Posted by: the warrioress | March 2, 2014

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

There are many fairly standard responses to what one must do to be saved, to experience the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ. If I were someone who wanted to know how to be saved, I would turn directly to the word of God, the Holy Bible. Jesus Himself tells us what we must do, as do His apostles. Read with me the following stories presented to us within the New Testament. These are stories of people who asked Jesus Christ what they must do to be saved. If you want to be saved, do these things, just as they did:

————-Jesus teaches Nicodemus————–

14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 

16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3: 14-18

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 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. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10: 8-13

——————The Parable of the Good Samaritan—————

25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’c ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denariie and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10 19:25-37

————-The Conversion of the Jailer————–

29And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”… Acts 16:29-31

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There are many verses within the Bible which tell us exactly how to be saved and what the process is. Ministers, preachers, teachers, prophets, and those who know, abound — they all have their opinions; I take mine directly from the Holy Bible itself.  I take my opinion from the mouth of Jesus Christ and those who followed Him. We can read the Holy Bible for ourselves and follow Jesus.  If we do what it tells us, we will be saved; Jesus assures us of this.

Do not allow anyone to make it overly complicated for you. Do not allow someone else to tell you that you are not saved when you have done what the bible tells you to do. Do not let another person interject doubt about your salvation through their own thoughts, church beliefs,  church denomination, politics, or life experiences into what you must do to be saved; when people do this, they are adding to the bible and probably taking away from it without even knowing that they are doing it.

Have confidence and faith in your salvation. You become a new person in Christ Jesus once you have been saved. You are different and continue to grow and change over time. Jesus tells us exactly what to do to be saved and keeps it very simple, as do the apostles of Jesus Christ.  See below:

36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; Romans 3:10

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1John 1:8

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24

 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,i through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Romans 3:23-26

6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:6-11

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When you recognize that God is Holy and we (none of us are holy) are not, you realize that you are a sinner and you need saving. There is only one name by which you can be saved. There is only one savior, Jesus Christ, and only one way you can be saved– through Jesus Christ. You are saved through believing and confessing aloud that you believe.

 9 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. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9

Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” That should clarify pretty much everything you need to know about it.

When you believe and are saved, things in your life change. You change.  How so?  The bible tells us this too in a variety of places.

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  1. And for all the millions of people that lived a great and valuable life before there was opportunity to know of the christ, what of them? What of those that were wonderful people but simply never heard of the christ before their death… are the condemned to hell?

  2. You are a true Warrioress for Christ, my sister.

  3. This is one reason I am glad that I am not a member of a Christian fundamentalist, conservative evangelical, or so-called “Bible-believing” church. The above verses that Adrienne quotes raise about as many questions as they answer:

    1) “And for all the millions of people that lived a great and valuable life before there was opportunity to know of the [C]hrist, what of them? What of those that were wonderful people but simply never heard of the [C]hrist before their death… are the[y] condemned to hell?

    The standard “fundie” answer is “yes” because simple minds reach for simple answers. They forget that God is not nearly as simple-minded as they are.

    2) Comedian George Carlin puts it best in the first 43 seconds of this video clip. Ignore the rest because it has bad words in it: The first 43 seconds question requires an answer that makes sense:

  4. My atheist life:

    Even Old Testament saints were aware of a coming “Redeemer/Messiah.” These people who lived before Christ came, were saved through faith. Abraham and David were saved via their faith in God and the knowledge that they were made righteous in God’s sight through their faith.(Habbakuk 2:4)

    God has also revealed Himself through creation, through nature. The bible tells us that every man is responsible for an innate knowledge of God within him. (Romans 1:20)
    Despite this innate knowledge and never knowing about Jesus, people reject God or the idea of God — they rebel and thus they make a choice. People are responsible to God for what He has already made available about Himself.

    People who are truly seeking God find God; God promises that that they will find Him. Unfortunately, many do not care to seek and find God. These make their choice and rebel or create a god of their own choosing to worship. (Romans 3:11)

    Thanks for the questions, and I appreciate you stopping to converse on this topic.

  5. Butch, thanks big brother.

  6. Dover, Tracy:

    God always makes a way because He loves mankind and He is a just and fair god. We can count on this. He has proven this through Jesus Christ.

  7. Well, I see what you’re saying but that does nothing for the native Americans who died long before white men came to steal their land and give them monotheism. Are they all condemned to hell or is their vision of god enough to get into heaven?

    If their version/vision of god was enough, why then must one be a Christian to get into heaven?

    You see, they were might moral humans, and religious to boot, but they were not given the opportunity to know of the Christian savior before their deaths. What of them? Are the condemned to hell for reasons beyond their control?

  8. I forgot some things. My parents tell me that those American natives are condemned to hell. That only through submission to Jesus can they get to heaven. When all is considered, perhaps the line for heaven will contain something close to 1% of all humans who have ever lived, but the math makes it doubtful that it will be that high. Tell me again how god loves me and wants me to be in heaven with him… I don’t think that’s working out so well for the 99%.

    It’s easy to use your holy text to blame those people for their “own mistakes” but such thinking completely condemns many innocents, including children, to an eternity of hell … all because the christ didn’t think of how to get his word to them on time. I guess that’s just collateral damage. It gets a bit more tricky when you consider what happens to a child in a muslim run country – not only are they not given a chance to hear the word of the christ, they are forbidden to talk of it on pain of death. Apostasy is punishable by death, and their made Muslims by the time they have the capacity to consider the consequences. I suppose that is their own fault though for being born to Muslim parents in a Muslim country. It was their choice, they could have chosen better. It’s a really important decision so you’d think they would at least consider the options, right?

    I bet it feels good to be part of the 1%, am I right?

  9. Hi myatheistlife. It’s nice to make your acquaintance. Rebecca Trotter over at “The Upside Down World” blog has done one of the best scholarly examinations on the subject of “Hell” that I have ever seen in one place. It is a multiple part study, so you will need to read several different but related posts by Rebecca. It is an unusual study because it recognizes that the subject of Hell cannot be understood by just reading the Bible like a 3 year old sitting under a palm tree. To understand the concept, you have to understand the history, culture, and social context of ancient Judea. Give these a read and let me know what you think. This is different to say the least, and it is very interesting:

    http://theupsidedownworld.com/?s=hell

    I will close by saying that the fundamentalist Christian vision of Hell is primarily utilitarian, and the United States is saturated with it primarily because of the unique historical development of religion in the 19th century and the NOW BROKEN cultural and social power that Christian fundamentalism wielded in the society of those times. Put another way, the “skin melting like wax” Hell of 19th century American religion was a necessity because the emphasis was on FRIGHTENING people into the arms of Jesus (and in my opinion, it also stood as a unique law enforcement tool to keep people in line on a lawless American frontier with few sheriffs and judges). As I have said elsewhere, if their concept of Hell did not have a superficial basis in the Bible that they could tease out for their own purposes, it would have been NECESSARY to independently invent the kind of Hell that Jim Finn enjoys talking about on his side of the fence.

  10. myatheistlife said:

    Well, I see what you’re saying but that does nothing for the native Americans who died long before white men came to steal their land and give them monotheism. Are they all condemned to hell or is their vision of god enough to get into heaven?

    If their version/vision of god was enough, why then must one be a Christian to get into heaven?

    You see, they were might moral humans, and religious to boot, but they were not given the opportunity to know of the Christian savior before their deaths. What of them? Are the condemned to hell for reasons beyond their control?

    Hi MyAtheistlife:

    John 15:22-25 gives us thefollowing example that clarifies God’s take on those who are ignorant of Jesus Christ:

    22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin,[c] but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’

    It is clear here that those who are ignorant, who do not know of Jesus Christ, who never had the gospel offered to them, will not be held accountable. Not only would this be unfair of God if they were held accountable, but it would be harsh judgment lacking in real mercy. God is not unmerciful, nor is God unfair.

    The native Americans will have their heart looked at individually and I believe many of them will be in Heaven. I believe the same about all who have not heard the gospel, who came before Jesus or who never knew about Him.

  11. My Atheist Life:

    I believe your parents are mistaken. (shrug). This is my personal opinion on the matter.

    The god I know is nothing like the religious right think He is. I don’t know who or what they are having relationship with, but it’s not “God” as I know God. Their god is MEAN. Truly mean and scary.

    I can only speak for myself here. I worship the god of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, and I love Jesus Christ, whom the apostles followed. I am a part of the New Covenant that was made with God, resulting in Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for all of humanity. We are offered salvation through Him and when we believe, we are made holy before our precious Father in Heaven. HE LOVES US. I don’t care what they tell you — they are wrong. God is not the angry, hateful, mean monster that they attempt to make Him out to be.

    You judge Christians on their fruit, Myatheistlife, and then you will be judging them the way that they are to be judged. BY THEIR FRUITS. If they are mean, hateful, uncaring, uncompassionate, harsh, unforgiving, unkind, bad, and everything that the fruits of the spirit are NOT, there you are. When rotten fruit is present, nothing good is able to put forth rotten fruit.

    These are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Jesus will deal with deceivers and liars at the appropriate time. Many will believe that they are among the few, the chosen, but they deceive themselves because they are what will be cast right into the fire because they did not keep the two most important commandments of the New Covenant — to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, and soul, and to love thy neighbor as thy self.

    “Thy neighbor” includes gays, transgenders, Muslims, the President of the United States (Obama), and any other people that they have contempt and distaste for. They reveal themselves in their writings and their behavior for everyone to see. I pray for them — it’s all any of us can do.

  12. Pray for Jim Finn, Tracy/Dover. I believe he is caught up in deception that has been perpetrated onto the right by Satan and no other. There are so many who believe as he does, who think they are heading for rewards galore, but who have instead been siding with Satan himself. I can only imagine the weeping and gnashing of teeth when these unfortunate saints realize how badly they have been deluded.

    The bible is oh-so-very clear about how Christians are to behave and what they are to look like to the world. Hatred is not a part of their nature, nor is uncaring, uncompassion for the poor. Worshipping the god of money and stepping on the broken and the lowly is not bearing Christian fruit. Supporting those who hurt the poor and the defenseless will not go well for these. Pray for them and try and forgive them for they truly know not what they are doing.

    Destroying the environment, propping up the New World Order, warring with anyone in order to glean oil and other spoils of war…none of these are signs of a holy political party. Creating a culture of death for those who are broken and neglected and imprisoning them without relief? Lethal injection without compassion, murdering thousands every year, even the mentally ill?

    Not caring about widows and fatherless children and mothers who are just trying to support their families? Taking the bread right out of their mouths? No.. it all shows us what true evil is, while they pretend to be “good Christians” and then out of the other side of their mouths insist that only the rich deserve healthcare.

  13. Adrienne. In the area where i live, one of the most often heard criticisms of the poor is that most of them are fat. In other words, if they were truly poor, they would look like the emaciated, starving children of East Africa and Sudan.

    Unfortunately, one of the basic laws of the universe we live in is that the foods that are worst for you are the ones that are cheap as dirt; loaded with salt, sugar, and fat; and taste great. So naturally, if you have little money, you are going to be eating this cheap food and be getting “El Tubbo” and unhealthy in the process. Fat and unhealthy are the expected results of being poor in America.

    I wonder if these same same people who are always harping about poor people being fat think the answer to starvation in East Africa is to send the children crates of Hostess Twinkies?

  14. @Dover1952
    I find it interesting that you do not attribute any of ‘common beliefs in hell’ to Dante… or the convenience that his portrayal gave to those that wish to dominate?

  15. @the warrioress
    I don’t hate the christ or YHWH, I simply don’t believe in them. I also do not hate the easter bunny or santa claus. If those that had not heard of the christ before their death will be judged according to their hearts/actions why would I not also be judged that way? It’s not like the christ is doing anything spectacular to show non-believers that he is real?

    The bit about where your idea of THE god is different than other Christians is a bug bear for me. If there really is only THE God, how can that god be so different to so many people?

    It is fortunate that I speak christianese… yes, I judge people by their fruits. I don’t understand people that can read the same book and come up with totally different ideas of what the god is. It is completely unclear to me how this happens unless people are just making stuff up. If there really is but one god, it should not be so complicated nor should you need to explain YOUR understanding of the god, everyone’s understanding should be the same.

    This is problematic, not because your understanding is wrong, but because it cannot be separated from all the wrong understandings. They all have equal weight in view of the holy texts. No matter how right your understanding sounds or feels, there is no way to determine that it is different from the prophesied false prophets. How then can a non-believer make a choice on which version of the Christian god is right?

    It would seem that all of them are as wrong as all the rest of them. If Christians can’t agree, why should anyone believe?

    Trust me when I say my morals are at least as good as what you opine and for what it’s worth, it seems to make me more moral than many christians. When you take that to the check out counter, what does the bill ring up to?

  16. My atheist life:

    How then can a non-believer make a choice on which version of the Christian god is right?

    It would seem that all of them are as wrong as all the rest of them. If Christians can’t agree, why should anyone believe?

    You can read the bible for yourself, Old and New Testament, and make up your own mind. I know I’m not any smarter than you are and it seems pretty clear to me how God is. God is exactly like He says He is. Take the bible’s word for it, not some alleged representative. We’re all mere human beings and you cannot trust a human being’s infallible opinions. Read the book for yourself, call out to Jesus Christ with even a modicum of faith and wait and see what happens for yourself. God won’t let you down; He didn’t let me down.

  17. @warrioresshttp://gurtejthegps.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/versatilebloggernominations-copy1.jpg
    ==You can read the bible for yourself,==
    Please do not labor under the notion that I have not read it.

    ==Old and New Testament, and make up your own mind.==
    I did exactly that.

    == I know I’m not any smarter than you are and it seems pretty clear to me how God is.==

    “God is exactly like He says He is.”
    Does your god talk to you? Do you hear voices?

    “Take the bible’s word for it, not some alleged representative.”
    If I am to interpret the bible for myself, how can I know that your faith is not a false prophet?

    “We’re all mere human beings and you cannot trust a human being’s infallible opinions.”
    except that you think your interpretation of the bible is correct and true,,,, how can you know you have the right information

    “Read the book for yourself, call out to Jesus Christ with even a modicum of faith and wait and see what happens for yourself. God won’t let you down; He didn’t let me down.”

    You plead for me to accept your truth with no evidence. You’re wrong and have no evidence. Show me some of that and we can have a discussion

  18. Evidence, Myatheistlife?

    I merely stated that I think you should read the bible for yourself and give Jesus Christ a chance to make Himself real to you. Why on earth would I need to present evidence? You don’t have to accept my truth; I’m not wrong. I’m also not attempting to have a discussion or an argument about anything, short of answering whatever questions you’ve asked.

  19. @the warrioress
    As the first born of an evangelical pentecostal fundamentalist preacher, you can trust me that I’ve read it and gave the Jesus a chance. The Christian holy text does not provide salvation for those that do not proclaim the Jesus as their master. This seems obtuse to me. It’s a kind of logic that mocks any meaning that might be found in the words of the christ.

    We can all have opinions and idea and call them our own. Truth, on the other hand, is not something that can be different for each person, it is truth for all or it is not ‘truth’.

    My original question was in regard to the afterlife for those good people who had never heard of the christ at the time of their demise. This lead to other questions. It appears that you are believing your own personal interpretation of the book over the literal meaning or even that of learned scholars. This tends to portray the book as having no valid or trusted meaning. When the meaning can be whatever you want to think it is, there is no meaning in it.

    One can easily read the Christian holy text and come away feeling that misogyny and owning slaves is quite alright.

    When we use our own minds to make sense of the text we are applying our own moral judgement and judging the book’s value and meaning; that is to say that we value our own moral judgement above the morality professed in the holy text. This would seem to invalidate any morality therein. So when you say “… you should read the bible for yourself and give Jesus Christ a chance to make Himself real to you” I don’t understand what you think the end result will be. I’ve done that already and you are talking with the end result. Do you think a repeat effort would work out better, or that I would end up with a belief in the christ?

  20. No. I see this a lot and even in your last post myatheistlife. I think what she is saying is that because of your pentecostal/fundie background and all of the negative religious baggage that went with it and because you were barraged and brainwashed with it all those years, you never had an opportunity to meet the real Jesus Christ that she knows. You were buried in the carbonite slab with Han Solo.

    One of the oddest phenomena I have ever witnessed is observed by me in numerous people who leave one form or another of fundamentalism for atheism, agnosticism, cosmic muffin, or whatever. I observed it in your last post. It is an inability to shake off your religious upbringing. If I could sum it up, it sounds something like this:

    “Yes, fundamentalist doctrine, tradition, and Bible understanding are totally true and correct—and all other Christian traditions are false and wrong. And I now deny this total, absolute truth; turn my back on it; and walk away forever.”

    In other words, even though you have supposedly left the fold, Christian fundamentalism still has the same powerful grip on your mind, soul, and being that it has always had. “Yes, I thoroughly believe in right doctrine, but I hate it!!!

    It is so doggone weird—and I would wager that you can see absolutely zero of it in yourself when 99 other people see it plastered all over you like one of those 1930s walking sandwich signs.

    I think what Adrienne would like for you to do, and I think she is totally correct, is to consider that a great deal of that fundie doctrine that still has you bound in subconscious chains was—in fact—incorrect and reflected all of the rural ignorance and petty backwoods prejudices that gripped the minds of “simple people” in the late 19th century In other words, “A simple gospel, for simple people, with simple minds.”

    God is not simple because it takes the following to describe what he does, and even this is very minimalist. God is not simple. The Christian faith is not a simple gospel for simple people with simple minds and a simple Bible. To find the true Jesus, the one your pentacostal/fundie preachers never knew, takes long study, deep digging, and real effort that goes far beyond just reading the KJV lightly under a shade tree.

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