the study of the mechanisms by which an individual is saved

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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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What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? [closed]

There seems to be general consensus inside Christianity that in order to be saved, you must have faith, and that this faith has to be in Jesus Christ. Here is one verse sometimes cited for the ...
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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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Is the “sinner's prayer” important for salvation and why?

In evangelical churches the sinner's prayer is a very much emphasized aspect for someone to become or convert to being a Christian. In fact, most church services I attended growing up ended with the ...
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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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Can a Christian choose to walk away from his or her salvation? [closed]

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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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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What happens to unborn, unbaptized babies who die?

If we accept that unborn babies are human beings and not merely a non-human organism, and further we require baptism as a prerequisite for salvation (using it as justification for infant baptism)... ...
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Are there unforgivable sins?

Jesus came and died for our sins so that we may be forgiven and have salvation. But Matthew 12:32 (NIV) says there is at least one thing to prevent being forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word ...
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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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Is it possible to be a Christian by birth?

My parents are both Christians. When we were kids they always took us to church. Does that make me a Christian?
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Good person going to hell simply for not believing?

The scenario is as follows: Believer, average life, many mistakes/sins. Asks forgiveness and tries everyday to be better. Goes to heaven. Non-believer, better life than the believer, fewer mistakes ...
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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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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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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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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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Praying for someone's salvation. Is there a point? [closed]

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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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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Do I get a second chance to believe in Jesus after I die? [closed]

As if some people couldn't get far enough away from them on earth, several verses in the Bible seem to indicate that there will be preachers even in Hell. 1 Peter 4:6 (ESV) For this is why the ...
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Is repentance required for salvation?

I know that through faith alone I am saved. But is repentance a requirement for that salvation as a part of my faith? Is repentance a single act, or should it be continuous?
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Why are some people born into famine and starvation?

I was raised Christadelphian, and after 17 years of education and reading the bible, I dismissed my faith and left the church. One of my main reasons for turning my back on God was this. Why is it ...
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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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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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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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Can angels be saved? [closed]

We know from the Bible that devils are fallen angels, once created good but who chose to join Lucifer's rebel uprising and consequently lost their place in heaven. Can those angels ever be saved? Can ...
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What happens to non-believers or believers of other religions after death?

What happens (according to Christians) to people who specificially rejected the idea of God, the Bible and the christian teachings after they die? Is there a difference to people who believed in ...
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If we are saved by grace, then why does Jesus say we must be baptized in both spirit and water?

Ephesians 2:4-9 says: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace ...
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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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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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Is righteousness a prerequisite for salvation?

James 2:24 NIV 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In James we are told that a person would be considered righteous by their deeds and not ...
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How do you “Convert” somebody to Christianity?

A highly debated topic I know. There are hundreds of answers for this, but I would personally like to know what the Bible says about this. If somebody was interested in being saved, what is my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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?

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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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 ...