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What difference does it make what religion you are, as long as you live like Christ?

Full Question

If Christ is the way to salvation, why does it matter what religion you are as long as you live as Christ did? In other words, why would God condemn someone who does everything Jesus called him to do just because he worships differently?

Answer

First, nobody lives as Christ did. Christ was sinless; we are sinners. That’s the point behind why he came–to save us from our sins.

If someone does everything Jesus calls him to do, then he will–among other things–believe in Jesus and join his Church. Christ set up one Church for his believers to join. In Matthew 16:18, he says “I will build my Church,” not “I will build my churches.”

Of course, if you sincerely don’t know that Jesus said to believe in him and join his Church, then God will not hold you accountable for failing to do so. However, if you should know or do know that Jesus commanded these things and yet you refuse to do them, then you are not living in accord with the gospel and will not receive its benefit of salvation.

Worship and religious affiliation are part of what Jesus commanded his followers, and so what religion you belong to does matter.










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  1. catstclair12000 Reply

    It boggles my mind to think that anyone could believe he is living as Christ lived. I suppose you could be poor, chaste and a carpenter/teacher but, how on earth would you ever manage the rest?

  2. Fr. Valentine Chilega Reply

    If you claim to teach Catholic’s doctrines, you must be faithful to what the Catholic Church teaches about the “Salvation of others”. Please read Vatican Councill II, ‘Lumen gentium’ 16, and compare with your answer.

  3. john Grady Reply

    Out Of curiosity what about this Gospel passage?

    John 10:11-18
    I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. But the hireling and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming and leaveth the sheep and flieth: and the wolf casteth and scattereth the sheep, And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd: and I know mine, and mine know me. As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep. And other sheep I have that are not of this fold: them also I must bring. And they shall hear my voice: And there shall be one fold and one shepherd. Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself. And I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

    Where Jesus talks about those not of His fold that He must bring?

  4. John Reply

    Not sure what your point is.

  5. Jonathan calimotan Reply

    So you mean? The catholic is the religion established by Jesus Christ? I don’t think so!!!

  6. Mark Reply

    St. Peter was the first Pope of the Universal or “Catholic” Church. It is Jesus Christ’s one true Church.

  7. Bob laretz Reply

    This why we who don’t attend the Catholic Church, don’t really car what your leaders say. We can follow Jesus without your permission. Not be christ for there is only one savior. But be called the children of the most High.

  8. Pcp Reply

    I have to agree with father. This is not a good answer to this question at all. Read catholic dogma, read the revelations to St Bridgett of sweden and padre pio.

    Plus u left out two of the most important differences in following Christ’s Church vs living a person interpretation of his teachings.

    1. Special Graces (Sacraments)
    2. 2000 years of Christ’s guidence thru tradtion, revelation, and thru the intersession of Mary the Queen of heaven.

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