There is hope for people who do their best even though they haven't found God.



Tuesday, 10/11/11

In his letter to the Romans Paul says wrath of God is revealed against those “who suppress the truth, for what can be known about God is evident to them.”

One wonders if that is true. If one grows up in a race of people who worship many gods, is that person on his or her own supposed to figure out that there is only one god? And, is he or she damned for not figuring it out?

That would not seem right. Nor does the Church deem it to be so. Paragraph 16 of the “Dogmatic Constitution of the Church” state the following:

  Those who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ and his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience --- those too may achieve eternal salvation. Nor shall divine providence deny the assistance necessary for salvation to those who, without any fault of theirs, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God, and who, not without grace, strive to lead a good life.

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