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So we’re saved by God…from God…?

Let me see if I have this one straight:

God created everything (heaven, hell, earth, humans…the whole lot).

The humans God created were, by his standard, not worthy of anything short of eternal torture in Hell (we’re all sinners, right?).

OK So God created a bunch of sinners. Then he convicted those sinners and sentenced them off to eternal death/hell…whatever you call it.

He then turned around to them and said “Here’s my boy, he’s gonna save you from the hell I’m going to send you off to for being a sub-par creation”

Believing in Jesus now saves you from the conviction of being a sinner, which was put upon us by God.

Since the whole “saved through Jesus” thing is God’s work, we’re saved by God….from God.

I’m sorry, if I’m missing something please, point it out…it just seems like this whole “salvation” thing doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Answer

OK So God created a bunch of sinners.

God created the first people perfect, without sin. He gave them free will which is better making them like robots. They chose to sin and when they reproduced, they created sinners, not God.

But some will say, “But God knew they’d sin. He’s still responsible!”

1. It was still their free choice.
2. The purpose of God in creating mankind was to create a people who have the ability to freely love him or reject him. To take away their ability to sin, God would have to take away their free will. Without free will, there is no love, for love is a choice. Without love, the primary reason for creating mankind is gone.
3. God took care of the sin problem for us. Just repent and trust in Jesus. It’s so simple, even a caveman can do it:)

Christianese

This video makes an excellent point: Christian terminology sounds like a different language to non-Christians.  But an issue with this video is that both guys are speaking Christianese.  Why does Jesus want to have a relationship with people?  What does that mean?  Why should others want to have a relationship with Jesus?  Without such explanations, the sharing of the Gospel makes little sense to unbelievers.

Why Jesus helps Christians avoid Christianese and instead communicate the Gospel is a way that resonates with unbelievers in today’s culture.  Check it out in the sidebar.

Is it arrogant to say Jesus is the only way?

Is it arrogant to say that another person’s faith is wrong? If so, then it is arrogant to tell Christians they should not share their faith, for the Christian faith commands believers to do just that (The Great Commission, Matt. 28:19).  

Now Christians can be arrogant, not in stating the truth about salvation, but in their attitude in which they express it. Is it arrogant for Lance Armstrong to state he is the greatest cyclist in history? No, this is a factually accurate statement. But if he gloats about it, then his attitude, not his statement, would be arrogant. If claimed kindly, when Christians say that Jesus that is the only way to heaven, they simply making what they believe to be a factual statement. Either they are sadly wrong or indeed correct. If wrong, the appropriate response is not to get mad but help Christians see the truth. If right, why blame Christians for kindly and correctly stating the truth? The claim that Christians are arrogant for sharing their faith turns out to be selfrefuting, misguided, and hypocritical.