the study of the mechanisms by which an individual is saved

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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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Is Cain saved or he will go into the eternal perdition?

This question is about speculations that might have taken place in Christianity on the matter of Cain's destiny - whether he will be in the kingdom of God (which means that he is saved) or he will go ...
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Nature of salvation in the Old Testament [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Who saved people before ~33AD? (This question I address to those Christians who believe that salvation once acquired cannot be lost. I am specifically after the answer ...
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Martin Luther's Sacramentology

I was reading Luther's Larger Catechism, and I came upon the section where he discusses the sacraments. I must confess, as a Baptist with a profound respect for Luther, some of these concepts are very ...
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When is it too late to ask for salvation?

In protestant teachings or directly from the bible, when is it too late to ask for salvation? There are many death bed conversion stories. The most momentous conversion in Western history was that ...
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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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Has the matter of salvation - whether it is by works or by faith alone - ever been considered on any councils of the Catholic and Orthodox churches?

Prior to Luther's Reformation, has the matter of salvation - whether it is by works or by faith alone - ever been considered on any councils of the Catholic and Orthodox churches?
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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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Can a Christian walk away from his or her salvation?

There is a plethora of verses that say that people can not cause a saved Christian to lose his salvation, such as John 10:29 (NLT) 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is ...
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How could a loving, just, merciful God have created such an unfair test for humans?

According to the Bible, God is loving: 1 John 4 (NIV) 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4 (NIV) 16 And so we know and rely on the love God ...
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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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Salvation vs Condemnation: Matthew 12

Matthew 12 ESV A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of ...
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Christian Position on the meaning of Faith

We are told, 'The just (upright) shall live by faith.' So I have a question for the Christians here. How do you understand faith? This does not have to be strictly biblical (since the scripture does ...
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Should we pray for someone's salvation?

Today a Pastor on a local TV (in India) was preaching that we need not pray for someone's salvation. Salvation is something that belongs to God and His Plans. He also said that nowhere in the New ...
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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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How does Jesus fulfill the Protoevangelium (First Gospel) in Genesis 3:15?

In the judgment of the serpent in Genesis 3:15, God says the following: The Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of ...
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The Grace Gambit

You might be familiar with Pascal's Wager, also known as Pascal's Gambit. It states that one is best off believing in Christianity, because, if it is true, you'll be saved and go to heaven, and if it ...
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Is Galatians 6:8-9 teaching works salvation?

My understanding of the relationship between works and salvation is that works are the inevitable fruit of salvation by grace (1 John 3:6, Matthew 7:16-18). And my understanding of perseverance is ...
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What was Augustine's soteriology?

Can someone provide a summary of Augustine's soteriological views, and their differences from contemporary views? I'm particularly interested in a comparison of Augustine's soteriology with the ...
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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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How does the Passover foreshadow the coming of Jesus as the Messiah?

In 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul refers to Jesus as "Christ, our Passover", suggesting that the Passover of Exodus somehow foreshadowed the life of Jesus. How specifically does the Passover do this? ...
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Do parts of Hebrews 3 and 4 imply that saved Christians can become unsaved?

A few nights ago, a friend and I were reading through Hebrews 3 and 4. A few verses in particular caught my attention... Hebrews 3:11-13 (NLT) 11 So in my anger I took an oath, ...
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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. This was a contrast from the doctrine of the Catholic church. What, then, ...
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What are the “correct” steps for a layman to be a Christian? [closed]

Assume that I am a layman without knowledge other than science-related ones. How should I do to be a Christian in a correct way? In more strict words, what are the "correct" steps or algorithm to be ...
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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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Important Western Soteriological Works

Does anyone know what works are considered to be principal elements of Western soteriological thought, primarily focused on Roman Catholic and Protestant ideologies? I'm interested mostly in primary ...
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Will good, God-fearing people who don't believe in Jesus' divinity be excluded from Heaven?

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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Are there any common themes in the dreams so many Muslims have that prompt them to come to Jesus?

I understand that a good number of believers, who were once Muslim, became Christians after having a dream where Jesus appears to them and tells them to follow Him. Examples are recorded in books ...
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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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Giving to the church or giving to the poor?

Which does God prefer most, giving to the church or giving to the poor?
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How does Christ define a Christian?

Referencing the gospel accounts of Christ's actions and teachings, how does He clearly define a Christian?
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What is the hope in Roman Catholicism?

I'm coming at this from the evangelical reform side of salvation. For the evangelical, salvation is made for us by Jesus on the cross. There is nothing else we can add to make us more saved, or less ...
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What is the Biblical basis for multiple judgments?

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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Could more miraculous works bring more persons to faith?

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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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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How much realization of one's own sinfulness is needed for a person to be saved? [closed]

I have met some Christians who seemed to put a lot of emphasis on their realization of how sinful they were. Others, however, didn't seem to be stressing this point that much. Honestly, in my ...
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Are there any tenets of Gnosticism that are still present in the church today?

Towards the end of the New Testament writing, the heresy of gnosticism was one of the chief "false teachings" against which Paul and the other writers were contesting. Could someone present some of ...
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Does my monk go to heaven? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? I have found this very basic question perplexing to different pastors, rectors, and members of churches: If ...
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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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Could Jesus save Satan? [closed]

Could Jesus save Satan? Some biblical reference with explanation, would be helpful.
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How is love greater than faith?

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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What does the Roman Catholic church teach about those who die having never heard of Christ?

What does the Roman Catholic church teach about those who die having never heard of Christ? Is there any possibility of salvation for them? Related: What happens to people who have never heard about ...
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Praying for someone's salvation. Is there a point?

According to I Timothy 2:4 (NIV), God "...wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth". But since we have free will, God cannot make us choose to accept the salvation that is ...
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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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Are the names of all people originally written in the Book of Life?

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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Calvinist perspective on Luke 18:18-30

Luke 18:18-30 (NIV) tells the story of the "rich young ruler" who asked Christ what he must do to inherit eternal life: 18A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit ...
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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 about those who lived before Christ long outside the reach of Israel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? Who saved people before ~33AD? Do I get a second chance to believe in Jesus after I die? Were there provisions ...
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Did Satan really not understand God's salvation plan?

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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Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation?

According to the Bible, will those who have heard about Jesus (and, perhaps, even believed that Jesus existed or that he had a special role) and yet have never prayed directly to Him (i.e. never ...