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How could purgatory exist, so the argument goes, when Jesus told Dismas he would be with him in heaven on Does the story of the good thief justify these Protestant beliefs? Moreover, Peter would have been acting contrary to Jesus’ wishes when he told the Jews present in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost to “be baptized . Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and of his Church, but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can be saved.It may be supposed that such persons would have desired Baptism explicitly if they had known its necessity (CCC 1260).For some souls it could be something akin to an instantaneous purgation (a very quick movement from potency to act).So even if Jesus is referring to heaven, and Dismas receives it on , it doesn’t follow that he wouldn’t have to go through a final purification.Another doctrine held by many Protestants that the narrative seems to justify is that works are not necessary for salvation.I remember several years ago, while I was sitting in the optometrist’s chair with the big tech-y glasses on, my doctor attempted to persuade me that the good thief didn’t do any good works to receive his reward of salvation; he simply had faith.My doctor was trying to use Dismas’s story to justify his own belief that we’re justified by . There are two reasons why Jesus’ promise to Dismas doesn’t prove that baptism isn’t necessary for salvation. The second reason is that although Jesus binds salvation to the sacrament of baptism, he himself is not bound to it (see the 1257).Finally, on the surface the story of Dismas appears to justify the Protestant rejection of purgatory. First, if Jesus intended for us to take the Dismas story as proof that baptism wasn’t necessary, it would be unreasonable for Jesus to command baptism in Matthew 28 and make it the condition for becoming a disciple. The Church teaches that Jesus is able to communicate the grace of salvation in extraordinary ways when circumstances preclude receiving that grace through the ordinary means of baptism: Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partakers, in a way known to God, of the Paschal mystery.
He knows whether a person is truly seeking the truth.Second, even if one is inclined not to accept the defense of Christ’s innocence and repentance as good works, the fact that Dismas was physically incapacitated to do good works doesn’t affect the principle that good works are necessary for salvation. Had he the opportunity, I’m sure he would have done good works.For example, I might have the flu and be physically incapacitated to go to Mass on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean the Sunday obligation doesn’t exist. So, I guess my optometrist will have to find another argument to justify his position.In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things (Eph. So it may well be the abode of the dead that Jesus promised to be with Dismas on , not heaven.