The Evangelist John expressed best the meaning of "being saved."
All Christian churches teach essentially the same basic truths about salvation. And these truths are taught in much the same manner. Differences arise in the way or in the process churches teach that a person becomes a Christian--the process of Christian initiation. The essential differences are in terminology and ritual. There is no essential difference theologically. All Christian churches agree that God entered into our human affairs to "save" us from the consequences of sin which is eternal death.
In his loving kindness, it was God who took the initiative in the process of our salvation.
God called a people, the Israelites of the Hebrew Scriptures, and from them sent his own Son as the means of our salvation.
The entire goal of Jesus' life and teaching was our salvation.
Jesus commissioned his disciples and all those who follow him to the same salvation.
Christian churches still teach the good news of salvation today.
By Paul Flanagan and Robert Schihl.
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