Questions About Christianity

I was recently asked what I believe concerning the following questions:

Is salvation by faith alone? By faith alone through Christ alone. Our faith is evident through works. (John 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:8-9)

How do I know I am saved? Faith without works is dead, so your life will represent Christ. You will walk in the Spirit showing the fruit of the Spirit. (James 2:14-24, Galatians 5:16-26)

Can a Christian lose his salvation? Once “saved” you are a new man the old dies away. It is a true transformation. I believe if you truly go through that you’ll not loose your salvation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Is baptism necessary? Becoming a Christian means you have been baptized by the Spirit. John the baptist said that he baptized with water but the one coming after (Christ) would baptize with fire (the Holy Spirit). Water baptism is not required but is commanded so if you are faithful to Christ you should get baptized. (Mathew 3:11, Mathew 28:16-20, Mark 1:8, Acts 2:38)

Where are the people who have passed on? With God or not. I believe that God exists outside of time, since He created it. Since our souls are eternal, I would say they immediately depart form this world.

Will there be a tribulation and a rapture? Yes and Yes. As for when nobody knows.

What is worship? The prime purpose of man is to glorify God. Obeying God, prayer, singing His praises, studying His word.

Why do we worship on Sunday, isn’t Saturday the Sabbath? I believe it is mainly to remember and celebrate Christ rising form the dead. The Bible has Paul doing things on Sunday (Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2). I personally believe that everyone should have a weekly day of rest and worship of God, the day itself does not matter as much. (Colossians 2:16-17, Romans 14:5-6)

Are we born into sin, as in Original Sin? Sin enter the world through Adam and through him spread to all. (Romans 5:12)

Is the Bible all that is needed to know God’s will? Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. =) The Bible has God’s will for us in it. It has the principles that we should live our life by, primarily love God and your Neighbor. I believe God’s will can be shown through prayer and supplication also.

Can women be pastors? I’d say no according to 1 Timothy 2:11-15.

Are we predestined to be saved or to be lost? I find this one tough as it becomes a paradoxical conversation.

Are spiritual gifts, miraculous gifts, available to us today? I’d say yes as God is all powerful and there are missionaries that have been able to witness in another language without prior knowledge. I’d say the measuring stick is if it gives glory to God.

Once Saved Always Saved?

A forum that I frequent asked this question. I thought I would put my response here also.

I believe that once you are saved you are always saved. Though I am not going to argue for either side, but express what I believe what it means to be a Christian.

If you are truly saved you will strive to obey God and glorify him with your life. Anyone can claim to be Christian… some polls say that the US has 80% or higher reporting to being a Christian. Saying that you are a Christian without faith in Jesus Christ, or just being a good person is not good enough (James 2:19, Matthew 7:21-23).

Being saved, a Christian, is more than just going to Church. It is not inherited from your parents. It is more than living a good life and doing good deeds. Any of these things without faith in Jesus Christ is worth nothing, for everyone has sinned and that sin separates us from God (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10-12 Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23).

Becoming a Christian is easy. It takes faith that Jesus is God, that he came to earth to die on the cross for our sins, that through his death and resurrection he conquered death becoming the perfect eternal sacrifice and payment so that we might be saved (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-13).

Once becoming a Christian, your life should reflect that. Your actions should align with the Bible says is righteous, you should strive to glorify God with your life. Christians are not supposed to live in sin (Romans 6:1-2) but show the results of Christ being in their life (James 2:26, Galatians 5:22-23). One of the main things that Christians are called to do is love (Matthew 22:36-40, John 13:34-35).

So the TL;DR version:

  • Saying you’re a Christian alone doesn’t mean much (James 2:19, Matthew 7:21-23).
  • Your best isn’t good enough, everyone has sinned (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10-12 Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23).
  • Being saved is through Jesus Christ alone (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-13).
  • A Christians’ life should reflect Christ, should not be lived in sin, and show love for one another (Romans 6:1-2, James 2:26, Galatians 5:22-23, Matthew 22:36-40, John 13:34-35)

Isaiah 64:6 – For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

Matthew 7:21-23 – 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Matthew 22:36-40 – 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

John 3:16 – 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.

John 13:34-35 – 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Romans 3:10-12 – 10 as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; 11 There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; 12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.”

Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:1-2 – 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:9-13 – 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Galatians 5:22-23 – 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

James 2:19 – You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

James 2:26 – For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

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