Denomination Differences

Quaker Beliefs

How does one get saved?

Varies widely

Who gets saved?

No established doctrine

Can one lose his salvation?

Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.

Who gets baptized and why?

Baptism not practiced.

What is the trinity?

The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.

What is the human nature?

There is "that of God in everyone", making humans inherently good.

Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?

No established doctrine

Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?

No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.

Can Christians become sinless in this earthly life?

Christian perfection is possible and a major goal of Quakers.

Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?

Communion not practiced.

Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?

No, the dead cannot be baptized.

What happens if a saved person dies without being perfect?

Perfection must take place during life, not after death.


Did Mary ever sin?

Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.

How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?

The church does not have any ordinances more sacred than any other practice.


What day of the week should Christians worship?

Christians worship on Sunday.

What is marriage?

Varies widely

Is sex permissible outside marriage?

Varies widely

When does a fetus become human?

Most believe humanity begins sometime between conception and birth.


Is contraception permissible?

Yes, contraceptives are permissible.

Should Christians fight in wars?

No, Christians should never fight.


Where does a Christian's soul go after death?

No established doctrine