I remember in high school first contemplating salvation and different religions. I was part of a nondenominational youth group which promoted the idea that salvation is only accessible to those who ‘know Jesus’ while on earth. I did not feel at peace with this idea. It was in these late teen years that I first explored New Church theology for myself, and was drawn to its merciful message regarding different religions. This beautiful aspect of New Church theology is summarized succinctly in New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 246: “The Lord’s Church is with all in the whole world who live in good according to their religious system. All who live in good—wherever they are—and acknowledge one God, are accepted by the Lord and come into heaven.”
In this issue we begin to examine this important topic. We explore who is saved, why God said certain things in the Bible, reasons to participate in organized religion, and more. Do any of these ideas resonate with you? Surprise you? We’d like to hear your thoughts. Join the conversation online at Facebook.
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Articles in this issue
Why do so many different religions exist in the world?
For centuries, people have fought over religion, which one is "right" and why one is better than another. But it is not about what religion…
No one beyond reach
Explore a core topic "Do you have to believe in Christ to be saved?" re questions about life after death and children in heaven.
Changing lives: truth is not just to know, but to live
Brother Miller came from a Baptist Culture to embrace the truths found in the New Church. He encourages people to embody the spirit of God,…
God; love; kindness; and world religions.
Engage in readings from sacred texts about the beauty of the world created by the Divine.
Who needs organized religion?
Much of sacred text speaks of an individual's path. If there is beauty and truth in so many religions, then why choose one? And, in…
Abraham and Isaac (Bible study)
The story of Abraham being ordered to kill his son Isaac is a confusing one. It seems unlike a loving God. Rev. John Odhner explores…
New Church teachings on world religions
While we are thankful to have the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and who He is, the New Church recognizes good in other religions, and how…
World religions (small group study)
Explore world religions, including the New Church. Utilize this outline as structure for small group study or individual study.