[quote=gelsbern]Well I am certainly getting some good answers, but still vague. See I agree with bajolyn and All4lifetoo but, if what they say is all that is required, then why would the Roman Catholic Church require anyone to believe in more than what is needed for salvation?
I have heard too many times, if you don’t believe in the Marian doctrines you will go to hell, if you don’t believe in the intercession of the saints, you will go to hell. Is it true?
For myself, I leave all the sweating about going to hell pretty much for others. I found that if I go around with that as a motivating factor, it causes anxiety.
Much more interesting and relevant, as far as I’m concerned, is to become transformed by internalizing the message of the Good News and experiencing true peace and freedom, and a heart that naturally seeks to please God. This is wonderful because the interior silence generated by “unthinking” predisposes us to better hear the whispered silence of the Holy Spirit within us.
I skipped around a lot, but I just wanted to throw that in. If I worry about going to hell, then that results in an unhealthy focus on the law which brings death; any static set of rules and regulations cannot hold a candle (or is that a tongue) to the Holy Spirit.
[quote=Romans 12:2]Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.
In my experience it is difficult, to the point of being maddening, to try intellectually to negotiate a gazillion rules, regulations, exceptions, etc, to be transformed into anything but a psychotic mess. Let the confessors worry about that stuff, follow the rules the best you can, and learn how to love one another, do not judge, read and reread the sermon on the mountain, seek the heart of Christ rather than the law, and enjoy the fruits of the Spirit.