the study of the mechanisms by which an individual is saved

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Will good, God-fearing people who don't believe in Jesus' divinity be excluded from Heaven? [duplicate]

Will Jews, Buddhists, and all others who truly believe in God but not that Jesus is God, and who adhered to the Ten Commandments and who have done charitable acts throughout their lives, be excluded ...
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Is there a significant difference between salvation by faith with works and salvation by faith and works?

I used to think that sola fide meant salvation by faith irrespective of works. Then I started reading about it and realized it means salvation by faith with works. Works are necessary for ...
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Since Jesus death paid our sin debt in full, why do Christians still die?

In Genesis chapter two God places the burden of death on man's sin(disobedience of God). Genesis 2:17 KJV But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the ...
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Are we saved by grace or works? [closed]

Throughout the New Testament there seems to be a distinction drawn between grace and works, it is almost as if one salvation question is “who you are” and the second salvation question is “what have ...
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In what sense do Mormons believe salvation is only through Christ?

As background to my question, I found this statement by a Mormon that shows Mormons believe that there are many gods in the universe: “While we believe that there are other gods out there, they ...
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What is the difference between the doctrines of “Perseverance of the Saints” and “Eternal Security?”

The terms "Perseverance of the Saints," "Eternal Security," and the phrase "once saved, always saved" are a bit fuzzy in my head. I understand the general concept behind them, but what are the ...
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Did Satan really not understand God's salvation plan? [closed]

I've always been told that when Jesus died on the cross, he ultimately defeated Satan and won victory over death. Satan was not aware of the secret plan and thought that he had defeated Jesus until ...
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What is the scriptural basis for the idea that salvation can still be obtained after death?

What is the basis in the Scripture for the doctrine that those who haven't received salvation during their physical life, especially those who heard of Christ and yet chose not to pray to Him, will ...
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Is belief a work into salvation? [closed]

Is the placing of one's faith in Christ for salvation, a work? - Can I produce faith on my own? How does the Bible answer that question?
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Do any trinitarian Protestant traditions teach that anyone who denies the Trinity is necessarily unsaved?

The traditional understanding of the Trinity, "one God in three Persons," is a widespread belief within Christianity, but there are nonetheless many nontrinitarians who associate themselves with ...
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According to LDS, what principles of the gospel were corrupted in the Great Apostasy

In the LDS.org article on Apostasy, the Great Apostasy is described in the following terms: After the deaths of the Savior and His Apostles, men corrupted the principles of the gospel and made ...
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What are typical Christian responses to The Grand Inquisitor?

Upon reading this chapter in the Brothers Karamazov I find myself confused as to why The Grand Inquisitor is considered to be such a powerful argument for atheism and against theodicy. What are ...
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What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?

What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching? Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
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How is the matter of why the Son of God needed to be sacrificed explained in the Roman Catholic Church?

Why did God the Father need to sacrifice His own Son for the sake of granting salvation to the fallen humanity? Couldn't He just forgive humans without making any sacrifice? Why is it so that "without ...
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What is the origin and explanation of the Catholic teaching that Mary was and is sinless? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the biblical basis for the Immaculate Conception? I saw on another post where someone indicated that the Catholic church teaches that Mary was, in fact, sinless ...
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What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?

Western theology tends to view atonement as propitiation, while Eastern tends to view it as expiation. What are the primary differences and implications of each perspective? Are they antithetical or ...
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If God desires salvation for all, how come many people died without hearing the gospel? [closed]

1 Timothy 2:4 states that God wants everyone to be saved: This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God ...
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Does Joyce Meyer preach salvation by faith in Jesus alone (ie not works)?

A non-Christian colleague is really interested in Joyce Meyer and is watching a lot of her talks. I don't know much about her (I only saw one talk and it was soundly Biblical). Does she preach the ...
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Did Augustine teach sola fide?

It is popularly taught that the reformers declared five distinctive elements of theology that differentiated them from Rome: salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the ...
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What is the scriptural evidence that faith comes from God?

I've heard both of these claims, and they seem to have irreconcilable differences: God does his part (the call/invitation), now you do yours (respond in faith) God not only gave his son for you, but ...
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How does Calvinism explain how an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent creator could NOT have a plan for universal salvation?

In the haze of discerning truth and wisdom by the hybrid application of scripture, tradition, philosophy, and experience it seems illogical that a loving creator with perfect and complete knowledge ...
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When did knowledge of Christ's sacrifice become necessary for salvation? [closed]

First, this question makes two assumptions: For a person to be saved today, they must hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, and accept the gift of His death on the cross as penance for their sin. Before ...
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How does Matthew 25:31-46 (“The Sheep and the Goats”) reconcile with salvation by faith?

In Matthew 25:31-46 (a passage subtitled "The Sheep and the Goats" in the NIV), Jesus seems to be drawing a direct relationship between good works and salvation. Matthew 25:31-46 NIV: 31 “When ...
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What is the point of Jesus' crucifixion? [closed]

I'd like to obtain moral, not faith explanation - In the story about Jesus' crucifixion: how can it be considered moral that God allowed or destined the unjustified murder of His own son? If the ...
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What is the nature of eternal security?

@JonEricson made a statement in this answer that is fascinating to me: In other words, we aren't secure in our salvation because of the nature of salvation, but because of the nature of Jesus. ...
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To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?

In my conversations with Young Earth Creationists (YECs), I have on occasion heard the argument that I must interpret Genesis literally, otherwise the entire gospel, culminating at salvation, ...
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How does Jesus' death and resurrection save humanity? [closed]

Time and again we hear that Christ died for our sins, or that Christ died so that we could be saved. But I've never understood how exactly the two are connected? In what way does the death of Christ ...
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Did John Calvin teach that God creates certain souls only to be destroyed?

From what I understand, Calvin not only taught, but effectively systematized the doctrine of "predestinarianism," which holds that: God for His own glorification, and without any regard to ...
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What is saving faith?

A common soteriological view among Evangelical Christians (such as myself) is that we are saved by grace, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, this belief is usually accompanied by a ...
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What assures Christians that they alone are saved?

Christians claim that "they are saved by the sacrifice of Jesus." But there are also members of many other faiths who claim that they are saved. For example, apart from affirming Jesus to be the ...
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How is love greater than faith? [closed]

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV) 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Sola-fide states that faith alone brings salvation. In this oft-quoted ...
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Do people of different denominations think that the others are going to go to hell for holding false views? [closed]

Obviously, there are people who are on both sides of this issue, within and without the various denominations, and some denominations which might be more exclusive than others. But when it comes down ...
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If all our sins have been forgiven why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven? [closed]

We believe that Jesus died for all our sins, past and future, so why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven if Jesus already died to forgive that sin?
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Is Abraham in heaven? [duplicate]

If Jesus brought everlasting life and Abraham died before the coming of Jesus (and in fact before Judaism), would we therefore expect to see Abraham in heaven? What passages in the bible direct us to ...
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Why did Jesus not stone the adulteress? [duplicate]

In John 8:1-11, a woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus and was demanded to judge her according to the Law of Moses. Jesus told them that anyone without sin can stone her. No one dared to ...
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“God desires all men to be saved” from a Calvinist perspective?

If I understand correctly, Calvinists believe that God selects certain people for salvation based solely on His will... that is, the selection has nothing to do with the people themselves. My ...
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Are there Old Testament Scriptures that mention salvation for the Gentiles? [closed]

I'm wondering if there are any passages/prophecies about salvation for the Gentile world in the Old Testament. If you know any, please share.
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How does the Arminian view of salvation account for God's sovereignty?

The Arminian view of salvation posits that man has free will and the choice to accept salvation is purely on our own free will. The total sovereignty of God (while disputed in some theological ...
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What did the early church fathers (pre-5th c.) teach with regards to the doctrine of baptism as a necessity for salvation?

The title says it all, really. What did the ECF believe and teach with regards to baptism being or not being necessary for salvation? Related: What did the early church fathers (pre-5th c.) teach ...
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What is the biblical basis against Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone, apart from works)?

One of the key points of the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide: that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. The Reformers thought this was in contrast to the doctrines of the Catholic ...
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When and where does the statement, “Christ paid the penalty for our sins” first appear?

The statement, "Christ paid the penalty for our sins" does not appear in the Bible. When in the history of Christian theology did this specific statement first appear? Who said it? Please provide ...
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What did salvation mean to the Israelite people of the OT?

Modern Christians have various ideas of salvation since Jesus came (going to heaven when you die; free from the curse of the law; set free from the flesh, the devil and the world; adopted into God's ...
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Did Jacob Arminius and/or the remonstrants believe they were in agreement with John Calvin?

In a comment on another question on this site, a user says that the Remonstrants thought they more faithfully represented Calvin and Augustine's teaching than did those who eventually convened the ...
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What are the soteriological implications of Arianism?

A friend recently made the following statement regarding the heresy of Arianism: The conflict was about the nature of Christ before the Creation of the Universe. It was a ...
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Were there provisions for salvation for non-Hebrews in the OT?

One of the significant points of Jesus ministry and the evangelism done by the early apostles seems to be their going to "gentile" nations and preaching that they too were recipients of God's plan of ...
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Is the biblical idea of being “born again” compatible with eastern religious ideas of reincarnation?

Just a simple question: is the biblical idea of being born again compatible with eastern religious ideas of reincarnation?
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What is the scriptural basis that the Devil or Satan understood God's salvation plan?

Extending from this question and the accepted answer, what is the scriptural basis that the Devil or Satan understood God's salvation Plan? Please see OP's answer to What is the scriptural basis ...
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Is faith the only thing we need to attain salvation? [duplicate]

There may be some denominations that believe faith is the only necessary thing to have to attain salvation or eternal life. However, I do not conform with this because faith is just the beginning, and ...
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How do opponents of Decision Theology distinguish themselves from Universal Salvation?

There is a tradition, perhaps strongest in Lutheranism, that opposes what it calls "Decision Theology". Biblical support for opposing Decision Theology would come in passages like, "No one can say ...
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According to Scripture, is sacrifice a requirement for salvation?

Regarding salvation, I was always under the impression a sacrifice had to be made (and as Christians we know Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for all sins), but looking through the Bible I see ...