What Does the Bible Really Say?

At church on Tuesday, we were discussing how our actions, both good and bad, affect our eternity.  Does God work things out like a giant scale and measure whether our good deeds outweigh our evil ones?

“Because we sin, we cannot be in the presence of God or we will die.  But because Jesus died as the perfect sacrifice, he can forgive our sins, and wipe the slate clean.  In order to get to heaven we need to have a relationship with him  He won’t want to hang out with us if we don’t know him.” -Jessica actually typed this here.  Yes, she really wrote this!

Is this what the Bible actually says?  The first person with a well thought through and studied answer to this in the comments section will win a $5 Starbucks gift card.  The person with the most well thought out and researched answer will also win the same prize.

4 thoughts on “What Does the Bible Really Say?

  1. I’m confused – who is Jessica? Or is this a hack into your blog? How would you tell if we researched or studied? I mean, I have written articles where I researched and studied for hours just to produce two sentences – you can’t always tell by reading what someone wrote if they studied a lot or not.

    Anyways – the Bible says that God desires for everyone to come to know Him, so it sounds to me like He wants to hangout with us even before we come to know Him. I don’t think us “knowing him” changes whether or not He wants to hang out with us. It kind of defeats His sacrifice on the Cross. If we have to know Him first before He wants to hang out with us – that would make the entire point of the Cross meaningless. The Cross is proof that He wants to hang out with us regardless of what we have done. We have to accept His sacrifice in order to for that happen.

    But I didn’t think through that one, study for it, or research it. Sorry… I broke the rules.

  2. I see two questions here that we didn’t answer at Revolution:
    1. “Does knowing Jesus bring us forgiveness?” and
    2. “Is he the only way?”

    Romans 8:1
    Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit set me free from the law of sin and death.

    Romans 3:21-25
    But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.

    So this says that, yes, we are justified (or “forgiven”) when we have faith in Jesus. It also says that he was the “sacrifice of atonement.”

    In regard to Jesus being the only way, there is the verse that someone brought up at youth:
    John 14:6
    Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”

    Also, when Jesus was talking about who would enter his kingdom, he said:

    “Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
    (Matthew 7:23)

    This implies that a relationship with him is necessary. It also implies that those who don’t know him will continue to be evil.

    Possibly the most clear statement I found was this:
    “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
    Acts 4:12

  3. Amendment to previous comment: “Also, when Jesus was talking about who would enter his kingdom…” should be “… was talking about who would not…”

  4. God created humans to be perfect like him. But with free will we disobeyed him and became imperfect. Man screwed up(sinned) and became imperfect, making it impossible to enter Heaven (way to go man…) but God still loved us, while we still were disobedient little sinful brats. So He made Jesus(His son) a deal. He said that if Jesus would go down to earth and live a sinless life, then die, that would be the PERFECT sacrifice, making it so that if we ask for His forgiveness, we have a guaranteed pass into Heaven.
    Like it says *turn in your Bibles* in Romans 3:23-24, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
    So, everybody sins and messes up. But, all we have to do is ask Him to come in control of our lives and abracadabra! Your in!

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