the study of the mechanisms by which an individual is saved

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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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Relativism and salvation [closed]

Suppose there is a man that subscribes to a traditional, Protestant worldview as described by the Apostle's Creed (i.e. Lutherans, Anglicans, Presbyterians, etc). Suppose this man has an ...
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The Cost of Salvation [closed]

My question is, did Jesus have to die for our sins? If no, then how would we have obtained salvation. If yes, if Jesus did in fact have to die for our sins, I do not understand this. Why would God ...
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Is Salvation a State Function?

Does the salvation of a believer depend on the present state of her faith or are the different life transitions taken into account? Suppose a believer leads a life of faith in Christ. At the end of ...
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Are sinners in Satan's kingdom?

OK, people seem to agree who is in Christ's kingdom. But if there is a Satan's kingdom. Are non-Christians or sinners part of his kingdom? what does that say about rich evil politicians? Does the ...
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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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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 much are we personally responsible for the salvation of someone else? [closed]

The quickest and easiest answer might be "not at all, as it's only between God and that person", but this question can lead to other question. For example, to the responsibility of a priest. Even as ...
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What is the Roman Catholic interpretation of John 3:16?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV) What is the Roman Catholic way of ...
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Does Luke 13:24 give us a more vivid picture of how many people will be saved? [closed]

I mean how many times have we said 'let me see' or 'let me try'. Or how many times have we felt like - I'm trying to be a Christian. Seems like trying is not good enough according to Luke 13:24: ...
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Could you add in romans.8:1 “made righteous” either just before “in Christ” or after “in Christ”?

Could you add in romans.8:1 "made righteous" either just before "in Christ" or after "in Christ" and if it is doctrinally heresy, then why? I mean that how do you get to be "in Christ" if you are not ...
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What happens with a soul after one's death according to Eastern Orthodox doctrine?

Inspired by this question and answers for it: what happens with a soul after one's death according to Eastern Orthodox doctrine? I'm interested in all variants.
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What kind of worship does God look for, for Salvation?

Through Gods word the bible, we are given commandments of what we shouldn't do and what we need to do in order to attain salvation. That last part is really what I'm focusing on. What does the New ...
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Does Hell exist according to Catholicism?

Does the Roman Catholic Church believe in the existence of Hell? If YES - Who will go to Hell and why? How long will they stay in Hell? Is there any second chance after they go to Hell? What ...
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If Hell does not exist would God have sent Jesus to die? [closed]

There have been several comments on this site which tend to deny the existence of Hell. But Jesus tells me that the lake of fire is the place of Eternal punishment that God created for Satan and the ...
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did GOD predestinate all of us? [duplicate]

where in the bible is stated that before GOD made heavens and earth he had write a book with all the names of those who had been saved in it?
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Biblical basis for “God's already forgiven you” teaching

I have recently heard many preachers and teachers say things like "God has already forgiven you. All you have to do is accept God's free gift of salvation." In particular Joel Osteen and Joseph ...
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What is the difference between original sin and a sin nature?

As I understand Original sin it is being guilty of sin at birth because of Adam and Eve's first sin. I also understand that man has a propensity toward sin because of the inheritance of the Knowledge ...
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What is “New Creation” according to Protestants?

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. It is undeniable that no one can live a perfect sinless ...
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Does eternal damnation still exist?

1 Timothy 2:4 NIV 'God our Savior [sic] who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth'. Anticipating his suffering and death, Jesus proclaims, John 12:31-32 NIV ...
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Was Jesus two separate individuals in one body?

I have always been told, and I thoroughly believe that Jesus was wholly God and wholly man. Since there are multiple occasions in the Bible where pre-incarnate Jesus apparently appeared to people, ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying “only a few find the narrow gate”? [closed]

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and ...
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Who says, “If you are going to Heaven, you will know it”?

I heard from some preachers(not prominent) that assurance of going to Heaven is a self-consciousness. You yourself will have the evident, proof or confident that you are indeed going to heaven. If you ...
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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 Lordship Salvation?

I have heard the term "Lordship Salvation" several times now, including in an answer I read recently. Can anyone explain to me what this is? Is this the official position of any major churches? Is ...
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The Eunuch being converted by Phillip? [closed]

There is a passage in the Bible talks about an eunuch traveling on the road and reading from Isaiah. The Phillip saw him, talked to him, and baptized him. Which passage is it? Is that passage enough ...
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Would any of the characters in heaven at the end of Les Misérables actually have been saved? [closed]

Fantine died without ever asking forgiveness for her prostitution. The bishop lied to protect Valjean; saving a life does not justify sin. The students carried on an armed rebellion for two days, ...
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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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Is an intellectual comprehension of the gospel by the earthly mind required for salvation?

The root of this question stems from wondering whether someone can have a saving relationship with Jesus without having the mental capacity or maturity that would be required to understand the gospel ...
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How is Matthew 18: 8-9 explained in the context of non works-based salvation?

if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal ...
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Infant Baptism and Heaven

For those denominations who practice Infant Baptism, does baptizing the baby have anything to do with the destination of the infant’s soul? Which denomination believes that Infant Baptism is a ...
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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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Biblical basis for baptism as a prerequisite for salvation

Some people believe that if you have not been baptized, you cannot be saved. Others (including myself) believe that it is merely the outward declaration of what has already happened in the heart. ...
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What is the biblical basis for the doctrine of Eternal Security?

The Doctrine of Eternal Security teaches that once a person truly experience salvation, that person's eternal destiny of eternal life is immutable. What is the biblical basis or biblically-based ...
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How do you know that you are reborn of Spirit? [closed]

This is by far one of the most profound questions in Christianity today. We have so many different denominations stating many different things. I know that this is a large debate, but go ahead and ...
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Can the devil and/or yourself lead you to a wrong form of Christianity? [closed]

I have the fear that the devil and/or myself can lead me to a wrong form of Christianity, such as one subtly based on works, without you actually knowing it. Is there an example of this in the Bible, ...
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Is the Thief on the Cross the exception or the norm for quick salvation?

It seems that often we find answers to "What must I do to be saved?" that haul out a long laundry list of things to be done that could take hours-- weeks if the word "daily" is part of your answer. ...
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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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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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How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards? [closed]

I'm 18 years old, and I was born in a Christian family (Evangelical), so I've been going to church and believed in Jesus my whole life. However, I am concerned about salvation. According to what I ...
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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 it necessary to be a Christian to be saved? [duplicate]

Is it necessary to have a Christian faith to be saved and not go to hell? Is it possible for a Muslim to go to heaven? Or do the bible specifically say that they are all going to hell (Muslims, ...
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If God is a God of love, why does God not make all souls in hell cease to exist? [closed]

If God is omnipotent, and a God of love, why does God not make all souls in hell cease to exist, and did it ever happen? Also, wouldn't a loving God end their suffering? Thank you for your answers.
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Who goes to heaven?

Jesus was to have said in Matthew 5:20: For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. ...
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Do Christians Regard Speaking in Tongues as Necessary?

I have heard that some Christians consider it the only sure sign of having received the Holy Spirit, which would seem quite important. If not generally, which groups hold to this belief, and in what ...
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What verses from the Bible claim that Jesus has justified and redeemed man by his sacrifice on a cross?

What verses from the Bible claim that Jesus has justified and redeemed man by his sacrifice on a cross?
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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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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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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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From whom does faith come?

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 ...