September 22, 2010

It's not that complicated

“I attain salvation by allowing my spiritual, rather than material, nature to dominate my actions. If I lead a life of spiritual good deeds of compassion, virtue, and self-sacrifice I will enter the kingdom of heaven both in this life and after death.” (Baha’i)

“I save myself by living out my expected dharma of required conduct and by meditation and reciting mantras. I attain salvation only when all my desire is eliminated and I achieve final and ultimate enlightenment.” (Buddhist)

“The goal of my existence is moksha, a freedom from infinite being and selfhood. I work to get out of the cycle of reincarnation. To attain moksha I can choose from several paths: yoga and meditation taught by a guru, the way of works, the way of knowledge, or the way of love and devotion.” (Hindu)

“Only ideas that reflect God’s nature are real, so sin, death, disease, and pain are not real. I attain salvation by overcoming those illusions with a realization of my divine spirit and mind.” (Christian Scientist)

“In order to attain salvation I must have faith, be baptized by immersion, and be actively associated with the Watch Tower and Tract Society. I have no hope of salvation if I fail to display righteous conduct and absolute loyalty to Jehovah.” (Jehovah’s Witness)

“My plan to acquire the celestial kingdom requires that I adhere strictly to the twelve steps of 1. Faith, 2. Repentance, 3. Baptism by immersion into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4. Laying on of hands by a member of the Melchizedek priesthood in order to receive the Holy Ghost, 5. Being ordained as a Melchizedek priest, if I am a man, 6. Receiving the temple endowments, 7. Celestial marriage, 8. Observing the Word of Wisdom, 9. Sustaining the prophet, 10. Tithing, 11. Attending the sacred meeting, 12. Obeying the Church, its teachings, and the prophet.” (Mormon)

“I attain salvation by attending church at least once a week, reading my Bible and praying daily, giving 10 percent of my income to the church, and making sure that my good deeds outweigh the bad.” (Average American churchgoer)



Mike said...

It's all work for the American Church goer.

Mark (under construction) said...

John, will try an answer your question over the next few weeks. As you note I am busy, way to busy at the moment working 6 by 10 hour days (the overtime money is great but there is a price to pay!!!)and Sunday is becomming a catch up day to do it all again!!! Thankyou so much for your comments and taking the time to visit my blog.

Robin said...

I am saved by the grace of God in Christ. Period.