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"Get into Heaven" is probably a shorthand way of saying that you will pass judgment and not "go to hell", which is also probably a shorthand way of saying going into some state of oblivion, meaning to cease to be a recognizable person.
I am not religious really at all, so maybe someone can clarify that you get into heaven "By the grace of god"
No good deed will get you in.
The phrase "the curse of the law" means "the curse which belongs to the law as one of the statements found there".
Yes exactly. It does not say "the law is a curse"
I think that this sort of teaching that you are describing is a product of bad theology which came from an incomplete understanding of the New Testament, which was a common occurrence with the availability of scripture texts with the advent of advanced printing presses.
I got "saved" when I was at a Baptist Church right around nine years old.
Where are you getting this from?
Our good deeds are worth everything to God because we are serving those who were created in God's image.
Ask yourself two questions:
1). Was I born of my own merit or by the grace of God?
2). As flawed as we all are, what are your good deeds worth to God?
Jesus did not do good in order to mint a currency for sin debt payment.
Jesus is the only begotten and sinless son of God. Only the work of Jesus is worth anything to God. Jesus may have been incarnated, but His soul was never created. Jesus' believers go to heaven on account of His credit, not our debt. Its after the righteousness of Christ is credited to us by faith that we are rewarded for good deeds in the afterlife.
So if we do not obey the law we are no longer cursed? That's what you're saying? So we no longer have to love others and we can still be saved? If we no longer have to love others as the law dictates, why did Jesus make loving others the central point of his ministry? Why would he preach that loving others is the way if it would end up not mattering because of the sacrifice he said he did not desire?
The answer to your question is Romans ch7 v6, which expands on the verse quoted;
"We serve not under the old written code, but in the new life of the Spirit".
The obligation to love the neighbour now comes not because the written law says so, but because the Spirit says so.
Again, for the third time: what law did Jesus fulfill?
You have contradicted yourself, if we are "off the hook" from the law which dictated us to love one another we are no longer obligated to love each other, we get a free pass if we believe in Jesus.
If we are "off the hook" of love, which Jesus says is the point of the law, then why did Jesus make it the central theme within his ministry? An obligation to love each other no longer exists because we were "let off the hook" from the law of love.
Also, you didn't answer this question either: if the OT law was embellished, how can you be so sure the NT wasn't as well? If the OT was corrupted with embellishment, how can you consider it the word of god?
I don't think that was what Paul is saying there.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
There is an obvious discrepancy between what Jesus taught and what Christians believe. Jesus says that you are your own salvation through forgiveness of others, Christianity says Jesus' death and believing he alone is Lord is salvation.
It's not getting through apparently. If the law dictates us to love one another just as the spirit does, what exactly is the difference between the two?
We are not obligated to fulfill the law but we are obligated to love one another which IS to fulfill the law? How does that make sense? You're basically saying that we are obligated and aren't obligated at the same time!
If nothing passes from the law until heaven and Earth disappear as Jesus says, why have Christians been given a free pass from the law?
Where does it say in the Bible that we need to have faith in Jesus' sacrifice?"
Jesus was the Lamb of God, He came to sacrifice Himself for us. Faith in that sacrifice gives us salvation and a starting point for our good deeds to mean something.
Jesus willingly went to the cross with all of mankind in His heart. He understood that He was the Lamb for the slaughter.
If you think the "context" means two or three verses before and after the verse in question, then maybe.
I don't think so, you're connecting two completely unrelated topics. Read the passage within context and you'll see how ridiculous that theory sounds.
It was common knowledge that the Lamb of God was slaughtered for atonement.