Jean Raber October 25, 2007 - 4:21pm
Over on the "Backlash?" thread Robert Reid posed this question when one of the respondents suggested non-Christian young people had imperiled their salvation:
"Do you actually, truly, in your heart of hearts believe that anyone's "salvation" is imperiled simply by not being a Christian? In other words, that God actually does divide the world into Christians and non-Christians, with the Christians truly getting a better deal based on their beliefs?"
I was curious about why Robert asked the question, and in a pleasant offline exchange, he said he found the view "unexpected," since he saw the Commonweal blog as "liberal, possibly even universalistic."
Anyhow, rather than clutter up the "Backlash?" thread with off-topic comments, I've set up this thread, so you can here offer your opinions, unexpected or otherwise, about the conditions for salvation.
(For the record, I hope salvation is not imperiled by not being a Christian, since I lost two infants to miscarriage. However, I believe Christianity is requisite to MY salvation. While this might sound wishy-washy, the Church, to my knowledge, has never taught that any individual is actually in Hell, so I don't feel compelled to condemn where the Church has not. Liberal? Universalistic? You decide.)