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What does it mean to be an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ?

Romans 8:16-17 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be ...
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Are the names of all people originally written in the Book of Life? [closed]

The Bible speaks about the "Book of Life". It seems that those whose names are written in it will have life and spend eternity in heaven whereas those whose names are not written in it will be cast ...
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Can one be a practicing homosexual and also a Christian?

Many Christian groups condemn homosexuality as a sin, pointing to specific passages in the Bible and traditional Christian views on sexuality and marriage. How do these groups handle the question of ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that don't believe Jesus is the only way to salvation?

While answering another question, I made a statement that I thought was universal in Christianity: Jesus is the only route to heaven; without him, you go to hell. Are there Christian ...
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What is the point of Jesus' crucifixion?

I'd like to obtain moral, not faith explanation - In the story about Jesus' crucifixion: what is the point of cold-blooded murder of God's own son? The common answer is to save humanity through ...
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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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In Romans 7 is Paul talking about before or after he was saved?

In Romans 7:15 Paul said "For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I." and in Romans 7:11 Paul said "For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, ...
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What is the Plan of Salvation in LDS theology?

I know it's different than most Christian faiths' beliefs, and I know the missionaries teach it... I know it's a big part of Mormon curriculum and doctrine, and this site is replete with questions ...
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What must Man do to receive Eternal Life? [closed]

I don't think that any Christian would disagree that Jesus Christ is the only way to God and to your inheritance. But what is man's responsibility? That's what this question is addressing. What do I ...
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According to Catholicism, in what cases is Purgatory necessary?

As I understand it, there are at least two "steps" necessary for a person to reach Heaven; I hope this description is valid from nearly all Christian viewpoints. First the person has to choose to ...
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What is the Biblical basis for a resistable enabling (prevenient) grace?

I see a few different uses of the term prevenient grace in questions here, so I will define what I meant first: a belief held by traditional Baptists and other non-reformed evangelicals, that though ...
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Did Jesus need to die, or would mere shedding of blood have been sufficient?

Originally: St. Thomas Aquinas on salvation by a drop of Christ's Blood I heard on Relevant Radio a year or so ago something perplexing, I think it was a priest saying it, but it may have been a ...
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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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How do the proponents of the idea that salvation once received cannot be lost explain Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-29?

How do the proponents of the idea that salvation once received cannot be lost explain the following verses: Hebrews 6:4-6: For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have ...
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What was Anselm's biblical basis for his theory of atonement by satisfaction?

Upon which Bible verses did Anselm base his satisfactory theory of atonement?
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What is the biblical basis against baptismal regeneration?

Several different denominations teach that water baptism is a prerequisite for (or is essential for) salvation. What is the biblical basis against this teaching?
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Is it possible to achieve a life without sin on earth? [closed]

Based on the biblical doctrines, is it possible to achieve a completely holy life without any sin during our lifetime after salvation?
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Are all who are saved, saved equally?

If two people are saved, are they "equally saved?" I don't doubt that both people are completely forgiven, but is it possible for one Christian to be more revered by God than another Christian? Is ...
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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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Could more miraculous works bring more persons to faith? [closed]

There are those who say that if they saw the miracles that happens in the time of Moses, or the disciples they would surely have faith. What are the Biblical reasons for miracle? Is it to create ...
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Where does God draw the line when it comes to Sin? [closed]

So I've read 1 John alot and I understand that I cannot continue to sin if I want to be a child of God's. 1 John 1:6 (NIV) 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the ...
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How do opponents of Penal Substitution explain God's declaration that He “will not leave the guilty unpunished”?

In referring to opponents of Penal Substitution theory, I'm referring specifically to those who view it as a false view of the Atonement, not merely that it is incomplete (eg those who hold to ...
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Do you have to have a certain amount of intelligence to get into heaven? [closed]

Is there a certain level of intelligence required to get into heaven? I would expect someone to be able to understand at least some of scripture to be saved, but how much intelligence is needed to ...
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What was the point of the third article of Remonstrance?

The other four points of the Remonstrants seem to articulate significant departures from Calvin's soteriology, but not this one: THIRD ARTICLE. Saving Faith.β€”Man in his fallen state is unable to ...
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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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Giving to the church or giving to the poor? [closed]

Which does God prefer most, giving to the church or giving to the poor?
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If all our sins have been forgiven why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven?

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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What roles do faith and works play in the LDS/Mormon understanding of salvation?

A primary point in the Reformation was the issue of sola fide--the position that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. This was to distinguish the position that works were necessary for ...
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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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What is the Biblical basis for saying that we won't have a second chance to be saved after we die?

A commonly held belief is that people need to accept Jesus as Lord during their lifetime on Earth and failing to do so will result in the individual's damnation. Is there any support for this "last ...
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What is an overview of beliefs on how one can lose salvation?

Some Christian traditions believe that one can lose his or her salvation, even after a genuine conversion experience and years of faithfulness. For those who teach this doctrine, what is an overview ...
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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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Is Luther really the originator of “We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone”?

The quote "We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone" is commonly attributed to Martin Luther, but is this actually so? If so, in what context did he say or write this? If ...
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Is belief a work into salvation?

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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What is the Calvinist perspective on John 5:28–29 in regard to earning salvation?

John 5:28–29 seems to teach salvation by works: Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the ...
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Can the belief of Jesus' listeners be considered belief unto salvation?

During my daily study of the book of John, I've come across several statements like this one from chapter 8:30, which says: "As he was saying these things, many believed in him." Is there any ...
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What are the soteriological consequences of heresy?

From the Catechism (paragraph 2089), quoting cannon law 751: Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an ...
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When did the teaching that salvation can still be obtained by people after their physical death first appear in the Christianity?

Since the time canon was formed, when did the teaching that salvation can still be obtained by people after their physical death first appear in Christianity?
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What is the Biblical basis against the Calvinist doctrine of Irresistible Grace?

The question of what the Biblical basis is in favor of Irresistible Grace has been asked here. However, the question regarding the Biblical argument against it does not seem to have been addressed ...
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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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How does Jesus show love by suffering?

I wonder, how does the suffering of Jesus/God show love? I do not believe that Jesus suffered to forgive our sins. If God is love, God doesn't need to make a terrible sacrifice to forgive our sins. ...
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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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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 is the “veil” that covers the heart when the Old Testament is read?

2 Corinthians 3:13-18 (NIV) We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made ...
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What kind of baptism is essential to salvation, and what does 'essential' mean in this context?

I'm a protestant and I've often heard statements to the effect that "Catholics believe that salvation is impossible without baptism", but I've also encountered the terms "Baptism of blood" and ...
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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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What was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s understanding of salvation?

I've been reading A Testament of Hope which is a compilation of sermons by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I also know he's a Baptist. (I even got to stand and preach for a minute in his pulpit last ...
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What is the Biblical basis for multiple judgments after death?

I recently heard a talk on the notion of "multiple judgments"; the idea is one is initially judged simply on the fact of their salvation - did that person put their life in Christ's hands and accept ...
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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 ...