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@GratefulDisciple To my knowledge, the New Perspective on Paul has not been accepted by any Protestant church. To do so would be to undermine the very foundations of their doctrine, which depends upon Luther's doctrine of justification by faith alone.
I don't know what you man by "Lutheran 'law vs. gospel' concept," so I can't comment on that.
@GratefulDisciple I am not an Anselmian scholar. I'm sure I am missing many of the finer points of his newly invented satisfaction theory. But the overall parameters of satisfaction theory are clear enough. And as I've said many times here, they are not based on the Bible, and in fact flatly contradict dozens, if not hundreds, of statements in the Bible.
@GratefulDisciple The Catholic Church never rejected good works as saving. It is therefore not as far from the truth as Protestantism, which views good works as mere after-effects of salvation, rather than as an integral part of salvation.
All Christian churches preach that the people must do good works. This is true even of the churches that reject good works as saving. And this is why God allows those churches to continue in existence even though their doctrines are false. The doctrines of those churches are the unmarked graves that people walk over without knowing it (Luke 11:44).
Most of the people don't know or understand the doctrines of their churches. Only the ministers and a few dedicated laypeople do. This is also part of God's Providence in protecting ordinary people from the falsities that have replaced the Bible's teachings within Christianity over the centuries.
The preachers in those churches can still serve as shepherds to the people because they still preach from the Bible, and the Lord can teach and guide the people of the congregation from within toward a life of love, faith, and service, regardless of the official (false) doctrines of the churches they are attending.
The people of their congregations will have a much easier time of it than they themselves will, because the people's heads are not full of confirmed false doctrine that will have to be painfully and reluctantly let go of before entering heaven. Mostly, I feel sorry for those "Christian" preachers whose hearts are in the right place, but whose heads are filled with human nonsense.
They are laboring under so much weight of centuries of human traditions that they simply cannot read and understand what the Bible actually says. It is all overlaid with an impenetrable latticework of human doctrine, so that everything the Bible says is obscured and hidden from their eyes.
@GratefulDisciple And I do include you in that "you" if you subscribe to doctrines such as the Trinity of Persons and the satisfaction theory of atonement in any form. These are human traditions that have nullified the Word of God.
Fortunately, we are not saved or justified by faith alone, but by our actions pursuant to our faith—which are not our faith or our actions, but Christ's faith and actions in and through us. So even if you believe wrongly, you will not be denied entry to heaven as long as you have lived a life of kindness to your fellow human beings because that is what your faith tells you to do.
False beliefs can be corrected in the afterlife. An unwilling heart cannot be.
 
 
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Q: Is there a Muslim equivalent of Christian Science?

FlatAssemblerChristian Science is a sect encouraging medical neglect, and lobbying for laws making faith-healing exceptions to laws against medical neglect. I am interested, is there something similar in Islam?

 

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