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The study of the mechanisms by which an individual is saved.

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Are people with sinful addictions doomed? [closed]

According to Acts 3:19-21: 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ ...
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Do Christians believe that Jews and Muslims go to hell? [closed]

As we know, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the main 3 monotheistic religions. Quran says: Surely, those who believed in [God], and those who are Jews, and Christians, and Sabians, -whosoever ...
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Do Christians believe that the laws of the Old Testament still apply today, or did Jesus end that? [duplicate]

I struggle a little bit in understanding the Christian belief about the OT laws as a Muslim. One of the things that confuses me is that half of Christians say that deeds aren’t important; that ...
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Could someone in the Old Testament be saved without believing in Christ?

I have often heard it taught that those living in the time of the Old Testament were saved by the law, but that they also had to have faith that Christ would come. If someone living in the Old ...
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How do we know from the Bible that Adam and Eve have been saved from the lake of fire?

How do we know from the Bible that Adam and Eve have been saved from the lake of fire? According to my knowledge, it is a fairly unanimous position among the Oriental Christianity, the Roman Catholic ...
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Bibliograpy on the difference between the Kingdom of the God and Salvation / Eternal Life

From my studies, Scripture seems to make a very clear difference between the requirements of receiving the gift of salvation (by faith alone) and the requirements to enter the kingdom of God. A. ...
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Do all moral humans go to heaven?

Given a person X who leads a "moral life" based on the law laid out in the Bible. Given that X does not believe in the existence of God or any other God. If the Christian Faith happens to be ...
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Was Jesus sent to the Earth so people could commit sin and lead sinful lifestyles yet still go to Heaven?

I am a Catholic and I notice there has been a growing movement within the Catholic Church to accept anyone who wants to join the Church regardless of whether or not they will go to Confession or ...
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How is God's encounter with Jacob in Genesis 32 addressed within the framework of monergism vs. synergism?

Genesis 32:27-28 27 So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” 28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and ...
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How is the crucifixion just?

As a result of the crucifixion of Jesus, all who truly accept Christ will receive salvation and have their sins washed away. But how is it just that the guilty person not be held accountable for the ...
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Did Joseph Smith go to heaven according to Protestant Trinitarians?

According to the Mormon Doctrine written by Bruce McConkie, If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus ...
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According to Christians not affiliated with the LDS Church, is the LDS doctrine of salvation inconsistent with the Bible?

The following is an excerpt from pages 471 and 472 of Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie:   1. Unconditional or general salvation, that which comes by grace alone without obedience to gospel law, ...
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Can a Christian be called but not chosen?

The concept of many are called but few are chosen is very alive in the Bible where Jesus says that no one can come to him unless God allows it. Mathew 22:14 Indeed many are called but few are chosen ...
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Does Wm. Golding's book "Lord of the Flies" correctly present the theology of "The Fallen Nature of Man" according to Christian Protestantism?

William Golding wrote about a group of Boy Scouts who were stranded on an island, and who tried to set up a society among themselves. At first they were quite civil and logical in their social ...
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Which Christian Churches or Denominations subscribe to sacerdotalism as essential?

Based in part on answers to this question, this definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: : religious belief emphasizing the powers of priests as essential mediators between God and humankind ...
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Are there any texts from the Bible that summarize the Gospel?

Trying to come up with a list of essentials to center a gospel message on. I've seen the "Roman road of salvation" used before, but I am wondering if there are any specific summaries in the ...
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Are there Christian denominations that expect Jesus to respect denominationalism in the final judgement?

Of course many (if not most) denominations believe that what they teach and believe as doctrine critical to salvation is, in fact, critical to salvation. Most denominations also teach and believe ...
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Is there scripture stating we will realize an unmistakable event or experience immediately upon salvation during God's Ephesians 3:2 "age of grace"?

If there are unmistakable events or experiences that prove "true" salvation, how would we then be able to discern a deceptive event or experience that was administered by Satan? Isn't this ...
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Is there scriptural support for Pascal's wager?

Pascal contends that a rational person should adopt a lifestyle consistent with the existence of God and actively strive to believe in God. The reasoning behind this stance lies in the potential ...
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Is it possible for an unbeliever who is steadfastly unconvinced or skeptical to genuinely embrace a saving faith in Christ?

I often find it helpful to illustrate my point with extreme cases. Let's examine some well-known examples of unbelievers: Graham Oppy, a distinguished atheist philosopher specializing in philosophy of ...
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If saving faith in Christ is a God-given gift, what prevents God from giving this gift to everyone? [closed]

If saving faith in Christ is considered a gift from God rather than an attainable skill through personal effort (as discussed in Is faith a skill that can be developed over time?), then what prevents ...
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Do James 2:24 and Romans 3:28 contradict? [duplicate]

(both quotes in NKJV) James 2:24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Romans 3:28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the ...
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Shortcut to Heaven? [closed]

If some cult decided to take the L and massacre as many people as possible each all souls day, then immediately pray for them, do all those victims get into heaven scott free? Can the cult members ...
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Are those who die without someone praying for their souls , compensated?

Month of November is dedicated to the deceased faithful. One of the Mass Intentions of Catholic Church for the month is to pray for those souls who have no one praying for them. That implies that ...
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Is it possible to be a worshiper of the true God without being reached/evangelized?

Upon reflecting on the answers to this question, HOW does the existence of the Universe make those who do not worship God to be "without excuse"?, I noticed that Romans 1:18-20 leaves ...
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How to refute the argument that is is possible to be saved without Jesus and do apologetics for it

I've recently thought of an argument that might undermine Christianity but I'm not sure if I simply reinvented a super old argument that already has a refutation or it's a novel one (probably not), ...
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Is there any biblical basis for believing that Satan will do his uttermost to prevent a sinner from coming to saving faith in Christ Jesus?

Recently our minister preached a sermon based on Luke 9:42: Even while the boy was coming [to Jesus to be healed], the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil ...
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How does imputation work?

When someone believes on Jesus Christ how does Jesus sinless perfect righteousness is transferred to the believer and the believer's sin transferred to Jesus? Like what is the theory or doctrine that ...
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What Are the Way of Repentance and the Way of Eternal Life?

Gaining eternal life through faith in the Lord is the longing of many Christians. But is it true that we can attain the way of eternal life by accepting the Lord’s salvation, repenting and confessing ...
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What scriptural examples exist of people converting to righteousness from overt wickedness on account of a miraculous occurrence (e.g. Paul)?

A brief bit of context (feel free to edit it out if it's not appropriate for the site, but I think it'll help clarify exactly what I'm trying to achieve with this question): I am currently studying ...
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How Did the Earliest Church Define Salvation?

This question came up for me in a discussion of the meaning of "saved" in Acts 15:1. But certain ones having come down from Judea were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are ...
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What does it mean to be saved by sanctification and believing the truth? 2 Thessalonians 2:13

My question is for protestant Christians. If salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, then what does 2 Thessalonians 2:13 mean by saying that people are saved by the ...
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What insights can be derived from the Protoevangelium regarding God's plan of Salvation, specifically in relation to the concept of election?

The Protoevangelium, which can be found in Genesis 3:15, holds significant value in Christian theology as it serves as God's initial proclamation and a prophetic utterance. The concept of Redemption ...
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Was the Resurrection part and parcel of Jesus' Salvific Mission?

In John 19:30, we see Jesus giving up his Spirit on the Cross after saying: " It is finished " . In Contemporary English Version, the words appear as " Everything is done" . So, by ...
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What did the early Church Fathers (pre-Nicea A.D. 325) have to say about faith, baptism and if it is the act of baptism that saves?

This question is asked in response to this recent question: Where does the idea that faith must be a condition for baptism originate from? I am trying to find evidence from the writings of Clement, ...
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Is there a name for the belief that some individuals would always freely reject salvation no matter the world in which they are created?

When God created the world, He had to accept the fact that some of His creatures would sin and ultimately fail to repent and be saved (I'm assuming that universalism is false, to be clear). For ...
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By what mechanism does Faith lead to Salvation?

As I understand, Evangelical Protestants believe that Jesus took on the sins of humanity through his death, acting as a substitute for the target of the justice of God, and that salvation comes ...
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To be one for whom Christ died, do you have to be elect?

First, to explain where I am coming from with this question. I believe that Jesus prayed "not for the world" "but for them which you have given me" John 17:9,20. Then Romans 8:28-...
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According to Protestants who hold that belief in Trinitarianism is necessary for salvation, what happens to those who assent but don't understand?

It seems some Protestants hold that belief in Trinitarianism is required for salvation. According to those who hold this, is there a distinction between Christians who assent to this and understand ...
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What explanations are there for God's lack of culpability for the sin that was a part of the plan of salvation? [closed]

Acts 2:22-24 NET says: 22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, wonders, and miraculous signs that God performed among ...
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Are Protestants with valid baptism Catholics, from a Catholic perspective?

From a Catholic perspective: The Catholic Church considers Protestant baptisms valid. Baptism removes all penalty of sin, so whoever is validly baptized is saved. There is no salvation outside the ...
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If salvation in Christ is not lessened without the perpetual virginity of Mary why must one believe the Dogma or be lost?

No one who knowingly and deliberately rejects the truth will be saved. It doesn’t matter how good of a Muslim, Jew, Baptist, or anything else he may be. If anyone rejects the truth of Christ and his ...
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Can punishment for unintentional sins be reconciled with Christians knowing they have eternal life?

My question isn't so much about reconciling specific Scripture passages as it is about reconciling two teachings supported by Scripture, so I'm asking here rather than on Hermeneutics. I'm wondering ...
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What would be an orthodoxly Christian, biblically based response to a concern that a Christian could die without repenting of a given sin?

What is the fate of those who believe in Jesus Christ but who die without repenting of something they never discovered was sinful? Simon (Acts 8) likely represents an example with which I can ...
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What is apostasy (John 15) in Lutheranism?

In contrast to the Reformed tradition, it it the best of my understating, that Lutherans hold in election unto salvation for all who all in Christ, yet also hold that individuals, because of their own ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on neglecting works of the law?

The common Catholic apologetic against sola fide is that St. Paul was talking about "Works of the Law", so assuming Catholics don't believe that works of the law save someone why are there ...
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What is the Biblical basis of the view that you must believe in Jesus BEFORE physical death? [duplicate]

It seems a very common belief that you must believe in Jesus / to be saved before physical death in order to have salvation. However where is this stated in the Bible? According to this view, why is ...
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Can a sin lead one to hell even under grace? (this is not a Catholic post regarding mortal and venial sin)

I have a belief that all sins mentioned in Galatians 5:19, 1 Corinthians 6:9, Revelations 22:15, and the sins referred to in "those who commit this sin shall not inherit eternal life" are ...
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Martin Luther on the salvation of Christian Soldiers?

I found this quote in the book Martin Luther: Rebel in an Age of Upheaval by Prof. Heinz Schilling. He made a promise of salvation to Christian soldiers that is reminiscent of the fundamentalist ...
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What is the biblical basis for Semi-Pelagianism?

Broadly speaking, Semi-Pelagianism is the idea that while we are born sinners, we are capable of seeking God without a supernatural "override" of our nature, such as that of Calvinism's ...
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