Came across this meme on Facebook:
I offered a refutation from a Catholic perspective HERE. Basically, I pointed out the flawed assumption that ignorance of the theological concept of sin is a “free pass” to sin. Of course, some sins would be impossible for the Eskimo (e.g. missing Mass, not joining the Church, etc), but others would still be possible (e.g. masturbation, murder, rape, greed, etc.) as these are parts of the natural law, which no man is lacks full knowledge of. If you are interested, you can read more HERE (with quotes from the CCC and Lumen Gentium).
What I’m more interested in is how you would refute this meme. I think the assumption underlying it is both widespread and deadly to the New Evangelization. What say you?
BTW, here is how I imagine the conversation would actually go,
Eskimo: If I did not know about God or sin, would I go to hell?
Priest: If you committed a mortal sin (and we all have), yes you would. But I have good news, Jesus Christ is Risen and He wants to forgive your sins!
Priest: To start, repent, believe in the Gospel, and be baptized.
Eskimo: What is preventing me from being baptized here? (cf. Acts 8:36)
Priest: All the water’s frozen!