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Comparison of Christian Religions



Compare the beliefs of various Christian denominations concerning the Atonement of Jesus Christ.



See note below about consistency of beliefs*

Atonement of Jesus Christ

Adventist

It was for all sins, original and personal. The benefit of the Atonement applies only to those who believe in Christ.

Assemblies of God

The atonement of Christ makes divine healing and redemption from sins possible. The atonement is applied only to those who have faith in Christ.

Baptist

Christ atoned for our personal and original sins.  He opened the door to everlasting life, through which we, by our faith, may enter.

Catholic

It makes possible for all the grace of salvation, by which sins are forgiven through confession. But His merits must be applied through the Sacraments to each individual soul.

Christian Scientist

Christ is the true idea of the Son of God, or God, present to redeem mankind from sin, disease, and death.  His crucifixion, resurrection and final ascension has brought to light man's true spiritual nature.

Church of God in Christ

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Church of
Jesus Christ
Latter-day
Saints

Through the Atonement, Christ the Redeemer and Savior assured redemption, or resurrection, for all.  Provides for salvation and exaltation according to our personal worthiness.

Disciples of Christ

Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of men.  As a rule, the doctrine of original sin is rejected.  Most believe that all men are sinful until redeemed by the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Eastern Orthodox

For personal and original sin. All who believe correctly and do good works are benefited.
The individual
must have confession.

Episcopalian

Christ atoned for the sins of the world. Original sin is washed away when individual is baptized. Christ's death redeems us from sin by our faith.

Jehovah's Witness

The purpose of Christ's life was to vindicate God's name by witnessing of God's kingdom. The vindication of God's name is more important than the salvation of man.  Vindicate – to clear of guilt or to justify.

Lutheran

Christ, by His innocent suffering and death upon the cross, made complete satisfaction for all our sins and carried all our guilt. Reconciled us to God, purged sin.

Methodist

Christ atoned for the personal sins of men and also for the original guilt.  Christ was crucified to reconcile God to man.

Presbyterian

It was for universal and personal sins.  Sin results in death (separation from God), which came through Adam and for which Christ atoned.

Quaker

It was not legalistic sacrifice but spiritual growth. It was Christ's way of showing compassion for others. We must find our own way of identifying with the suffering of others.

Unitarian

Man (race) has never fallen, therefore there is no Atonement or restoration necessary. The majority believe in evolution, meaning our development from lower life forms.

United Church of Christ

Believe that Christ died on the cross for us and was resurrected.  Spiritual or physical resurrection is a matter of personal choice, not a matter of doctrine.


*Because specific teachings and beliefs can vary from congregation to congregation, some beliefs above may only be accurate in certain congregations or regions. Only the Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have teachings (doctrine) that come from one central place and remain the same world-wide.


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