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View Poll Results: Can only Catholics get to heaven?
Yes - no doubt about it. 3 7.69%
No. You can be a Christian of any denomination. 8 20.51%
wellll, I'm not so sure.....let me ponder this... 4 10.26%
Anyone of any faith - Christian or not - can go to heaven 24 61.54%
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Old Dec 19, '09, 12:24 pm
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Default Do you believe that only Catholics can get into heaven?

[b]Raise your hand if you believe that only Catholics can get into heaven![b]
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Old Dec 19, '09, 12:29 pm
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I don't think this is the Church teaching...

however there is clearly more graces available for Catholics to help in our salvation
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Old Dec 19, '09, 12:42 pm
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Default Re: Do you believe that only Catholics can get into heaven?

I doubt you'll get a lot of raised hands, even from the people who act like orthodox Catholics are the only ones capable making it in.
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Old Dec 19, '09, 12:56 pm
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That's what I'm hoping will happen.
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Old Dec 19, '09, 2:16 pm
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I believe that God, in his infinite mercy, can do anything. However, I believe that to rely upon that mercy to control my actions is presumptuous.

God provides us with his Church, and a means to salvation.
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Old Dec 19, '09, 2:33 pm
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I did not answer the poll because I think my answer could be misinterpreted. The answer is yes I believe that only Catholics go to Heaven, but not everybody who goes to Heaven is part of the Catholic Church here on Earth (the Church Militant I think it is called). Once people are committed to Heaven, one way or another, they are part of the Church. (Church Suffering? Is that the term I am looking for?)
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I did not answer the poll because I think my answer could be misinterpreted. The answer is yes I believe that only Catholics go to Heaven, but not everybody who goes to Heaven is part of the Catholic Church here on Earth (the Church Militant I think it is called). Once people are committed to Heaven, one way or another, they are part of the Church. (Church Suffering? Is that the term I am looking for?)
I agree with this, in that there is one Church.
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That's what I'm hoping will happen.
really?

I think it would be horrible/terrifying, seeing all those people go to hell including our friends and relatives... I honestly hope no one goes to hell though I know that won't happen. I believe non Catholics can be saved through invinsible ignorance.. like God won't put someone in hell just because they were born in a Protestant or Orthodox (or Muslim or Buddhist or atheist) family... they would only go there if they learn the truth but hate/reject it, knowingly. In the end though, we don't know for sure, only God is the judge.. we need to pray for mercy for all..that all would find Him, and that all would come to His Church. We need to understand that God WANTS to show people mercy..this is His will, this is why He died.

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I did not answer the poll because I think my answer could be misinterpreted. The answer is yes I believe that only Catholics go to Heaven, but not everybody who goes to Heaven is part of the Catholic Church here on Earth (the Church Militant I think it is called). Once people are committed to Heaven, one way or another, they are part of the Church. (Church Suffering? Is that the term I am looking for?)
that makes sense

the Church on earth is the Church Militant.. the Church in Heaven is the Church Triumphant..

God bless
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I did not answer the poll because I think my answer could be misinterpreted. The answer is yes I believe that only Catholics go to Heaven, but not everybody who goes to Heaven is part of the Catholic Church here on Earth (the Church Militant I think it is called). Once people are committed to Heaven, one way or another, they are part of the Church. (Church Suffering? Is that the term I am looking for?)
Those in heaven form the Church Triumphant.

Yeh, my answer was going to be: Everyone who gets into Heaven will be Catholic by the time they get there.


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Old Dec 19, '09, 4:39 pm
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While receiving sanctifying grace is totally undeserved, we, Christians, are still called to actually do certain things: Confession, attend mass to receive the Eucharist, pray, among others.

It is like going to the airport. Everyone wants a flight to heaven. While (most)Catholics do things that make sense, things that prepare their souls for heaven, this is like purchasing a ticket, checking in, going through security, waiting to board, so on. There are logical steps on getting onto a plane at the airport. Some people miss some steps and it would seem like they are not getting on the plane. However there is nothing stopping a pilot with a plane (God) from walking up to someone and asking if they want a free ride to Heaven. Ultimately, in my opinion, we are all getting a free ride.
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I believe that wherever you believe that you go when you die, that's where you go. For Catholics and people of faith, you go to an afterlife. For atheists, you go nowhere.

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the Church on earth is the Church Militant.. the Church in Heaven is the Church Triumphant..

God bless

I think I mean the ones in purgatory.
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Jeanne, that's not the Catholic teaching, sadly I almost wish it was true though, lol! the Church teaching is in a way - both harsher and more consoling.
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I think I mean the ones in purgatory.
oh I think that would be the Church Suffering, as you said
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Jeanne, that's not the Catholic teaching, sadly I almost wish it was true though, lol! the Church teaching is in a way - both harsher and more consoling.
I mean, I'm not going to be going condemning every person who is not Catholic to hell.

What is the Church's teaching?

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