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Important Christian themes and beliefs:


Who are saved and who are not?

Sadly, most Christians sincerely
believe that they know, but may
be wrong.

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If you are a Christian and feel uncomfortable
about uncertainty, please do not read this section.

We would prefer to not contribute to other people's pain.

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Most Christian denominations teach the existence of both Heaven and Hell after death. However, there is little agreement on what criterion -- or multiple criteria -- will be used to judge who will be sent to which location for eternity after death.

Unfortunately, there are many biblical passages about salvation with clear, conflicting, and sometimes mutually exclusive messages. Most Christians, congregations, and denominations select their favorite passages and ignore the rest. The multiple, contradicting teachings about the afterlife seriously challenges many Christian's beliefs in the inerrancy of the Bible.

Different Bible passages also teach different beliefs about whether one can lose one's salvation after one has attained it. One teaches that there is a sin that cannot be forgiven.

To further complicate matters, this web site once conducted a pilot survey of its visitors and appears to have found that one cannot assess the will of God through prayer. So Christians may be stuck with uncertainty about the most important aspect of their lives!

Finally, many people note that there is a problem with the whole concept of salvation because it involves some persons being eternally punished in the torture chambers of Hell. Most religions, secular systems of philosophy, etc. consider torture to be profoundly immoral, and consider that long-term or eternal torture is even worse. Many countries have laws and regulations forbidding torture.

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Topics covered:


If you feel comfortable with the topic, we recommend that you read these four essays first:

bullet star Overview of salvation within Christianity (2 parts)

bullet A more detailed overview about salvation

bullet The diversity of Christian beliefs about salvation


Salvation according to the ancient creeds & specific passages in the Bible: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

bullet What must one do to be saved, according to:
bullet The Christian Scriptures (New Testament)

bullet star Jesus -- what did he seem to teach about salvation? in Matthew 25 & Mark 10: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3
bullet Salvation in the early Christian church


Beliefs of Southern Baptists and other evangelical/conservative Protestant denominations

bullet Beliefs in the Presbyterian Church (USA)

bullet Other faith groups' beliefs about salvation

bullet The general U.S. public's beliefs

bullet "Chasing Jesus:" Do only Christians have a chance to attain Heaven?
bullet A personal note by the Webmaster on the death of Prince, and ambiguities in the Bible concerning salvation, and the afterlife

bullet Is salvation permanent, revocable, always attainable?
bullet Once saved, always saved? Or can a person lose their salvation?

bullet Can a person lose their salvation (or be prevented from gaining their salvation) by committing the "unforgivable sin"?  
bullet Salvation for others:
bullet Can non-Christians be saved? i.e. Agnostics to Zoroastrians

bullet Can non-Christian theists be saved? i.e. those who believe in a God or Gods other than the Christian trinity

bullet Does the Roman Catholic Church believe that non-Catholics can be saved?
bullet Other topics:
bullet Diverse Christian beliefs in salvation: Who gets to go to Heaven; who to Hell?

bullet Comparing the strengths & weaknesses of belief systems about salvation. Do any make sense?


Two essays by Susan Humphreys:

bullet Emails that we have received about salvation

bullet Is Hell a just and fair punishment? Is it compatible with the attributes of God?

Some related topics:

bullet What religious groups believe about the afterlife: heaven, hell, purgatory, etc.

bullet What does the Bible say about heaven, hell, purgatory, etc.?

bullet At what age are people "born-again?" At what age should evangelistic efforts be concentrated?

bullet What Christians believe happens to a person immediately after death

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Copyright 2016 to 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2017-OCT-11
Author: B.A. Robinson

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