For John, BLUF: You can't "earn"salvation, you have to "accept it".
From The Pilot, and Reporter Carol Glatz.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Salvation has nothing to do with the tidy business of bartering -- earning God's love in return for good behavior, Pope Francis said.Regards — Cliff
"If you do well you get a reward; if you do poorly you get punished. This is not the logic of Jesus," whose ability to love and forgive is unconditional and infinite, the pope said May 11 during his weekly general audience.
The pope reflected on the Gospel parable of the prodigal son, which teaches everyone is a child of God not because of one's merits or actions, but because of God's "unchanging love and ready forgiveness."
The father patiently waits for his sinning son and rejoices with a celebration when he returns home, the pope said.