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Salvation Q&A

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As a human, you were created by three non-human Beings, who we refer to as Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  These are not three personalities of a single Entity.  Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three separate and distinct Divine Beings.  They are actively involved in your life today, and when you die, They will control whether your experience of the next life is nice or awful.  Since these three Gods control the quality of your existence, it’s in your best interest to stay on Their good side.  So how do you do this?  Christians would say that you need to obtain eternal salvation.  But what exactly is eternal salvation?  It’s a very simple concept which Christians have turned into a royal mess.  The purpose of this post is to clear up some of the confusion. Read more of this post

Understanding Salvation: How We Find the Real Gods & The Irrelevance of Titles

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Here’s a scenario which baffles many Christians.  Suppose there’s a tribe deep in the Amazon jungle.  This tribe is so remote that they have no contact with the outside world.  All they know is each other and a couple of the small tribes around them.  None of us “civilized” folk even know that this tribe exists, so the Church has never attempted to send missionaries in to reach them.  With no access to the Bible or jungle savvy evangelists, how can our remote tribe of pagans ever get saved? In their tribe, they worship gods of nature—tree gods, monkey gods, and a sun god.  But they’ve never been told about the real Gods.  So how should we view these people?  Are they beyond all hope of salvation because they don’t have any Bible quoting Christians to tell them the Gospel message?  According to the arrogant apostle Paul, yes, these souls are as good as damned.  Paul liked to tell himself that Yahweh is simply too limited to work without the help of us humans. This is why Paul says:

But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in Him; and before they can believe in Him, they must hear about Him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them; and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent. (Rom. 10:14-15)

Wow, talk about pompous.  But now let’s set aside the massive ego of Paul and get back to truth. What do our Gods say about Their ability to introduce Themselves to people without our help?  They say that They are more than up to the task.  So you see, jungle natives really don’t need to be preached at by some title touting human before they can understand who the real Gods are.  They just need those Gods to speak up. Read more of this post

Understanding Salvation: Who God Accepts

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Salvation has never been acquired through atonement.  Instead, being accepted by our Gods has always been a matter of soul attitude.  Both Yahweh and Jesus teach this, and it’s quite easy to biblically demonstrate how we inherited our current obsession with atonement from misguided New Testament Jewish teachers (see Jesus vs. the NT Jews: What it Means to Please God).  In the Church today, it’s all about atonement.  We sing countless songs about how we’re “covered by the Blood” and we glorify Christ as the Lamb who atoned for the sins of the world.  Well, glorifying Christ is certainly fabulous—as is glorifying Yahweh and the magnificent Holy Spirit.  We certainly want to be loving, praising, and adoring our three glorious Creators, however problems arise when we talk as if the atoning Blood of Christ is the thing that saves us.  It most certainly is not.  Read more of this post

Jesus vs. the NT Jews: What it Means to Please God

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When Jesus showed up on earth in the form of a human being, He showed up in Israel. He came in the form of an ethnic Jew. In His 33 year long charade as a human, He lived in a Jewish society which claimed to uphold the Laws of the Torah. Judaism was the national religion of the Jews, and true Judaism is supposed to be an adherence to Yahweh’s Old Covenant. Of course Jews who promoted Judaism in the New Testament were like Christians who promote Christianity today: the religion being promoted was a far cry from what that religion is really supposed to be about. Read more of this post

Beyond Atonement: Understanding the True Purpose of the Cross

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Because the Church as a whole downplays the Old Testament—so much so that we often throw it out altogether and publish the New Testament alone—Christians have ended up with a very warped view of the cross. When it comes to answering the question “Why did Jesus die on the cross for our sins?”, the common answer is “Because He loved us.” Well, this answer simply doesn’t work. You see, Jesus has always loved us and as God Almighty, Jesus has been around forever. So why did He all of a sudden decide to show up on earth in human form and go through the whole crucifixion event? Read more of this post

The Great Gift of Sin: Why Our Depravity Gives Us Hope

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Ever feel confused about the topic of sin? You should, because it is confusing. Ever feel like God is impossible to please? It’s only natural to arrive at that conclusion once you understand a few things about how He defines sin. In this post, we’re going to sort out the confusion that leads to you feeling depressed and hopeless about ever being good enough in God’s eyes and help you understand how easy He is to succeed with. We’ll also learn why salvation is a permanent deal, and not some flimsy thing that you have to worry about losing through bad behavior.

In the Church today, various Christian denominations take drastically different stands on the subjects of sin and salvation. Some insist that it’s possible for you to be sinless. Many teach that unless you continuously strive and strain to be good, God will revoke your salvation and disown you. Cruise around the internet and you’ll find some very hostile language getting used on both sides as everyone insists that their views are right and everyone else is speaking for Satan. If Christian leaders can’t agree with each other on such essential theology, how can you ever hope to find peace yourself? How can you ever gain a confident understanding about what God requires of you and when He’s pleased with you? The answer’s simple: you need to talk to God directly. Read more of this post

Emotionless Submission: Why You Don’t Need Tears to Get Saved

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Do you need to feel like a horrible, sinful wretch before God will save you? If you don’t have tears welling in your eyes, and if there isn’t a burning lump in your throat that makes it hard for you to choke out the sinner’s prayer, does that mean you aren’t sincere enough? Does getting saved have to be an emotionally draining experience? No, it doesn’t.

Our Gods love variety. Because of this, They have created a wide variety of temperaments and personalities. We all have emotions, but we express them differently. Some of us cry over every little thing. Others of us never cry. Some of us feel deeply. Others of us are very out of touch with our own emotions. Some of us are theatrical and passionate with dramatic swings in mood. Others of us are calm and steady and we rarely get excited. Which style is the best? Which style do our Gods prefer? They don’t have one favorite—They like all the flavors of human which They have created. Read more of this post