Warning: the following advertisement may have been produced under the pressures of a time crunch and a house full of sick kids. Extreme snarkiness is possible. Read at your own risk.
“Everyone who lives a good life goes to Heaven!” You’ve all heard that catchy phrase, well now this cheerfully inclusive worldview can be yours—just subscribe to the idea of Salvation-By-Charity-Alone.
No longer is Faith-Alone your route to heavenly happiness—nowadays its all about Charity: “as long as a person is living a good life, they are eternally set,” the Charity-Alone advocate says.
Imagine the peace of mind this philosophy will bring you when you think about your friends and family who may not be living that traditional “Christian” lifestyle. There will be no more embarrassment, no more distress and certainly no need to direct them to Truths which tell them their lifestyle is wrong. Since faith isn’t a component of Salvation, having a relationship with God and seeking out what He says about an issue isn’t strictly necessary.
Now if living a good life is the key to salvation, then we really need to define what that “good life” looks like. But we can’t hold all of humanity to the same God-given standards because that would mean faith mattered for salvation. Besides, given the plethora of religions in this world, choosing the standards of any one faith over another would be discriminatory—which is way gouche. The only way to avoid this is to have everyone define the standard for themselves. This is the great beauty of this philosophy: YOU get to decide what is or isn’t charitable behavior and get into Heaven on YOUR terms based on your personally developed faith.
Relativism rules the day—how great is that!
Consider: a young woman’s boyfriend wants sex. This would cause tensions in the relationship if she felt obliged to look at what the HD say on fornication but that doesn’t matter in the Charity-Alone philosophy. If she believes putting her boyfriend’s happiness first is charitable, she’s good to go.
Or consider a husband and wife in an unhappy marriage. They both are miserable. They both want out. If they had to take their traditionally Christian faith into consideration, they would be stuck in their miserable state because Jesus Christ says that divorce is only allowed in instances of adultery. But in our Charity-Alone approach, they are free to shatter the shackles of marriage and seek happiness elsewhere by saying that they are putting the charity of the other first.
Now you will need to ignore those confused- individuals who think Salvation is a product of both Charity & Faith. And that a person’s ability to serve the neighbor charitably is dependent on his faith. And that the correctness of faiths vary dramatically from worldview to worldview: the New Christianity being the most true (and consequently, the most good), the Old Christianity being the next best (because the next most true), the Muslim religion being the next best, Budhism and other “gentile” religions being less good than the above, and Secularism being the least good.
Do not give in to their pessimism!
Everyone who lives a good life goes to Heaven!
The Fine Print: The Proponents of Charity-Alone do not take any responsibility for the loss of limb or soul of individuals who live out their life according to this philosophy in the event that Salvation may actually be determined by a person’s Faith in God as well as a life of charity based upon that faith.
“all people in the entire world are saved who acknowledge God and from religion refrain from evils as being sins against Him.” CL 343