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To: ikurrina
With all due respect to Pope John Paul II, if one can attain salvation through a sincere, but unenlightened, pursuit of God, particularly through good deeds, then what is the purpose of Christ's death? As others have pointed out, Jesus identified himself as "the way, the truth, and the life...NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME." If there an another way to eternal life and communion with God other than through Jesus Christ, then Jesus lied about his role in the redemption of man.
33 posted on 01/02/2002 2:52:08 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: My2Cents
"the way, the truth, and the life...NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME."

How do you then deal with the issue of people who never had an opportunity to know anything about Jesus? What is their status?

38 posted on 01/02/2002 3:02:13 PM PST by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: My2Cents
NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME." If there an another way to eternal life and communion with God other than through Jesus Christ, then Jesus lied about his role in the redemption of man.

Not necessarily so. There is room for interpretation here - especially since it is a translation and therefore not absolutely exact. It might be interpreted as "No one comes to the Father.." (No one comes to an understanding of the God-Principle, the Source of our existence) "..but by me" (unless you learn and practice the lessons I have given you by my life). The truth Jesus taught by his words and actions is universal and can be found anywhere and at any time. There are Christian principles in all human religions - the golden rule for example. If these principles are explained in different terms that does not change the truth they contain.

The problem with accepting this type of explanation is that it requires an open mind, unencumbered with dogma and superstition.

42 posted on 01/02/2002 3:19:44 PM PST by Semper
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