you saw], and having obtained from him such intercession (The Shepherd 3:5:4 [A.D. 80]) Pope Clement I Our apostles knew through our Lord Jesus Christ that there would be strife for the office of bishop. For this reason, therefore, having received perfect foreknowledge, they appointed those who have already been mentioned and afterwards added the further provision that, if they should die, other approved men should succeed to their ministry" (Letter to the Corinthians 42:4–5, 44:1–3 [A.D. 80]). Hermas "Therefore shall you [Hermas] write two little books and send one to Clement [Bishop of Rome] and one to Grapte. Clement shall then send it to the cities abroad, because that is his duty" (The Shepherd 2:4:3 [A.D. 80]).
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Janelle Originally Answered: Why does the NWT translate Romans 10:13 as: "For everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved"?
You are 100% on target. The Watchtower teaches that Jehovah is God’s true name but that "Superstitious Jewish Scribes removed it from the Bible". They make the claim that their New World Translation has "faithfully restored" it to the OT & inserted it in the NT "where it made sense to do so". These are direct quotes from their literature. Now, they have gone a step further in forcing the name into Romans 10:13, thereby, making the use of the name as essential to salvation. Here is the TRUTH about the matter: * OT Scribes used the Hebrew consonants YHWH. Later these were combined with the vowels from “Adonai” (Lord). The result was “Yahowah”, later translated “Jehovah”—A Man-Made Term! * As the word has Hebrew origins, it cannot be forced into the Greek NT. You are absolutely correct in stating that In all of the Greek manuscripts we have, “Kurios” (Lord) or “Theos” (God) is used—Never Jehovah—not even when quoting the OT. Absolutely! This is irrevocable FACT. However, I will state that I do not have a problem with the name itself. I will even use it when conversing with JWs, as they prefer it. What I do take huge issue with, however, is how the WT uses it to skew theology! This verse is a perfect case in point, as they have won many converts to their cause by claiming that the only way one can be saved is to use the name. Not only is this complete heresy but it completely legalistic as well. Do you REALLY think that God is going to determine your fate by whether or not you call Him by Jehovah, Elohim, Adonai, etc.? Completely and patently ridiculous! EDIT: First of all, the WT is assuming that it is correct to translate Joel 2:32 to include "Jehovah" in the first place. Yet The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia states under the heading for Tetragrammaton: "Term generally used to designate the Divine Name (YHVH) traditionally not pronounced by Jews and formerly misread Jehovah by Christians". See, that?? MISREAD. From a Jewish source! Yes, we will concede that Paul is directly quoting from Joel. However, this only proves that Yehweh and Jesus are one in the same, as the whole of the NT testifies that it is by the name of JESUS that we are saved. The WT proves the diety of Christ all of the time in such arguments yet staunchly refuses to admit it! Jolie: "Remarkable" you say? That is fascinating when not ONE NWT "translator" could speak, read, nor write a lick of Hebrew or Kurios Greek. In fact, the leader of the "translation" team was completely made a fool of in a court of law when he could not read a passage from Genesis that any 1st semester Hebrew student could easily have read. Proof in the pudding. Jason W: You are right on target--and from what I have heard, you actually used to be a JW. Praise God that you have now come to realize the true source of your salvation!

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