Twitter icon

Facebook icon

About us
Our statement of belief
Is this your first visit?
Contact us
External links

Recommended books

Visitors' donated essays
Our forum
New essays
Other site features
Hot, controversial topics
Vital notes

World religions
Definition of Christianity
 Shared beliefs
 Handling change
 Bible topics
 Bible inerrancy
 Bible harmony
 Bible Interpreting
 Individuals in the Bible
 Beliefs & creeds
 Da Vinci code
 Revelation & 666
WICCA & Witchcraft
Other religions
Cults and NRMs
Compare Faiths

Non-theistic beliefs

About all religions
Main topics
Basic information
Gods and Goddesses
Handling change
Doubt & security
Confusing terms
End of the World?
True religion?
Seasonal events
More information

Morality & ethics
Absolute truth

Attaining peace
Religious tolerance
Religious freedom
Religious hatred
Religious conflict
Religious violence

"Hot" topics
Very hot topics
10 Commandments
Abortion access
Assisted suicide
Death penalty
Environment/Climate change

Gay marriages

Human rights
Gays in military
Sex & gender
Spanking kids
Same-Sex marriages
Stem cells
Women's rights
Other topics

Laws and news
Religious laws
Religious news


Religious Tolerance logo

Important Christian themes and beliefs:


Who are saved and who are not?

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

horizontal rule

halt symbol
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.

horizontal rule

set of scalesBackground:

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.

horizontal rule

Sponsored link

horizontal rule

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

bulletThe diversity of Christian beliefs about salvation


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

bulletWhat must one do to be saved, according to:
bulletThe 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

bulletIs salvation permanent, revocable, always attainable?
bulletOnce saved, always saved? Or can a person lose their salvation?

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

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

bulletDoes the Roman Catholic Church believe that non-Catholics can be saved?
bulletOther 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:

bulletEmails 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.

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

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

bulletWhat Christians believe happens to a person immediately after death

How you may have arrived here:

or Home > Christianity > Christian themes > Beliefs > here

Home > Christianity > History, Beliefs... > Beliefs > Cardinal beliefs > here

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

line.gif (538 bytes)
Sponsored link

Go to the previous page, or return to the Christian Beliefs menu, or to the "Cardinal beliefs" menu, or choose:

Custom Search

Go to home page  We would really appreciate your help

E-mail us about errors, etc.  Hot, controversial topics

FreeFind search, lists of new essays...  Having problems printing our essays?

Twitter link

Facebook icon

Google Page Translator:

This page translator works on Firefox,
Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only

After translating, click on the "show
original" button at the top of this
page to restore page to English.

Sponsored links: