Its funny how we like to make things more complicated than what they really are. Salvation does not need to be one of them. “Salvation from what?” you may be asking.
Well, salvation from it all. At the word “salvation” people immidiately put up religious barriers. “But im not religious” you may say. The truth is, we are all religious in one way or the other. We all value something, dont we? So we are all religious. Simple. You want proof? Atheism = Religion of self. They believe that you are in control of your own destiny, therefore anything and everything that happens is controled by your actions, not by chance nor higer being. Theists, believe that there is a higher being that requires our devotion. The truth is we all fall in one of these categories, therefore we are all religious.
Now, may I ask you to bring down the religious walls, and bare with me for a moment. We have all done sometthing wrong in life
right? The answer is yes, we all have done something wrong. That candy you stole from the candy store when you were five? Yeah, that was wrong. Or that bad word you said to you friend because you were upset, that was wrong too. The truth of the matter is that we all do bad things. Why we dont realise it as much is because we all categorize these bad things. For example, stealing candy from a store is not as bad as killing someone on the street (or anywhere esle for that matter). This is a categorization. We assume that our wrong doing is somehow greater in someways than others. The truth however, is that a wrong is a wrong, no matter what you do. Killing someone is just as wrong as stealing candy from a store. Kind of harsh you might think. It is harsh, but the truth is that the punishement for our wrong doing is even harsher. In the scriptures, it says that the “wages of sin is death”. ….Last time I checked, I did not die from my misdeed, (otherwise, it would be kinda difficult to be writing this blog). SO what does the scripture mean when it says “the wages of sin is death”. Sin is what we do wrong. and we should all be familiar with wages. Wages is what we earn. what we WORK for. Most people these days have jobs. they receive wages for what they do. is their payment. God says that our payment for what we WORK for is death. Thats kinda of sad. What kind of death though? Its a spiritual death. Eternal separation, damnation, judgemnt.
“what I dont understand is this, if God is such a loving father/God, why would he send people to hell?” Good question. And there is an answer, if you want to keep reading, but first, i must finish the verse. “the WAGES of sin is death, BUT the GIFT of God is Eternal Life.” Salvation is a gift of God, from God, to us. We should all be familiar with gifts. If I give you 20 bucks as a gift, it means its yours for no reason whatsoever. You dont have to work for it, you dont have to do me a favor first, no, a gift (a true gift that is) has no strings attached to it because its free, (and no this is not an infomertial). And God says that eternal life is a gift. Its free. It means that you dont have to be good enough, strong enough, smart enough, good looking enough. Nothing enough, its free, salvation is free. Simple. You see, the payment for sin, which is death, is something that we could never pay in order to obtain eternal life because the death described in the scriptures IS the seperation FROM eternal life. In other words, you cant pay the payment for sin. There is no way. none. What about if you do enough good deeds. Sounds like a good idea right? Ive heard it said that if you do a enough good deeds that your good deeds outweight the bad ones. The problem with this is that in the book of Isaiah in the scriptures it says that God sees our good works as dirty rags (referring to menstrual rags…no joke). In other words, our best efforts are not enough to even be clean rags. Well, there goes the good outweighing the bad idea, if anything, the good deeds we do just adds to the bad side of the scale, before you know it, theres nothing on the good side of the scale because what we thought we were doing good, God says “sorry, those are dirty rags”
So if we cant be good enough and we are all people who have done bad things (wether it be cursing or whatever). What can we do? Nothing really. But the scriptures says this “if you confess with your mouth the Lord JESUS and BELIEVE in your HEART that God has raised Him from the Dead, THOU SHALT BE SAVED. I capatilize the words for emphasis.
You see, we all have a debt to pay, one that we cannot ever pay. Because of this debt, God the Father sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin, who lived without comitting sin. But then was crucified and killed for us. The scriptures says, that God, judged sin, on His Son on the cross. But it doesnt end there. Jesus died, and was buried, but on the third day, the scriptures says he rose again. Proving that he had power over death. and because of this, he guarantees the same for us. You see when Christ died on the cross, He was not paying for his own sins…no he had none. instead, he was paying for someone elses. He was paying for the sins of those who would turn and give their lives to Him.
The scriptures says that He is one day coming back to gather those whom He has saved and take them with Him to a place He has prepared for them. Away from suffering, pain, sorrow. An Eternal life of walking in peace, without worries, or fears. And the awesome part of it all, is that he is calling out to you. Yes you, the reader. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten SON that WHOSOEVER believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” Whosoever mean anynone….anyone. It does not say anyone except…..no, it says anyone, it says you.
So why would such a loving father send people to hell? I guess now you have the answer, but let me try to clarify a bit. God does not send us to hell, we do that to our selves. He sent His son as a means so that we wont have to go to hell BECAUSE he loves us
There was a hiker who hiked this tall mountain. at the very top, he came across a very peculiar sight, he saw a long line of people jumping off a cliff. He did not understand why would these people would do such a thing. so he decided to build a bridge so that people would not jump off the cliff, but instead reach the other side. once the bridege was completed he rean up and down the line telling people about the bridge and how to get safely accross the cliff. Some people (very few) obeyerd the hiker and took the bridge safely accross, however, a great multitude continued to throw themselves down the cliff. Some of the people actually complained, saying that the bridge was a neusence, others blamed the hiker for the people throwing themselfves down the cliff stating that the hiker was a distraction. However, still some made it accross.
Its weird to jump of a cliff when there is a bridge right next to you, ready and available, however, tons of people do this every day. God has provided a way through His Son. The only way. There is no other bridge. All you have to do, is accept the invitation. All you have to do, is not jump of a cliff. I pray you may decide to take the bridge instead of throwing yourself down the cliff.
Juan Castillo Jr.
- Eternal Life by Being Good? (christiansnotions.wordpress.com)
- Believing Jesus Is Eternal Life! (corbenstreet.wordpress.com)
- God Loves You! It’s As Simple As That (mylordisjesus.wordpress.com)
- How do I get to Heaven? (frted.wordpress.com)