Are Only Catholics Going to Heaven?


Answering a most common question


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Ordinary Means of Salvation



First and foremost, the Catholic Church teaches that salvation only comes from Jesus Christ. What is meant by this is that salvation would not be possible if not for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus - his mission was to open the gates of heaven in order that men and women might enjoy eternity with him. Christ himself said plainly, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). Due to Original Sin, man has become separated from God, and Jesus Christ is the only "bridge" that allows one to be reconciled to the Father.

Furthermore, the Catholic Church considers itself the "sacrament of salvation" (CCC 774-775), meaning that the Church, as Christ's Body on earth, is the means through which people come to salvation in Christ. It is the constant teaching of the Catholic Church that "outside the Church there is no salvation." A common image of the Church invoked by the Fathers is that of Noah's ark. Those who were on the ark were saved from the floodwaters, but those who were not on board perished.
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