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Pope allegedly says, you don't have to believe in God to go to Heaven!

Cage Nagel, writing in 2014 in the Facebook Group “Doctrines and Beliefs of Christianity” shows a photo of the Pope with caption, “Pope Francis assures atheists: You don't have to believe in God to go to Heaven.” The caption is a false representation of what the Pope actually Said. What Pope Francis actually said is this,

“I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.”

Cage seems to have a superficial understanding of people who are not believers but have a law written on their heart that will accuse or defend them.  What Pope Francis was alluding to is in Roman 2. "Even though they do not have the law. They show that the demands of the law are written in their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even defend them on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge people’s hidden works through Christ Jesus" (Rom 2:12-16).

Many years ago I did a study of the Catholic Church on the basis of anti-Catholic allegations.  One of the things that I found most amazing was how often the Church is misrepresented in order to make it look as though it is in opposition to the Bible.  They would falsely represent the Church and then disagree not with Church teaching but their own misrepresentation of Church teaching. There is another word for this; it is called slander.

Why do they do this?  This is often used in an attempt to bring people out of the Catholic Church and into their Evangelical Church.  Some of these same churches will also boast about how many ex-Catholics are in their churches.  Their message is this, the Catholic Church is bad; our church is good.  This actually works some times.  But what happens when that same person finds out that their new good book Bible Church has been involved in slander.  They have been had.  They leave and sometimes come back to their previous Catholic Church. 

Also there are some very wonderful Evangelicals out there who are tired of the negative sales approach and the slander.  They too sometimes do the unthinkable and join the Church they were once taught to hate.