Updated July 2022
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What leads a person to seek God? Is it circumstances, a tragic event, a fear of a cataclysmic event such as a global nuclear war or just a curiosity of what the bible says? This could lead to a question which is often asked by a potential believer is, "What must I do to be saved?" This leaves the impression that the person (we all are sinners) must implement some activity in his or her life to find salvation. Must one repent, or reform, or join the church? Even Paul's reply to the Philippian warden, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved " (Acts. 16:31) seems too simple. It does not say anything about performing some meritorious deed. It says BELIEVE and that means it is of faith that it may accord with grace, not with works.
Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace…
Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Salvation is all of God. It begins with His choice before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), which results in His call and justification and glorification (Romans 8:30). Nothing is left to us. He alone gave His Son, the one sacrifice that saves. And when we are His children, He leads us to do good deeds apart from the law. These are described in Ephesians chapters 4 to 6 and includes bearing the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
A wonderful gift from God is His Word. With estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies, the Bible is widely considered to be the best-selling book of all time.
It sells approximately 100 million copies annually, and has been a major influence on literature and history, especially in the West.
The Bible has been translated into many languages. And it continues to be translated into new languages.
It has been said that you can prove anything from the Bible. Is this really true? There have been many opinions and ideas on what the Holy Scriptures truly teach. All Christian denominations and groups have their own list of beliefs and all say their teaching comes from the Bible but almost all have different opinions on what the Bible says?
Most people have a desire to understand God and His plan, purpose, power, and workings. Without a knowledge of God’s plan, purpose, power, and workings, many will be very frustrated trying to understand the Bible. To often people rely on the interpretations and explanations of pastors and men of theology for understanding instead of doing their own diligent research. If we search for an understanding of the purpose of the ages, we will be pleasantly surprised to find answers to all of our questions. The Holy Scriptures never contradict each other.
Things to consider about the Bible and its teaching:
Is the Bible holy?
Does the Bible teach of an ever burning hell fire for evil doers?
Does a person have an immortal soul?
Does God want to save all men but can't?
Did Jesus fail when He said He was the saviour of the world?
Did God lose the vast majority of the human race?
God created good and not evil. True?
Salvation a one shot deal and not a process. True?
Is the lake of fire and hell the same thing?
If you answered yes to some or all of these questions it may be worthwhile to read some of the articles on this web site to see if you agree or disagree.
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