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anonymous asked:

Are Mormon even Christian?

Let’s take a look… (Mormon teachings in bold)

God is not eternal and has not always been God - The Bible says, in Psalm 90:2, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.“ and then James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” From these verses we see that God has always been, and has never changed, nor will He. Whereas the Mormon teachings state that God was once like us, God is clear that He is not. There was never a day where God was not God, He did not start out as a mortal man. Numbers 23:19, “ God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

The trinity is three separate gods (polytheistic) - Isaiah 46:9; “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.” From this verse we read that there is only one God. The Bible is abounding in scriptural declarations that God is one. Verses that support the trinity are John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” John 1:1-3, John 14:9-11, Philippians 2:5-8, Colossians 1:5-7, Mark 28:19, and in John 8:58 Jesus says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” The Jews sought to stone Jesus on the basis of blaspheme because He plainly and directly claimed to be God.

Jesus was physically conceived by Mary and God the Father - Luke 1:34 says, “Then Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I do not know a man?’“ Mary is taken aback at the news that the angel, Gabriel, delivers, for she is a virgin. There is nothing to indicate that there was a physical relationship between Mary and God. Quite the opposite, actually, because John says in verse 18, “No one has seen God [the Father] at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.“ Jesus was born of a virgin, His conception a supernatural phenomenon that emphasizes His divine nature.

Jesus is the brother of Satan - John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” No where does the Bible tell us that Satan was the brother of Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus is the one and only Son of God. Ezekiel 28:15 tells us that, unlike Jesus who is eternal and has always been, Satan was created, “You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.” And who was Satan created by? John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” Satan is not the brother of Jesus, Satan was created BY Jesus.

Salvation is through works and meeting all the requirements - Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” The Bible is adamant that there is absolutely nothing we can do that amounts to anything in regard to salvation. It is entirely by God through Christ that we are saved, and the good works we do are ones that God specially and personally prepared for us. Verse 10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” We are good because God restores us, apart from Him we can do no good. Good works are the fruit, the product of salvation, not the payment. Jesus paid it all. Galatians 3:3 says, “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” There were Jews in Bible times preaching this exact same false doctrine of works plus faith salvation. They are severely reprimanded in this verse as being fools, because to preach that works save us is to revile the sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross. He is all we need, God’s grace is enough.

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Are Mormons Christians? While they label themselves as such, the foundational principles are ones that drastically deviate from the truth of the Bible. They are not Christians. They have made a god (or, multiple gods, as it be) of their own choosing, and added their own distortion. A god created by man cannot save humanity, and therefore the eternal salvation of Mormons rests in peril. If we reject who God is and the free gift of salvation He offers, we damn ourselves to hell, and that is where the Mormon doctrine leads.

Romans Study - Week Four (Readings)

Here are the readings for week four, everyone!

Day 22:
Romans 8:26-39
Psalm 44:17-22
Philippians 1:6
2 Thessalonians 2:14

Day 23:
Romans 9:1-19
Exodus 32:30-32
Ephesians 1:3-6

Day 24:
Romans 9:20-33
Jeremiah 18:1-6
Ephesians 1:11-14

Day 25:
Romans 10
Isaiah 52:7
Joel 2:32
Galatians 3:7-14

Day 26:
Romans 11:1-24
Hosea 14:4-7
Ephesians 2:8-9

Day 27:
Rest day

Day 28:
Romans 8:18-39 and discussion questions! (I’ll post the discussion questions in a separate post the morning of.)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
—  Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

anonymous asked:

Hey, i really need to ask someone about this anonymously. I'm currently agnostic and I've struggled my whole life believing in anything. I can't grasp the idea of god or religion or anything. I don't mean disrespect asking this, I genuinely want an answer, but why should I believe in anything and how can I believe in something so abstract like god and religion? Thank you

Hi Anon,
Before anything I want you to know that I don’t have all the answers, but there is a promise God made to us I believe you must read: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

So to begin, I want to explain the difference between the gospel and religion. The gospel is “the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16). The majority of religions are similar to hands reaching up to heaven trying to find salvation, but the gospel is the ONLY ONE that speaks of God extending His hand down to us offering salvation. By sending His only Son to die on the cross, taking our place, suffering what we should’ve suffered so we could have a chance to make it to heaven (Read John 3:16). Now God, being love (1 John 4:8), He gives us day after day- chance after chance to seek Him. The Bible tells us that if we: “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8). One thing I’ve learned through out the years is that if we come close to God with a humbled heart, He is willing to show us things that we couldn’t even imagine. But one beautiful thing about God is that He won’t force you, but when you decide to seek Him, He is willing to embrace you and show you that He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

“Faith comes from hearing the Word of God” (Romans 10:17) so I encourage you begin be praying to Him for understanding and reading a Bible. Then try to find a Bible based church where you can feed your faith, you don’t have to convert or do anything extraordinary. Just enter His house with a heart willing to listen and open up your heart to Him.

Some verses I hope answer your questions:
-“Jesus told him, ‘am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” (John 14:6)
-“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
-“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)


So, to conclude, I urge you to seek Him, dear! “Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call into Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) Please, if “today you heard His voice, do not harden your heart…” (Hebrews 3:15) Seek Him, friend! He came to give you life in abundance and He loves you more than anyone can love you in a lifetime!

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask ♥️
You’re in my prayers.
God bless,
-s

anonymous asked:

re: the post about religions leading to heaven: Jehovah's Witnesses believe in salvation through Jesus Christ. They are baptized in his name.

The problem with Jehovah‘s Witness is that they do not worship the God of the Bible, they have made a god of their own choosing. They have rejected parts of who God is, and it is rejection of God that leads to Hell. John 12:48, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.“ Here are some basic doctrinal teachings of the Jehovah’s Witness that deviate from the truth of the Bible…

Only certain people within their organization can understand the Bible, not individuals - The Bible leaves no doubt that God gives everyone the necessary capacity to understand what the Bible says as they seek after Him. God wants us to draw near to Him, to be in relationship with Him, and therefore He reveals Himself to us through the Bible.

Jehovah’s Witness does not believe in the Trinity - This is a massively grave point. If we deny the trinity, the entirety of the gospel is dismantled. Rejecting the Trinity either means that you are either polytheistic (you believe that the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all separate Gods), or you believe that two persons of the trinity are not God. Both these options are in direct opposition to the Bible. Isaiah 46:9 reminds us that there is only one God, “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.” The concept of the Trinity is solidified in verses such as John 1:1-3, 14; Isaiah 9:6; John 10:30; Colossians 1:15; John 14:9-11; Philippians 2:5-8; Genesis 1:26

Jesus is not equal with God - Philipians 2:5-6 says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.“ Jesus often talks about submitting to the Father’s will, but this does not mean they are unequal.

Salvation comes through works - Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.“ We cannot earn our salvation, not through works, not through baptism. The Bible consistently teaches that salvation comes only through faith. One of the primary indicators of a false religion is works-based salvation. The Bible teaches that we need Jesus because we cannot save ourselves, and that apart from God, nothing we do is good. (Romans 3:10-12)

We will be gods when we get to heaven - Again, the Bible repeatedly declares that God is the one and only God, now and forever. Isaiah 44:6, “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.“

There is no hell, unbelievers merely cease to exist - were the entire book of Revelation not proof enough, throughout, Matthew 13:41-42 paints a dire picture. “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.“ Mark 9:43 tells us that this punishment is eternal and unceasing. “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched“

Those are just a few of the fallacies taught by the Jehovah’s Witness. By rejecting the character of God, they condemn themselves to hell. Anyone can say they believe in God, but if it is not the God of the Bible that they are putting their trust in, their faith is worthless. The Israselites at one point put their trust in a golden calf and called it God, but that wasn’t God. What they chose to believe God was couldn’t save them because it wasn’t true. They made a god of their own choosing. We MUST put our trust in who God says He is, not our idea of Him, nor anyone else’s. God is everything that the Bible says He is, and only who the Bible says He is.

anonymous asked:

There's a lot of reference of people being "called" or "chosen" by God; what does that mean? How do you know if you've been called? Is it possible to try to do right by God and get close to Him without being "chosen" or "called"?

Good question! 

The “chosen” or the “elect of God” are those whom God has predestined to salvation. They are called the “elect” because that word denotes the concept of choosing. God chooses those who will be saved. 

The Bible nowhere instructs us to be concerned regarding our status of elect vs. non-elect. Rather, God calls us to believe, to receive Jesus Christ as Savior, by grace through faith (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9). If a person truly trusts in Jesus alone for salvation, that person is one of the elect, because belief is evidence of election. No one can receive Jesus as Savior unless God draws him or her (John 6:44). God calls/draws those whom He has predestined/elected (Romans 8:29-30). Saving faith is not possible without divine election. Therefore, saving faith is evidence of election.

The idea of a person wanting to be saved but being unable to, due to not being one of the elect, is absolutely foreign to the Bible. No one seeks after God’s plan of salvation on his own accord (Romans 3:10-18). Those without Christ are blind to their need for salvation (2 Corinthians 4:4). This only changes when God begins drawing a person to Himself. It is God who opens eyes and enlightens minds to the need for Jesus Christ as Savior. A person cannot repent (change the mind about sin and the need for salvation) unless God grants repentance (Acts 11:18). So, if you understand God’s plan of salvation, recognize your need for it, and feel compelled to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, then believe, and you are saved.

God bless you. Continue to grow in the knowledge of our Savior!

anonymous asked:

Why should I chose Christ instead of Buddhism?

Compared with Buddhism, Christianity has several distinguishing features that show that it deserves consideration.

First, while both Christianity and Buddhism have an historical central figure, namely Jesus and Buddha, only Jesus is shown to have risen from the dead. Many people in history have been wise teachers. Many have started religious movements. Siddhartha Guatama, the historical Buddha also called Sakyamuni, stands out among them for having special wisdom and a profound philosophy of life. But Jesus also stands out, and He has confirmed His spiritual teachings with a test that only divine power could pass. Jesus’ body of teachings is confirmed by the death and resurrection of His literal body—a fact which He prophesied and fulfilled in Himself (Matthew 16:21;20:18-19;Mark 8:31;1Luke 9:22;John 20-21;1 Corinthians 15). Jesus deserves special consideration.

Second, the Christian Scriptures are historically outstanding, deserving serious consideration. One could even say that the history of the Bible is so compelling that to doubt the Bible is to doubt history itself since the Bible is the most historically verifiable book of all antiquity. The only book more historically verifiable than the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) is the New Testament. Consider the following:

1) More manuscripts exist for the New Testament than for any other of antiquity—5,000 ancient Greek manuscripts, 24,000 in all including other languages. The multiplicity of manuscripts allows for a tremendous research base by which we can test the texts against each other and identify what the originals said.

2) The manuscripts of the New Testament are closer in age to the originals than are any other document of antiquity. All of the originals were written within the time of the contemporaries (eyewitnesses), in the first century A.D., and we currently have parts of manuscript dating back to A.D. 125. Whole book copies surface by A.D. 200, and the complete New Testament can be found dating back to A.D. 250. Having all the books of the New Testament initially written within the times of eyewitnesses means that the books did not have time to devolve into myth and folklore. Plus, their truth claims were held accountable by members of the Church who, as personal witnesses to the events, could check the facts.

3) The New Testament documents are more accurate than any other of antiquity. John R. Robinson inHonest to Godreports that the New Testament documents are 99.9 percent accurate (most accurate of any complete antique book). Bruce Metzger, an expert in the Greek New Testament, suggests a more modest 99.5 percent.

Third, Christian ethics has a stronger foundation than Buddhist ethics. Christian ethics is founded in the personal character of God. God is personal and moral. His nature is good, and therefore all actions which align with His goodness are actually good. Whatever departs from His goodness is actually evil. For Buddhists, however, ultimate reality is not understood as personal. But morality by its very nature requires personality. To illustrate, consider the morality of a rock. One does not blame a rock for being used in a murder since it is not a person with moral duties. Rather, the moral duty lies with the person who used that rock for evil purposes. Buddhism lacks the personal framework for moral duty. With Buddhism, karma is the framework for morality. But karma is impersonal. It is akin to a law of nature. Breaking a karmic “rule” is not intrinsically evil. There seems to be no significant difference between error (non-moral mistakes) and sin (moral wrongdoing).

Furthermore, many Buddhists even assert that the dualities of “good” and “evil” ultimately break down. “Good” and “evil” would be part ofmaya, the illusory world of sensory reality. The categories of morality are not grand enough to map onto ultimate reality, and enlightened individuals will see that good and evil blur into one. But such a position means that ultimate reality would not be “good.” It wouldn’t be “evil” either, but then what assurance exists that “ultimate reality” is even a worthwhile pursuit? And what grounds would there be for living a morally good life as opposed to an amoral life without regard for moral distinctions, or an inactive life avoiding moral choices as much as possible? If Buddhism asserts that reality is not ultimately personal and the distinctions between good and evil are not actually real, then Buddhism does not have a true foundation for ethics. Christianity, on the other hand, can point to the character of God as personally founding morality and providing a basis to distinguish good from evil.

Fourth, Christianity rightly appreciates “desire.” Buddhist ethics seems to have a core difficulty at this point. Sakyamuni taught thattanha, “desire” or “attachment,” is the root of suffering and is to be dissolved. But some admittedly good things are based on the idea of desire. Love, for example, is “to desire the good of another” (John 15:13;1 John 4:7-12). One could not even love unless one had a degree of attachment in desiring someone else’s well-being. In contrast, Christianity teaches that desire is good when it is properly directed. Paul urges Christians to “desire the greater gifts” of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:31;14:1). In the Psalms, we see pictures of worshipers longing for and desiring fellowship with God (Psalm 42:1-2;84). And, of course, God does not simply act loving, He is love (1 John 4:9;Psalm 136;John 3:16). Sacrificing desire altogether seems to throw out the proverbial baby (love) with the dirty bathwater (suffering).

Fifth is the question “What do you do with your sin?” Buddhism has at least two ideas of sin. Sin is sometimes understood as ignorance. It is sinful if one does not see or understanding reality as Buddhism defines it. However, in Buddhism, there is still an idea of moral error termed “sin.” To do something deliberately evil, to break a spiritual or earthly law, or to desire wrong things, these would be identifiable sins. But, this latter definition of sin points to a kind of moral error that requires real atonement. From where can atonement rise? Can atonement come by adherence to karmic principles? Karma is impersonal and amoral. One could do good works to even the balance, but one cannot ever dispose of sin. Karma does not even provide a context whereby moral error is even moral. Whom have we offended if we sin in private? Karma does not care one way or the other because karma is not a person. Can atonement come by prayer or devotion to a Bodhisattva or a Buddha? Even if those characters could offer forgiveness, it seems like sin would still be left unpaid. They would forgive sin showing it to be excusable; it is not a big deal.

Christianity, on the other hand, has the only adequate theological view of sin. In Christianity sin is moral error. Ever since Adam, humans have been sinful creatures. Sin is real. And it sets an infinite gap between man and bliss. Sin demands justice. But it cannot be “balanced out” with an equal or greater amount of good works. If someone has ten times more good works than bad works, then he or she still has bad works on the conscience. What happens to these remaining bad works? Are they just forgiven as if they were not a big deal in the first place? Are they permitted into bliss? Are they mere illusions thus leaving no problem whatsoever? None of these options are suitable.

Concerning illusion, sin is too real to us to be explained away as illusion. Concerning our sinfulness, when we are honest with ourselves we all know that we have sinned. Concerning forgiveness, to simply forgive sin at no cost treats sin like it is not of much consequence even though we know that to be false. Concerning bliss, bliss is not much good if sin keeps getting smuggled in. It seems like the scales of karma leave us with sin on our hearts and bliss either cannot tolerate us, or it must cease being perfect so that we can come in.

Christianity has an answer for sin. No sin goes unpunished, but the punishment has already been satisfied in Christ’s personal sacrifice on the cross. God became man, lived a perfect life, and died the death that we deserved. He was crucified on our behalf, a substitute for us, and a covering, or atonement, for our sins. Furthermore, He was resurrected, proving that not even death could conquer Him. He promises the same resurrection unto eternal life for all who put their faith in Him as their only Lord and Savior (Romans 3:10,23;6:23;8:12;10:9-10;Ephesians 2:8-9;Philippians 3:21).

This is no “easy believism” where God, like a janitor, just cleans up all our mistakes. Rather, this is a life-long commitment where we take on a new nature and begin a new relationship with God Himself (Romans 6:1;Ephesians 2:1-10). When a person really believes God is who He says He is in the Bible, and really believes God did what He says He did in the Bible, and a person puts his or her life on that belief—that person is transformed. He becomes a new creation by the power of God (2 Corinthians 5:17). You cannot stay the same once you have that belief. One could just as easily continue reading the morning paper after realizing his house was on fire. That knowledge (the house is on fire) motivates action and changes your life (stop reading the paper and do something about the fire).

Nor is Jesus simply an answer among many others. All the world’s religions have some level of truth in them, but ultimately, Jesus is the only answer to the human condition. Meditation, works, prayer—none of these can make us worthy of the infinite and eternal gift of heaven. None of these can undo the sin we’ve done. Only when Christ pays our sin debt and we place our faith in Him can we be saved. Only then is sin covered, hope assured, and life filled with eternal meaning.

Finally, it is only in Christianity that we can know that we are saved. We do not have to rely on some fleeting experience, nor do we rely on our own good works or fervent meditation. Nor do we put our faith in a false god whom we are trying to “believe-into-existence.” We have a living and true God, an historically anchored faith, an abiding and testable revelation of God (Scripture), and a guaranteed home in heaven with God.

So, what does this mean for you? Jesus is the ultimate reality! Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for your sins. God offers all of us forgiveness and salvation if we will simply receive His gift to us (John 1:12), believing Jesus to be the Savior who laid down His life for us, His friends. If you place your trust in Jesus as your Savior, you will have absolute assurance of eternal life in heaven. God will forgive your sins, cleanse your soul, renew your spirit, give you abundant life in this world, and eternal life in the next world. How can we reject such a precious gift? How can we turn our backs on God who loved us enough to sacrifice Himself for us?

We are all undeserving, ill-deserving, hell-deserving sinners. “What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise…[we] are all under sin; As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE.” (Romans 3:9&10) We are all sinners. EVERY ONE OF US. God’s standard of “good” is high, and we have all broken His law. Lying, stealing, adultery, covetousness, ungratefulness… and the list goes on. Some erroneously think that salvation can be earned. “I’ll just do more good deeds,” says one man. But his is a false hope. We are not saved from God’s just judgement on the basis of our good outweighing our bad. No amount of good works can erase our sin record and gain us entrance into heaven. But there IS hope! The Bible tells us “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US.” (Romans 5:8) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) Mankind is saved from judgement and hell only one way– through faith in Jesus. “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.’” Jesus lived a sinless life. He kept God’s law perfectly. And as a result, he is the only truly “good person” to have ever walked the face of this earth. And through his death on the cross, he bore the wrath of God on behalf of sinful men. God is MERCIFUL and He will save to the uttermost those who come to Him through faith in Jesus. He takes our record of sin and wrong, and replaces it with the perfect, sinless record of His Son [Jesus]. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16)

anonymous asked:

How can I be saved?

This simple, yet profound, question is the most important question that can be asked. “How can I be saved?” deals with where we will spend eternity after our lives in this world are over. There is no more important issue than our eternal destiny. Thankfully, the Bible is abundantly clear on how a person can be saved. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Paul and Silas responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

How can I be saved? Why do I need to be saved?
We are all infected with sin (Romans 3:23). We are born with sin (Psalm 51:5), and we all personally choose to sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8). Sin is what makes us unsaved. Sin is what separates us from God. Sin is what has us on the path to eternal destruction.

How can I be saved? Saved from what?
Because of our sin, we all deserve death (Romans 6:23). While the physical consequence of sin is physical death, that is not the only kind of death that results from sin. All sin is ultimately committed against an eternal and infinite God (Psalm 51:4). Because of that, the just penalty for our sin is also eternal and infinite. What we need to be saved from is eternal destruction (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).

How can I be saved? How did God provide salvation?
Because the just penalty for sin is infinite and eternal, only God could pay the penalty, because only He is infinite and eternal. But God, in His divine nature, could not die. So God became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. God took on human flesh, lived among us, and taught us. When the people rejected Him and His message, and sought to kill Him, He willingly sacrificed Himself for us, allowing Himself to be crucified (John 10:15). Because Jesus Christ was human, He could die; and because Jesus Christ was God, His death had an eternal and infinite value. Jesus’ death on the cross was the perfect and complete payment for our sin (1 John 2:2). He took the consequences we deserved. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead demonstrated that His death was indeed the perfectly sufficient sacrifice for sin.

How can I be saved? What do I need to do?
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). God has already done all of the work. All you must do is receive, in faith, the salvation God offers (Ephesians 2:8-9). Fully trust in Jesus alone as the payment for your sins. Believe in Him, and you will not perish (John 3:16). God is offering you salvation as a gift. All you have to do is accept it. Jesus is the way of salvation (John 14:6).

anonymous asked:

What does it mean to be saved? Is all you have to do is say the we believe he is the one true God verse? Or is it something you have to do in a church? What if uyou struggle with doubt, how do you combat that?

Fantastic questions!

To begin with, being “saved” means that you are saved from the punishment of sin. You see, we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Lying, pride, stealing, hate (which God calls murder of the heart), they are all sins and because God is just and perfect, He cannot let sin go unpunished. He is a just judge, and we are guilty before Him in His court. The punishment we rightly deserve for our sins is separation from God forever; that is, and eternity in Hell. Even the littlest of sins we think are no big deal separate us from God, because He is a holy God. James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles at one point, he is guilty of all.”

That’s a pretty dire situation, so what can we do to be saved? Honestly, WE can’t do anything. Our goodness can’t set the scale right, because, as Isaiah 64:6 says, “we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” By our own merits, our good works are rancid, and we are incapable of attaining our own salvation. But that’s not the end, there is hope. Since we could not pay the price for our sins, God sent his perfect and sinless son, Jesus Christ, to take our place and die on a cross for our sins. He paid the price which we could not. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus died on the cross so that, instead of spending an eternity in Hell - which is what we deserve - we can spend eternity with Him in Heaven. And all we have to do is believe. Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

So what does it mean to believe? It means you put your trust in Christ, much like you would put your trust in a parachute; you’re trusting that it will save your life. Believing in Christ means that you understand you are a sinner in need of a Savior, and that Jesus is the ONLY one who can save you from the punishment you deserve. It means you make Christ the Lord of your life, and part of that is repenting from your sin and, instead, turning to serve Christ; not because works will earn your salvation (because they won’t) but out of gratitude. You are no longer dead in sin, but alive through Christ, and that new life will reflect Christ.

Again, there is NOTHING you can do to earn your salvation. You don’t have to say special words, or have a special ceremony; you can’t be saved by being baptized, or by going to church. It has to be a personal decision to put your faith in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourself, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Now, about doubt. First of all, let me be clear, every Christian, yes, EVERY CHRISTIAN, has, at some point, struggled with doubt. Peter doubted Christ when He was walking right in front of him. Once you put your trust in Jesus, God says that you are secure. John 10:28-29 says, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” Because there is nothing you can do to earn your salvation, there is nothing you can do to lose it. Yes, you may doubt, and you are certainly not perfect yet and will still sin, but God’s grace is a GIFT. It’s a free gift and once you accept that, nothing can take it away.

How do you combat doubt? Hold tight to God’s promise. Dear one, hold SO very tight to the promises of the Lord. Read the Bible. He has never failed you, and He won’t start now. No matter what we feel, God is constant and sure. Hebrews 13:5 says, “For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Jesus loves you. More than you will ever know. That is the simplest truth of all.