Sin and salvation

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Casual conversations, movies, television shows, comic cartoons all indicate that the popular concept of salvation seems to be this: When a person dies, God weighs the good deeds and the bad. If the good outweighs the bad, the person gets into heaven. If the bad outweighs the good, the person goes to hell. (Sometimes hell is not even in the picture.) In other words, human effort and work pave the road to either heaven or hell.

The Bible’s portrayal of salvation is entirely different. The Bible clearly teaches that all have sinned (Romans 3:23) and that the penalty for sin is eternal death. However, God by his grace has provided a way for sin to be forgiven, hell avoided and heaven gained. That way is faith in his Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).

Salvation, according to the Bible, is solely by grace and faith, not by human effort or works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Bible teaches that all human beings have chosen to sin, that is, to disobey God. The consequence of sin is eternal death. Persons are not capable of saving themselves from this plight. God, out of love for humankind, has provided salvation (John 3:16).

God’s gift of salvation is available through faith in his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. By his life and by his death on the cross, Jesus offers a way from eternal death to eternal life. That way is an expression of God’s grace. The way can be walked only by faith (Romans 5:1-2).

Although the Bible uses different word pictures to describe how Jesus provides salvation for lost humanity, in each case the message is clear: Salvation is available only through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation cost God the death of his only begotten Son. Salvation cost Jesus the humiliation, suffering and death by crucifixion on a cross for our sins. Sharing the message of salvation through the centuries has cost a multitude of faithful witnesses torture, imprisonment and death. Salvation also costs the person who responds by faith to God’s grace gift; it costs that person his or her old way of life, a death to self (Matthew 16:24-25).

Therefore, salvation ought never be considered lightly. To speak of salvation flippantly is to deny its vast significance.

shond's picture

Commerce between merchants

This is not spiritual. It is a description of a dry commerce agreement between merchants, you believe this and you get that, you do this and you will not get that. This is of course an imaginary system that mocks true intention and inner purity and nurtures self hypocrisy and deception at the end of the day because it is based on force and outer conditions.

Both portray God and Jesus as some miserable, single minded, limited, earthy clerks and as such ridicules them.

If this was the system, then certainly anyone who has passed the phase of childhood would have chosen to deny this salvation and prefer eternal death.

shond | Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:01
chris_2012's picture

your comment

Crores of people across the world do not think like you and they are privileged to have received this salvation. Some of them have done exploits for God and some are still doing so. So who is going to buy your version? Like you feel, it is better for you to deny this salvation and prefer eternal death. But don't preach this to others.

chris_2012 | Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:32
shond's picture

First you relied on

First you relied on second-hand hearsay (scriptures) than on your own experience and sense, now you rely on popularity rather to address the specific arguments I pointed out - the fact that millions of people across the world follow that give-take religious system does not mean that it is right, on the contrary, if you look at things followed by millions in history you will find that they were constantly wrong - millions supported and support wars blindly, millions of Christians supported the terrible crusades, millions of Muslims support the bloody Jihad, millions pollute the earth and bring its end, millions followed communism, millions supported Hitler and other fascist and dictatorial regimes, most of the population of the world follow the consumerism style of life buying products that they don't need, millions of millions treat others in a racist way and treat women as inferior. Shall I continue?

There is no substitute to self evaluation and inner sincerity that enquirers the validity of things, rejects blind following and admits when something is totally absurd. It is indeed more difficult when you don't have some ready-made dogma to rely on. You chose not address at all the absurdity of that commercial fear-based guilt-based relationship devoid of love and freedom that you impose on God, absurdity that I pointed out in my previous comment.

shond | Wed, 10/10/2012 - 13:04
chris_2012's picture

you are doomed for hell

You may not be knowing it, but you are doomed for hell. God bless you. I don't want to comment any further.

chris_2012 | Thu, 10/11/2012 - 10:32