=LEMAITRE;10129873]The short answer to the topic title of the thread is Yes. God chooses to save whoever he pleases.
no, actually not.:rolleyes:
This would God imperfect and judgmental. He can't be either and still be our Good and perfect God.
Only man has what is needed to rationalize, love and hate. This requires a mind, intellect, FREEWILL which are all permnantly attached to our Souls.
Each of these "things" is a Spiritual reality" as is God. And Like God these "things are imortal and cannot die or be killed.
Because God grants man ALONE this package which emulates Him; God OBLIGATES Himself to [he MUST] permit man to exercise these gifts and choose heaven or hell by ourselves. Yes Grace Offered is a huge factor.
Here's the PROOF:
Isa.43 Verses 7 and 21: **“every one who is called by my name, whom **I created for my glory, **whom I formed and made." AND the people whom I formed for myself **that they might declare my praise.”
Divine Justice demands that it be OUR choice.
That said: Back to the OPQ
Certainly everyone "can" be saved CONDITIONALLY.:thumbsup:
Perhaps a more precise question might be: can anyone be saved in any manner not precisely and specifically designed; commanded and demanded by God Himself.
Becaue "All salvation MUSt and most certainly flow through the CC" we teach that only when it is through no self desired fault; our choice competing with Christ] may one who does not KNOW of the required process [always a process] MAY one conditionally hope to be saved if not accociated with Christ one God; Faith and Church.
CCC 754 "The Church is, accordingly, a sheepfold, the sole and necessary gateway to which is Christ. It is also the flock of which God himself foretold that he would be the shepherd, and whose sheep, even though governed by human shepherds, are unfailingly nourished and led by Christ himself, the Good Shepherd and Prince of Shepherds, who gave his life for his sheep.
*816 *"The sole Church of Christ [is that] which our Savior, after his Resurrection, entrusted to Peter's pastoral care, commissioning him and the other apostles to extend and rule it. . . . This Church, constituted and organized as a society in the present world, subsists in (subsistit in) the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him."
The Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism explains: "For it is through Christ's Catholic Church alone, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained. It was to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, that we believe that our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant, in order to establish on earth the one Body of Christ into which all those should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the People of God."
**847 **This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience - those too may achieve eternal salvation.
There' more but, space is limited:o