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What is Christ's role in salvation according to Arian theology?

This is related, but intended to be a more specific version of this question. The answer provides a pretty concise, Sunday-school refutation to Arianism, but it assumes a Trinitarian view. From ...
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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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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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Are there Old Testament Scriptures that mention salvation for the Gentiles?

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 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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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 “New Creation” according to Catholicism?

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. I don't know if this subject has importance in ...
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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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How is the view of guaranteed salvation for infants justified?

Many Christians hold the view that unborn and born infants and children who die before the age of reason or eternal responsibility are guaranteed access to heaven. For instance, Dr. William Lane Craig ...
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Is John Piper a five point Calvinist?

John Piper is the well known and highly regarded (and recently retired) Pastor for Preaching and Teaching at Bethlehem Church in Minnesota, and the leader of Desiring God Ministries. Piper is widely ...
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All Israel shall be saved

I am confused by the statement that Paul makes in Romans 11:26, where he explains that all Israel shall be saved. My church believes that if you die in your sins, there is no further hope for you. ...
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What Scriptures tell us what man having free will actually means?

I have been given many different opinions as to what having free will actually means. Some have said that it means only that we have a choice of whether or not to accept salvation, others have said it ...
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Assurance of Salvation in Catholicism

Among some Protestant groups such as Evangelicals and Pentecostals, it is a very common question to ask "Are you saved?" or "Are you born again?". They say that the moment you believe in Jesus Christ, ...
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When did knowledge of Christ's sacrifice become necessary for salvation?

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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Are (or were) sacraments necessary for salvation in the Catholic religion?

According to the Wikipedia page, Though not every individual has to receive every sacrament, the Church affirms that, for believers as a whole, the sacraments are necessary for salvation, as 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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Can an atheist go to heaven? [closed]

The question of who goes to heaven and who to hell seems to result in very different answers depending on which tradition the Christian answering belongs to. Some traditions, especially evangelical ...
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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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Since God provided for the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament, why do we need Jesus?

I thought of this when I was researching this question. Leviticus 4 goes into great detail about the sacrifice that must be made in order for a sin to be forgiven. However, we see here that God ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Universal salvation?

Universal salvation, or universal reconciliation is the belief that God will eventually reconcile Himself with every immortal soul. That is, everyone will be saved. This doctrine has a long history. ...
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Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?

I think the following was spoken Ex Cathedra: “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but ...
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What is the biblical basis for salvation by faith alone (sola fide)?

One of the key issues in the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide, that is, that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. What, then, is the biblical basis for this belief?
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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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Is modern Evangelical Protestant soteriology consistent with the early Christian idea of “theosis”?

Early Christians used the term theosis, which puts forth a "exaltation", "divinization" deification concept which the Eastern orthodox church still holds today. [T]he Word of God became man, that ...
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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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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 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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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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Do people who commit “major” sins after accepting Jesus go to Heaven? [on hold]

This question is meant for Protestants. In many mainstream Protestant denominations that I have heard of, it seems to me clear that once you really accept Jesus' free gift on the cross as payment for ...
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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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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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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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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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Has the Church stated any advantages or reasoning or prompting to re-formulating positively the Catholic Church's salvation doctrine?

The Church in Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Outside the Church there is no salvation", 846, has re-formulated positively "Outside the Church there is no salvation", often repeated by the Church ...
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What does it mean to “be saved”

It seems common in Christian communities (and in questions on this site) for people to say they have been saved. What does someone mean by this when they say it? How would I know that I have been ...
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Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach Baptismal Regeneration? [closed]

Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach Baptismal Regeneration? Baptismal Regeneration is the teaching that spiritual rebirth happens through water baptism. It teaches that in water baptism sins are forgiven.
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Where Does Jesus Say “I will save humanity”?

I had an old friend ask the following: "Where in the Bible does Jesus say, "I will go save humanity"" (Or something along those lines). I tried to explain God is Jesus, and it was his will. But they ...
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When is it too late to ask for salvation?

What does the Bible say about when is it too late to ask for salvation? There are many death bed conversion stories. One of the most momentous conversions in Western history was that of Constantine ...
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Biblical reference that if someone is saved through someone else, that creates a “reward” or “treasure” in heaven?

So, I'm trying to find a passage which I believe exists somewhere in the Bible (possibly written by Paul, but maybe not), where the writer rejoices in those who have been saved through his works ...
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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.—Man in his fallen state is unable to ...
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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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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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Who saved people before ~33AD?

The exact date isn't important but at some point about 2000 years ago Christ died on a cross. Since that point Christians everywhere have put their faith in Him. He claimed to be the Way, the Truth ...
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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 does Jesus show love by suffering?

I wonder, how does the suffering of Jesus/God show love. I cannot 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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Does 2 Peter 1:10 teach salvation can be gained through faith plus works? [closed]

Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you ( 2 Peter 1:10 NASB)
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How does a person determine whether they are a “false Christian” or “inconsistent Christian”? [closed]

Many Protestants believe once saved, always saved. Christians who accept Jesus get saved. They also continue sinning and no one is perfect. My question is to those who hold this position. I have ...
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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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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 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 ...