Saturday, February 12, 2005
The difference between true Christianity and all other religions, is that True Christianity is about God reaching out to man, to heal and save us. All other religions are about man trying to reach out to God. Man can never be good enough to be acceptable to God, because God is Absolute Purity, Perfection, Holiness, and Love. So you can not earn your way to heaven, or to God's forgiveness. But God has made it possible for us to be acceptable to Him, because of the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul wrote, "I do not set aside the Grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained thru the law, Christ died for nothing." (Galatians 2:21)Now what does this mean in practical terms? It means that by Faith in Christ, we can have Salvation from our sins. But we can never earn that forgiveness. There is no sin so small that it will not separate us from God, but no sin so large that it can separate us, if we confess (agree with God)and repent (turn 180 degrees away)from our sin. Again, Paul said "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9,10) This tells us that the only requirements to be acceptable to God are to believe in Him, and Confess Him.