Before I start on salvation, here is a few scriptures that Jesus gives us in The Sermon on the Mount I would like you to look at.
Salvation in the Bible: The Bible appears to teach clearly that most people -- the unsaved -- will go to Hell for eternal punishment after death. A minority will be saved and go to Heaven. Whether one is saved or unsaved is obviously of paramount important to all those who accept the existence of heaven and hell.
Unfortunately, although various Christian faith groups define a specific path to salvation, the Bible appears ambiguous on the matter: Various of its passages indicate that a person will be saved and go to Heaven if they: But there is no consensus on what precise minimum combination of these six factors are required to guarantee a person's salvation.
Teachings vary throughout the Christian Scriptures New Testament: The synoptic gospels seem to teach that salvation is dependent upon one's works.
The Gospel of John mostly teaches that only those who accept that Jesus is the Son of God will be saved. Paul teaches that only those who believe in Jesus' resurrection will be saved. Other passages seem to require that the Christian must be baptized in order to be saved. Various faith groups have attempted to make sense out of these inconsistencies by emphasizing their own selection of passages, while largely ignoring conflicting passages.
Concerning those who have never learned of Christianity: There are continuing debates about the after-death destination of those who have never had a chance to hear the Gospel. Each side supports their beliefs by quoting their selection of biblical verses. Again, each side "proves" that their beliefs are true by quoting favorite biblical verses.
Exclusion from Heaven due to specific acts: Various passages in some English translations of the Christian scriptures indicate that certain behaviors will keep people out of heaven: But the Bible is unclear whether these behaviors cancel the salvation of a person who has already been saved.
Also, English translations vary in their description of what the sins are.
|A Falling Away||If Paul, the great apostle to the Gentiles, had to keep such constant watch-care over himself, lest, after all his labor, he should be lost, is it not possible that others may fall? It is not necessary to show that Paul was one of the elect, for this will surely be admitted:|
|Losing Your Religion: How to Deal with a Crisis of Faith||If our salvation is eternally secure, why does the Bible warn so strongly against apostasy? The Bible teaches that everyone who is born again by the power of the Holy Spirit is saved forever.|
|Baptists | Denominations | A Study of Denominations||Passages cited by Arminians Instructions: After looking at each passage, indicate Yes, No or Unsure.|
Sponsored link How did the early Christians resolve this ambiguity? What did they believe? Since the primitive Christian movement was only decades away from the direct teachings of Jesus, some theologians believe that the early Churches' beliefs more accurately reflect Christ's message.
However, Christianity has been hopelessly divided about salvation even from its earliest years. The early Christian movement was mainly composed of three separate movements. They had three diametrically opposed paths to salvation: This was the group founded and led by Jesus' disciples and led by his brother James.
Gnostic Christians believed that Jesus was sent by God to impart special knowledge to save humanity. With this knowledge, one can attain heaven; without it, one is lost. Although they formed a very prominent part of early Christianity, they were almost completely wiped out by the Catholic Church. A small group of Gnostics survived persecution to the present day; their group is now rapidly expanding.None of these four passages (Hebrews , 2 Peter , Matthew , Matthew ) have anything to do with losing one’s salvation.
S alvation is a work of God. 1 More than that, salvation is solely a work of God. Assurance of salvation is possible only if salvation is a work of God alone. If salvation depended upon man’s ability, assurance of salvation . Martyn Lloyd Jones in his pithy, pragmatic style explain how salvation is to be worked out writing that.
Well, first of all I must submit myself entirely to God.
The Apostle puts it here in terms of the amazing account that he gives us of the earthly life of our Lord in Phil ().Now that, says Paul, is the very thing that God is demanding of you. Over the years I’ve come to believe that it is unproductive to debate about the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection.
There are simply too many details for those outside of the small circles of experts to responsibly juggle in a debate format. This opinion led me to look for non-evidential arguments for. Question: "If our salvation is eternally secure, why does the Bible warn so strongly against apostasy?" Answer: The Bible teaches that everyone who is born again by the power of the Holy Spirit is saved forever.
We receive the gift of eternal life (John ), not temporary life.
One school of thought suggests that salvation cannot be lost, as in losing your car keys, but that it can be left, as in walking away from it.
This may be why Jesus spoke of the man who said in his heart "my master delays His coming; therefore, I will turn from living a godly life".