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Salvation

Confessions of a Truthoholic: An Excerpt of the Truth

Joanne Dagonese | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Joanne Dagonese

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: What "Being Saved" Is Really About

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

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.

Why Is it Popular Theology to Believe Blackmail and Duress Are Central to the Gospel Message?

Mick Mooney | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

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.

Jesus Is Dead, and So Are We. Eric Garner Is Our Only Hope for Resurrection.

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

We must continue to breathe life into his story and case. We must use the details of the horrific tragedy of Eric Garner's death to shock life into the people of this nation. We must keep demanding justice. Do not ever stop telling the story of Eric Garner. Get out into the streets and breathe the breath of life into this dead, racist nation.

Finding Sanctuary

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

In the world of Christians there is a difference of opinion as to where salvation happens. Salvation is understood as reconciliation to our true state in God. For some that's all about social justice. For some that's all about personal holiness.

You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right?

Mick Mooney | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Is it possible that God has a 'Damascus Road experience' ready to give to all mankind before his throne, like he also gave to the Ninevites in Jonah's story?

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing. We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle. If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.

Don't Quote Jesus' Words About Hell -- He Doesn't Believe in It

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

What gospel do we believe in? A gospel of works, or a gospel of grace? Do we get into heaven because of what we do, or because of what Christ did on our behalf?

Cindy Jackson's Stalled Rapture

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

By turns deftly framing the problem through satire and alleviating the pressure through humor and craftsmanship, Jackson's work speaks to our yearning for salvation partly through irony and partly through love.

Sam Harris, Waking Up, and What I've Learned about Spirituality

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The longer I live, the more convinced I become that there is a religious experience which, if you have yet to figure this out, goes by many names.

ETI, Satan and Salvation: An Alien in My Church Pew

Leona Foxx | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Leona Foxx

I'd welcome an alien in my church pew any Sunday, as an astrobiologist who is also a pastor. However, none have shown up as yet.

Why Jack Bauer Reminds Me of Jesus

Bethany Blankley | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Bethany Blankley

I've never been a big television watcher. I abhor commercials, and even more so, cable company monopolies legitimized by legislators dismissing the co...

Talking With Strangers About God

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

This young man arrived at the beach that Sunday with beat up sneakers and circles under his eyes. Call it proselytizing, but he wasn't getting anything out of this other than the pleasure of talking about God.

How You Can Tell If a Christian Is Really 'Saved': When They Stop Needing to Be Right

Morgan Guyton | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Jesus told his followers to take up their crosses and follow him before he was crucified, that is to say, before the cross became any kind of religious.

Want to Be Free? Truly Free? Here's How

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Until you and I detach from all things, until we can let go of the illusion of control, we remain incarcerated, as it were, incapable of knowing the "abundant life" as Jesus called it -- which explains much of the division that is our world.

Finding God at Christmas

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

Your family could be nice to you, but that didn't mean they were saved. I needed forgiveness for lying to Mom about eating a banana, when really, I'd thrown it away.

"Till We Get an Answer, We're Gonna Let It Shine": Learning to Hope When You Can't Save the World

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

Jesse James DeConto is a journalist, musician and author of the spiritual memoir This Littler Light: Some Thoughts on NOT Changing the World. He is re...

'Open Up Your Heart': What My Nanny Taught Me About God

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

Could it be that the differences between people, even religious differences, were somehow grounded in Creation, God's stamping on us his own image?

My Preferred Jesus

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

In our culture and too often in the Church today we are quick to make Jesus after our own image. There are several "preferred Jesus" models we tend to invent.

Atheists: Saved Or Damned?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

On May 22 Pope Francis spoke about how the redemption brought about by Christ applied to the whole human race and that he would not be surprised to find himself sharing heaven even with atheists, at least with atheists who seek to do good. The very next day, the pope was corrected.

The Selfishness Of Salvation

Frank Fredericks | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

If my main reason for serving God and living righteously is out of fear of eternal damnation, then how authentic is my devotion?

The Pope, Non-Christians And The Bible

Greg Carey | Posted 07.24.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Many people take it as Jesus' definitive statement on Christian exclusivity: Have faith in Jesus, go to heaven. But so many things are wrong with this way of using the Bible.

Why Do We Call It 'Maundy Thursday' and 'Good Friday?"

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The celebration of Good Friday is ancient, dating at least to the 4th century. But why is it called a "good" day?

A Biological Depiction Of Grace

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 03.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

The most basic act of Grace is the fact that we are alive. We have entered into this world through no efforts of our own. The value of this gift is inestimable.

This Is What Hope Looks Like

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Holly Robinson

Where there is despair, there is hope -- if we can come together to grieve, to comfort one another and to shine light into our darkest corners.