Important Christian themes and beliefs:
Who are saved and who are not?
Sadly, most Christians sincerely
that they know, but may
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.
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.
If you feel comfortable with the topic, we recommend that you read these four essays first:
|What must one do to be saved, according to:|
|Is salvation permanent, revocable, always
|Salvation for others:
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Latest update: 2017-MAY-18
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