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The Case Against Christianity 7: Salvation by Faith

07/13/2011

Martin looks at the different theories of salvation as presented in the Bible. Interestingly, Jesus seems to make multiple claims about what provides salvation, including following the commandments and abandoning all wealth. Paul and John seem to imply that faith is necessary. Neither are clear about what that faith ought to consist of.

If we look at the early creeds of the church, doctrines like the trinity and virgin birth are stressed, but those are conspicuously absent in the writings of Paul and John, giving the impression that they either did not know of these doctrines, or did not find belief in them necessary. More evidence of a human source of the Bible, not divine.

Martin continues and says that the idea of salvation as presented in the Bible is inconsistent with an all good god, and criticizes the Catholic defense of salvation.

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