Pope Francis made some ears perk up today during his homily by saying that even atheists have salvation through their good deeds.
In a story he told of a Catholic having a conversation with a priest, the Pope made clear that salvation is found through good deeds, not belief in Christ.
- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast.
If all the Pope is saying is "'that “doing good” is a principle that provides a meeting ground between Christians and non-Christians – even atheists"', I have no problem with that. Every human has the potential for good or for evil, to do good deeds or not. And yes, Christ died for all, for every human, and offers salvation through his sacrifice as a free gift. But as humans we must accept that gift, we must accept him. That is what I believe and that is what Christianity is based on.
The Pope said that even atheists have salvation through their good deeds. The Pope may be the leader of the Catholic church, but in my opinion salvation is not through good deeds, but through faith in the One who provides that salvation - Jesus.