Baptism question

Could anyone tell me what exactly happens to someone who isnt baptized?

I’m going to assume you are speaking of adults with the use of reason here.

And no, I can’t tell you, because I don’t know. None of us know the outcome of the final judgement, because it has not been rendered yet. We can’t presume to know the outcome of the Final Judgement. But there are a few things we do know:

*]They are in a state of original sin and guilty of personal sin’s, so they need redemption.
*]Jesus died for there sins.
*]Jesus desires for them to be saved.
*]Jesus will send them Grace, no matter what the circumstance are, to show them the good.
*]It’s possible that they chose what light they had access to and were connected to Christ in a mysterious way and so saved.

So, basically, all we can do is entrust them to the Lord. Jesus sends graces sufficient for salvation even to the unbaptized, but this always has to be connected with Jesus Christ and the Church. So all we can do is hope, we do not know where they will end up. But God will not damn anyone except those who have totally refused him. Salvation is available to all, even the unbaptized.

One further remark, Scripture and Tradition rightly assert the absolute necessity of Baptismal Grace, the new birth, for entering the Kingdom of God. God has bound himself to the Sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by it. So the obvious and normal way to receive the Grace of Baptism, is through Baptism, that is it’s purpose. The other way is called Baptism of death, in which one receives the Grace of Baptism through giving one’s life for Christ. The other way is called Baptism of Desire, in which one’s desire to receive the Sacrament can suffice. This desire can be explicit, one wanting to receive Baptism but not being able. And it can be implicit, as in one desires the truth, and to follow the will of God, even if this does not result in explicit knowledge of Jesus Christ and his Sacrament.

Ok, thank you. I asked because my cousins have never been baptized, their parents never really taught them about religion. I never thought about it like that, I appreciate the response as it makes total sense.

From the Catechism:


1257 The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. [60] He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them. [61] Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. [62] The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are “reborn of water and the Spirit.” God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments.

1258 The Church has always held the firm conviction that those who suffer death for the sake of the faith without having received Baptism are baptized by their death for and with Christ. This Baptism of blood, like the desire for Baptism, brings about the fruits of Baptism without being a sacrament.

1259 For catechumens who die before their Baptism, their explicit desire to receive it, together with repentance for their sins, and charity, assures them the salvation that they were not able to receive through the sacrament.

1260 “Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partakers, in a way known to God, of the Paschal mystery.” [63] Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and of his Church, but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can be saved. It may be supposed that such persons would have desired Baptism explicitly if they had known its necessity.

1261 As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus’ tenderness toward children which caused him to say: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,” [64] allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism. All the more urgent is the Church’s call not to prevent little children coming to Christ through the gift of holy Baptism.

[60] Cf. Jn 3:5.
[61] Cf. Mt 28:19-20; cf. Council of Trent (1547) DS 1618; LG 14; AG 5.
[62] Cf. Mk 16:16.
[63] GS 22 § 5; cf. LG 16; AG 7.
[64] Mk 10 14; cf. 1 Tim 2:4.

Basically, Baptism is the only way the Church knows for someone to be saved because that is what Christ explicitly revealed. But we may still hope that – in light of God’s mercy – He will extend that grace to the non-Baptized in other ways.

This is really the only way to avoid the twin errors of laxity in our obligation to evangelize and judgment upon the state of the souls of the unbaptized. It reminds me of the maxim: Work like everything depends on you and pray like everything depends on God. That’s pretty much the balance the Church is trying to strike. We can only go with what we know. But we also know that we don’t know everything. :slight_smile:

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