Alright, gonna take a swing at this. Take it for what you will.
Christ said by faith alone we are saved. All these ideas of needing x, y or z are not required, no matter opinion. Faith saves.
Okay, so faith in what? Well, faith he was immaculately conceived of a virgin, (thus being the messiah described in the Old Testament. This is more
for proof that God's word holds true more than trying to get you to except old testament rhetoric. Just MHO) and faith that he was the true begotten
son of God.
That he healed and preformed the miracles that he did (in the Father's will. God doesn't have gender by the way, but the whole "explaining God to
people" argument comes into play. www.abovetopsecret.com...
covers some of that...Sorry to self promote...).
That he was crucified (as it was well documented).
Three days later, he rose again (after handing Satan his prideful ass) to fulfill the scripture and chill with his homies, who he loved like family.
Jesus was always about love, and not in some perverted sense, he wanted to show people genuine love. That's why apostles always were like "God is
love!" because after hanging with a guy that could've easily phoned in a construction career, he walked alot of miles to show people love through
healing (even when the pharisee wern't too big a fan. Healing on the sabbath! BASTPHAMIE!) and good deeds. He wanted to show us what we were capable
of once we took are heads out our own butts and took a look around at the real world around them. And that doesn't sit well with TPTB at the time.
All that being said, it's a personal relationship. Once experienced, it's like experiencing gravity or a hot stove top. It's a real fact, at least
to those that have had that moment in their life.
A final note, the laws of "kill for this" or "stone for that" were erased from the law because of the sacrifice he made for you on that cross. You
don't need to be circumcised (and being so doesn't buy you a free pass [it's more about cleanilness anyways. Just easier to clean a ...well,
anyways...) or sacrifice a cow everytime you screw up, because he forgives you. He died as the ultimate sacrifice so you didn't have to bring harm to
people anymore (He, without sin, cast the first stone). He has it covered. Anything less wouldn't be much of a messiah, now would it?
And if you question his forgiveness, he literally was like, "Forgive these guys, they don't know any better." after they nailed him to a cross.
That, my friends, is a guy who practices what he preaches. Instead of getting all bent out of shape, he loved even those that killed him, just because
that's the character of God.
That, and it had to be done, but that's another topic, especially not for one that isn't about preaching, but simply asking the question of the
requirements for salvation.
Just a final note, another thread states Christians hate homosexuals. True christians may not agree with your life style choice, but to hate or show
you prejudice is being a pharisee. The Lord reigns. He'll take care of it. Show those people in your life (both friends, family and even [hell,
especially] the stranger) the love of Christ, don't judge them. The ten commandments still apply. Just because the Lord is long suffering and willing
to forgive even up to that final hour isn't a reason to push the limit (Paul told you this). So stop worrying about people going to hell, and start
living a life that shows you are in the love of the true messiah, and therefore, true God.
Just my two cents. (sorry, I suppose I got a little preachy there... It wasn't my intent to force anything onto anyone. But I've found the people on
ATS can think for themselves enough to read all that without blowing a gasket or being too unnerved.)