Christian Doctrine Of The Catholic Church Essay

1888 Words May 3rd, 2015 8 Pages
As I have read different texts throughout this semester, I have begun to question some of the teachings that are held by the Catholic church, and how they apply to me. One question that has stuck out to me in particular is, can someone who is outside the Catholic church, or disagrees with some of the teachings of the Catholic church achieve salvation. I believe that anyone, regardless of your beliefs or awareness of religious tradition, can achieve salvation based primarily on doing good works. I am not making an argument for what salvation is or what it consists of, I am stating that performing good works and helping other people around you out of the goodness of your heart is what helps you achieve salvation. Religion is good in the sense that it provides people with moral guidelines and encourages people to take action, but I believe that your belief in God or your belief in Christian doctrine does not play a role in salvation. One person who may not fully support my argument is Pope Francis, but his portrayal in the text “Who Am I To Judge?” by James Carroll leads me to believe that he would agree with my feeling that good works should be an important part of our lives. It should not matter what religious group someone belongs to, or what their sexual orientation is, everyone should have the chance to achieve salvation if they act out of the goodness of their hearts and try to make the world a better place. Pope Francis was born in Argentina, and lived through…

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