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If someone leaves the Church for another religion, can he still be saved?




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If a Catholic converts to another religion, will he attain heaven? The debate in our family is that the Lord will still accept the fact that he is practicing a religion even though he converted. My answer to them is that he will not attain heaven, although how can I judge?

Answer

Ultimately, you cannot judge since you do not know for certain the state of the person’s conscience. This does not mean, however, that you cannot or should not warn the individual against the gravely dangerous course of action he is undertaking.

The First Vatican Council pointed out that in addition to intellectual arguments for the truth of the Catholic faith, God “confirms by his grace those whom he has translated into his admirable light [i.e., of the Catholic faith], so that they may persevere in this light, not abandoning them unless he is first abandoned” (Decree on the Catholic Faith 3).

Those who have embraced the Catholic faith are thus in a special position because of the extra grace they are given in maintaining their faith.

The situation of those who, by the heavenly gift of faith, have embraced the Catholic truth is by no means the same as that of those who, led by human opinions, follow a false religion; for those who have accepted the faith under the guidance of the Church can never have any just cause for changing this faith or for calling it into question. (Decree on the Catholic Faith  3)

The bottom line is that for one who has embraced the Catholic faith and who has not lost the use of reason, God will always provide the grace and evidence necessary maintain his adherence to the Catholic faith.

If such a person does not maintain this adherence then either (a) he never embraced the Catholic faith, (b) he has since lost the use of reason (either generally or in relation to this subject), or (c) he abandoned the faith through his own fault, in which case he will bear the eternal consequence of doing so.

Which of these is the case in a particular instance is something that we in this life are unable to determine due to our inability to read consciences.

 






8 comments

  1. Carmen Mendoza Reply

    If a person leaves the Catholic faith for another, it would be under the First Commandment; having a strange god.
    A mortal sin til they decide to confess and come back. Also, a disallowance to receive the Holy Euchartist.
    We pray they do come back, Amen.

  2. wandame Reply

    Always monkey live in a trees right? So if you put them in the middle of the ocean to stay and live, what will happen to them? The same answer you’ll get if someone leaves the catholic church for another religion!

  3. Carlos Martinez Reply

    Jesus Christ said he who believes in me shall be saved !!! No matter what religion you’re in as long as you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior that he shed His precious blood for you and for all mankind so that we are saved through His sacrifice for us for our sins

  4. Mike Reply

    its not about the church or religion can saved a person. It’s “Jesus” alone.

    Hebrews 9:22New King James Version (NKJV)
    22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

    John 14:6New King James Version (NKJV)
    6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

    – it means that the Father is always pointing to his Son “Jesus” – No shortcut.

  5. Dante B.Ayaay Reply

    What is your interpretation of the letter of Saint Paul to the Hebrews, Chapter 6:4_6, for those who leave have no more repentance for they crucified again the Son of God and they put Jesus into shame at the front of the people.

  6. Jorge Illingworth Reply

    Your belief falls in-line with relying on faith. I assume your belief is only in the scriptures as well-which is a protestant view. No where in the bible does it say Sola Scriptura (only scripture). Christ instituted his church with and through the Apostles, with Peter (Rock) as the head (our first Pope) of the Catholic Church.
    Christ breathed on the Apostles (see Genesis) not on the scripture or the bible. If you believe any church is better or as good as the church founded by Christ (the Universal, Catholic Church), who should I follow…you or Christ?

  7. mike Reply

    Answer: Hebrews 6:4-6
    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Hebrews-6.html#ixzz3Q7qg0H7l

    I Believe in my heart and my faith is strong that scripture is breathed by God.

    2 Timothy 3:16New King James Version (NKJV)
    16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

    There are many churches today preaching unbiblical teaching, so better watchout for false prophets. repent and read the Bible so that you may know the truth.
    Matthew 7:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
    [ You Will Know Them by Their Fruits ] “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
    2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

    2 Timothy 2:15New King James Version (NKJV)
    15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    Hosea 4:6New King James Version (NKJV)
    6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
    Because you have rejected knowledge,

  8. Lubos Reply

    Question is wrong in itself. Question is : Can be man saved if he stays in catholic “church” ? Answer is very sipmple : NO. Revelation 17 says about rcc and her end. Rev. 18, 4 “Come out of her my people.” Amen.

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