Eloquent words of worldly wisdom deprive the Cross of Christ of its power (1 Cor 1:17).

For were the truth of salvation knowable by natural reason then the availability of the good of supernatural beatitude (in whose possession salvation consists) could be naturally known and would be man’s natural end.

If the availability of the good of supernatural beatitude were knowable to natural reason God would owe it to his own justice to endow man with the means to attain this end and those means would not be gratuitous.

In fact, because the good of supernatural beatitude entails participation in the Divine Nature man would by nature enjoy the right to participate in the Divine Nature, to ‘make himself like the Most High’ (Isaiah 14:14).

This is not the Gospel but the recapitulation of the rebellion of Lucifer. Thus a truth (or truths) knowable by natural reason cannot be the sufficient matter of a saving act of faith and he who supposes it (they) could be cannot be saved.

In this order of providence it does not suffice that the act of faith render the object of supernatural beatitude the object of hope and love to the individual it must also cause him to adhere to Jesus of Nazareth, alone by adherence to Whom is fallen man rendered acceptable to God.

Faith is the assent of the intellect to truth received by hearing from an external source.

Implicit faith is the virtual assent of the intellect to truth logically entailed by another truth itself received by hearing from an external source and assented to.

Only faith in Jesus Christ and in the one who sent Him for our salvation can save.

Implicit faith can only save if the truth received by hearing from an external source and assented to logically entails faith in Jesus Christ and in the one who sent Him for our salvation.

Prior to the completion of the atonement faith in the Divine Redeemer whom God would send but has not yet sent logically entailed faith in Jesus of Nazareth (because He is the Divine Redeemer and all other claimants were excluded by the assertion that God has not yet sent Him).

After the completion of the atonement faith in the Divine Redeemer whom God would send but has not yet sent logically entails the rejection of Jesus of Nazareth.

Faith in a Divine Redeemer whom God at some time has or will send has never entailed faith in Jesus of Nazareth (because it does not and never has excluded other alleged Divine Redeemers) and so it does not and has never saved.

For it is written Matthew 24:24 “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” From which it follows that the elect do not believe in false messiahs.

And in another place (John 8:24) “I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I AM HE.”

 

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