what must i DO to be saved?

10.14.2012 |

after reading THIS article, several things went through my mind.  i'm not one to say he did or did not have an experience with the God of the universe, and i am not saying that he didn't really visit heaven; however, i'm intriguied.  

he, like 250 million other americans, calls himself a christian.  now, based on several studies and statistics, being a "christian" can look like 250 million different things, have 250 million different beliefs, and being "practiced" 250 million different ways......but when you look at the word "christian" it literally means "one who follows the example of christ" (1 peter 2:21) and there is only 1 true belief, and there is only 1 true God, and there is only 1 way to get to heaven.  though this neurogserugon called himself a christian, he said "he never held deeply religious beliefs or a pronounced faith in the afterlife."  you can see the ambiguity.  

so this guy goes to heaven and has an afterlife experience while in a coma.  

"i'm still a doctor, and still a man of science every bit as much as i was before i had my experience," alexander writers.  "but on a deep level, i'm very different from the person i was before, because i've caught a glimpse of this emerging picture of reality.  and you can believe me when i tell you that it will be worth every bit of work it will take us, and those who come after us, to get it right."

the last sentence of this quote took me off guard.  "every bit of the work it will take us".....? no, last time i checked, christ already did the work for us. 


"he brought them out and asked, "sirs, what must i DO to be saved?" –acts 16:30

the truth is, we don't have to DO anything. there is no list of things you must DO before receiving eternal life or find hope in this life, there is nothing you can yourself DO to EARN salvation. jesus has DONE it all for us by dying on the cross for us. salvation is a FREE gift from God through jesus christ, your only call is to accept this gift, repent and believe. in a society where we have to work to see improvements and earn every single bit of what we own, how comforting it is to be eligible for God's bountiful grace and limitless mercy without DOING anything, in and of ourselves.

maybe i read that article wrong, but that is what caused my heart to stir.  


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