Prophecy From a Catholic Perspective (39) – Roles of Christians and Non-Christians in Coming Events

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Continuing through the Catechism of the Catholic Church as it relates to prophecy:

840 and when one considers the future, God’s People of the Old Covenant and the new People of God tend towards similar goals: expectation of the coming (or the return) of the Messiah. But one awaits the return of the Messiah who died and rose from the dead and is recognized as Lord and Son of God; the other awaits the coming of a Messiah, whose features remain hidden till the end of time; and the latter waiting is accompanied by the drama of not knowing or of misunderstanding Christ Jesus.

841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”

842 The Church’s bond with non-Christian religions is in the first place the common origin and end of the human race:
All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city. . .

The Catechism speaks to other faiths, but also of non-Christians. Those who are imperfect in their belief of God and/or the Messiah can nonetheless share some common beliefs about the God we love and serve. The Catholic Church speaks no judgment of condemnation against anyone, since all judgment is reserved for God alone. And while it is certainly legitimate to point out error and differences from Catholic teaching, it is also proper to understand that there can be some mutual elements of belief to be celebrated, and to use as a starting point in the traversing towards unity.

It is evident in prophecy that Jews and Muslims play a large role in certain events to come. But what is certainly not true is that ALL Jews will do one thing and ALL Muslims will do another thing, and ALL Christians will do the right thing.

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  1. John 14:6
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

    So it is very clear that Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven. It hurts many to know this Truth, so they would rather interprete Salvation it as a broad road, not a narrow road as Jesus has said.

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