Pope Francis Encourages Christians to Take Eternal Salvation Seriously, Says ‘Life Is Not a Video Game or Soap Opera’

(PHOTO: REUTERS/TONY GENTILE) Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Rome, Italy, March 20, 2016.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/TONY GENTILE)
Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Rome, Italy, March 20, 2016.

Pope Francis has warned Roman Catholic faithful that achieving eternal salvation is a serious life goal, given that God will close the door on entering through the narrow path one day.

“The Lord offers us many opportunities to save ourselves and to enter through the door of salvation. This door is an opportunity that must not be wasted,” Francis said on Sunday, according to Vatican Radio, encouraging people to seize the opportunity for salvation without too much academic discourse.

“Because at a certain moment ‘the landlord got up and locked the door’ (v.25), as mentioned in the Gospel. But if God is good and loves us, why does He close the door — He will close the door at a certain point? Because our life is not a video game or a soap opera; our life is serious and the goal to achieve is important: eternal salvation,” he added.

Francis said that it is not known how many people will be saved, but argued that what everyone needs to know is that Jesus is the path to salvation.

The Vatican leader said that the door to salvation is narrow “not because it is oppressive,” but because “it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness.”

He added that although the door of God’s mercy is narrow, it is wide open for everyone.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov