Salvation

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The Way Up to Heaven. Painting by Munish Mehta.

Salvation is at its simplest a relationship with Jesus, the Son of God; acknowledging that He is the Son of God, recognizing He has the power to save us, and asking Him to save us. Those who acknowledge Jesus is the Son of God find God living in them, and them in God. (John 4:15) There is nothing we can to earn God's mercy available through Jesus, and Jesus did not come to save those who are good, but sinners. No one is good but God, we all need salvation. The more we have sinned, the more God loves us and offers us more mercy, but we must admit we have done wrong and want to change by the power available through Jesus in making us new. (Mt. 9:13; Lk. 7:47) Basically it's just admitting we've messed up, asking Jesus to save us, and acknowledging that as the Son of God He can make us new people who will stop doing evil.

Jesus Christ[edit | hide | hide all]

Jesus is the only-begotten Son of God the Father. He is the only way for us to be saved. There is no other way for us to reach God the Father and eternal life but by Jesus of Nazareth. No religion or system of good works can save us, only Jesus alone.

No Alternatives[edit | hide]

Neither Mary or any other being, human, angelic, or otherwise can serve as a bridge between us and God. Jesus, the only-begotten Son of God is the only way to God the Father. Jesus is the only Mediator and Intercessor between us and God, who is able to save us. There is not salvation in any other name. (Acts 4:12)

A Way for All[edit | hide]

It is not God's will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Jesus will not cast out any who come to Him in a right spirit. All who trust in Him, believing that He will save them, will be saved from their sins and the wrath of God to come. God's condemnation on the world will be that He sent Light into the world, His own Son, and the world rejected that perfect Light.

Repentance[edit | hide]

Why is Repentance Needed?[edit | hide]

God originally intended mankind to be good, but Satan, the head angel, led a rebellion against God the Father and His Son, Jesus. Through deception Satan tricked mankind into rebelling against God and has spent thousands of years perverting and corrupting humanity. All humanity is under the power of Satan and thus under the wrath of God.

Mankind is all entirely evil and needs to be changed. God will be bringing in new heavens and a new earth. Only those who are changed from doing evil to good will be able to enter. Since mankind has become, like Satan, a major source of evil, it cannot be allowed into God's coming new creation or it will simply corrupt it like it has this one. Unrepentant humans will simply continue harming one another and doing evil to others in that creation like they do in this one unless they are changed through the Gospel to stop doing evil.

How to Repent[edit | hide]

Salvation is through faith and repentance, through believing that Jesus is the Son of God and asking Him to forgive us of our sins.

To repent we must realize the depths of our evil and turn to God with all our hearts, with genuine sorrow and desire to obey and follow God. It means asking God for help, to save us, to make us new.

Repentance involves calling on the name of the Lord Jesus.

Jesus, God's Way to Salvation[edit | hide]

To save the world God the Father sent Jesus, His only Son, into the world to save us. Whoever believes in Jesus will not be destroyed with this wicked world but saved and have eternal life.

Thus we must be "born again" to enter into eternal life, in other words we must, by trusting in Jesus the Son of God and genuinely asking for His help, have our natures changed. We can only be saved by God's help; we have no power to save ourselves. It is a gift from God that He does not have to give, but generously offers. He makes us new creatures which do His will instead of our own, who do what is right rather than evil, who care about Him and other people rather than just our own selfish desires.

Faith[edit | hide]

Salvation is through faith and repentance, through believing that Jesus is the Son of God, capable of saving us, and asking Him to help us.

This is the same way Abraham was originally justified, by trusting in the Lord.

Not Works[edit | hide]

Salvation, per Ephesians 2:8-10, is by faith, not works. Nonetheless, Christians are created new creatures in Christ to do good works. Good works are the outward evidence of a saved soul. As Jesus said, you will know whether a tree is good or evil by the fruit it produces. Good people and good churches will do good things, just as bad people and bad churches will do bad things.

The Result[edit | hide]

All the law of God is summed up in two commandments: essentially love God with all you are, and love your neighbor as yourself. Love fulfills all God's laws because it does no harm to others. (Romans 13:10) People and churches which consistently harm others, as with Catholicism's abuse scandals, are not of God. Love does not use others for self-gratification but out of sacrifice serves them.

False Doctrines[edit | hide]

The Trinity[edit | hide]

See also Catholicism and Trinity

The Trinity is a false doctrine created at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. It declares that God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, are the same being, and that Jesus was never created, in contradiction to what the Scriptures clearly teach. Jesus said that His Father is greater than He is and describes Himself as "the beginning of the creation of God." While Jesus is clearly superior in authority and power to everyone but God the Father (Colossians 1:12-17), they are separate beings who should be worshiped and respected as individuals. The Trinity is a perversion of Jesus' teaching on oneness. Jesus prayed that we might be one with Him and God the Father in the same way they are with each other, by the spirits of God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit indwelling us. (John 17:20-23)

The doctrine of the Trinity keeps us from knowing God's true nature, and respecting and coming to God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, as they truly are. The doctrine of the Trinity disrespects both God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, by denying the very existence of Jesus as an individual Being; it is the spirit of antichrist.

Intercession[edit | hide]

The doctrine of intercession, that we must have Mary or dead saints intercede for us in order to reach Jesus or God the Father is false. Again, there is only one possible bridge between us and God, one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. The whole reason Jesus came in the first place was that there was no intercessor. Apart from Jesus, there is no intercessor possible who can intervene for us, and ask God to give us mercy.

Furthermore, it is plainly taught in the Scriptures that the dead have no impact on this life; they are awaiting the Final Judgment in a set place.