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This review is from: Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization (Paperback)
This book displays great resource as well as assent to the teaching of Scripture. Many since Vatican II have assumed that everyone (maybe minus persons like Hitler and Judas) will go to heaven--if someone died, now they are happy in heaven. Dr. Ralph Martin addresses this "false compassion" and compares it to what Scripture says: "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." (Matt. 13:7 RSV). Also he mentions Lumen Gentium, 16 which clearly does not say that "all" will go to heaven but that there are requirements for salvation. God does not force anyone into heaven.
Furthermore, Martin addresses Karl Rahner's and Hans Urs von Balthasar's theology which express it is likely that all will be saved. Though he realizes these are great theologians and have great works adding to the world of theology, in this particular area of thought they have drifted from Scripture and Catholic teaching. "Will Many Be Saved?..." is an excellent and well thought out book for the topic of salvation.