What Does The Bible Say About Salvation?

What Does The Bible Say About Salvation 200x300 What Does The Bible Say About Salvation?What does the Bible say about salvation?  That is a question that is on the minds of millions of people around the world even as you read this.  After all, if there is an afterlife and heaven actually exists, who wouldn't want to go there?  In fact, if eternal life is real, there is not a single issue of greater importance to every man, woman and child on earth.  Who would not give up everything that they own to live forever in paradise?  All over the world people perform all kinds of religious acts in hope that they will gain favor with God.  Some religious extremists even blow themselves up during suicide attacks, hoping that their "sacrifice" will enable them to get to paradise.  But are those really ways to get to heaven?  What does the Bible have to say?

The truth is that the plan of salvation described in the Bible is very simple.

It starts with God.

The Bible tells us that God created mankind and that He loves us very much.

In fact, God loves you more than you could ever imagine.  The Scriptures go on and on about how great the love of God is and about how deeply He cares for each one of us individually.

But there is a huge problem.

The problem is that humanity is in deep rebellion against God.

The truth is that humanity has rejected God and His laws.

Most people like to think of themselves as "good" people, but the truth is that we are not good.  Each one of us has broken God's laws over and over.  We are lawbreakers and criminals before God.  The Scriptures call us sinners.

Perhaps you think that you are a "good person" and that God should let you into heaven based on how good you are.

If that is what you believe, ask yourself this question:

Have you ever broken God's laws?

Posted below is a summary of the 10 Commandments.  Have you ever violated any of these?.....

#1) You shall have no other gods before Me. (Have you always loved God above everything else?)

#2) You shall not make yourself an idol. (Have you ever made a god in your mind that you are more comfortable with or ever worshipped anyone other than the God of the Bible?)

#3) You shall not take God's name in vain. (Have you ever used God's holy name as a cuss word?)

#4) Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. (Is there anyone alive who has kept this commandment perfectly?)

#5) Honor your father and mother. (Have you ever disrespected your father or your mother even one time?  If so, you have broken this commandment.)

#6) You shall not murder. (God considers hatred to be similar to murder).

#7) You shall not commit adultery. (Have you ever looked at a man or woman with lust in your heart?  That makes you guilty of breaking this commandment because in Matthew 5:27-28 Jesus said "Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart").

#8) You shall not steal. (Have you ever stolen anything? If so, that makes you a thief. The value of whatever you stole is irrelevant).

#9) You shall not lie. (Have you ever lied even once? If so, that makes you a liar).

#10) You shall not covet. (Have you ever jealously desired what belongs to someone else?)

The truth is that we are all guilty of violating the Ten Commandments.

We have all broken God's rules.

In fact, if we took an honest look at how guilty we truly are we would be horrified.

Take a moment and imagine this - one of the biggest television networks wants to do a huge 2 hour prime time special starring you.

Doesn't that sound great?

But instead of a two hour documentary about how wonderful you are, the network has discovered all of the most evil and horrible things that you have ever thought, said or did and they are going to broadcast them to millions of people all over the world for two hours during prime time.

What would you do if that happened?

The reality is that whoever that happened to would want to run away and never show their face to anyone ever again.

Why?

Because we have all done, said and thought things that are unspeakably evil.

We are sinners in the eyes of God, just as the Scriptures tell us.....

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

We were created to have fellowship with God, but we chose to reject God and we all have repeatedly broken His laws.  When we broke God's commandments, our fellowship with God was broken. By breaking God's commandments we decided that our will would be done instead of God's will.  This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

The Scriptures tell us that as a result of that sin we are separated from God.....

"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).

So what can be done about this separation from God?

Why doesn't God just forget about it?

Well, the truth is that God cannot just sweep our evil under the rug.  If God did that, He would cease to be just.

There is a penalty for evil, and because God is just, that penalty must be paid.

Fortunately, Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins by dying for us on the cross as the Scriptures say.....

"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

Jesus Christ died in our place.

Being fully man, Jesus could die for the sins of mankind.

Being fully God, Jesus could die for an infinite amount of sins.

Jesus paid the penalty for your sins and my sins so that fellowship with God could be restored.

Not only that, but Jesus proved that He is the Son of God by rising from the dead.....

"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

You see, if there was any other way for us to be reconciled to God, Jesus would not have had to die on the cross.  He could have just told us to follow one of the other ways to get to heaven.  But there was no other way.  The death of Jesus on the cross is the only payment for our sins and He is the only way that we are going to get to heaven. In the Scriptures, Jesus put it this way.....

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'" (John 14:6).

But it is not enough just for you to know these things.

The Scriptures tell us that we must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord - then we can have our sins forgiven and experience eternal life.....

"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12).

So just how does a person receive Christ?

It is actually very simple.

A person receives Christ through faith just as the Scriptures tell us.....

"By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

The Scriptures also tell us that if we invite Jesus into our lives by faith He will most certainly come in.....

[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20).

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from our sin (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be.  Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.

If you are ready to invite Jesus Christ into your life, you can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer.

The reality is that God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your exact words as He is with the attitude of your heart.

If you are ready to invite Jesus Christ into your life you can do it right now.

The following is a suggested prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?

If it does, we invite you to pray this prayer right now and Jesus will come into your life, as He promised.

If you do invite Jesus Christ to come into your life, you can have 100 percent certainty that you have become a Christian and that you will go to heaven when you die.  In 1 John 5:11-13, the Scriptures tell us the following.....

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Do you understand what that means?

You can know that you have eternal life.

The Bible says that if you have invited Jesus Christ into your life, your sins are forgiven and you now have eternal life.

What could be better than that?

But your journey is not done.

In fact, it is just beginning.

The Christian life is not easy - especially if you try to go it alone.

There are four keys to growth for any Christian.....

#1) The Bible - If you do not have a Bible you will need to get one and read it every day.  It is God's instruction book for your life.

#2) Prayer - Prayer is just talking with God.  God wants to hear from you and He will change your life as you pray to Him with humility and sincerity.

#3) Fellowship - The Scriptures tell us that we all need each other.  Find a fellowship of local Christians that believe the Bible and love one another.  They will help you grow.

#4) Witnessing - Tell others about the new life that you have found in Jesus Christ.  Helping even one person find eternal life is of more value than anything else you could accomplish in this world.

If you have any questions about what the Bible says about salvation, please post them below.  We welcome your comments and questions.....

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  • http://willisays.com Willis Whitlock

    I’m not clear what you mean by salvation.

    Is salvation forgiveness of sin?

    Is salvation the same as resurrection?

    Is salvation eternal life?

    You seem to suggest each of these in your post. I just want to clarify. Is salvation, in your view, each of these or are they all the same thing?

  • Admin

    Willis:

    Salvation includes all of those things.

    When a person is saved, their sins are forgiven, they do receive eternal life and they will be bodily resurrected one day.

    Sin is the fundamental problem of mankind.

    The death of Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah on the cross paid the penalty for our sins.

    If we are willing to receive that free gift, God will forgive our sins and will give us everything that goes along with being a child of God.

  • http://willisays.com Willis Whitlock

    Thanks for your response.

    Are you saying that only the saved will be resurrected?

    1 Corinthians 15:22 indicates that all will be resurrected through Jesus Christ. That’s were I’m not sure of your meaning. It seems that all will be resurrected but not all will receive eternal life.

  • Admin

    Willis:

    The Scriptures tell us that all will be resurrected but that not everyone will share the same destiny.

    Jesus said this in John 5:28-29….

    “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”

  • keith long

    can you lose your salvation by doing wrong in the eyes of God.Is there like a three strike rule?Once we are saved do we still do battle against the devil or just our flesh?I heard in church that once saved always saved and oncew saved the battle is won and the devil has no effect on you just your flesh

    • Amy

      Read John 3. You HAVE to be born again(saved) in order to go to heaven. And no, that statement of “Once saved, always saved” is a lie from the devil. I would know, because I was a backslider once, but luckily I found my way back to Christ – Being and staying saved is not easy. It’s a narrow road that you have to STAY on until the day you die. Otherwise you will not make it to heaven. Pray on it & read your bible :) God bless xx

      • thebestofall007

        you mention having to be born again and you are correct. you also say you were a backslider that found the way back to Jesus, AND I CONGRATULATE YOU, SISTER.

        But where you are wrong, friend, is in your “once saved, always saved” statements, saying that one can “lose their salvation”. The “one has to stay saved” heresy is right out of the lordship salvationist, charismatic, assembly of god, church of christ heresy handbook. You dont have to “stay saved”, any more than you have to “stay a son or a daughter” to parents. Tell me something: is it possible for you to lose your sonship or daughtership, or have to “stay your parent’s son or daughter”? NO! ONCE BORN ALWAYS BORN! Likewise with the spiritual birth! Yes, we sin, because of the sin nature (which will ALWAYS be there ON OUR BUTT DOGGING US as long as we live in this corrupt world and have a devil running around!), and we are going to go up, down, left, right, forward, backward, EVERYWHERE. But if we are truly HIS and born again, he CHASTENS US when we do go the wrong way THE WAY A LOVING FATHER WOULD (Hebrews 12:5-6) because he loves us and ALLOWS U-TURNS. It is the HOLY SPIRIT that does the chastising, as well as the guiding, comforting, leading us, but WE ARE HIS WHEN WE ACCEPT THE GIFT AND HE WILL NOT LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US (Hebrews 13:5, KJV). God doesn’t expect us to know how to walk immediately after we are saved, just as you don’t expect a baby to know how to walk when it is born. To say that you have to “stay saved” IS LIKE TELLING JESUS THAT HIS FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS WASN’T ENOUGH to pay for your sins and you would have to keep adding more works to it to make it valid. THAT WOULD BE AN INSULT to him! It was more than enough, friend, to pay for your sins, sins of the past, present, and future. We GROW IN GRACE and we ADD NO WORKS. It is true that man looks on the outward appearance, and that is one good reason to GLORIFY JESUS OUR LORD, but NOT in order TO STAY SAVED.

        • Justin Case

          Thanks for that. That is helpful and a relief. Common sense/the Holy spirit tells me that God doesn’t want us to live in fear of losing our salvation due to our imperfect and sinful nature. But instead tells me that since we are his children as long as we keep seeking him and trying, we will make it.

  • Tommy Lee

    if you truly believe in the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ you can’t loose your salvation.

    read John 6:38-40; 1 Corinthians 3 10-15

    John 6:38-39

    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.

    1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (King James Version)

    10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

    11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

    13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

    14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

    15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

    Hebrews 10:9-12 (King James Version)

    9Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

    10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

    11And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

    12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

    • thebestofall007

      WELL SAID!

  • http://jimeggy@comcast.net j edwards

    Why no answer to keith long almost four months ago? I, too would ask the same question. Many evangelicals seem to believe just believing and saying this one pray and you are in. I believe that is a bit arrogant. To believe you are in no matter what you do with the rest of your life. Especially if you commit serious sin and do not repent of it. I believe you can lose your salvation if this occurs.

    • Justin Case

      If you are willingly committing “serious sins” and refusing to repent, you were probably not saved to begin with. It’s never just a matter “saying the prayer” You really have to mean it. And God knows when you do.

  • Kira Derocher

    Hey! I agree with you j edwards. To believe in God is the same as having faith and the faith is what makes us a child of God. Many can get touched with his spirit but to become his we have to step out in faith and that is what receiving him as our lord and savior is. Many of God’s people do however go astray and do works of the flesh and not the spirit of God in them from their faith but those people I cannot answer for what will happen. God did say if we are truly sorry for our sins in our heart then he will forgive us and that is one thing to remember but to be truly sorry is to have a act of repentance of that sin. Their are many scriptures backing up different stuff but I know for certain that to receive the gift of salvation is from our faith in him.

  • Kira Derocher

    Last time I checked that prayer up their to receiving god back into your life means nothing if you didn’t do it from your heart and if you did if from your heart then you would repent from your sins and ask for forgiveness after it. Receiving Christ is about faith and it isn’t just by feeling him once or saying the prayer but it’s about moving forward with it. After feeling God we would have faith by repenting of sins and coming to him.

  • Brett Andrews

    Always strikes me as odd. When they asked Peter, “What must we do to be saved,” he said, “Repent & be baptized every one of you…” (Acts 2:38); 8 other times in Acts when people receive salvation, they are baptized. Not once is anyone told to pray a prayer. No “salvation prayer” is ever recorded in Scripture. Yet, when you describe receiving salvation, you give a prayer that’s not in the Bible, and you neglect the action that the apostles directed and Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). Why do you ignore what’s in the Bible and add what’s not?

    • http://www.twitter.com/EmissaryNChains Trave’

      Late bloomer to this thread, however i liked your response. I believe the reason there is such a thing as a “salvation prayer” is to answer the door in which Jesus knocks (Rev 3:20), inviting Him into our hearts. We know that we can do nothing without the help of the Holy Spirit, so with this prayer it deposits in us the ability to repent of our sins, so that we may walk with the Father in faith. However, I could be wrong! May you continue to be a blessing in all the days of your life.

  • Chris

    I’m gay. Am I going to hell? :( I’ve accepted Jesus into my life.

    • Luis

      That depends, is your conversion genuine? Have you repented of every known sin? Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins? Do you want to obey God? Have you tried to correct as far as possible all known wrongs? Are you abiding in Him every day through prayer and Bible study so you can learn His will for your life? Do you feel motivated to share your new faith with others?

      If you answered yes to all those questions, then the answer is probably YES! Congratulations and welcome to the family of God!

      Remember, Jesus said “if you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). The Bible has nothing good to say about homosexuality:

      * Gen. 13:13
      * Lev. 18:22, 20:13
      * Rom. 1:24-32
      * I Cor. 6:9-10

      God expects you to abandon this practice. If you refuse, then God have mercy on you:

      “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” Hebrews 10:26-27

      No doubt you have heard we are saved by grace and grace alone. This is true! But this does not mean the law of God can be laid aside. The death of God’s dear Son on the cross of Calvary is proof of that. Our obedience does not earn us salvation, only the righteousness of Christ can do that. But we still need to obey Him.

      Know this also- Jesus died on the cross as an atonement for our sins. He gives us His Holy Spirit to save us “from” our sins, not to save us “in” our sins. He told the woman caught in adultery to “go and sin no more” (John 8:11). This command applies to all of us. I hope and pray you will choose wisely my friend!

    • Barb

      Thank you Luis! You give great, biblically-accurate, compassionate responses. God bless you!

    • WM

      Heres a question…. Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen something? Have you ever looked upon another person with lust in your heart? If so, then you have broken God’s law. Your homosexuality is also an abomination in the eyes of the Lord. You say you have recieved Christ. Have you ever repented? This is the first step in recieving Christ, it is more than just saying a prayer. When true repentance happens, then you will be born again, and your homosexuality will be “removed”.

      Repent (turn from your sins), and turn to the Savior and get the “mind of Christ” and you will be set free from homosexuality. Not to sound harsh, but if you continue to practice the homosexual lifestyle, then you have not truly repented. The scriptures say that no homosexual will enter the kingdom of God.

      Peace to you

  • http://Salvation M

    Hello, can someone help me? My 18 year old son died in a car wreck a couple of weeks ago. He was brought up learning about The Trinity but I think I failed in my teaching or did not talk about it enough. My mother died from lung cancer when he was 12 and he later said that someone told him that if he prayed hard enough, that she wouldn’t die. He said that he was agnostic and believed there was “something” but that it wasn’t the God that he had always been taught about. The day after his funeral, some missionaries stopped by and asked for him. They said that one week earlier (on the day that he died), that he had sat outside with them and told them the story of how he had lost his faith. He said he wanted to get his faith back but didn’t know how. They invite him to church and he said he would try to come. My question is this: is the desire to have faith enough for salvation? Is there an age of accountability? The God that I know would not let something happen to someone who was trying to get back to him. Can someone help me? Thank you.

    • Chris

      I am so sorry to hear about your son. I cannot imagine the struggle you are going through. I do not have the authority to answer your questions directly; only the Lord has this authority.

      However, what I can tell you is that God is both omniscient (all-knowing) and eternal (He has always existed). Therefore, you may still pray retrospectively for your son’s salvation. God will have “heard” your prayers while your son was still alive. This is because He knows everything, and will have known that you were going to pray – so He can answer your future prayers while your son was still living. I hope I am explaining this adequately. I am praying for you and your son and I wish you the best – please keep your faith in God despite this tragedy, and continue to pray for your son’s spirit. God bless you.

      -Chris

    • Luis

      Dear M, before your son died:

      - He said he wanted to get his faith back
      - Missionaries show up
      - He expressed a willingness to go to church

      The Lord was definitely working on your son before he died! You know about his conversation with the missionaries, but what you don’t know about is his conversation with the Lord on that fateful day. Jesus paid the ultimate price for your son- He shed his blood on the cross for him. With that in mind, can you believe the Holy Spirit did not strive in a mighty way with him right before he died? It’s unthinkable. Remember, your son was moving towards the Lord on that day… be at peace!

  • jacob

    there is no guarantee of salvation.Once saved always saved is a false doctrine and a doctrine of demons.There is a lady named victoria nehale that wrote a book called a friendly reminder time is running out that says she thought she was born again and saved because she accepted jesus,then jesus told her she is going to hell because she didn`t repent of two sins.One she had unforgiveness and resentment to one of her female cousins who did something wrong to her and the other sin forging a false teaching certificate to get a teaching job.She had to repent for both sins to avoid going to hell.Then she told of a very godly woman who loved the LORD and was a faithfull servant in most ways,but she went to hell because she was getting someone to steal medicine for her from the hospital.After hearing testimonies like this I don`t think it is easy getting to heaven.Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.A book called baptized by blazing fire volume 2, God says people who receive Jesus without sincerity go to hell.This is not fair.I am afraid to die.A caller on a radio show said he tells you to love your enemies,but he don`t love his enemies.Lake of fire, everlasting torture and torment and pain it is not fair.I know somebody will say he is GOD he can do anything he wants.Maybe people are a threat to him like the fallen angels in the spirit world and he has to condemn them.

    • WM

      “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” 1 John 5:13

      ” He that has the Son has life, he who has not the Son, has NOT life” 1 John 5:12

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

      I could go on and on. This is a gaurantee of salvation. Jesus either saved us or he did not. If you say he made a way for us to be saved, but we can do more “good” works to get to Heaven, then you are mistaken.

      “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast” Ephesians 2:8-9

      Yes we need to repent from our sins, but scripture is very clear that we are being made into the image of Christ ( santification) here on earth, and we will not truly be free of sinning. The important part is how God views us. If you have repented, turned to Christ and asked him to change your heart and be your Lord AND Savior, then you will be born again and have eternal life. God looks at us through Christ, and we obtain the righteousness of Christ based on what he dod for us. Christians works will determine our rewards, but if we are truly born again, we WILL have eternal life in Heaven and be saved from Hell.

      I hope this helps.

      • Payton

        You said that the Bible is very clear that Christians will not be truly free of sinning. Where does it say that? Please help.

  • Mrs. Brown

    Always judge your life by the Bible. The Bible states that homosexuality is a sin. We must remember that God is coming back for a church with no spot or blemish. There is no degrees. All lead to the wages of death. No sin is entering into Heaven. If you are save make sure you have God’s spirit because the Holy Spirit gives you power to fight any temptation and it will change you desires and heart. Being a good person is not enough to make it into heaven. When God returns he is only coming back for those who has his spirit and is living Holy. Once again, judge all deeds by the Word. Everything in the world is going to perish but the word of God. Seek God for repentance and ask him to come into your heart. Accept him as your lord and saviour. Most all He Loves You very much!!! He wants to see us make it in Heaven more than we know. He is concern about our souls when we wasn’t concern.

  • Brian

    I have a question I have recinty recommited my Life to Jesus what does The Bible say about that

    • Admin

      Brian:

      The Bible says that your sins have been forgiven and you have been given eternal life!

      Isn’t that great news?

      Now tell others how they can find eternal life through Jesus Christ. :)

      Michae

  • Victor

    Hey guys, my opinion is to read and study the bible. The bible never contridicts its self that one, the bible doesn’t lie, the bible is a book written by God’s servants who were inspired by God, which means God basicly wrote the book. So having this in mind. For example: and im not saying this is in the bible, but if the bible says the sky is green, why would you say the sky is blue?. So please follow the bible. Now that we have that settle let’s think about how to study the bible, first of all you have to not take verses from chapters and have that explain your question. READ THE ENTIRE CHAPTER AND THEN MAKE YOUR CONCLUSION. there is times when people just take one verse and call it a day, when that verse signifys something else.

  • Victor

    Secondly write thoughts down and verses down (AFTER READING THE CHAPTER PLEASE) and write them in your own words using a bible dictionary/thesaurus, to know the meaning of certain words. Try going verse by verse, for example: lets use “Romans” because its one of the most important books in the bible. You simply Write on the top “Book of Romans” and write on the first line romans 1(one)verse 1 (one,)then read Roman 1:1, then write the verse “IN YOUR OWN WORDS” and write what you think it means underneath it “IN YOUR OWN WORDS”. Write in your own words because by doing this you can understand what the bible means in your own words.

  • Victor

    I should of probably told you this first,Try to use a version of the bible that does have much old language, for example: New Century Version (NCV) this version is what i used because i have compared bible to bible (in case you says that some bible have different usage of words which can completely change the meaning of a verse.)Well NO, i have compared and see not much difference between King James Version KJV, or the reina valeria version those who know spanish and etc. I think if you go verse by verse and if people do this more often there shouldnt be no confusion on what the bible says.

  • hbk

    I have a friend or had a friend that killed himself two years ago due to very bad depression. It had rattleld my own faith and I question what God is all about everyday. Before he died I was closer to God because I felt like I was given a second chance at living after my depression and other things. I go back and forth constantly about what I believe. I worry that God will not forgive me. When I pray I do not know if it is because it was the way I was brought up and am doing it like a machine hoping that I won’t go to hell/ Or am I sincere and truly believe. How do you know when you are sincere when talking with God. it sounds stupid but I do fear going to hell. I just do not want to say the words but truly believe. It bothers me not knowing what God says about this. Any ideas?

    • http://www.twitter.com/EmissaryNChains Trave’

      I can truly understand where you are, and know that God has a way to order our steps so that He may receive the Glory!! By His word we know that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy that which the Father has made. WE know that we receive the gift and belief in Him through faith. As you communicate with Him, you have to believe by faith that HE hears your cry. Don’t be deceived. In His word, we have already been forgiven, again by faith! Treat your prayer life as you would a relationship, however believing that it is the most important relationship you could ever have. Don’t schedule time with Him, just spend time with Him. Don’t seek after Him, because of fear, though His word says fear the Lord, but seek Him, because of His awesome Love! As you read these words, I know that God see where you are, and by His word His peace is with you! By faith Believe.

    • keith johnson

      the Bible has a story where some one cries out to God “I believe, help my unbelief” I think that verse sums it up. We all stuggle with what is going to happen. No matter what happens God judges you. He judges you as someone who loves you, who gave all to save you, to get you to heaven. “He gave His son that none should perish but have eternal life.” “Jesus came to Earth to save not to condemn”. there are alot of scripture that talks about what God is willing to do. So trust that God is not petty or unjust, but has a desire to help you get to heaven, not delay you or stop you

  • linda

    do you think Jesus when he come to this world he will stay christian and not just Jesus he will come to this world theres another Messenger his name Mahdi and jesus he will be muslim … if you not believe that go to read the Quran

    • http://virtualprosperity.com Curtis

      If we speak of messengers, well, Jesus is the only one in history to die after hours of torture and be resurrected, being witnessed by several hundred people, and then visually ascending up into the heavens.
      All other prophets and messengers still have bones in the ground.

      This is what gives Jesus the right to forgive sins, and forget the sins once you ask for forgiveness (very important). I did a semester of world religions and know the basic principles of the Quran, which has many similarities to the Bible. Although pleasant, focusing on one’s self for enlightenment will help your feelings, but death will come eventually,
      therefore focusing on the eternal teachings of Christ is an on-going relationship that reaches deeper than your “self”(body and mind), to your spirit which is eternal.

  • Kristna

    I don’t have a bible. Where can i get one, how much might it cost, and which bible exactly are you talking about in which I should get? I really want to get the right one. Please help me, thank you so much.

  • jimmy

    the word of God is clear…we are saved by grace through faith…grace is available to us through the faith of Christ that has been given to us…and we must by faith accept this gift and live by the faith of the son of God Jesus Christ…just as faith brings us into salvation it is unbelief that cuts us off…this was the case with Israel in the wilderness as well…and the new testament teaches us that we must continue in the faith in order to receive the end of our faith which is the salvation of our souls…this is where the enemy attacks us at…our faith…if he can get us to abandon the faith then he has us…Satan knows the power of faith and what faith can do…Jesus tells us that we must endure unto the end…the new testament is very clear on this subject…and just as Israel was cut off so can a Christian be cut off according to Romans chapter 11…but also just as a believer is cut off by unbelief so can he or she be grafted in again by faith…just as Israel will one day be grafted in again as a nation…this is why it is so important to continue in the faith and not be moved away from it as Colossians 1 teaches…as well as many other new testament passages teach as well…keep the faith in Jesus name!

  • Matthew

    I want to be a good person, a good christian but i feel like im not good enough to be loved by god or jesus. The fact is i know there is a god and that jesus died for my sins and i really honestly think ive let jesus into my life im scared i dont know if im doing enough, if im going to be saved. I suffer from several mental disorders and many people have givin up onme in my 21 years of life and im afraid that since i can never be perfect god wont forgive me or wont accept me into heaven idk I feel stupid saying this but im just so unsure and worried im afraid that god will hate me because so many people do idk i pray almost everynight and i try to be good but i just cant stop sinning and it bothers me i hate that i cant be perfect for god.

    • Admin

      Matthew:

      None of us are perfect and God will forgive all of us.

      It is good that you are aware of your sin. Jesus paid for your sins on the cross, and if you will invite Him into your life your sins will be forgiven and you will be given eternal life.

      1 John 5:11-13

    • Jeni

      Matthew-
      Nobody deserves to go to heaven. Not one of us! I see the fact that you feel that way as a good thing. If you felt like you were good enough or did deserve God’s gifts, that would be a problem.

      James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

      Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

      There are SO MANY verses that talk about how we need to feel exactly how you are feeling.

      Now, your only job is to cry out to God admitting to Him that you are not worthy, asking Him to reveal Himself to you and heal you from your pain and sinful nature. Seek Him above all else (which takes endurance, patience, faith, and which none of us have enough of in our own strength). All of which we need A LOT of and can only receive through His power and Grace

      We don’t need anyone to tell us the way we should walk. It is all there for you and the power to keep on is given to us by the Holy Spirit. The narrow way is a journey to Him, which He will reveal to you as you cry out to Him for His mercy. He will take you through everything needed if you just trust Him and allow Him to work in your life.

      Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
            And lean not on your own understanding;
             In all your ways acknowledge Him,
            And He shall direct your paths

    • M

      Dear Matthew,

      Don’t ever give up. This is a feeling that you have and feelings cannot always be trusted. I have felt the same way many times and still struggle with it today, which is how I found this discussion board and this post. Maybe the source of feeling like we can truly be forgiven every single day is by really building faith in how great and powerful Jesus really is. If we can understand the depth of his importance and really believe in him then we can trust that what he says is true. That we can go to the father through him and through his sacrifice of his own life for us. Simple human beings in turn for Jesus’ life. That’s love right there. Feel the love and follow his love and don’t ever give up on him. He has not given up on us.

    • http://virtualprosperity.com Curtis

      Matthew,
      You have a sincere heart and you should count your desire as proof of God in your life. Also, it’s impossible for God to hate you.
      Try and picture him as a father that has several children with unconditional love for all of them. Now picture yourself dealing with your children when they misbehave. It’s safe to say you won’t kill your son or daughter for cussing or for anything for that matter.
      Just like God won’t send us to hell for simply not doing good enough. Nothing can separate you from eternal life and His Love. The only unforgivable sin is publicly denouncing Jesus as the Son of God. So your good, no worries. One more important thing is, God picks the worst off people to be closest to Him.
      Many are called but few are chosen, and it’s very possible you are close to breakthrough miracles. Others will see this and so can begin your closer relationship with Jesus. Its a progressive thing with the holy spirit guiding you along the way.
      Be blessed brother!!

  • Connie

    Matthew:
    I won’t give up on you. I don’t hate you. I am honored to call you “brother”.

    P.S. I, too, sometimes feel the same way. I think it may be because we are human. But then I remember: God made us; He understands us. We are “adorable” to Him-truly.

  • krystal

    Hi,

    Is there a scripture in the Bible, that states that we all can have salvation?

    Thank You!!!

    • Admin

      Krystal:

      There are scriptures that say that God wants everyone to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth….

      1 Timothy 2:3-4 and 2 Peter 3:9

      But each one of us has the choice whether we are going to follow God or not.

      Michael

  • john adams

    There are many good People which are not christian.
    Why there sin of not knowing or believing in Jesus
    as God is forgiven? Christians post your certificate of going into heaven ? if you are truthfull

  • Daniel

    What does the bible mean in hebrews 10:26 when it says there is no sacrafice left for sins committed willingly after knowing the truth?
    I hope this isnt as cut and dry as it sounds.
    I claim to be a Christian saved by grace and washed in the blood of Christ, but I know for a fact that I have and continue to sin willingly,
    probably on a daily basis. Temptation is everywhere.Who among you reading this can honestly say, that you yourselves dont sometimes knowingly commit sin? This sounds about the same as when Christ told the adulterous woman to “go and sin no more”. Does anyone out there know anyone who has accepted Chris and then gone on to live a perfect sin free life? These verses are very confusing, even for someone that studies the bible regularly, much less a young Christian.

  • M

    I am a young believer too and have not been studying the bible for very long but have been studying it with a very good bible teacher. When I have read the bible on my own I have really wondered the same thing about many verses that I was pretty frightened of when I did not understand them. Then when I started to read with my bible instructor and he would break every verse down and illustrate the context and the weight of each verse I was able to see that many things are not cut and dry. For example, I don’t remember which verse, but the bible says something about hating your own family and hating yourself if you want to love God. Sorry if I did not get that perfect. Anyway, !f I had read that on my own, with a cut and dry understanding, I would have been very alarmed! Afterall, aren’t we not supposed to hate? Aren’t we supposed to honor our parents and love our neighbor? But when my bible instructor explained it to me he said it was more about contrast. It was not saying to hate your family. It was simply saying extremely love God so much and love him first so that in contrast it could appear to hate your family and yourself. So I think not loving your family any less at the level it already is, just make sure you increase your love for God even more. God wants us to love our family. Hope this made some sense and I’m sorry if I confused anyone but I am trying to reach out as a fairly new Christian! :)

  • M

    Oh another thing to add to that passage about things not being cut and dry.. Alternatively, it maybe not so much about creating a vast difference between the love for family and the love for God because what if you love both immensely? Maybe this passage was more of the fact of mainly putting God first. Just the act of putting God first before family and yourself may appear as rejecting to the world we live in. So this is a possible reason to explain the meaning of the words involving hate in this passage that I can’t imagine to be cut and dry.

  • Ray

    Hi. I am 17. I am struggling with a few things. My church family has been going through major problems. & my family has too. While all this has gone on, & before, I have drifted away from God. I went to a friends church tonight & the passage made me cry. He was talking about salvation & if we were going to heaven or hell. I believe in the Lord with all my heart but sometimes I drift away & it’s to hard to find my way back. My question is, once you’ve been saved once & except God in your heart & drift away from him, can you ask him to come again? Or is it wrong? People are telling me you can only except God into your heart once & not again. But I keep drifting away & I want to change that by asking him to come back. Please help me.
    Thank you.

    • Admin

      Ray:

      The Bible says that you can know if you have eternal life or not. The following comes from 1 John 5:11-13….

      And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

      If you have asked Jesus into your life, He is there. You are born again and you have been given eternal life.

      Many young Christians have doubts like this. But you can trust what the Word of God says. God never goes back on His Word.

      Michael

  • Lynn

    I have religious OCD with intrusive thoughts which is a mental illness.Any advise?i feel so bad as if God will not forgive me because it causes me to have bad thoughts about God since its something I fear of doing because OCD is a anxiety disorder.Will God forgive me I don’t want to think these things and don’t believe them but it’s hard to believe He loves and forgives me :-(

    • logosIHS

      Just a case of scrupulosity. Don’t worry…applying modern psychology to it won’t help, it will only make you feel worse. Don’t feed into the system that wants to classify certain personalities as “disorders.”

      There is certainly help. Speaking from the Catholic Church, I can attest to all the great saints who suffered from scrupulosity. Stay with your convictions, but don’t be too hard on yourself. First, seek spiritual direction. I am hardly an authority.

  • Jamie

    I was told that even once we accept god into our lives and ask for forgiveness of our sins when we die we will still have to answer for these sins. Now I know when we die God will judge us for our sins on earth but my understanding of the scripture was that if we have accepted God and asked for forgiveness then Jesus will answer for us and stand will us in our judgement. This other person (who was raised in the church…I was not I have committed my life to god but still am learning daily) that once judged god will make you pay for your sins before allowing you to enter heaven. Also they said something about this will be how God decided what job you will have in heaven. Please help me understand this…is it true?

    • Admin

      Jamie:

      Jesus paid the penalty for all of our sins on the cross. No additional payment needs to be made.

      If we asked Jesus to come into our lives, all of our sins have been wiped clean.

      Yes, it is hard to understand that salvation is a free gift, but it cost Jesus everything.

      However, God will judge our works once we get to heaven. There will be no punishment, but those that have done many good works will receive a great reward and those believers that have done very few good works will receive a very small reward.

      Does that make sense?

  • Edward L

    you said that if we ask for forgiveness of our sins and we are sincere about it they will be forgiven if i read it correctly. well since we are human and are going to continue to sin until we die, if you keep committing the same sins but are trying genuinely to not commit them again are we still forgiven? an example being a sin i have more awareness of repeating is i have reoccuring lustful thoughts. when i realize i am having them i try and repress them. since i keep committing this sin or any other sin that i may be repeating, since i try to keep from committing them over and over but perform them anyway are they still forgiven?

    • Admin

      Edward:

      All of our sins are forgiven by God – past, present and future.

      But when we sin after we have become a Christian we are hurting ourselves and we are disrupting our fellowship with God.

      For example, if you cuss out your father he is still your father, right? But your fellowship with him may be hurt.

      So just like you would need to confess you were wrong to your earthly father, you will also need to confess your sins to your heavenly Father in order to restore your fellowship with Him.

  • Dylan

    Edward: I have my struggles with sin as well I do what I very well cant help and I hate it im 19 so of course the big one is lust I was worrying as well heck I still do I wont lie but god knows we need help he sees our motives he leaves no one who desires him behind faith is the ultimate weapon against sin as well as prayer god will help you overcome its not by our own effort we are saved remember that just live to love and always keep god number 1 and never stop praying! God Bless!

  • Pam

    And we cannot forget this one thing: People in general want to look at only the ten commandments, but there are more than ten. And if we broke one, we are guilty of breaking them all. Moses was a clear example of that when he came off the mountain and threw the tables of stone down, he broke them all symbolically speaking at one time, thus showing none of us could keep the law, but there is one law we can keep. Christ fulfilled the law of righteousness. Our faith in Him and what he did for us at the cross is what brings us to salvation. First, we must hear the word preached. Then it must convict our heart, we realize we’re a sinner. then we come to an altar of repentance, and this can be on a railroad track, a cornfield, at church, or anywhere we bow our heart to God and repent. We can only do this when we are under conviction and the spirit says to come. Then when we do, Christ comes into our soul, washes away our sins and makes it as though we never sinned. So then when we do in the future after we’ve been saved, God sees the blood Christ applied to our soul, and he sees it being pure. We will continue to sin in the flesh till the day we die, but praise God, Satan doesnt’ know where our soul is and it will never sin, because the seed in us, spoken of by John is hid away in Christ and cannot sin because it is born of God. When put this way, it’s so simple a child can understand. The problem is this: Man injects their ideas into the equation and makes a mess of it. Then with all the people telling their theories etc complicates it more. Remember this: Any one wanting to be right with God, he will make a way. He put the jam on the bottom shelf for the kids.

  • Zheng

    is it possible to lose salvation? What if a person becomes christian but then keeps sinning and sinning and backslides?

  • kyle

    I have a question about this verse:

    “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” Hebrews 10:26-27

    So this says if we do a sin after we learn that what we are doing is a sin then we won’t be forgiven? But being the unholy sinners we all are everyone would sin after learning of certain sins. So are we forgiven much thanks.

  • Gary2

    I have never coveted my neighbors man servant so I have not broke that one.

    Michael-please direct all the people who simply want to quote bible verses to each other to this site. They can quote away to their hearts content. They have no place on an economic collapse type blog.

    • Admin

      Gary I am so glad to see you popped up on this site.

      Hopefully you will visit this site often. :)

      Michael

  • http://WhatdoestheBiblesayabout? Kelly

    I just want to express my beliefs on salvation. When I was nine years old, I spent the night with a friend at her house. Her mother was sitting up reading the Bible. My friend and I started talking to her about the Bible and God’s love for us. Later that night, I was on my knees with my friends mother at my side, praying to God and accepting Jesus into my heart. I believe I was saved that night. Throughout my life however, I have sinned and unfortunately continue to sin. I have had times of despair when I have been on my knees begging for God to take away these feelings of pain and sadness. I have had times of joy where I am rejoicing to God and thanking him for my many blessings. Then throughout the years (for I am now 47) there have been times, when I have not turned to God. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in God or the fact that Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins, I have always believed that. These were just times, when I kind of “forgot about God.” Now if I had died during these times in my life that I wasn’t praying, wasn’t walking in his word, would I have still gone to heaven? I like to think so, but I do not know for sure. I can say, that when I am talking to God daily, and trying to walk in his word, I feel “safer” that if I die, I will go to heaven. Even though I was saved all of those years ago, I believe you have to daily make a choice to choose God. I believe, that even though you can be “saved” you have to daily pick up the cross and choose to have a close relationship with him. That is the struggle I now try to work on daily to have a close, active, on fire kind of daily relationship with Jesus. It takes work just like anything worthwhile takes work. So no, the Bible may not say that I have to say a prayer to ask Jesus into my heart, but by doing so, and by trying to make him an active daily part of my life, I believe I am truly saved.

  • Joy

    response after response and not one person mentions John 3:5. Stating a man must be born of the Water and Spirit to enter the Kingdom of God. Water is baptism.Spirit is the Holy Spirit(Holy Ghost).In the book of Acts it states the evidence of the Holy Ghost is speaking in tongues. Peter said in Acts 2:38, Repent and be baptized everyone of you, in the remission of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. That said…why is everyone so afraid of the Ghost.

  • Paul L. Kasten

    Can anyone tell me if God promises to save our lost children? If so where in the Bible does it say that?

  • Keith

    I was noticing that in the “New Testament” the apostles never asked anyone to pray this prayer that you are telling us to pray. They also never told anyone to “just have faith”, rather they seemed to be directing thier converts to participate in a kind of bathing ritual.(symbolic of Jesus death and burial?). A perfect example is found in Acts 8:26-40. Whys are no American preachers teaching after such an example?

  • http://www.empoweredbyhim.org RevStokes

    What a wonderful post and even better comments, it demonstrates that the body of Christ is hungry. However, I will say that much of the discussion has been much the revealing of human arrogance, a problematic position and or attitude that has plagued the body of Christ since the beginning. (2 Timothy 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. I strongly emphasize this in most of my sermons or classes. For challenging the church doctrines, Jesus and Paul were both crucified, as were many more. And for the revelation of Jesus Christ Martin Luther excommunicated by the Catholic Church and announced a fugitive from the Roman government. For this cause have many been excommunicated or denied, but Jesus did say that he who will lose his life for His sake shall save it.

    (Galatians 1:10-12) For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? or am I striving to please men? if I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ. For I make known to you, brethren, as touching the gospel which was preached by me, that it is not after man. For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ.

    (2 Timothy 3:16 & 17) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

    Some don’t read but single scripture not divided at all, some don’t read/study at all but hear scriptures or a form of scripture. I heard a young woman speaking on a television news information show this weekend who believes she quoted scripture. However if she was to take a look “God helps those who helps themselves,” is not written in the bible at all, it’s just an old Southern Baptist catch phrase.

    Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition), Who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently against and over all that is called God or that is worshiped, [even to his actually] taking his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God. Do you not recollect that when I was still with you, I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining him [from being revealed at this time]; it is so that he may be manifested (revealed) in his own [appointed] time. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-6 (AMPL)

    Apostasy means to fall away from the truth. Therefore, an apostate is someone who has once believed and then rejected the truth of God. Apostasy is a rebellion against God because it is a rebellion against truth. In the Old Testament God warned the Jewish people about their idolatry and their lack of trust in Him. In the New Testament the epistles warn us about not falling away from the truth. Apostasy is a very real and dangerous threat.

    The verse at the top of the page tells us that there will be an apostasy that is associated with the appearance of the Antichrist. Most Christians are looking for the arrival of the Antichrist, but very few are looking for “the apostasy” that must come first. The arrival of the Antichrist cannot occur until sufficient apostasy has happened in the world. The Antichrist, who is the ultimate of liars, cannot abide in a world where the truth of God’s word is taught. This is why the Bible says that the apostasy will come first and then the Antichrist will be revealed.

    Therefore, we must or should, as Christians, ask this question, “Is there an apostasy occurring in the Christian church today?” Some would say no and others yes. But, as we look for the arrival of the Antichrist, should we not also be looking for the arrival of apostasy? And where else should we first look but in our own house for the Bible tells us that judgment will begin in the house of the Lord. (1 Peter 4:17); For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

    The Warning Against Apostasy:

    (Hebrews 6:1-8) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

    The love of God is unconditional, but to obtain and maintain the benefits of God there are conditions, predicated by contractual agreement. Which must be accepted as to the first to the last portion of wedding vows…, until death do us part! “Keep My Commandments,” “go ye and sin no more”!

    Romans 6, 7 and 8 would be worth reading.

    • Paul Folbrecht

      Martin Luther was excommunicated for being a formal heretic who denied the basic teachings of the Faith as taught by the Apostles and all the Fathers of the Church that Christ founded, which is the Catholic Church.

      He was also possibly insane, and made some of the most bizarre and disgusting statements ever attributed to a Christian. (“Sin boldly!” is only the beginning.)

      Anti-Catholicism is a system of self-perpetuating myths. But, the truth is out there for those who have the proper hunger for it – for anyone who truly loves Christ, Who is Truth.

      Here are a couple links for you:

      http://www.acatholicthinker.net/th-source-of-catholic-authorit/

      http://www.acatholicthinker.net/blog/2010/8/15/luther-unmasked.html

  • Prince

    Can you tell others about God through a social network. And I need help with my life, my friend is an atheist and before was a christian how can I help her? Thank You

    • Admin

      Yes, you can certainly be a witness for God on the Internet.

      As far as your atheist friend, one of the best things you can do it to introduce her to some of the evidence for the Christian faith. A good place to start is a book called “Discovering God” by Dennis McCallum.

      Michael

  • Josh

    Hello,

    When praying, can I speak to God using my mind? Or do I have to literally “talk” with him. I feel uncomfortable when talking to somebody who is not in my physical presence. Every time I pray, I pray inside my mind, but I think it is in my heart. Also, everybody in my life who cares for me are also the people in my life who give me the temptation me to sin. This is because I am surrounded by a non-Chrsitian lifestyle (living with people who tell me that Jesus is not God). How can I spread the message without ripping my social life apart? I do not want to lose my non-Chrsitian friends because without them, I will not be able to go to any events in the community. Even if I did repent and turn my life around, nobody would be listing to me besides God himself. What do I do?

    • Admin

      Josh:

      Yes, you can pray to God in your mind. I do it all the time.

      Also, you might want to try to find some Christian friends that can support you in your faith to start spending some time with. It can be really hard to walk with God if you are surrounded by people that drag you down 100% of the time.

      Michael

  • ed trizzino

    Do you believe Godly sorrow is necessary to bring repentance (turning away from sin) that then leads to salvation? (2 Cor 7:10)
    Can you show me the sinner pray in the Bible.
    Why is so little taught about the need to have Godly sorrow and repentance to have salvation.
    I am convicted that accepting Christ into my heart because I do not want to be punished and or go to hell is not the correct Biblical motivation for seeking salvation.

    What say you?

    In HIm Ed Trizzino

  • Dorothy

    Will those who were cremated also be resurrected? I’m not sure if I should tell my kids that it’s ok to get cremated or not.

  • diego

    i have a question what about our salvation from John 3:5 clearly saying Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. the we can go to Acts 2:38 Where it clearly proves it. Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. then Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, i so think that not only will your saying be enough there must be something else other than believing truth obedience is what the lord is asking, as jeremiah 17: 9-10 9 The heart is deceitful above all things
    and beyond cure.
    Who can understand it?

    “I the LORD search the heart
    and examine the mind,
    to reward each person according to their conduct,
    according to what their deeds deserve.”
    may the lord bring peace to all of you my friends following him is tough but at the end whoever is with him will be victorious.

  • Tammy

    I have a comment, well actually just a Scripture on the “Once saved always saved topic.”

    Seems the Bible is very clear in this Scripture:

    1 Peter 4:18 (NIV)
    18 And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?
    ——————————–
    1 Peter 4:18 (NKJV)
    18 Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
    Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”[a]
    ———————————
    1 Peter 4:18 (GNT)Good News Translation
    18 As the scripture says, It is difficult for good people to be saved; what, then, will become of godless sinners?

    Thanks! :)

  • tyler

    All sin is the same in God’s eyes,if you are saying that you can lose your salvation by commiting “serious sin” you are saying that some sin is not as bad as other sin. This is a lie. James 2:10 says: for whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of ALL. There is no such thing as “greater” and “less” sin.If you CAN lose your salvation by commiting “great” sin, then you you can lose your salvation by arguing with your parents,(which is dishonoring them). I want to see anyone give me one verse in the bible where it CLEARLY states that you can lose your salvation by doing bad things. If someone is TRULY saved, they will have a change of heart, and they will probably not kill anyone or commit other “serious” sin.

    P.S. ALL sin is absolutly SERIOUS.

  • Whitney

    Wow. Jesus is AMAZING. :) I feel guilty, and sad and sorry that Jesus had to suffer so much just for us, and we dont deserve it at all, because we all sin so much. But Im so thankful that He did that, because if he didnt, then no one would be in heaven. and then God would be sad :( Is it Ok to feel bad about Jesus having to suffer for us? Or are we supposed to accept it and be thankful (which I do) but happily. I do accept Him, and im VERY THANKFUL, but I just feel so bad about how much He had to suffer. :(

    Thanks Jesus<3

  • http://survivebeyondearth.blogspot.com Jason Reinhardt

    Great blog post! I agree w/ about 98% of it. This difference lies in the interpretation and context of the 4th and 5th Commandments.

    It is these that are most often interpreted in different ways depending upon what interpretation a believer is privy to.

    As I tend towards the “reformist” perspective, I believe the 4th Commandment to observe days (i.e. Saturday or Sunday Sabbath) was already fulfilled when Jesus, and that as believers in Christ, we are no longer under Mosaic law. The Jews; however, are still under it, due to their lack of acceptance of Jesus the Christ. The Sabbath was NEVER abolished by God. It was FULFILLED by Jesus on the Cross.

    Pay particular attention to Colossians 2:16-17.

    Here is the link:
    http://www.godwords.org/posts.php?id=78

    I should also mention that there is not a single verse in the New Testament that indicates that Christians are to observe days of any type.

    As for the 5th Commandment to honor our parents, this is also often misunderstood particularly by many Christian adults. This Commandment is actually focused towards children while they are still living under their parent’s roof. While children are to honor their parents, the parents are to discipline their children. Such discipline is to be metted out in an effective manner, but is to be done within proper limits, so as to not establish tyrannical rule or abuse of their children. The Bible condemns that as well.

    Once a children matures to adulthood, then Matthew 19:5-6. A man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife. Notice how Jesus did this as well when he left Nazareth, in order to conduct his ministry. The concept of “leaving home” is a concept most often misunderstood by many Christians.

    Otherwise, I enjoyed this read, and for those who disagree with my statement, that is fine. Hopefully, my blog response stimulates interest, and encourages more people to return to God’s word.

    For those interested in learning more about some of my views, check out my blog by clicking on my name.

    Blessings!

    Jason

  • marie

    Jesus lost Judas

    • http://www.ajutormenaj.ro Bona

      You are wrong, Judas lost Jesus ;)

    • http://www.serviceautobucuresti.com Auto

      Judas lost Jesus, for being selfish and ignorant to the greater good.

  • sue

    Mark 16:16
    He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
    Hi,
    I want to also say that many of the things of the bible can be cleared up if we bother to understand the original is a Hebrew book. Even the parts that were writen in Greek either quote or elude to the Hebrew text many many times in each instance it is writen in Greek.
    I have made an effort to understand what has been “Lost in Translation” (the book) and found that it finally opened the word so it made complete sense. Do everything you can to understand what Yeshua/Jesus has given to you and don’t wait. It is almost to late. Hurry you need to be emmersed and believe. That is all.

  • pat

    I beleive that once a person is saved, he/she cannot be lost again. If a person must “keep” himself saved, then Jesus died in vain. And what is “good news” about that? Jesus paid the price. He died on Calvary once, that we may be saved to an eternal life with the Father.
    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Amen and Praise God that we are not the ones to Keep ourselves saved because we would all go to Hell.

  • http://www.christianity-then-and-now.com/html/question_005.html Jacob

    Many churches teach that once a person is saved, he can never be lost…no matter his future course of life.  This is an ancient doctrine, first annunciated by Augustine in the fourth century. It was revived and popularized by John Calvin during the Protestant Reformation (1535 -1560).  Most churches that trace there roots to Calvin still hold to this doctrine. 

    While “once saved, always saved” is ancient, it is not as old as the New Testament of Christ.  Looking at the Bible we find a very different answer to this question. 

    Paul warned the Galatians Christians, who were seeking approval by keeping the old Law of Moses, “Ye are severed from Christ, ye who would be justified by the law; ye are fallen away from grace” (Galatians 5:4). We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). To fall away from grace is to loose our salvation. Again, salvation is in Christ (II Timothy 2:10). But law-keeping severs us from Christ. Therefore Christians who do so loose their salvation. 

    Peter addresses the same subject with these words: “For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the last state is become worse with them than the first.  For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them (II Peter 2:20-21). Here are Christians who escaped the sinful world and were saved by Christ.  They then went back into sin. Their last state is worse than their first…hence they are lost even as they were before they came to Christ.

    The view that a Christian’s salvation is so secure that no sin could keep him out of heaven is a dangerous doctrine. If taken seriously, people would be tempted to be careless about obeying Christ and Satan would keep them deceived as to their real danger until it was too late for them to escape. Let no man deceive you. Jesus said, “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10).

    John Waddey

  • http://elmblog.eddiesnipes.com/Sermons/topical/baptismScriptures.shtml Jacob

    15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
    16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
    Note: baptism does not apply to those who don’t believe, therefore it is not necessary to say, “whoever doesn’t believe and is not baptized”.
    Mark 16:15-16

    Acts 2:37-38
    37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
    38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    We are commanded to baptize as a part of making disciples
    Mt 28:18-20
    18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
    19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
    20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

    And many more verses state baptism is essential to forgiveness of sins and salvation

  • http://generatoareelectrice.ro Braco

    What about the salvations of others?How can we helped them understand the things you say?

  • http://www.epilare-definitiva.biz Epilare

    Like Braco said,how can we help others understand the path of salvation?What do we have to do?What do we say to them?

  • SavedbyGrace

    Salvation is a free gift received the moment we believe in Jesus. The “Sinner’s Prayer” is not found in the Bible–it is a relatively new invention/tradition of man. Research it. In the book of Acts when the jailer asked what he must do to be saved, he was told to believe on Jesus, NOT recite some prayer. Want to know more? Have “Lordship scriptures” that seem to say the opposite? Visit faithalone.org Thank you Jesus, salvation is a FREE gift!

  • stick

    NO thanks especially coming from an completely unkowledgeable so-called entertainer Oparah! Who is she even attempt interpettate anything from the Word. Suggest she gets together with Obamas teleprompter specialist! By the way I’m not here judge anyone only as the messenger Satan’s the cause of all Sin deceiving everyone however his day will come unfortunately not soon enough
    “As for me and my household we will serve the Lord”

  • Johnny lee

    There was never a child born of a virgin named Jesus . The angel gave the name Yeshua to Mary and that he would save his people from there sins. The name actually means salvation . The name Jesus is only 244 years old given to us by man not GOD almighty .The truth is in acts4:12 salvation is not in any other name , accepting Christ as personal savior does not line up with death , burial , resurrection of the Messiah. Death = repentance , burial = water baptism in Yeshuas name , resurrection = receiving Holy Ghost . Acts 2:38 . YouTube bibletruthonegod for audios on the topic of name it’s a marriage and you have to take your husbands name .