salvation

In the West, a person must believe in (depending upon the religion) the Torah, the laws of Moses, the Talmud, the efficacy
As an on-fire teenage Christian, I knew the importance of shouting my faith to the world. So I emblazoned the trunk lid of my rusted Ford with a bumper sticker that did the trick: bright green, huge type, and the words from an old hymn -- I have decided to follow Jesus.
Passion, Death and Resurrection of God made man - we're offered a share in his divine life. And that's a whole lot better than peanut butter eggs and Peeps.
I hurt for those who are sitting in the pews, baptized as teenagers, and now barely holding on. I am crushed for the Christians seeking sanctuary on Sunday morning, who instead find one more obligation they must meet. The Christians who need a holy place to come, lay down their burdens, and simply rest.
No other religion or worldview considers salvation as 100% gracious in this way, and yet that is precisely what makes them
It's the day when the man from the disposal company drives his big truck down my street and stops and empties all of my sins into the back of his truck.
I continue to work daily on forgiveness, knowing it is a pathway to freedom for my soul and peace of mind. God Himself is
All the documentary evidence from the entire history of Christianity shows us a religion in a state of Argument. Church councils beginning in the 4th century sought to end argument by authoritatively standardizing scripture, worship, and belief.
"Salvation" is often a dirty word in progressive Christian circles, but when abandoned, it leaves a void for others to fill. Instead, we need to boldly reclaim it.
One of the more harmful teachings of fundamentalist families is to interpret children's normal behavior as sin.
Most Christians claim that Jesus cannot be both sinner and savior. Yet when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, Luke tells us plainly that this baptism was for "repentance for the forgiveness of sins." Why would someone without sin undergo a baptism of repentance?
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness
I only met Juan Garcia once. I was asked to visit him on September 15. For a couple of hours in a cold room in Livingston, Texas, we talked. With an unforgiving deadline approaching fast, the last things were at the forefront of our minds.
Once you begin a relationship with God based on fear, it takes years to unlearn the image of the punitive God. It was true for me. If we are really honest with ourselves, we plant fear into our children's hearts because we have not yet uprooted fear from our own.
In his recent performance art tour de force, Joss Carter presents Salvation. This work is meticulously put together, deeply researched, and brilliantly effective.
She grabbed me by the arm, almost ripping it from the socket, and pulled me into another room away from the front door as the doorbell rang. Her index finger was at her lips, and I understood that I was supposed to be silent.
All my life I've been driven by an insatiable urge to know things -- things that have always been simply dismissed as "mysteries". I displayed early symptoms of this sociological defect when, even as a small child, the plain facts were never quite enough to thrill me.
Divine consciousness is simply transformation. It is to know a salvation that is real...that is now...that is connected to the very real, and sometimes, very harsh realities of your life. Like your past you can't forgive or the future you worry about almost constantly. And, the present which you miss too frequently.
A ticket to heaven, but if you refuse you'll be thrown in the eternal torture chamber, but it's your choice. Is such an offer free will? No. That's duress.