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What does it take to be saved?

Is merely believing in the existence of Jesus Christ enough to be saved? Must we beleive he is the Son of Man? Do we need to believe and try our best to live a holy life even if that means denying things we crave?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:41 PM on Sep. 4, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • John 3:16 (AKA the gospel in a nutshell... I think this says it all)

    For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever BELIEVES in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • so we can murder, lie, steal and act on lust as long as we believe in Him?

    Is that what you are saying in a nutshell?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:58 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • No...it's more than BELIEVING to it. There are many scriptures that will show you salvation...John 3: 5 is but one.

    John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    Acts 2:36-38 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (37) Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (38)Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:01 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • In addition...you must live a holy life before God. Repenting daily and always striving to live as close to God as possible.
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:03 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • It also says this . In Luke 13: 2And Jesus said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate?3"I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Acts 2:38Peter said to them, " Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 3:19"Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
    Acts 8:22"Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.In otherwords, not only must you believe in your heart, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you must also ask for forgiveness and repent ( turn away) from your sins. Does that mean you wont continue to fall into sin? no
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 3:06 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • cont. It is a process, a journey once we choose to follow Him, change happens along the way as we grow and learn from His word. If we are sincere and truly hungry and thirsty for His Presence and truly love Him we will want to change!
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 3:08 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Romans 10:9
    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved
    hinson7169

    Answer by hinson7169 at 3:11 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • I was going to quote what hinson said :-)

    Depending on the Christian you talk to; being "saved" requires different things. Generally the two main views are generalized as "faith saves and produces works" OR "works + faith save and works strengthen faith." We can quote multiple individual verses to support either of these. However, when I read scripture in context and taken as a whole, I personally agree with "faith alone saves and therefore, it produces good works." This is no offense to any other Christian who disagrees, this is my opinion and belief system.

    I believe that faith alone justifies (saves) us and the Holy Spirit who comes to us when we are justified then sanctifies us (brings us to live in holiness and produces good works) throughout our Christian walk. We are never good enough to work ourselves into heaven (Ephesians 2:8&9) but our good works are EVIDENCE that we are saved.
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 3:26 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • (cont.) Having faith to receive salvation is never meant to be seen as a "get out of jail free" card. One could surmise that an individual who continually lies, cheats, steals with no urge to repent and cease from sinning was never actually saved in the first place. It is the Holy Spirit who leads us to repentence and walking in holiness. Someone can claim with their mouths that they have faith but unless they show evidence of being sanctified (works) we can guess that they most likely do not have faith. It's still their faith that justifies them; lack of evidence of sanctification gives an indicator as to whether or not they are actually justified. While the Bible tell us that we'll know who is really a Christian by their good fruit, it also says that we can't look at the heart as God does (I Sam 16:7).
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 3:31 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • No one is born without sin (except Jesus) we inherited our sin nature from Adam and Eve (thanks great grandpa and grandma right?). No one is capable of conquering sin on their own. God is so HOLY that sin can not abide in his presence, and his is so just that he can not overlook sin and there must be a penalty. No one can go to heaven, where God is, on their own. Jesus PAID the penalty for your sin, he took every sin upon his own innocent body. Because of what he did you can be saved, enjoy a relationship with him and spend eternity in heaven with him. All you have to do is pray from your heart, repent of your sins and ask Jesus to come into your life and be your Lord and Savior. Receive the gift of salvation which is free to everyone and paid with such a great price by the one who loves us more than you can ever imagine! He is waiting to hear from you, he loves you so much, turn to him, his arms are wide open.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:46 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

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