Despite your religious/or lack of beliefs, of course athiests are good people. Who ever would just deem them “bad” because they are athiest are definately ignorant people. And as unfortunate for the church as it is, the number of kind and unjudgemental people in the althiest background outweigh the number in the church.
But, as far as I know (I am no expert), there are certain ways to get into heaven and simply doing good deeds is not enough. Although of course good deeds is a wonderful thing. But one scripture that comes to mind
Matthew 7:21-23 (one of my favorite passages for personal reasons)
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers!” <Spoken by Jesus in the New Testament. I love this scripture. It proves that many of the claimed Christians who think they automatically have a place in heaven, proves that not all of them do and they have to work for it.
A more fitting scripture that comes to mind though (and I’m quoting scripture because the faith is based on this scripture)
Matthew 22:35-40 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him and saying “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”. Jesus said unto him, “Though shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”
It makes me sad to think that not everyone will have a chance at eternal life. And perhaps, as my outlook goes (because I don’t know much about the bible) those who believe there is nothing after life, will get nothing after life, which is far better than eternal suffering in hell. Perhaps they will get more but the scriptures in the bible say otherwise and I cling to the words Jesus spoke.
It’s not that the Christians want anyone to go to hell, true Christians wouldn’t want anyone to go to hell and would want everyone to have a chance at eternal life, but we are all given a choice on which path to lead, some people stray from faith and some people hold on to it tightly. It’s ultimately our decision to make thus making it our decision what will happen after life. If we are determined to go to heaven, we will follow the bible and do our best to follow the word of God, otherwise, we follow our own path and we accept the consequences of said path.
Unless the Pope has legitimate scripture to quote to prove this, I’m afraid what he’s done is ghastly innappropriate as it says in the very last page in the very last verse in the bible: Revelations 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
But I don’t see any scriptures he is quoting so perhaps this is his belief, which he is entitled to. However in scripture it also says the ever famous verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believith in him shall not perish but have an ever lasting life.
We all have our views on what the bible says and what it doesn’t say and in general I do believe athiests can be redeemed, but I do believe this takes faith, that they must wish to be redeemed and must have faith in God and in Jesus.
I’m no biblical scholar so I may be off but this is my opinion on the matter.