3. SALVATION

SALVATION ... HOW TO BE SAVED - Path to Heaven is Contradictory

Did Jesus perform many signs and wonders?

http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/contra/signs.html

Apparently, just baptism is sufficient to get into heaven.

The path to heaven should be quite clear. It ain't...

1. Say the right things.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified. -- Matthew 12:37

 

2. Do the right things (at least, just before you die)

When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Ezekiel 18:26

Are you prepared to meet Hitler in heaven?
Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/ezek/18.html Ezekiel 18:27

And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life. --http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jn/5.html John 5:29

For you render to each one according to his works. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/ps/62.html Psalm 62:12

I the Lord ... give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. --http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jer/17.html Jeremiah 17:10

For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/16.html Matthew 16.27

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? -- James 2:14

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/25.html Matthew 25:34-36

Who will render to each one according to his deeds. ... For not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/rom/2.html Romans 2:6, 13

For we must all appear before the jugment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/2cor/5.html 2 Corinthians 5:10

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/2cor/11.html 2 Corinthians 11:15

The Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work. --http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/1pet/1.html 1 Peter 1:17

I will give unto every one of you according to your works. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/rev/2.html Revelation 2:23

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/rev/20.html Revelation 20:12-13

3. Believe the right things.

A man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/rom/3.html Romans 3:28

Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/rom/5.html Romans 5:1

A man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. --http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/gal/2.html Galatians 2:16

For by grace are ye saved through faith. -- ://skepticsannotatedbible.com/eph/2.html Ephesians 2:8 http

4. Specifically, believe in Jesus.

Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jn/3.html John 3:16

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jn/3.html John 3:36

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/acts/16.html Acts 16:31

5. Do and believe the right things.

Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jas/2.html James 2:17

6. Be born again.

Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jn/3.html John 3:3

7. Hear the words of Jesus and believe in whoever sent him.

He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jn/5.html John 5:24

8. Be born of water and the spirit.

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jn/3.html John 3:5

9. Be washed by the Holy Ghost.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/tit/3.html Titus 3:5

10. Be converted and become like a little child.

Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/18.html Matthew 18:3

11. Believe and be baptized.

 

3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mk/16.html Mark 16:16

12. Call upon the name of the Lord.

Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/acts/2.html Acts 2:21

13. Confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead.

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/rom/10.html Romans 10:9

14. Follow the commandments (at least some of them).

If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/19.html Matthew 19:17-19

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/rev/22.html Revelation 22:14

15. Keep the commandments (at least some of them), give all your money to the poor, and follow Jesus.

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? ...

Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
...thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.--
http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/lk/18.html Luke 18:18-22

16. Keep the commandments and the faith of Jesus.

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/rev/14.html Revelation 14:12

17. Endure to the end.

He that endureth to the end shall be saved. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/10.html, Matthew 10:22

http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/24.html Matthew 24:13 , http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mk/13.html Mark 13:13

18. Wait until you die and then get baptized (after your dead).

Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/1cor/15.html 1 Corinthians 15:29

19. Don't judge other people.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/7.html, Matthew 7:1 http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2006/lk/6.html Luke 6:37

20. Have lots of babies.

And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/1tim/2.html 1 Timothy 2:14-15

21. Don't defile yourself with women. (Be a virgin male.)

...the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. -- http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2006/rev/14.html Revelation 14:4

22. Be given by the Father and come to the Son.

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jn/6.html John 6:37

23. Be chosen (predestinated) by God.

For many are called, but few are chosen. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/22.html Matthew 22:14

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate ... Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/rom/8.html Romans 8:29-30

For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/rom/9.html Romans 9:11

He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Having predestinated us ... according to the good pleasure of his will. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/eph/1.html Ephesians 1:4-5

24. Be poor, not rich.

Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/19.html Matthew 19:23-24

But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/lk/6.html Luke 6:24

Ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jas/5.html James 5:1

25. Be more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees.

Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/5.html Matthew 5:20

26. Eat Jesus' body and blood.

Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/jn/6.html John 6:53-54

27. Just ask.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/mt/7.html Matthew 7:7-8

28. All you need is love.

Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/1jn/4.html 1 John 4:7

He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. -- http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/lk/10.html Luke 10:26

29. Forsake your wife and children in the name of Jesus

And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. Mattthew 19:29

 

30. Invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind to dinner

Luke:

14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

14:14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

31. Reap what you sow

Revelation 2:23

'I will strike her children dead so that all the churches will know that I repay target="_blank">each of you as your deeds deserve.'