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God, Forgiveness, Freedom, and Hell – Part 1

(Note: This article is the first of a four-part series. The first three parts are edited versions of a series of questions by a reader named Rami, and my answers. The original versions appear in the comments section of the

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What is the Meaning of the Hyssop Used to Help Satisfy Jesus’ Thirst on the Cross?

Good Friday is the day Christians traditionally commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. The story of Jesus’ crucifixion is told in all four Gospels, each offering its own variation on the main theme. In narrating the event of Jesus’ death, three

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What is the Unpardonable Sin? Am I Doomed?

Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by a reader named Joe M: Hi Lee I’ve been a sinner all my life. I even married a woman 9 years ago and I was unfaithful to

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What is the Relationship between Head and Heart in Swedenborg’s Theology?

According to the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), the universe and everything in it is quite literally created from and built around the interplay between what is colloquially known as “head and heart,” or between love and wisdom, in the more abstract language that Swedenborg commonly

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Are We Saved in an Instant? How was the Thief on the Cross Saved?

The previous article, “How Can a Criminal Get to Heaven?” brought on a whirlwhind of comments about the Protestant belief in salvation by faith alone vs. the belief of the rest of Christianity in salvation by faith together with works.

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How Can a Criminal Get to Heaven?

On November 19, 2015, Jeremy Wilson was released from federal prison after serving six years for impersonating an Army officer, forging a judge’s signature, and stealing a car. By that time he had racked up convictions for fraud and forgery

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What is the biblical basis against Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone, apart from works)?

Here is a question that was asked on Christianity StackExchange, as linked at the end of this article: One of the key points of the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide: that salvation is by faith alone, apart from

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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, will a good person who rejects Jesus go to Heaven?

From the perspective of Swedenborg’s theology, this is a trick question. Technically, according to Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), anyone who rejects Jesus (“the Lord,” as Swedenborg refers to him) cannot go to heaven. However, Swedenborg’s definition of “rejecting the Lord” is

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Posted in All About God, The Afterlife

Faith Alone Is Not Faith

My post two weeks ago titled “Faith Alone Does Not Save . . . No Matter How Many Times Protestants Say It Does” drew a strong reaction. Most of the reaction was positive. But since the article assailed a fundamental defining and

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Faith Alone Does Not Save . . . No Matter How Many Times Protestants Say It Does

“We are saved by faith alone.” The Bible doesn’t say it. In fact, the Bible rejects it. It was not part of Christian belief for the first 1,500 years of Christianity. Even today, only about one-fifth of Christians belong to

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