I watched a program on EWTN tonight hosted by Auxilliary Bishop Laun in a series titled “In the light of faith” subtitled “Arent other religions as good”.
He appeared to me to propound the following :
God will save (from eternal damnation) Hindus, Muslims and adherents of all religions (Wicca? Spiritualism? Satanism?)which contain elements of the “truth” . Really all religious faiths are like a kind of “Super Best Friends” whose face and style differs depending on where you are on Earth.
He stated that this was the Dogma of the Catholic Church.
I dont understand. What then is the point of Baptism, monogamous marriage, Eucharist, Rosary, pro life/ anti abortion, the Papacy, the Church, Priests, Dogma, Theology , Faith , Apologetics? If merely being “good” in some manner why bother with any of this? Good works - eg charity are all that is neccesary.
This smacks of : new age moral relativism , cultural relativism, syncretism, and oddly hypercalvinism - God chooses in some seemingly abstract manner those to save - the elect - and condemns the rest therefore it is pointless evangelising.It doesnt matter what sin one commits after regeneration justification and salvation because “Once Saved Always Saved”. Where is the redemption paid for by Christ? I accept that God wants all to be saved but the Gospels make it clear not all will be. If Doctrine and Faith in Christ are unnessecary - why bother?
The Bible seems quite SPECIFIC that ONLY those who believe in Christ, accept that He is part of the TRINITY, was CRUCIFIED and RESURRECTED, and paid the price for mankind’s original and actual SIN - but ONLY if one believes in Him. Is he right/ Should we simply accept Islam as Truth?
(NB God is all powerful and does what he wants - obviously - but what is the point of Christ if a man who worships a Cow in India or has to dance around a black box worshiping a borrowed Moon God recieves eternal life?)
I ask as a former Calvinist. I have been talking to lay Catholics and doing a lot of praying reading and meditating and was coming to an acceptance of Catholicism . However this has deeply disturbed me as I havent read anything like the above not either in the Church Fathers writings, or those of more modern authours.