Table 1 Subject Category:

  • Christianity
  • Christian Science
  • Spiritualism
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Mormonism
  • Eastern Mysticism
  • The Way International
  • Unity
  • Unification Church


    Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy house (Acts 16:31).

    But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12).

    He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the...only begotten Son of God (John 3:18).

    He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life (John 3:36).

    Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).

    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God--not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

    Justified freely...through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24).

    Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth (Romans 10:4).

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    The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon the accursed tree than when flowing in his veins as he went daily about his Father's business (SH, 25:6-9).

    Salvation is Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed (SH, 593:20-22).

    Sin, sickness, and death must be deemed as devoid of reality as they are of good, God (SH, 525:28, 29).

    To get rid of sin through Science, is to divert sin of any supposed mind or reality, and never to admit that sin can have intelligence or power, pain or pleasure. You conquer error by denying its verity (SE, 339:28-31).

    Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration. There is but one way to heaven; harmony and Christ in Divine Science shows us this way (SH, 242:9-10; 244:5).

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    We affirm the moral responsibility of the individual, and that he makes his own happiness or unhappiness as he obeys or disobeys Nature's physical and spiritual laws.

    Man becomes a spirit after death, doing both evil and good, but he may be saved as he progresses from one spirit level to the next. We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any human soul, here or hereafter (Declaration of Principles, Nos. 7 and 8).

    Leaving the physical body does not change the condition of the spirit, which is the actual personality. It must learn to desire and to progress to higher and better conditions, just as we do on earth (SM, p. 182).

    Each must work out his own salvation; each has an equal opportunity to do this when he shall have atoned for the wrongs and overcome the temptations and allurements to the sense gratification of earth life (SM, p. 184).

    Even the most degraded personality can in time attain the greatest heights. It is easier, however, to begin progression in the earth life (SM, p. 184).

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    Salvation (Redemption and Salvation)

    Adam is not included in those ransomed. He had perfect life, and this he deliberately forfeited (LG, p. 119).

    Jesus Christ laid down in sacrifice a perfect HUMAN LIFE, equal to that which Adam forfeited (You May Survive Armageddon, p. 39).

    The ransom, or redemptive price with which redemption is made, is "the man Christ Jesus" (LG, p. 113).

    His perfect human life with all its rights and prospects, was laid down in death, but NOT FOR SIN AND IN PUNISHMENT (LG, p. 116). (Jesus was raised a divine spirit creature.)

    That which is redeemed or bought back is perfect human life with its rights and earthly prospects (LG, p. 114).

    The value of the perfect human life was now available for use on behalf of faithful men (LG, p. 116).

    Thus, makes possible general resurrection for mankind with opportunity for eternal life (MS, p. 411).

    The Bible plainly shows that 144,000 will share in heavenly glory, while the others will enjoy the blessings of life down here on earth (LG, p. 298).

    All who by reason of faith in Jehovah God and in Christ Jesus dedicate themselves to do God's will and then faithfully carry out their dedication will be rewarded with everlasting life (LC, p. 298).

    An unnumbered crowd of faithful persons do not expect to go to heaven. They have been promised everlasting life on earth if they prove their faithfulness (LG, p. 231), by faith in Jehovah's baptism, "provided...they abide in him keeping their good conscience through faith and loyal service (NH, p. 311).

    Armageddon survivors and the mass of humankind will find life here on earth amid paradise conditions (LG, p. 279).

    It is a gross twisting of the Scriptures to throw Jesus' words of John 3:3 to make them embrace all mankind (The Watchtower, Nov. 15, 1954, p. 681). This "great crowd" of people are not "born again," nor do they need to be born again," because they gain everlasting life on the earth (Ibid., p. 682).

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    Salvation (Redemption and Salvation)

    We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel (AF, 3).

    The first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: Faith on the Lord Jesus Christ; repentance; baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost (AF, 4).

    Even the unbeliever, the heathen, and the child who dies before reaching the years of discretion, all are redeemed by the Savior's self-sacrifice from the individual consequences of the Fall (Talmage, p. 58).

    Included are "beasts, fowls of the air, and fishes of the sea" (DC, 29:23-25).

    The resurrection of the body (of every living thing) is one of the victories achieved by Christ through His atoning sacrifice (Talmage, p. 58).

    They who believe not your words, and are not baptized in water in my name, for the remission of their sins...shall be damned (DC, 84:74).

    Baptism is...the very gateway into the kingdom of heaven, an indispensable step in our salvation and exaltation (Bennett, Why I Am a Mormon, p. 124).

    Baptism by proxy for the dead is a major activity. "The Saints are...redeeming their (unbaptized) dead from the grasp of Satan" (Morgan, Plan of Salvation, p. 8).

    Celestial marriage is the gate to an exaltation in the highest heaven within the celestial world (McConkie, MD, p. 118).

    Those who attain the highest sphere, the Celestial, will "have spirit children in the resurrection, in relation to which offspring they stand in the same position that God our Father stands to us" (MD, p. 257).

    The second sphere, the Terrestrial, will be inhabited by "accountable persons who die without law" or who "did not accept the gospel" or with LDS who "were not valiant" (MD, p. 784).

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    Salvation (Redemption and Salvation)

    "Be still and know that you are God, and when you know that you are God you will begin to live Godhood..." (Ibid., p. 178).

    Go within and experience the Divine Nature!

    A mystical experience reached by various methods which blanks out all sense impressions and releases one into a sense of identity with the great All, the only Reality!

    There is no supernatural intervention. We bear the whole responsibility for our actions. If we attain the clear vision of what we are, "the Divine or Inner Light, and the god within," we need not go elsewhere. "All may say, at the moment of Awakening, 'I am the Way' " (KC, p. 237).

    Salvation comes through the realization that there is no duality. God is all-in-all, is all there is, and "that are Thou" (Upanishads).

    God-realization, or Self-realization, the highest of all states of being, is a here and now possibility by any of the suggested methods. 1) The Way of Knowledge, usually involving meditation focused within. This may be aided by silent repetition of a designated, personal mantra, which is a group of sounds without meaning. Or by "Knowledge" imparted by a "master" by which "inner light" is given and the "current of real life" (the source of life) is turned on within us. Meditation is upon this "light experience." 2) The Way of Works, following prescribed rules of conduct without desire. This is the more common way of India, much less emphasized in the West. 3) The Way of Devotion to a deity, involving continuous chanting of the chosen name, as exemplified by the vocal Krishna-Consciousness cult.

    Transcendental Meditation is a path to God (MM, p. 59).

    The way of Yoga (meaning union) is that of concentration aided by body control, with the aim being "Union with the Divine."

    Self-realization is entry into the Kingdom of Heaven within, entry into the field of the Creator. "It is the gradual movement from Matter to Mind, and then to Super Mind. Once we reach the Super Mind, we reach union with the Divine."

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    Salvation (Redemption and Salvation)

    The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ was a man conceived by the Holy Spirit, God, whose life was without blemish and without spot, a lamb from the flock, thereby being the perfect sacrifice. Thus he became our redeemer (JC, p. 79).

    Jesus brought righteousness because he willingly gave himself as a perfect, sinless sacrifice, a perfect redeemer (JC, p. 76).

    There are two parts: sin and disease, one is removed by the blood of the lamb and the otber by the flesh of the lamb (BT, p. 87).

    Christ has redeemed us, not only from some of the things mentioned in the curse, but from all of them, which includes sickness and disease (BT, p. 84).

    ...the physical punishment which he went through...brought our healing (BT, p. 84).

    When we have salvation, we have wholeness, even physical wholeness, if we simply accept it (NDC, p. 31).

    God is our Savior as the author of the plan of salvation. Jesus Christ made the new birth available as the agent of the plan of salvation and as the finisher of faith (JC, p. 147).

    All born-again believers have "the faith of Jesus Christ" which is the measure given to EVERYONE when he believes. After a person has confessed with his mouth the Lord Jesus and has believed in his his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, he a is a privileged son of God with access to all His promises (NDC, p. 29). are made alive spiritually but also your physical body is made alive even now (NDC, p. 33).

    NOTE: The church of Israel, vwhich is the bride of the church of the period of the Law and of the gospels...also the church of the Revelation. The body of Christ began on the Day of Pentecost and continues until the return of Christ. Everyone who is born again by God's Spirit is a member of the Chubch of Grace, the body of Christ (NDC, pp. 7, 10).

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    Salvation (Redemption and Salvation)

    Jesus of Nazareth played an important part in opening the way for every one of us into the Father's kingdom. However, that was not through His death on the cross, but through His overcoming death (UTC, p. 67).

    That which died upon the cross was the consciousness of all mortal beliefs that hold us in bondage--such as sin, evil, sickness, fleshly lusts, and death--which He overcame (UTC, pp. 68-69).

    The error lies in the belief that He was the only begotten Son of God, and that He overcame for us, and that by simply believing on Him we are saved (UTC, pp. 68-69).

    Paul is responsible for...this throwing of the whole burden upon the blood of Jesus--that He was the great once-for-all bloody sacrifice, and that no other would ever be necessary. Jesus said..."Follow me." He meant; do as I do. I have overcome, now by following in my footsteps you shall overcome (UTC, p. 69).

    Being born again or from above is...the establishment of that which had always existed as the perfect man idea of Divine Mind (SB, p. 25)

    To "know thyself" is to know that you are I AM and not flesh and blood. It is this I AM that is born of the flesh and born of Spirit (SB, p. 206).

    The eternal life taught and demonstrated by Jesus is not gained by dying, but by purifying the body until it becomes the undying habitation of the soul (UM, July 1922).

    We believe the repeated incarnations of man to be a merciful provision of our loving Father to the end that all may have opportunity to obtain immortality through regeneration as did Jesus (Unity Statement of Faith, art. 22).

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    Salvation (Resurrection and Eternal Life)

    The invisible world was not created after the had been created before the creation of men so that their spirits, after they had accomplished the purpose of creation, might go and live there forever, once they had discarded their flesh, after their physical life on earth (DP, p. 168).

    Physical [death] is not a result of the fall...spiritual death signifying the degradation to Satanic dominion, is the real death caused by the fall (DP, p. 169).

    The human body, once it is dissolved into dust, cannot be resurrected to its original state. It is not necessary for a spirit man to resume his flesh, when there is a vast spirit world where he is supposed to go and live forever (DP, p. 170).

    Therefore, "resurrection," means the phenomena occurring in the process of man's restoration....When we repent of our sins, making ourselves better and better, day by day, we are coming closer to resurrection (DP, p. 170).

    Paradise is the region of the spirit world where those spirit men who have attained the life-spirit stage by believing in Jesus while on earth go after death and stay until the gate to the Kingdom of Heaven is opened (DP, p. 177).

    The providence of restoration, beginning on the individual level, is headed for the final goal of the restoration of the entire cosmos (DP, p. 187).

    Taken from: The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error 2. Compiled by Steven Cory. Copyright 1986, Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Moody Press. Used by permission.

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