If I was baptized/prayed to
receive Christ/responded to an
alter call at church then I dont have anything to worry about
Few Questions - What are we saved from?, How
do we know if we are saved?, and How
are we saved?
The Reality: Many people assume that because theyve
done a religious thing at some point in their life, thats
all they need to do. There are a few problems with this view:
First, theyre missing out on all that God offers us
in salvation freedom from sin, and a relationship with Him,
in addition to eternal life with Him in heaven. The Christian life
is fulfilling and exciting, and just having a little religion on
the side or as an insurance voucher against hell
is like putting a very large chocolate bar down after taking just
Second, when we say Im saved because I did (some
religious act), it trivializes salvation, because it minimalizes
Gods grace in our life and maximizes the idea that it is something
we do that gets us to heaven. The religious things we
do are not what saves us, rather it is Gods grace and our
Third, God knows the condition of our hearts, both now and
at the time we did whatever religious act that were counting
on getting us to heaven. We have to question the sincerity of our
faith when we cant see evidence of salvation in our life.
Ultimately, God decides who He will let into heaven if we
are truly His children, Hell welcome us right in!
Baptism, praying to receive Christ, and responding
to message at church/other religious gathering are ways that we
can become a Christian and receive God's gift of salvation. However,
they are "outward" actions based on "inner"
faith. If you really don't believe, they ultimately mean nothing.
People are mostly good.
See The Good News
- We are Separated
Romans 6.23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of
God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
James 2.10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles
at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it
The Reality: No matter how good we are, we are all sinful
and guilty of breaking Gods laws. Because of that sin, the
Bible says that we deserve punishment. The good news is that God
wants all of us to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4 says This is
good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved
and to come to a knowledge of the truth.), so if we repent
of that sin, we WILL be forgiven!
Most religions lead to salvation.
See The Good News - We
John 14.6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth
and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Acts 4.12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is
no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
1 Timothy 2.5 For there is one God and one mediator between
God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
The Reality: Jesus claims that He is the only way to salvation.
To believe there are other ways to heaven requires believing that
Jesus was not truthful, making the whole foundation of Christianity