Recently I was reminded that my days are numbered and that I face terminal velocity in life.
I expect however to putter along at slow speed for another 30 or 40 years yet so please make no plans to drink freely at my expense at my wake.
A dear Catholic friend was/is very concerned for me because I am a cultist, damned Unitarian. A heretic. (Shouldn’t cults have leaders and secret ceremonies, and beautiful half-naked women on slabs of cold granite about to be sacrificed to the IRS in lieu of actual payment?)
Anyway, I am not a cultist and don’t know any Unitarians that are. We are in search of truth, not purveyors of truth.
To make a long story short, I informed my buddy that Pope John Paul II had himself assured me that I too am eligible for heaven (should such a thing exist).
Pope John Paul II issued an encyclical in 1990 called Redemptoris missio.
Within Redemptoris missio, Section 10:
“The universality of salvation means that it is granted not only to those who explicitly believe in Christ and have entered the Church. Since salvation is offered to all, it must be made concretely available to all. But it is clear that today, as in the past, many people do not have an opportunity to come to know or accept the gospel revelation or to enter the Church. The social and cultural conditions in which they live do not permit this, and frequently they have been brought up in other religious traditions. For such people salvation in Christ is accessible by virtue of a grace which, while having a mysterious relationship to the Church, does not make them formally part of the Church but enlightens them in a way which is accommodated to their spiritual and material situation. This grace comes from Christ; it is the result of his Sacrifice and is communicated by the Holy Spirit. It enables each person to attain salvation through his or her free cooperation.”
I do believe in God, although I cannot define what God is. God is the great I am. The Bible alludes to gods living in heaven, beings other than angels or deceased/reborn souls — so whether God is singular or plural doesn’t really matter to me. I am in search of God, not a dogma of the unknowable.
So I would like to close with this thought:
Since taxes follow us even into death then helping others may not actually be our prime purpose. Yet, it is a positive life-giving thought, however.