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Sacred Narratives

Protestants believe that they are saved by God's forgiving grace. There are varying views among Protestants regarding such matters as the nature and extent of human participation in salvation.

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

Protestants believe in an all-powerful God who is perfectly good, loving, and holy. Most share the orthodox Christian view of Jesus as fully human and fully divine. Traditionally they believe that angels and the devil exist.

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

Human nature was created good, but through the fall became sinful, that is, fundamentally self-centered. The purpose of existence is to glorify God and live a life of service to God and others, which is possible only through God's free gift of spiritual life.

Suffering and the Problem of Evil

Protestants believe that suffering is a form of evil. Evil has come into the world through the work of Satan and through human rebellion against God. With other Christians, most Protestants recognize that we do not fully understand why specific instances of evil and suffering occur.

Afterlife and Salvation

Traditionally, Protestants believe salvation is a gift of God, granted by faith. On the day of judgment, all people will be resurrected, those who have believed and trusted in Christ to a life of blessedness in the presence of God, and those who have rejected God's gift to a place of torment and separation from God.