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Frequently Asked Questions | Beliefs and Social Issues

Beliefs

  • Why do we say we believe in "the holy catholic church" in the Apostles' Creed? Is this a reference to the Catholic Church? | Answer
  • Why do we say creeds? | Answer
  • What is the creed of the United Methodist Church? | Answer

Salvation

  • What does it mean to be saved, to accept Jesus as your personal savior? | Answer 
  • Does The United Methodist Church believe in universal salvation? | Answer
  • Is the concept “saved, born-again” unique to evangelicals or Baptists? Does it apply to Methodists? | Answer 
  • Where does the "Rapture" fit into the United Methodist realm of beliefs? | Answer 
  • What does The United Methodist Church teach about the second coming? | Answer   
  • Do United Methodists believe that faith in Jesus Christ is necessary to go to heaven? | Answer 
  • Did people go to heaven before Jesus? | Answer
  • Does The United Methodist Church believe that babies are born in sin? | Answer 
  • What happens immediately after a person dies?  Do they go directly to heaven or hell or do they go to a holding place until Christ returns to earth for the final judgment? | Answer 
  • Do United Methodists believe that animals have souls and go to heaven? | Answer

Interreligious Issues

  • Can United Methodists use the sign of the cross or is this a Catholic only practice? | Answer
  • What does The United Methodist Church teach about the Immaculate Conception and the Virgin Birth? | Answer
  • What does The United Methodist Church teach about the Virgin Mary? | Answer 
  • Why doesn't my church have statues and a crucifix like the Catholic Church? | Answer
  • Do United Methodists believe in the saints? | Answer  
  • Does The United Methodist Church believe that Allah and God are the same? | Answer 
  • What is the United Methodist view regarding Judaism and the Jewish people? | Answer

 Social Issues

  • What is the United Methodist position on abortion? | Answer 
  • What is the denomination’s position on homosexuality? | Answer   
  • Does The United Methodist Church have a position on gun control? | Answer 
  • What is the United Methodist view on the consumption of alcohol? | Answer 
  • What is the United Methodist Church’s position on gambling? | Answer  
  • Why does The United Methodist Church ordain women? | Answer 
  • What is The United Methodist Church's position on cloning? |  Answer
  • What is The United Methodist Church’s position on evolution? | Answer 
  • I have been married before. Can I get remarried and still be a member? | Answer 
  • Can a divorced person serve as clergy in The United Methodist Church? | Answer 
  • Does a person who commits suicide go to hell? | Answer 
  • The UMC accepts cremation and organ donation. How is this consistent with resurrection of the body? | Answer 
  • Does The United Methodist Church believe that masturbation is OK? | Answer 
  • Does The United Methodist Church believe that premarital sex is OK? | Answer 
  • How do statements become official positions of the Church? | Answer
  • Why do church social policies and U.S. government policies seem so far apart on some issues? | Answer 
  • Why is the Church getting involved in politics? | Answer 
  • When church leaders speak out on a social issue, are they speaking for the Church? | Answer
  • As a member of The United Methodist Church, do I have to agree with these statements? | Answer 


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