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Guided by conscience, and wishing to minimize or avoid punishment (including self-administered), I seek to live in accord with God-given moral standards. I believe that every person is born with a soul condemned to suffer, but by behaving properly one’s soul can be “saved”.   So I often ask myself, “Am I good enough to go to heaven?” (Note: Christians, Muslims, and others believe that a moralistic God’s favorable judgment can “save” someone. Upon death these souls spend a blissful eternity with God or Allah in heaven or paradise. Those souls with unpardonable sins spend an eternity in hell. )

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...individual <---> individual

the theme is paired with:  #14B Moral Arc of Universe/Karma/Reincarnation to make Choice #16    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 1.0  version 2.0    version 3.0     theme new to version 4?--new name

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

 Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book  Songs!  
Worldview Watch #26: Worldviews, Blasphemy, and Bumper Stickers
Worldview Watch #73, posted 6/28/2023 Battles Over Twisting Love into Hate

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

conscience Divine Judgment sin
afterlife rejects eternal oblivion upon death Righteousness
Guilt salvation Hell in Christianity
Heaven Hell Judgment Day
 fear of God Sharia (the moral code and religious law of Islam) Fate of the Unlearned
Near Death Experience Mutaween (re: Saudi Arabian/Islamic morality police) Devil 
Guilt / Shame / Fear Spectrum of Cultures  The Bridge at San Luis Rey by Thorton Wilder (book with plot built around whether God is a moralist  

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#1A   Humbly Unsure    #1B Skeptic   #4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #5A   Scientific Materialism
#6A Orderly & Explicable #7A   Mysticism  #8A   Monotheistic Deism #10   Secular Humanism    
#11A  Fatalism #12A Polytheism, Animism, Pagan   #30    Imagination, Curiosity, Intellectual Freedom     #32B Culture of Tolerance  
#37B Global Citizen   #38   Love As Family Glue #42   Ethical Orientation   #44B Hands Off My Body
#49B Idealistic Socialism   #101A Mind Open, Vision Global   #102B Easy-Going, Disorderly, Cavalier #104B  Respect for  Nature  
#202B Relaxed, Generous, Loving #204A Freedom From Limits    

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #14A: Salvation & Moralistic God 

"Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God" (classic 1741 sermon by Jonathan Edwards)
Seek and Save the Lost (website whose mission is "to share the good news of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God for the salvation from the penalty of sin and death")
"The Meaning of Judgement"  essay by Kenneth Wapnick  (a Course in Miracles perspective)
What Christian groups say about the afterlife: Heaven, Hell
What Does the Bible Say About When God Will Judge Us?
Gender-affirming surgery threatens ‘unique dignity’ of a person, Vatican says  by Christopher Lamb (from CNN April 2024)
Iran investigates poisoning of hundreds of schoolgirls with toxic gas  by Maryam Afshang (from BBC News Feb 28 2023)
Indonesia bans sex outside marriage as parliament passes sweeping new criminal code by Masrur Jamaluddin (CNN report Dec 5 2022)

"Vatican says it will not bless same-sex unions, calling them a 'sin'" (report from CNN Mar 15 2021)

Heaven and Hell by Bart Ehrman (Christian historical perspective; book review by Glenn Altschuler on Psychology Today March 26 2020)
“The No Hell Church” by J. Mark Worth (sermon by Harvard UU reverend September 20 2019)
"Moralizing Gods are the product rather than the drivers of social complexity" (Science Daily report on research publ in Nature March 20 2019)
“Pope To World: Hell Does Exist” by Vanessa Romo (story on NPR Mar 30 2018)

"The Soul-Crushing Legacy of Billy Graham" by Bob Moser (tormented by voice of Billy Graham promising eternal damnation, Rolling Stone Feb 23 2018 article)

"Evangelical Leaders Release Anti-LGBTQ Statement On Human Sexuality" by Antonia Blumberg (August 29 2017 The Huffington Post)
"Imam: We Can't Imagine The Beauty of Paradise After Death" (Oct 8 2013 program, part of an NPR Series: Views of the Afterlife)
"Hell: Into Everlasting Fire" (cover story in The Economist Dec 22 2012 issue)
It's Hell Without Jesus (website urging you to "repent and believe in Jesus" as "the only way to escape Hell")
Is God a Severe Judge or a Merciful One? 
God's Plan of Salvation (Christian perspective)
"Seeking Proof in Near Death Claims" (Oct 25 2010 Wall Street Journal story)
The Case for Life After Death, by Peter Kreeft
Death: The Final Mystery, by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe
Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, by Elaine Pagels (excerpts from book about development of original sin concept)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (more about this 1998 novel with moralistic missionary as a main character)
The Concept of Original Sin in American History (from Science and Theology News)
"Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Death for Her Faith" by Katharine Lackey (May 15 2014 article on USA Today)
70,000 Demonstrate in Dhaka Demanding Anti-Blasphemy Laws and Death to Atheists (May 6 2013 news report published on The Telegraph)
"The Torturer's Apprentice" by Cullen Murphy (re: where moral certainty can lead; article in Jan 2012 The Atlantic)
Pastor Rob Bell: What If Hell Doesn't Exist? by Jon Meacham (Apr 14 2011 Time cover story)
Megachurch Preacher Joel Osteen Talks About Sin (Jan 27 2011 The Christian Post story)
Iran: Theocratic Troubles (report from The Economist November 19 2016)
God is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human by Dominic Johnson (review of this 2016 book in The Economist Jan 23 2016)
Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with The Afterlife, by Lisa Miller  (website for this 2010 book)
Original Sin: A Cultural History, by Alan Jacobs (review of this 2008 book)
"The New Road to Hell," by Nancy Gibbs (essay in Time March 24 2008)
"A Comeback for Confession," by Tim Padgett (article in Time October 7 2007)
The Gift of Sin, by Suzelle Lynch (UU perspective connects sin with unconsciousness and forgetting who we are)
10 Reasons to Believe in Life After Death
Frederic Meyers - Proof of Life After Death
Life After Death, by Karlis Osis, Ph.D
Strengths and Weaknesses of Various Salvation Beliefs
"Is God a Taoist?", by R. Smullyan
The Deadly Dangers of Moralism, by John MacArthur (Christian perspective)
"Are Heaven and Hell Only a State of Mind?" (forum offering various responses to this question)
"Does Heaven Exist?" by David van Biema (Mar 24 1997 Time cover story)
Moralistic Therapeutic Deism -- the New American Religion
Hereafter--the Movie (imaginative creative speculations woven into entertaining film; from online encyclopedia)
Indonesians Ask If Calamities Are a Divine Rebuke, by Tom McCawley (July, 2006 CSM article)
The Purpose Driven Life (website of book from Christian author, Rick Warren)
Can We Be Good Without God? by Robert Buckman (info on this 2001 book)
The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, by James Rachels (1993 essay)
"America's Four Gods" -- Baylor University Religion Survey
The Real Story behind the film Philomena  (NY Times report on 2013 film touches on moralistic God / no tolerance / faith-based vs. evidence based themes)
quotes related to salvation
quotes related to hell

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