“…The universality of salvation means that it is granted not only to those who explicitly believe in Christ and have entered the Church. Since salvation is offered to all, it must be made concretely available to all. But it is clear that today, as in the past, many people do not have an opportunity to come to know or accept the gospel revelation or to enter the Church.
The social and cultural conditions in which they live do not permit this, and frequently they have been brought up in other religious traditions. For such people salvation in Christ is accessible by virtue of a grace which, while having a mysterious relationship to the Church, does not make them formally part of the Church but enlightens them in a way which is accommodated to their spiritual and material situation. This grace comes from Christ; it is the result of his Sacrifice and is communicated by the Holy Spirit. It enables each person to attain salvation through his or her free cooperation…”
– Blessed Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio (1990)
One of the highly significant differences in Catholic Doctrine vs. Protestant Doctrine is that We Catholics actually do use the entire Bible; not just the parts that on the surface tend to support our personal views. This is critical for discovering and uncovering the Truths about ones Salvation.
Using ONLY ONE Rule for “Right Understanding” of Both the Bible itself and what IT proclaims and teaches is necessary for Ones own salvation; we conclude that OSAS simply is not Biblical.
The “One Infallible Rule” for RIGHT understanding is NEVER, EVER, at anytime may one verse, or one passage contradict and change other verses. WHY? To do so would both VOID and VIOLATE the entire Bible; making it useless as a Faith Teaching tool.
Salvation is Always a PROCESS.
The Norm begins with the Sacrament of Baptism; [John 3:5] and assuming one lives beyond that Highly Blessed Sacrament and sins further AFTER Baptism; many other Christ Instituted Sacraments have essential roles.
Notably: The Mass with the Most Holy Eucharist; Christ Himself the giver of Grace; the Sacrament of Confession/ Reconciliation/ Penance: God’s ONLY approved method for the forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism; and Confirmation and the Gift of the Holy Spirit. And of COURSE the Sacraments of the Final Anointing / the “Last Rites” which like Baptism has the God granted authority to act in EFFECTS as does baptism.
John.15: 10“If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love” [This means MAYBE can merit salvation, and CANNOT do so without Obedience]
1John.2: 3,5 “And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. … but whoever keeps his word, in him truly love for God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him:” [This means Hears, Obeys, accepts and applies what Jesus Himself taught, and what His one CC Teaches]
1John.3: 8-10, V. 24 “He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God [MEANING OBEYING GOD CHOOSES TOO] commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God. By this it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not do right is not of God, “ ..”All who keep his commandments abide in him, and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us.”
So we have as Necessary: 1. Christian Baptism 2. Avoiding sin by our free choice 3. Obeying the Commandments; Matt. 19:17 [which includes obedience to the CC and its leaders through the First Commandment] , Not dying with unremitted Mortal sins [1 John 1: 5-6, and 1John 5:16-17 and John 20:21-23], Charity: John 13:34, Good Works, James Chapter 2, and complete Obedience to ALL that Christ taught, Mark 1:15. This even is an limited list. Clearly though the idea that One can ONLY Profess belief in Christ and be Baptized and thereby Merit salvation is only a Dangerous MYTH.
Take Up your Cross and Follow Me
Phil.2: 8 “And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross Luke.9 :23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Mark.8: 34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Luke.9: 23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke.14: 7 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
1Pet.4: 13 ” But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
1Pet.5: 1, 9 “So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.”
Phil.1: 29“For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, “
2Thes.1: 5“This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering “
God Bless you,