Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Does Obama say Jesus may not be only way to heaven?

Hat Tip to AmP for the article in the Christian Post.

While answering a question about his Christian faith, Obama said he believes that Jesus Christ died for his sins and through God’s grace and mercy he could have “everlasting life,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
But he also believes Jews and Muslims and non-believers who live moral lives are as much “children of God” as he is, according to The Associated Press.

Thomas goes on to give a topical analysis that resonates more deeply in Vatican II's Nostra Aetate.

This teaching answers the quandary posed by the hypothetical "noble pagan" or "noble savage" dilemma ("how can those who never had the opportunity of knowing Jesus Christ be saved from their sin?"). All Catholics can certainly hope that a Jew, Muslim or athiest might be saved in the mercy of Christ, while clearly we should also wish that they might come to know and believe in Jesus Christ if it is possible.However, when pressed, would Obama say that Jesus is always the unique savior of every human being, even if He is only "clearly perceived in the things that have been made" (Rom 1:20)?

That last question is perhaps a barb, but one in which I believe Mr. Obama would manifestly respond in the affirmative. As to the relevance of the article - I think it's an important issue for many religiously intune Americans to consider as a part of the whole gambit of questions, concerns for our country that should be used in discerning the appropriateness of who to vote for come November.

As to this article appearing in a publication that is designed for mainly an AEP audience - which doesn't have the understanding of other world religions as the RCC does in respect to Nostra Aetate - since no such understanding exists, then one can't help but question the motive of asking such a provocative question about a candidate.

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