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Guided by conscience, and wishing to minimize or avoid punishment (included 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”.   (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. )

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:


seeks salvation (the saving of one's soul from some undesirable eternal fate)

has awareness of importance of sin

sees God dispensing punishment / Divine Judgment 

summary Wikipedia article: Righteousness

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1212

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 72

Related Words, Beliefs, Background -- 48 entries                  Songs!                Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book

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

Judgment Day (from online encyclopedia)
Heaven (from online encyclopedia)
Hell  (from online encyclopedia)
Christian Views on Hell  (from online encyclopedia)
Christian Moralism  (from online encyclopedia)
Guilt / Shame / Fear Spectrum of Cultures (a cultural anthropology perspective, from online encyclopedia) 
The Bridge at San Luis Rey by Thorton Wilder (book with plot built around whether God is a moralist, from online encyclopedia
Mutaween (re: Saudi Arabian/Islamic morality police, from online encyclopedia)
Fate of the Unlearned (from online encyclopedia) 
Near Death Experience  (from online encyclopedia)
Devil   (from online encyclopedia)
Sharia (the moral code and religious law of Islam, from online encyclopedia)
"Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God" (classic 1741 sermon by Jonathan Edwards)
Worldview Watch #26: Worldviews, Blasphemy, and Bumper Stickers
What Christian groups say about the afterlife: Heaven, Hell
What Does the Bible Say About When God Will Judge Us?
“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 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
quotes related to salvation
quotes related to hell

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