I have heard the arguement that those who have not heard the Gospel (so therfore have not refused it) yet believe in God and respond to the Law of God written on their heart have indeed the possibility to be saved by the Name of Jesus, though they may have never heard it, due to the mercy of a loving God.
I am not so wise that I would exclude this. Maybe there are some here that would have an arguement against this - I would like to hear it.
The one thing that stands out is that NO ONE in your religion is qualified to tell anyone how to get saved...
How many times have your 'church' fathers changed horses in the middle of the stream and after 2000 years, they're not done yet...
Doesn't it occur to you people that probably millions have been condemned to hell for believing your various false teachings???
One of the most interesting developments in post-conciliar theology has been Karl Rahners idea of anonymous Christians. He taught that God offers his grace to everyone and reveals himself in the interior offer of grace. Grace, moreover, is always mediated through Christ and tends to bring its recipients into union with him. Those who accept and live by the grace offered to them, even though they have never heard of Christ and the gospel, may be called anonymous Christians.
Although Rahner denied that his theory undermined the importance of missionary activity, it was widely understood as depriving missions of their salvific importance. Some readers of his works understood him as teaching that the unevangelized could possess the whole of Christianity except the name. Saving faith, thus understood, would be a subjective attitude without any specifiable content. In that case, the message of the gospel would have little to do with salvation.
You think the people that followed this false prophet ended up in heaven??? Wow!!!
Your problem starts here...You guys don't understand justification...
For justification, Paul asserts, both Jews and Gentiles must rely on faith in Jesus Christ, who expiated the sins of the world on the cross.