"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
- 1 John 1:9.
The Sunrise’s “Song for Ed" was written about someone who passed away from cancer. It poses the question, is this person going to heaven? How will he get there?
Philippians 3:20-21: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:”
“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
Believing that we each have our own personal truth is akin to what would be called “monism,” which is the idea that ‘god is everything’ and ‘everything is god.’ This is a view that there is no absolute truth, and a relative view of right and wrong.
As Christians, we believe that there IS absolute truth, and things that are right are right no matter what, and things that are wrong are wrong no matter what.
Also in our belief is the fact that for salvation, an individual absolutely needs to put his or her faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s chosen method to reconcile a fallen humanity back to himself.
This is shown by the Bible verse 1 John 2:2 - “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Propitiation means “the turning away of wrath by an offering.” Propitiation means “placating or satisfying the wrath of God by the atoning sacrifice of Christ.”
Jesus Christ was the sinless sacrifice that God required to be both Just and Merciful to a sinful humanity. So, that is the reason that Christians place faith in Jesus. He has lovingly given us a way to reconnect to God forever.
Hello. Although I appreciate the fact that you would be so careful with the semantic details, I am not at all ashamed of how this is phrased.
As a matter of fact, “free gift” is exactly what was meant here, and you have mistakenly interpreted this as a tautology.
In life, most gifts are given with some expectation of return - be it physical, emotional, monetary or otherwise. God does indeed give salvation to us freely, fully aware that we can not repay him for it. Hence a truly “free gift.”
Also, Jesus fulfilled those 300+ prophecies whether or not Matthew, Mark, Luke and / or John ever recorded them in writing.
Hello. An omnipotent God must know what is in every man’s heart, otherwise God is not omnipotent.
Man has the free will to make his own decisions regarding salvation. An omnipotent God is not surprised, and will know from the very start what decision each man will make.
Just because God knows who will accept or reject Jesus Christ does not affect each individual’s ability to accept or reject salvation.
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, watching this might make you want to commit your life to him right now. The next one could land on your head!!!