If you truly believe we must be more inclusive as to who is saved by God, then why be Catholic?<quoted text>
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I know what you mean, but I think we must expand our definition of being a Christian into more metaphysical surroundings....
More or less, people of faith are going to be those promised to Abraham in Gen12:1-3(...in you all families of the earth shall be blessed.). And these go to Abraham's bosom, and are continuing to do so to this day.
So we must be more inclusive as to who is saved by God....Now those that hear the message, and ignore, or reject it is one thing. But for instance, if a Christian sees in another, poor in spirit, yet being pitiful, hurt, but living by faith, and being charitable with the things he owns, is that not the Image of God?
Before we think badly of some preacher, such as Billy Graham because of his beliefs, and experience, we need much introspection as to how much we are a service to the Kingdom of God.
Christianity is not some group in this world....There are plenty of those to go around, be they individuals, clans, tribes, nations, religions, empires, kingdoms. So Christiantiy needn't and doesn't act like other groups of people. It does not need anything but God, and His Grace. And for those persecuted for the sake of the Kingdom of God, we pray for, and share in their sufferings. It is not other religions that persecute, rather it is the world, and those of the world.
I think faith is inclusive, and not exclusive....For Christians must be known by their love, and not their abilities, and accomplishments in this world.
The RCC even today has a very narrow view.
Speaking of non-Catholics -- "to obtain salvation under those conditions is very difficult."
In other words, the RCC now graciously admits that a Protestant might go to Heaven, because in the end, it's all up to God -- but the RCC today says it is very difficult.
Wow, that's enlightened. 500 years ago, it was impossible.
Get real -- like the Highest Power in the Universe really cares into which religion you were indoctrinated?
Despite all the double-speak, that's still the fundamental RCC position.