Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
Originally posted by dbrandtThe pre-requisite to entering heaven is accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. Our works have nothing to do
I've never understood religions that claim this. According to that belief, if I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior, and then go around killing,
raping, stealing and lying, I would still go to Heaven. Maybe some people believe that, but I don't.
The thing is christians spread the good news of the salvation in Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit(God) moves throughout the earth calling people and convicting them of their sin.
A person who has heard of the salvation found in Christ and feels the tug of God at their heart and desiring to be free of their load of sin, cries
out to God for deliverance.
That person, if they really meant it, at the moment of the acceptance of Christ for the forgiveness of their sin just had the Holy Spirit enter their
body, soul and spirit(I mean literally). You have now become the temple(dwelling place) of the God of the universe. The Holy Sprit brings that dead
spirit of the person back alive(their dead spirit is "born again"). They now are sensitive to the things of God, they want to know God. They want
to live for Him and we want to grow closer to Him and sin becomes loathesome to us. We no longer want to do it. We don't want to hurt Christ more
than we already have.
So can a christian still go around killing, raping, stealing and lying. No they can't because they are a new creation. Old things have passed away
and all things are new. Our mind has been renewed. We have a new way of looking at things, from what God desires of us, and actually expects of us.
Along with salvation comes the responsibility and duty to follow God.
So that person who continues to kill, rape, steal and lie did not really come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. And as such are not saved and
still face eternity in hell.
God will not be fooled when eternity begins. He knows if someone meant it when they accepted Christ and if they didn't.
Let's say someone had a car. It doesn't run very good if even at all. It's pretty worthless and doesn't do what it's supposed too. It needs to
be fixed. You vacum the interior wash the outside by hand and put on a fresh coat of the best wax available. It looks good. You start it and it
doesn't run. So you take it to a mechanic and he finds out that the engine block is cracked. The problem was internal, it needed a new engine, the
old one was "dead". He fixes it and you get the car back and it runs like new. The mechanic adressed the real problem.
People are like that car. We have an internal problem. We can clean up the outside all we want but those wrong internal desires that come to our
mind and come out in acts of wrongdoing will keep coming until the real problem is addressed. Our spirit is dead. Invite Jesus Christ to come in and
repair that spirit so it can operate properly and you won't want to sin.
[edit on 23-4-2005 by dbrandt]