My general impression from reading the replies to this thread are that some people think I am asking if we can find [b:dwcnaeqv]THE[/b:dwcnaeqv] truth outside of Catholicism.
But alas, that was not the question. ” title=”Wink” />
IIRC Catholic teaching is that there is an element of truth in everything, but some things contain more truth than others.
[quote:dwcnaeqv]Can one come to God outside of Catholicism/Christianity?
I have to go along with the Catechism on this and say that if there really is only one God, then those who seek for Him, no matter their location and social traditions will be guided by the Holy Spirit to the true faith. My thought is that the Holy Spirit does indeed draw all men to God. [/quote:dwcnaeqv]
Indeed. God is so enormous and so powerful to confine him to simply one thing is a strange idea. I think God can be found in many things, but that fullness of God’s truth is found in Catholicism (much like our teaching on other Christian faiths).
Is it fair to say that those people who have never been exposed to the Gospel or Jesus cannot get to heaven or cannot find God? No, because the Holy Spirit can still work in people. I don’t know how else to phrase it other than how I just did.
Maybe someone that knows what I am talking about can help me out. ” title=”Smile” />