Topic: Salvation for non-Christians: which denominations accept it?
April 21, 2019 / By Winona Question:
Which Christian denominations believe that only Christians will go to Heaven?
Which Christian denominations believe that non-Christians also have the possibility of going to Heaven?
Howard Storm had a near-death experience where he actually met and spoke with Jesus. He was originally an atheist but is now a United Church of Christ pastor. If his book was written in the 1st century AD, it would've been considered scripture. Here's what it says:
Question: What is the best religion?
I was expecting them to answer with something like Methodist or Presbyterian or Catholic, or some other denomination. They answered, “The religion that brings you closest to God”.
Question: But which one is that?
There are good people in bad religions and there are bad people in good religions. It is not so important which religion, but what individuals do with the religion they have been given. Religions are a vehicle to take you to a destination. The purpose of religion is to help you have a personal relationship with God. God wants us to love him with all our being and know the truth of God. If we find God in an intimate, loving relationship, then we are going the right way. Too often
people find religion to be self-serving, interested in perpetuating itself and controlling people’s lives in order to be dominant. Religion is only a means to find God. Religion is not the destination. True religion is the love of God in every word, thought, and deed of the person. God loves all people and is pleased by religions that seek him in spirit and in truth. God abhors the misuse of religion that creates divisiveness between people, that justifies violence, that promotes pride in self-righteousness. God is far greater than any religion.
In our progression towards God, we will meet the Divine Activity of God who is known to Christians as Jesus Christ. People who were not Christians will know the Christ as well. No one approaches God who does not know the Mediator of God. The Christ is the creative action by which the world was created. This personification of God has been everywhere throughout all time and space – creating, restoring and sustaining us in the divine will. The C
Christ has been in our world and adopted our human nature to help return us to God.
Jesus said “I am the Resurrection and the life. Those who trust me, even though they die, will live”. Whether people claim they are Christians or not is not what is ultimately important. What is important is whether one loves as he loved. This is loving with the unconditional love of God. A person can love God and love his brother and sister unconditionally without being a Christian. Calling oneself a Christian doesn’t make one a follower of Jesus Christ if one doesn’t love as he loved.
Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life”. No one comes to the Father except through me.” No one will go to God except through the atonement of Christ, the love of Christ, and the way of Christ. Jesus’ teachings and practice were inclusive of all people. Humans have tried to make him into an exclusive cult, but Jesus came for all people, and the Christ reaches to all people everywhere in all time, space, H
Heaven and Hell.
Sharyn | 4 days ago
The Roman Catholic church has formally stated that it has no position on whether non-Christians are saved or not. They assume God can decide that for himself.
As far as I've been able to tell, and this goes for all religions not just the Christians, anyone who doesn't believe what they do is ultimately damned in the end somehow.
Howard's definition of religion and God's definition in Romans 10:3 tells me that Howard has something of the truth. "For they being ignorant of the righteousness of God and going about to establish their own righteousness have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God." God says that He is to be Worshiped in Spirit and Truth. Religion has more to do with man making his own righteousness than to do with God. To those of us grounded in the truth of God religion was merely a stepping stone in the foundation of our faith for we had to start somewhere. Howard is proof of Eph.1:4.
UU and UCC are your superb suggestions. I purely comprehend approximately UU from adventure. i think of your spouse will consider the seven concepts of UU. she will have the potential to additionally detect a heat reception, maximum possibly, and the liberty to discover her faith. on a similar time, no person will positioned rigidity on you to settle for any gods or communicate a undeniable style of language with the intention to greater healthy in. UU works o.k. for interfaith couples. in case you elect for that highway, i desire it works properly for you too. Edit: it relatively is a shame that no-one can examine the freaking question. he's not a Christian and is not any longer seeking to grow to be one.
Iranian: I think 'denomination' meant Christian groups - like Catholic, Anglican. :)
It surprises me how Christian Evangelists try to seem 'non-denominational' yet have a more narrow view of who is saved than Catholics!
Originally Answered: Is one of the most disgusting things about many Christians their inability to accept responsibilty.?
I've seen Christians time and again saying "the witch hunts were long ago we don't do that anymore" - then WHY WON'T THEY CHANGE THEIR BIBLE, which commands them to murder witches?
Paulkovich covers this in detail in No Meek Messiah:
"Remember the witch hunts? Long ago and far away, past atrocities forgotten? So perhaps we should forgive and forget. Around the world, the Christian Bible is still used to accuse people, usually children, of "witchcraft" and to punish them. Refer to The Guardian, Sunday 9 December 2007, "Child 'witches' in Africa"; Huffington Post, October 18, 2009, "African Children Denounced As 'Witches' By Christian Pastors"; and The Guardian, Friday 31 December 2010, "Why are 'witches' still being burned alive in Ghana?" The scripture normally cited regarding witches is Exodus 22:18, and there are many more. In Ghana, a study found that "accused witches were physically brutalized, tortured, neglected, and in two cases, murdered." In Kinshasa, Congo, "80% of the 20,000 street children… are said to have been accused of being witches." Even to this day the Bible's proclamations against witches are still considered valid by many Christians. In places like Indonesia, Tanzania, the Congo and Ghana superstitious fundamental Christians actively pursue and execute witches, including murdering child "sorcerers." In Malawi, accused witches are routinely jailed."