****I’m not Catholic but, I’ve been attending a Catholic Church for about a year. I’m having difficulty understanding what the Catholic belief about salvation is, in particular, when the phrase “who, through no fault of their own” is in question concerning those who do not/ cannot claim Christ as their Savior. (People, who, through no fault of their own do not believe in Christ can/will be “Saved”) I’ve heard this explained several different ways.
- **Everyone will be saved. Everyone has their own way to get to Heaven. **Those who practice their religions sincerely and who think they are doing good will be in Heaven. Of course, one immediately thinks of the Muslim extremist. They think they’re doing what’s right – therefore – they are doing what’s right. One also has to think of the Inca who sacrificed humans so the sun would keep coming up. This would also have to be a saving act. For, if the sun didn’t come up, everyone would die. I’ve brought up these concerns with a priest and he said that’s a different topic and dismissed the question.
- **It’s not a person’s fault if they don’t receive God’s grace. **Therefore, those who hear the Gospel of Christ and don’t believe are still “saved” because God didn’t give them the grace to receive himself. Personally, I don’t see much difference between this explanation and the first explanation. *God has given me the grace to understand that killing and robbing people is wrong. Even if I know it’s wrong and do it anyway, God hasn’t given me the grace to have self control. *
- It isn’t a person’s fault if they’ve not heard of the saving grace of Christ. It’s possible that God will save those who seek after Him even if they’ve never heard His Name. I don’t have issue with this, but it’s not what I’ve heard in my RCIA/Church.
I’d really rather believe that no one knows the mind of God and that we don’t know who will/won’t be “saved”. I think that’s the right approach. But, if I’m considering joining a church who claims to know, I’d like to be informed of what they really believe as a whole. (If that’s possible)
Thanks, I know this is long.