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Introduction

One of the most important topics – if not the most important topic – which is debated in Christian circles is the topic of “soteriology”. That topic discusses the subject of salvation – that is, the exact process by which a person is granted eternal life.

As with most other theological topics, there are many different beliefs about how, exactly, a person can be saved. However, from my experience, there are three primary belief systems about that subject – and those three beliefs will be discussed in this post.

 

The “Evangelical” Doctrine

In the last two article I wrote I talked about feeling the emotion, pain, and feelings of other. Also how the root of this stemmed from Jesus and his ministry. I would like to relate more as to what kind of affect Jesus should have on us especially with his departure from Earth. Yet Jesus still has an ever growing connection to mankind. It seems that the question is always, are God and Jesus present, or is it because we just allow them to exist simply in our minds? Are they physically present? How real is the presents of Yahweh (GOD) and the roll and presences of Yahushua (Messiah) Jesus our Lord and Savior? I ask is the weight that we put on knowledge sacrificing our actual spirituality? Is the weight that is put on analyzing the scripture, with our own minds drowning or at least quenching the spirit with in us? The verses below present an interesting view. Is the Love of God present in our lives, which includes our Love for God, and our belief in His son(Or Faith In), our belief in who he was and what was his mission was will directly affects our purpose and mission in life, and most important our status to the coming Kingdom.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one
another John 13:34 & 35(NASB)

The words of Jesus are very explicit in John chapter 13 so we must ask ourselves some big questions.
1) How did Jesus Love?
2) Did Jesus show his Love to his followers?
3) Did he restrict his Love simply to his follows?
4) When we see the Cross do we see LOVE?

Question one How did Jesus Love?

Introduction

One of the doctrines that almost all mainstream Protestant denominations share is the doctrine of “eternal security”. According to that doctrine, all that a person needs to do, in order to be granted everlasting life, is as follows:

Make a single “statement of faith” in Jesus.

In other words, as soon as a person confesses that Jesus is our lord, and believes that God raised Jesus from the dead, then that person is guaranteed to be saved – no matter what he does after that time!

Think about that for a moment. If eternal security is true, then there is no need for a person to “maintain” his faith at all. For example, consider the following scenario:

Introduction

One of the more interesting passages in Paul’s letters occurs in Romans chapter 1; specifically, in verses 18 through 32. Here is that entire passage:

Romans 1:18-32 (ESV):

18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

I often tease my husband by calling him, “Farmer Tony.”  He grew up farming with his dad, and loved it.  He no longer farms, but let’s just say he takes gardening to a new level.  His soil preparation is intense and when he is finally ready, he plants the seed.  Almost always, the seed comes up and brings forth a produce that our family can enjoy.  Other times, a certain seed will be old or conditions will be too wet and rainy, so that the seed fails to even break forth from the soil.


Recently, I had a woman tell me the following: “To be a Christian is to be a Trinitarian. To deny the Trinity is to deny Christianity.” I question the validity of this statement when no where in my Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, does it state this.

This is an age old debate – whether God is one God (the Heavenly Father) which is called “Unitarianism” or He is a triple God in one (triune) – a three-person “who” in one “what” Godhead (called the Trinity).

The New Birth (Part 2)

Part of the hope of the Gospel is that one day the world will be restored to its original state, when Christ rules in God’s Kingdom. Jesus refers to this in Matthew and uses another word from the same root as gennao, the word for born or begotten.

Matthew 19:
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration [paliggenesia] when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

The New Birth (Part 1)

The term “born again” is widely used among Christians, and the verse that says “You must be born again” (John 3:7) is often quoted. But many Christians don’t understand what it means to be born again, often because they begin by looking at what the epistles say, and fail to base their understanding on the words of Jesus. I was taught that when one is born again, it is “incorruptible” which was taken to mean that once you received it you couldn’t lose it. This is based on a misunderstanding of I Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” But this verse tells us that it is the seed that is incorruptible, not the person who receives it.

In the last post, I mentioned that the following items appear to be true:

– In order for an individual to be saved, God needs to explicitly “call” that individual;

– God is not calling everyone.

Assuming that the above items are true, that leads us to another question:


Question 5: Why is God only calling certain people? In other words, why doesn’t God just call everyone, so that everyone has the opportunity to be saved?

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