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 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.
|“||John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
1 John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
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)
|“||Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
1 Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
A Way for All
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.
|“||John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Why is Repentance Needed?
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.
|“||Ephesians 2:2 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
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.
|“||Romans 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Isaiah 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain.
2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
Revelation 21: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
How to Repent
Salvation is through faith and repentance, through believing that Jesus is the Son of God and asking Him to forgive us of our sins.
|“||Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.||”|
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.
|“||Joel 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
11 And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
Repentance involves calling on the name of the Lord Jesus.
|“||Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.||”|
Jesus, God's Way to Salvation
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.
|“||John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 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.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
|“||Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
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.
|“||Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
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.
|“||Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Matthew 9:28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
This is the same way Abraham was originally justified, by trusting in the Lord.
|“||Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.||”|
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.
|“||Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.||”|
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.
|“||Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Galatians 5:13-14 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- 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)
|“||Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
John 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Colossians 1:12 ¶ Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
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.
|“||1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
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.
|“||1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Isaiah 59:16 ¶ And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
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.
|“||Ecclesiastes 9:4 ¶ For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.