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THE WAY OF SALVATION
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  Acts 4:12


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God clearly states "I will not justify the wicked" (Exodus 23:7). That seems to imply that we need to obey the commandments of God in order to be justified.

v   God justifies the ungodly


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I was raised in the Catholic Church and never was I taught that fasting would pay for my sins. We do not fast to make satisfaction for our sins. I was saved when Jesus Christ died on the cross. And I was also taught that the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ!
v   Fasting to pay for sin


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What do you mean?  "I am not sorry enough for my sins."  And if you were very sorry, would God be more willing to save you than He is now?.
v   I have not repented enough


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Becoming a Christian is not all about rituals, going to church, or doing certain things while refraining from other things. Becoming a Christian is all about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
v   How can I become a Christian?


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Have you been trying to love God in order to be saved? If so, give it up.
v   I cannot love God


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We all deserve death, which is the ultimate penalty for sin. Everyone will pay for their sin unless...
v   If Jesus paid the price of our sin...


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I was away from the Catholic Church for many years. I was living a sinful life filled with pleasure and selfishness... I signed up for the midnight hour at a local parish and without fail sit with Jesus for an hour. I read scripture, pray the rosary or just sit with my Lord...
v   Testing spiritual conversion


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 ...Jesus gave the answer: "Keep the commandments." He could have said: "Do you believe in me? Then you are fine...."
v   To have eternal life


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I really don't know what to do. There are so many opinions that I am quite perplexed to know what to believe. 
v   There are so many different opinions


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To one the Devil says, "God is too merciful to punish sinners and if this is not believed he tries another, "If He does punish the sinner in hell, the punishment won't be eternal."
v   God is merciful


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Why should I believe Jesus is the Messiah?
v   Why should I believe Jesus is the Messiah?


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Is believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is "Far too easy" a way?
v   It's far too easy


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Before the Law of Moses was given, sin was not imputed to man, although men were still sinners because of inherited sin.
v   What is the definition of sin?


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How can you want to escape the righteous judgment of God?
v   What is salvation?


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Being a former Catholic, I was taught that we are all children of God. Is that so? Or do we become children of God once we receive Christ as our personal Saviour?
v   Is God the Father of all?


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Man will not be judged for whom he IS but only for what he has DONE
v   What is original sin?


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I want to know God's way of salvation. Can you tell me about it in simple terms?
v   God's Way of Salvation


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Does a man's salvation or damnation depends on his belief.  If he believes the lie of Satan will he eternally perish; but if he believes the truth of God  will he be eternally saved?
v   Can religion help?


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I can assure you that we Catholics believe in His completed work and suffering at Calvaryís cross. However, as the Bride of Christ, His Body, our sufferings are so united with Christ's that we can offer them in union with His redemptive work for the salvation of souls (Colossians 1:24). The Lord Jesus Christ uses the suffering of his people to draw souls to salvation to be found only through Christ. That is what redemptive suffering is all about.
v   Are we co-redeemers?


Who did he actually claim to be? What does the Bible say about him?
v   Who is Jesus?


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God's salvation is ALL grace, not partial grace or partial works, "And if by grace, then is it no more of works."
v   If I sin after I am saved


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Is there salvation for me? I can assure you, on the authority of Him Who cannot lie, that you may be saved.
v   A living Saviour for you


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In the New Testament, Paul says that we should work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Could you explain what he meant?
v   Work out your own salvation


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 I have always been taught that I must pray to be saved. Is this true?
v   Must I pray to be saved


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I think I am going to heaven but I'm not sure. Is it not less proud to say -I hope I am?
v   Is it arrogant to say you are sure of heaven?


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Faith is not something you do, but something you HAVE, It means a firm conviction based on something heard but have yet not seen.
v   Is faith a gift of God?


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There is evidence in Scripture for the doctrine of temporal punishment to repair damage even after the sin is forgiven. Thus even though his sin of doubting Godís word had been forgiven, Moses was still not allowed to enter the Promised Land. David was forgiven his adultery with Bathsheba, but still he had to endure the pain of seeing the child die.
v   Temporal punishment


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Is there any illustration in the Bible of anyone being saved at once?
v   Can a man be saved at once?


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As Catholics we believe that there are mortal sins and venial sins. The slight failings, if you could call them that, what are they for you? Are they sins?
v   Venial and mortal sins - the deceptive distinction


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This is universally believed that man will be saved or lost by his works. This is most unscriptural, and it is wrong...
v   All people will stand before God  


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I do not feel lost. Is it necessary to do so before you can be saved?
v   Do you know that you are lost


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I would like to know what sin really is. Does it not depend on what you have been brought up to believe?
v   What is sin?


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I know the Bible says salvation 'is not of works' then what is the point of good works?   
v   Don't you believe in good works?


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In ancient pagan religions, as well as in many religions today, the idea is taught that man appeases God by offering various gifts or sacrifices.
v   What is propitiation?


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Some people I know claim to be Christians. As far as I can see they are a 'bunch of hypocrites'. Why should I become one?
v   There are so many hypocrites


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How can anyone be saved when the Bible says all have sinned?
v   The ground of Salvation


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Was Jesus simply a mythical figure, a fabrication by religious zealots who wanted a symbol to rally behind for whatever reason they needed at the time?
v   Was Jesus a myth?


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I know this is one of the best questions asked in the entire Bible but tell me what truth really is?   
v   What is truth?


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What difference does it make what religion a person has if he does the best he can?
v   Is sincerity enough?


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I was taught about Jesus from a very early age. There was never a time I didn't believe about him. Does that mean I am saved?
v   I always believed on Jesus


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Can you tell me succinctly -how to be saved?
v   How to be saved


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On what basis can you assert that miracles can happen?
v   Miracles cannot happen


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Is there a right and wrong way to believe in Jesus?
v   I don't believe in the right way


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If God so loved the world why did he create us imperfect sinners? If you believe the story in the Garden of Eden, then you have to admit that God set us up for failure. What kind of loving God would do such a thing? What kind of God would stand by and allow something like the holocaust to occur? The fact is that whether or not there is or is not a God, it doesn't really matter.
v   Are we created sinners


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I have tried and tried to become a Christian but I keep on failing. Why?
v   It is so difficult being a Christian


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Do you not think there is "great presumption" in anyone to go to the length of saying he knows that he is saved?
v   No one can be certain


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What implications does becoming a Christian have for me?
v   What can I expect if I become a Christian?


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.... why should a person who lives a good life and another person who simply believes and continues to live an unchristian life, why should both go to heaven? That wouldn't seem fair.
v   Faith and Works


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Wasn't Jesus just a good human teacher whose followers raised him to godhood after death?
v   Wasn't Jesus just a good human teacher?


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I think Christians are 'gloom merchants'. Why should I become one? 
v   I do not wish to be gloomy


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I know I need to come to Christ but how do I do it. Do I fly to him?
v   How am I to come to Christ?


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The Bible says, ďAnd do not call anyone on earth father, for you have one Father, and he is in heavenĒ (Matthew 23:9). What are your comments on this verse?
v   Bless me, Father


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Catholics believe that salvation is possible for everyone whatever their religion. Good people who are not members of the Catholic Church, such as Jews and Muslims, can be saved also.
v   Salvation outside the Church


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But why did not God make man incapable of disobeying His will and therefore incapable of sinning? There would be no suffering in the world.
v   Why did God not make man incapable of sinning?


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I see that Christ has borne my punishment, and that God is perfectly satisfied with what He has done; but, somehow or other, I cannot realize that I have everlasting life.
v   I cannot realise it


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I know Christ died for my sins but surely I must have something to do to gain the benefits of what he did?
v   If I will do my part God will do his


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Contrary to the Protestant "Justification by Faith Alone," James tells us clearly that justification is not by faith only! "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only" James 2:24.
v   James - on justification by works


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I have been raised as a Roman Catholic. Yours might not necessarily be the right way to eternal life. I do not think that any of us in our different denominations can say, "Our way is the true way to heaven.
v   Different ways to heaven


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You have no idea how wicked I am. Is there salvation for me?
v   I am too great a sinner


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I have been taught by my Church that when I do penance - inflict a punishment on myself I atone (make satisfaction) for my sin. What do you think?
v   Penance or Repentance


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Iím a very religious Catholic, and Iím all for JESUS and want to give my life to JESUS. But I wish I could get some sign telling me if the Catholic religion is right or wrong.
v   Testing my Religion


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I have tried to trust Christ but I do not feel saved? What is the problem?
v   When I trust Christ God says I am saved


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Can salvation be lost once it is gained?
v   Eternal security


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I believe that I have received the grace of regeneration at my baptism. The Scriptures teach that purification is firmly linked to the rite of baptism.
v   Born Again - by baptism?


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Is there any where in the Bible that says you can know you are saved?
v   Is it not presumptuous to say you are saved?


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The heart of the matter is the difference in the protestant and catholic definition of faith. Catholics see good works as an integral part of faith and cannot be separated. Protestants see good works as a unrequired effort. 
v   Faith alone


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It is not the actions or works that save, nor the faith; but the object on which faith rests
v   Justified by works or by faith?


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When I 'turned over a new leaf' I felt much better. Is there anything else I need to do?
v   I will turn over a new leaf


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In our modern age 'Christian' is a vague and undefined word. Everyone has his own opinion as to how a person can be saved. I would appreciate your insight about who the real Christians are.
v   The real Christian


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I just wish I could feel saved. What can I do to experience it?
v   I cannot feel saved


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Shouldn't we listen to what Church traditions and Church leaders say about this important subject of salvation?
v   How can I know?


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I have lived a very moral upright life and I can honestly say I never did anyone any harm in my life. Won't God take note of my good life?
v   I never did any harm in my life!


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What about confessions to a Priest who is able to give absolution?
v   Forgiveness


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Through the grace of Jesus Christ purchased by His life, death and resurrection, the entire world has been redeemed. Christ has already redeemed us; unlocked the gates of heaven. Redemption is not the same as salvation but is a necessary prelude. He did his part - and now we have to cooperate by doing ours.
v   Did Christ redeem the whole world?


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I know I need to be saved but at the moment I do not feel anxious enough. Should I wait until I do?
v   I do not feel anxious enough


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I know the Lord Jesus is our Mediator but I think, because Mary is called 'blessed' I can go directly to her. Why can't you see this?
v   One mediator


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In your biblical plan of salvation, you said that original sin has corrupted our nature, whereas I was taught that our nature is wounded. I think this is a key issue.
v   How sinful we really are


Have you discovered that there are still some pretty bad things in your heart?
v   Who is the biggest sinner you know?


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The Catholic Church possess the 'true Gospel'. Have you got anything better?
v   The Gospel


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Have you done the best you could?  Have you not, again and again, done what you ought not to have done, and omitted to do what you should have done? 
v   If a man does the best he can he will be saved


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Are you saying you are perfect? If you are, then you're the first perfect person I've ever met. etc
v   Questions & Objections 1


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I am doing the best I can and I'm sincere. etc
v   Questions & Objections 2


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Christianity is boring? etc
v   Questions & Objections 3


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Why is there evil and suffering in the world? etc
v   Questions & Objections 4


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To what extent, if any, do my feelings play a part in salvation?
v   I have rested wholly on Christ but I do not feel any change


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I have often tried to be a Christian, but have failed. Sometimes I thought I was one, but soon the happy feelings were gone, and I was just as bad as ever; so there is no use in my professing.
v   I could not hold unto salvation