Another video from May.
Can people who have never heard the Gospel of Christ, unbaptized babies or indigenous people, be saved and go to heaven? Or must everyone who goes to heaven have to profess faith in Christ, receive the sacraments and belong to the Church? Extreme answers to these questions or denial of one side or the other hurts the Church's efforts to preach the Good News of Salvation and bring people to Christ, and so to final salvation in heaven. Both sides, it is often forgotten, are grounded in Scripture and Tradition, and so it is important to understand the issue in all its complexity.
This video was made last April, but not posted here to the blog.
Because various Christians have differing and sometimes contradictory interpretations of the Bible, non-Christians or atheists claim that it could not have been revealed by an all-good, all-knowing, all-powerful God, since such a God would have wanted and been able to guarantee that His revelation was understood correctly by everyone. Since some readers must have come to an incorrect understanding (because they cannot all be correct, at least one of the interpretations must be wrong), the author of the Bible does not have the "all-" attributes listed above, and so would not be God. This conclusion, however, does not logically follow. These critics overlook the possibility that one interpretation could be correct and that God allows misinterpretations, like other evils, in order bring about greater goods.