Most religions of our planet present a plan of salvation. Certainly the big 3 do. Buddhism, Hinduism with it’s scores of Yogis or Holy Men, the teachings of the Hare Krishna, Islam and on and on. I once had a little green book, which had a basic summary of all the major world religions and their beliefs. With the gypsy life style of my youth, it either was just lost or borrowed or the worst senario ‘stolen’. Who knows, maybe one day I will find another copy, but all I remember is the green cover and the really useful summary for each religion.
In our modern age, where no one wants to upset the magic ship of harmony, everyone is trying to ‘get along’, show understanding and acceptance, but very often this is at the expense of truth. So many leading speakers in the field of apologetics have spoken on the matter of truth. I remember Os Guiness ending a lecture with these words, which Jesus said, ‘And the truth shall set you free.’ Everyone who has ever lived long enough will testify to the deep value of truth in relationships. Now when it comes to salvation, truth is of paramount importance.
So is salvation by His grace alone, or is it a combination of religious ideas as referred to above ? In other words; is salvation something that is based on say the universal misconception that ‘one’s good deeds will eventually outweigh one’s bad deeds’, or salvation what is taught in the Bible, namely that ‘[God] loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins’ (I John 4:10)
Obviously ‘faith’ or ‘complete trust’ in either would be the secondary consideration here. The primary one is establishing if salvation is determined by His Grace alone or Religion. (as discussed above.)