Well, both arguments are correct in their context.
Question: "Can one be saved by works alone???" No Way!!
Question: "Is any human perfect and has not sinned???" No Way!!
'For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God'
So for anyone of us to be saved means that God needs to show grace (as we are not perfect and he is willing to let us into a perfect environment)
But lets go into a little more detail to clarify things.
Question: 'Will only christians be saved??' No way!!
God will judge people on what they know. God is a god of love, he comes to save the lost. (Read the story of Jesus healing the roman centurian's
slave in the NT. How this story relates, ask me)
Question: 'Is it harder for christians to be saved?' You bet!!
Christians generally like to boast they have the truth. Well, seeing I am one, I agree that we have enough of the truth to be saved, however, it means
that we will be judged according to what we do know and what we did as a result of knowing the truth. It talks about luke warm christians in
revelation, and God spitting them out of his mouth. It is better to be hot or cold than to be luke warm.
So then, how does someone that has heard the gospel of christ then be saved?
Lets answer this by asking another question. Im having an engagement party soon, who do I invite? My close friends right?? This is the same with
heaven. God would like to invite everyone, but at the end of the day, he invites his friends. Like you, God will invite people that have bothered to
return his calls, talks to him etc...Friends are usually people that we have something in common with right??
So in the end it comes down to having a relationship with God. The consequence of having a relationship with him is that you will want to keep his
commandments (the works as Amadeus so kindly pointed out).
Works simply by themselves will not get you into heaven and this is what the pharisees of the day and still some religions/denominations of today are
Can you imagine what heaven would be like if only one person got there by works? "Hey guys, you should have seen what I did on earth, I helped this
guy, and gave this much to the poor etc..." Would you ever hear the end of it, he would never shut up...!!
Jesus said, "If you love me you will keep my commandments." Trying to keep Gods commandments without a relationship with him is a miserable
ambitition, as it will be unnatural and such an effort to do. If you do it the other way around, then it becomes a lot more natural and a joy to
So to answer your question, can you be saved if you beg at the last minute? My answer is only God knows your heart so who am I to say yes or no. He
saved the theif on the cross after all.
I would prefer to make time and get to know him and become his friend, then I will get an invite to his party!
I have noticed that there is a big push at the moment toward last day events and the end of the world. My opinion is, everyone that has lived on earth
has been living in the last days, the last days of their individual lives. Some humans die at birth, some in their teens, some of old age. No-one
knows when their time is up. Live each day as if it is your last!!!
You asked, I gave my opinion....
[edit on 12-10-2004 by shmick25]