avariah (avariah) wrote in helpexcatholics,

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Former Catholic

Greetings! I just joined the community. I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school all 12 years. I was very religious. I learned that one had to "be good" to get into Heaven. Well, in my early 20's I started really reading the Bible after hearing some say that salvation isn't something you earn for yourself - the bill, so to speak, had already been paid through Christ's death on the cross. If "being good" were all it took to enter heaven, the crucifixion would not be necessary. A light went off in my head. The books of Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, John - all over the New Testament - contain verses that explicitly state that good works don't cut the mustard. Brown-nosing my way into heaven would not have worked. I realized that Christ died in my place on the cross to pay the penalty for all sin, which is death. I couldn't remain in the Catholic church after learning this, because there's no way I'd hear a sermon confirming this ... I guess keeping people guessing about where their eternal destiny lies keeps them under control or something. Ephesians 2:8-9 says it perfectly: "For BY GRACE are you saved through FAITH, and that NOT of yourselves; it is a GIFT of God, NOT OF WORKS, so that no one can boast." Man, I *LOVE* that verse!! :-)

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