Comparison Chart

GodA trinity of Divine Persons in a mystical union as one
A trinity of essential qualities in one divine person, the Lord Jesus Christ
Purpose of Christ's life on earth
To atone for the sins of all mankind by His suffering and death on the cross
To restore spiritual freedom by teaching the truth, defeating hell, and uniting His humanity and Divinity.
The Second Coming of Christ
Still awaited in the literal clouds of heaven at a cataclysmic day of earthly judgment
Accomplished in the 18th century by means of the revelation of the spiritual sense of the Word
Human Heredity
The sins of the whole human race have been passed down from Adam, condemning everyone.
Both good and evil inclinations are passed on through heredity, but not sins or anything of personal merit.
Any disorderly trait that alienates a person from God, whether consciously acquired or not
Any evil consciously done knowing it is contrary to God's will.
Sins condemn, evils do not.
People are "born again" and thus saved by a single act of confession and faith, often including baptism.
We begin with a conviction of faith, but our spiritual growth and well-being is a gradual life-long process.
Eternal heavenly life is granted only to those who are born again and baptized in a Christian faith.
All who worship and obey Jesus are saved, as are those who don't know His name but seek to obey God.
The Bible
Either seen as literally true or as teaching the truth through myths, metaphors and legends
Every word contains a symbolic spiritual sense concerning the Lord and our own eternal lives.
Life After Death
Will commence for everyone at the time of the Last Judgment on this earth. Meanwhile... ???
Will commence for everyone immediately after the death of the body; many details revealed
Heaven and Hell
Heaven is the eternal reward for those who live well (or get saved) on earth, and hell is the eternal punishment for those who don't.
Heaven is the state of eternal happiness of those who love God and love to serve others. Hell is the opposite, for those who don't.
Angels and Devils
Angels are a separate race of beings created by God, and devils are fallen angels.
All angels and devils were once people living in this world who now live on as spirits in heaven or hell.
Necessary for the procreation of the race but dissolved along with the flesh after death.
Men and women are distinct and complementary in spirit as well as in the flesh, and a truly spiritual marriage continues in eternal life.