Describe the Christian Understanding of Salvation
- Issue of contention, all Christians believe in life after death, that salvation is received through the grace of God. All humankind is born with original sin and that God’s grace sent his son Jesus Christ to atone for the sins of mankind through his crucifixion and resurrection. Forgiveness of sin is granted, on the condition that the individual puts their faith in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour. "We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)
- Differ on justification, sanctification and idea of grace.
- Catholic justification- faith and good works, protestant- faith alone. “You see that a man is justified by works but not by instantaneous faith.”(James 2:24) “One is justified by faith apart from works of law” (Romans 3:28).
- Catholic- need cooperation with God, Protestant- can’t earn your way into heaven- Jesus made up for our sins.
- Catholic grace- a gift from God received through the sacraments, protestant grace- an attribute of God, sacraments are a symbol of grace.
- Catholic- can lose salvation but regain it through repentance, protestant- eternal security.
- Can experience salvation in present life- triumph over sin, but full realisation is delayed until actual presence with God.
- Salvation cannot be achieved by yourself
- Jesus Christ provides humanity with salvation.