Why does the Cathlic Church believe that being saved is not a once you are you always are saved? I do not understand.

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Q Why does the Cathlic Church believe that being saved is not a once you are you always are saved? I do not understand.
- Daniel
 
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Dear Daniel,

Some aspects of Church teaching seem mysterious to me--and I would be interested to hear the understanding you have behind your question--but I sense a clear logic in this teaching. I hope my response expresses it to you! We are free and we are continually making choices. The choice to believe in God and accept God's role in our salvation is primary, our most important human choice, it can be said. When this choice is clear and final, all choices after that are influenced by it. In that sense, once saved, always saved--if you mean that you never turn your back on that first choice.

But my observation is: People do. Would you think that it's magic? You can accept salvation, then do as you like?  The Church doesn't think so. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1734) says, "Freedom makes us responsible for our acts to the extent that they are voluntary." That responsibility involves acting as one saved--or not. If not, then it's possible that salvation will not actually be achieved.

The Church certainly believes in the mercy of God, however, and allows that God will continually invite us to repent and return to the path once chosen. What the Catholic Church does NOT buy is that it's an automatic ticket.

- Carol Ann
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