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Why do Protestants teach the non-necessity of baptism for salvation? Those who see baptism as something additional to salvation might use the following verses; Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. The thief on the cross was not baptized. 1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not ...


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Credo-baptists (note: not all Protestants) that hold the views you refer to, rely more on very clear soteriological proof texts that are not as open to alternative interpretations* as the verses you have cited such as: 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that ...


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Let me state the views of those who believe baptism is not necessary for salvation. (It's not just Protestants by the way - Catholics teach that actual physical baptism is not absolutely necessary for salvation. There are several circumstances where substitutes for it are acceptable). "Born of water" might mean several things other than baptism. It might ...


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Celestial Glory Mormons aren't guaranteed they're going to the "third heaven". They have to prove themselves worthy. The qualifications for salvation according to mormons sound very similar to what most Christians believe. The big difference between mormons and most christians is that mormons believe in One Lord, one faith, one baptism (see Ephesians 4:5) ...


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To my belief only one out there does. It is a secret society known as Freemasons (together, I believe with Illuminati) who bring in all groups of religion and teach Universalism (that all gods or prophets we worship are the same - they eventually lead you to believe it is "God of the Universe," based on my readings online). The goal of this "religion" is to ...


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In my answer I failed to add after saying that God was satisfied, that his being satisfied, according to Anselm himself, enabled him to be compassionate to man, which he was not able to be before. Since there is a good bunch of space left to write this, I might as well ask here whether the reader is satisfied with such a God! John Calvin does not seem to ...


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Anselm based his theory of satisfactory atonement on Isaiah 53:11. KJV, which was later than Anselm, may perhaps not wholly mislead us. 'He shall see the travail of his soul and be satisfied.' I believe that Anselm read that as if the Father saw the the travail of the soul of the Son, and was satisfied. He then introduced the concept of honor. He did so from ...


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Believers are saved by grace through faith. Believers have passed from death to life. There is no condemn condemnation for believers Unbelievers will be judged by what they have done. Those who have done good will rise to live. Do not be amazed at this.


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Searching the internet for the first time, nobody seems to be echoing Schlatter, who blessedly died in Germany before Hitler assaulted the world. Schlatter saw Romans 16:20 as a possible echo of the Genesis verse. The God of peace will trample Satan beneath your feet shortly--a glorious and wonderful promise from Sentman Paul who before had seen sinner Adam ...


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Isn't God a Savior only to those who believe? What could Paul be getting at here? This touches on a doctrine called "limited atonement" suggesting that Jesus died only for the sins of the elect. There are verses that seem not to support this view; 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the ...


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I think Paul is saying that Jesus is the saviour of all people. I don't think that the word "all" needs to be qualified in any way. There are other "all" verses which help support this. For example: 1 John 2: 2 "He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world." Rom 5:18 "Consequently, just as one ...


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Jesus saves us from two kinds of death. All will be resurrected and overcome mortality, becoming immortal, thus triumphing over "Physical" death. But only those who believe on Christ and accept his atonement will overcome "Spiritual" death (separation from God) and be allowed to dwell with God, attaining eternal life. And all will have the opportunity to ...


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Just one week back I encountered the same question in my personal meditation. I think the key is in understanding the term Saviour. Saviour to all men: Originally all men ought to have been destroyed in Adam when he sinned. The Bible says, And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb ...


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The first sentence of the Athasasian Creed says: Whoever wishes to be saved, needs above all to hold the Catholic faith; unless each one preserves this whole and inviolate, he will without a doubt perish in eternity. Heretics do not preserve "the Cathloic faith…whole and inviolate"; thus, they "will without a doubt perish in eternity." There's also ...


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It really isn't that confusing; What Paul is indicating is that God is the Savior of all people including those who came before Jesus, but he readily saves those who believe that Jesus Propitiated our sins. Since millions of people lived and died before Jesus descended from Heaven and paid for the sins of all mankind God is also their Savior based on the ...


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If I understand your question as Did the Second Vatican Council change the Catholic doctrine on the Church? William Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), published the following response (sans footnotes) on June 29, 2007: The Second Vatican Council neither changed nor intended to change this doctrine, rather ...


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Catholic Perspective Definitions are always useful. 113. What is sin? A. Sin is an offense against God, by any thought, word, deed or omission against the law of God. - Source: Penny Catechism, 113. Therefore since sin is an offense against God, only God can forgive sins (my thinking, no sacrifice needed except some kind of making up - ...


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Hosea 6:6 says For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings." Take this verse and the predicament humanity found itself in after Adam and Eve committed the first human sin. We had just followed in the footsteps of Satan and disobeyed a holy God, which in numerous verses of the Bible says is punishable ...


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Since God provided for the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament, why do we need Jesus? There are several distinct aspects that need to be considered. Forgiveness for relationship. Forgiveness for judicial sin debt. The receiving of eternal life. The idea that the forgiveness is relational can be supported by comparing the following; Leviticus ...


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Yes, God forgave people before Jesus died. But take a look at the situation back then. In Numbers chapter 31, the Israelites, at God's orders, slaughter thousands of captive Midianite women and children. Deuteronomy chapter 13 says, "If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, ...


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I was raised as a Lutheran. Christened and confirmed. I will speak from my personal experience in the hope that it may shed some light on what can be a fearsome question; one that is fraught with the temptation to judge others. I was raised in a home that I'm pretty sure did not enjoy "the heavenly gift" or "share in the Holy Spirit". So the fact that my ...


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Lutherans believe that God elects to salvation, but not to damnation. That is to say, we believe that our salvation is due to God's election on account of His grace and mercy for the sake of Christ (i.e. God chooses us because He is merciful, not because we've done something to earn it or because He sees that we will do something to merit salvation). See, ...


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The Catholic Church intentionally does not explicitly define the soteriological consequences of any particular sin, including heresy. It does distinguish sins on the part of the object (e.g. grave, mortal, venial), but these definitions lack the subjective side that can change in each particular case. In general that subjective side centers around the will ...


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The Covenant of Redemption in the Bible Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and ...


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A key Bible passage some Christians use for teaching that believers have at least SOME responsibility to bear witness to the truth in Christ is Ezekiel, chapter 3: 16 At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me: 17 “Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman 23 for the house of Israel. [The literal role of a watchman is described in 2 Sam ...


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We were born in sin. But we can rely on God not to fall in it. No one is clean, but every time the devil suggests a thought we replace it immediately. We condemn it with what the Lord teach in the bible. The devil may use anyone close to you. Some say you will not make it. "You are not clever, you are a failure. You will not get a job. You will not over ...


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Introduction I think this is a great question, but it is also a hard question. An initial problem stems from your basic premises. You are understanding the Trinity in something of a scientific-functional way. Because of this a version of your question could be phrased, "What does the Holy Spirit do that the Father and the Son don't do? What would be ...



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