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Why is Jesus necessary for salvation?

So why exactly does the Bible claim that Jesus is necessary for salvation? Let us consider the following:

1. The Problem

Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23 “…the wages of sin is death.”

The Bible refers to being saved from our sins as eternal life and going to hell as spiritual death. Our sins earn us a spiritual death sentence.  But maybe in God’s sense of justice he could just overlook our sins and let us off the hook.

Proverbs 11:21 “Be sure of this, God will not let the guilty go unpunished.”
Proverbs 17:15 “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent – the LORD detests them both.”

God will not and cannot overlook sin. His justice must be enacted upon it and the punishment is death. But God loves us and wishes that no one should perish. So how can He possibly fulfill both His justice and mercy?

2. The Solution – Repentance

Luke 13:3 “Repent, or you will likewise perish.”

Repent means “to turn away from.” We are to turn away from sin, have genuine contrition, and commit to stop sinning with God’s help. For example, what if a wife discovered her husband was having an affair and he pleaded for forgiveness, but after some time he began to beg her to let him resume his affair?  Is this repentance? No, this is anti-repentance. If he were truly repentant, he would have wished the affair never happened and would do everything possible to restore his relationship with his wife because of his love for her. So repenting to God is to be truly sorrowful for our sins, turn away from doing them, and live for God instead of our sinful appetites.

3. The Ultimate Solution – Jesus

Romans 5:8 says, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Christ stood in our place, took the punishment we can not take, so that we may live.

Romans 10:9 “…if you confess with our mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Notice that the confession is not to just that “Jesus is Savior,” but “Jesus is Lord.” As Christians, our obedience is a major means by which we show God we love Him.  When we live for our sinful appetites, we invite distain upon Him as the unbelieving world rightly is disgusted by our hypocrisy.

The ultimate statistic is that 10 out of 10 people die. But what if we could be resurrected? As human beings we do not have the power of resurrection but God does. He raised Jesus’ body from the dead. Without this belief, what hope can we have (1 Cor. 15:17)? That is why it is important to “…believe in your heart that God raised Him [Jesus] from the dead….”

4. The Result

What is the result of repenting of our sins, confessing Jesus as Lord and believing in His resurrection? It is this promise, “…you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). We will be saved from the penalty of sins which is death and given new life in Christ.

Cornel Story

In ancient times in the Middle East, an army colonel was running a military base where someone was stealing. He ordered that if the thief was caught, they would receive 10 lashings with a whip. The next day the thief was found and it turned out to be the colonel’s own son! What was he to do? If he did not fulfill his order, he would lose respect among his men because he would prove he does not always keep his word and uphold justice. But his son was frail and sickly man. If his son were to receive the punishment, he would die.  Even if he could survive the punishment, the cornel, being his loving father, did not want him to go through it. What was he to do? He had to uphold his word and justice. The cornel did the only thing he could do: he stood in his son’s place and received the lashings himself. He was strong enough to receive them and still live. Therefore, his son was spared the punishment and lived. The cornel was true to his word and justice was served.  Instead of the colonel loosing the respect and trust of his men, he gained even more. 

This is what Christ did for us and more. We broke God’s law (Romans 3:23). We earned a death sentence, which is eternal separation from God in hell (Romans 6:23). But Christ stood in our place, taking the punishment that we could not and still live, demonstrating and fulfilling God’s justice, mercy, and love (Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 3b, Proverbs 11:21, Hebrews 9:22, 1 Peter 3:18, John 3:16).

This is all more thoroughly explain in Why Jesus, available in the sidebar. 

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Blessings, Garrett

Our English bible’s are mistranslated. Why trust them?

‘If one of the 10 Commandments is ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ then why are so many people killed in wars fought in the name of God?’ The most popular answer to Bearcat’s question is that this Commandment is really referring to ‘murder’, not to ‘kill.’ In other words, the Biblical Commandment ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ was not correctly translated.

If this is true (and it’s a Biggy) then were other passages from the Bible also translated incorrectly? And if that is the case, how can we trust anything we read in today’s modern English Bible? In fact, wouldn’t we be unwise to trust anything we read in a book that was incorrectly translated?

Answer

In fact, wouldn’t we be unwise to trust anything we read in a book that was incorrectly translated?
Are you going to disregard all books over any errors? If you find anything wrong in a science book, are you going to disregard all of it? If you find an error in the phone book, are you going to disregard all of it?

I’ll guess you are not a bible scholar and yet you were able to discover some mistranslations. And I’m sure this it was not too difficult since there are plenty of critics on the internet and academia picking the English versions apart looking for errors. So one reason the recent English translations (ESV, NASB) can be trusted is because they have corrected all meaningful mistranslations the bible scholars of the publishers as well as the critics have detected.

I’m unhappy and angry at God

I’m angry at God. I don’t understand how everyone in my life can find happiness… How the people that hurt me so much when I was younger can go on with their lives and be “blessed” and such while I hurt, yearn, and hunger for some kind of life other than this stale, depressing, hurtful one. I used to pray solidly for years… I followed as best as I could. I did everything and I believed. It’s truly as if God hates me. Or has forgotten me.
I need advice, because I’m pulling away from the only thing that ever gave me comfort; hope and trust in God. I mean, if He pulls away from me, why shouldn’t I from Him? I don’t want to do this… but I feel as if there’s no choice. Please… Help me.

Answer

You mention people who hurt you. Do you wish them to suffer? Could your distain for them be hindering your relationship with God?

God is loving and forgiving. He loves you and forgives you (if you have truly repented and put your trust in Christ). He wants you to be loving and forgiving too. This not only pleases God but is also in your best interest. Hate and unforgiveness hurts us and disrupts our relationship with God. Seek God’s love and power to forgive the people you may find unforgiveable.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Also, I don’t know how ‘happy’ Jesus was. He seemed to have other goals such as:

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

It certainly helps to be happy in life and I hope you can find some with Jesus as opposed to apart from him.