God is not only a Christian2012 Issue 1 (ISSN 2163-7768)

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.

Bronwen HenryBronwen Henry
Managing Editor
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Daily Inspiration

"You cannot be spiritually reborn without some knowledge of the new or spiritual life, of the true things that you ought to believe and the good things that you ought to do. You cannot learn these things on your own, because on your own you can comprehend things only through your physical senses. Your physical senses give you information about the material world and yourself, not about heaven and God. Spiritual knowledge comes only from revelation."

New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 177