I'm a 21 year old, non-denominational Christian
who lives in America. I just have two questions:
Do you believe other Christians are saved
or just Catholics?
Do you have to go to Confession to be
saved and, if so, how often must you go?
you believe other Christians are saved and
do I have to go to Confession to be saved? }
Hi, Tim —
Salvation is a complete act of God;
it's grace from beginning to end
that requires our free will cooperation.
It cannot be put into a an algebraic
formula as Protestant theology seeks
to do. We know that God wants all
men to be saved, therefore he can
save whom ever is willing to receive
and respond to whatever grace He
Confession is a sacrament, an encounter
with Christ. It is His work, not
ours. Through the ministry He left
his Apostles, He gave them the authority
to forgive sins:
"Who's sins you forgive,
are forgiven, who's sins you retain,
will be retained."
Christ empowers us with grace to
overcome the sins we confess. We
are also reconciled in the sacrament
with the Body, His Church. When we
sin, we not only sin against God
but against the entire Church. Hence
we need reconciliation with the Church.
This is nothing more than an application
of what was accomplished at Calvary.
Catholicism isn't Witchcraft; the
sacraments are not spells or rituals
that we perform to force God's hand
into saving us. Rather they are means
which God uses to convey grace, though
certainly not the only means.
God can save anyone Catholic, Christian
and even non-Christian, but all salvation
comes in and through Jesus Christ
and His sacrifice on Calvary.
Here are quick answers to your good
It is possible many non-Catholics
will be saved; it is also possible
many Catholics will not. Labels
don't save anyone, rather one
must do the will of the Father
(Matthew 7:21) by His grace. Having
said that, the Catholic Church
offers the fullness of grace and
truth in order to cooperate with
God and attain salvation.
We must go to Confession if
we have sinned mortally. We are
no longer in a state of grace,
no longer in union with God, if
there is mortal sin on our soul.
Look up in the
third section of the Catechism
of the Catholic Church the words
"serious" or "grave
matter" and "grave sin".
If these acts are performed with
full knowledge and full consent
it is a mortal sin. If you have
more specific questions about
this let us know.
A person should go to Confession
as much as they feel the need
in order to confess legitimate
sin, both mortal (which is necessary)
and venial. It is popular piety
to go at least once a month but
it is up to each individual.
It's nice to see someone of a specific
religion actually supporting themselves
with scriptures. (This isn't a slant
at Catholics it's a slant at people
who can't back up their religion.)
Anyway, I came up with another question
In Deuteronomy 18:10 and Micah 5:12
and a couple of other passages, the
Bible talks about witchcraft, sorcery,
Is this implicitly acknowledging
that these things are real and
What these passages say to me, as
a Catholic, is stay
away from them all. We don't
know, if there is or, when there
may be demonic power involved or
whether people just attributed false
power to it, but we do know that
God does not work that way. So whether
the power is:
from natural sources, or
it is safe to say it is not of God.
On a side note, there are some good
bible scholars who claim the word
"sorcery" in scripture,
which comes from the Greek pharmakeia,
actually refers to contraceptive
drugs and potions and, of course,
contraception is another thing that
is absolutely forbidden, and rightly
so, by the teaching authority of
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