Saved or Condemned? CCC#183

--��Catechism of the Catholic Church�� #183-in Brief-

To believe" has thus a twofold reference: to the person, and to the truth: to the truth, by trust in the person who bears witness to it.

We must believe in no one but God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. "Believing" is a human act, conscious and free, corresponding to the dignity of the human person. We believe all "that which is contained in the word of God, written or handed down, and which the Church proposes for belief as divinely revealed" (Paul VI, CPG # 20)<br />

183 Faith is necessary for salvation. The Lord himself affirms: "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned" (Mk 16:16).<br />

"Believing" is also an ecclesial-communal act. The Church's faith precedes, engenders, supports and nourishes our faith. The Church is the mother of all believers. "No one (Christian family) can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother" (St. Cyprian, De unit

184 "Faith is a foretaste of the knowledge that will make us blessed in the life to come" (St. Thomas Aquinas. Comp. theol. 1, 2).

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