Do you have to be a catholic to go to heaven? Like can you just be a non denom bible based Christian and get to heaven?
This entire chapter of the Catechism would be of use, here is a snip:
"Outside the Church there is no salvation"
 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?335 Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:
Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.336
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.337
 "Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men."338
Enter at this link and then read the referenced documents as well
So if your not a catholic, but trust in Jesus and follow the Bible, you are going to hell?
No. In the littlelady ‘s resonse she has quoted the above from the Catechism.
No, that is not at all what the Church teaches.
Please follow the link and read the entire section of the Catechism.
God knows the heart. I think I know God is a God of mercy. I cant see him sending someone outside the church to hell just because they are not catholic. There has to be more than that involved. I think He looks more at the heart than what church you go to. That being said I do believe the Catholic church is the fullest church as far as the truth of Christianity being passed down.
I don’t disagree with you.
I just confirmed that as far as I know?
It’s my understanding that God doesn’t send us to hell. In fact every minute of every day He is working to keep us from condemning ourselves to eternity without Him.
When I consider this question I often recall Jesus separating the goats from the sheep. I understand there are those who act like sheep because they want to get to heaven & there are those who act like sheep because they allowed themselves to be transformed by the ever living God.
Can you truly know obedience, humility, the dignity of the human person, heck even the truth about our nature outside the Church? I think you can, because it’s all the truth & if a person truly & diligently seek the truth I’m sure they’ll find it.
But it’s a lot easier in the Catholic church.
That said I pray constantly for my Grandmother, her sister, & my step father as if they were in purgatory, though I know they weren’t Catholic while they were on this side of death.
The Church Triumphant
The Church Militant
The Church Suffering
I hope for their sake they were able to join the Church Suffering when they passed from this state to the next.
You are thinking of heaven, which is awesome!
What do you think of this question… While I’m on earth, how can I make the greatest impact for good? Heaven will follow and your joy (and those lives you impacted!) will be greater.
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