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Important Christian themes and beliefs:

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Who are saved and who are not?

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

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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 the single criterion or multiple criteria that will be used to judge who will go where.

Unfortunately, there are many very 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.

Different Bible passages also teach different beliefs about whether one can lose one's salvation, the unforgivable sin, etc.

To further complicate matters, this web site once conducted a 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!

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Topics covered:

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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

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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)

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

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Southern Baptists and other evangelical/conservative Protestant denominations

bulletThe Presbyterian Church (USA)

bulletOther faith groups

bulletThe general U.S. public

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?

bullet An essay by Susan Humphreys: I too have a dream! That one's salvation depends on ones acts, not one's beliefs.

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

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