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There is no place in scripture where it states what you must believe about Christ to be saved from eternal hellfire, except that everyone who believes in Him has eternal life. All the promises in the book of John state in the majority text, according to what I learned. Can you provide a single verse or set of verses that state exactly what you must believe about Jesus besides that to be saved? What do you think is the bare minimum?
I know I asked this question in different words before. But...
Does God desire all people (1 Timothy 2:4) to be saved unconditionally, or only according to His redemption plan?
Since all people are not saved, for example the person headed for swift destruction in 2 Peter 2:1, then God's desire is not unconditionally applied, but conditionally applied, to those whose faith in Christ He credits as righteous faith.
In order to make this possibility of salvation available to all humanity, Christ died as a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:6.
This is a fundamental Biblical truth which historically has been void from theological understanding as to the reason mankind has a sinful nature.
Fundamentally the knowledge of good and evil is God's knowledge.
After God created the man He placed the knowledge of good and evil in the garden in the form of an edible fruit of a tree, Genesis 2:9.
A first commandment God gave the man, in Genesis 2:16-17, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge...
This concept teaches we are conceived in a separated from God state. United with God we are “alive” and separated from God we are “dead.” When Adam sinned and was corrupted, he was separated from God. Thus all in Adam are separated from God and therefore dead at conception. When God puts us spiritually in Christ, we are made alive together with Christ.
Now lets look at some arguments against the doctrine that as a consequence of Adam’s sin, mankind is conceived in a spiritually dead,...
Pelagianism and semi-Pelagianism are theological perspectives relating to the nature of man. Pelagianism is a heresy, a false teaching. It is the teaching by a fifth-century monk named Pelagius who taught that man’s nature was not affected by the fall of Adam and that all people are still free to equally choose between right and wrong. When Adam sinned, his offspring did not inherit the sinful nature. Pelagianism denies the doctrine of original sin and also denies that people are sinners...
There is a theory that is used to explain how we got a perfect Bible in the KJV that we may call the "Seven Times Purified Theory." It is based on Psalm 12:6--"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." Please be aware that this thread is not intended to discuss v. 7, which involves some complicated issues of both grammar and OT textual criticism. (I heard a paper presented on this at the Bible Faculty Summit last week.) Rather, I want...
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
' "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me." We must look at this. The gift of sinners by the Father to Jesus Christ is not that terrible doctrine that the devil represents election to be. It is not that forbidding thing that our unbelieving and proud hearts say it is. It is a merciful, tender, loving doctrine, the only doctrine that opens a door of hope for dead ruined...
What would you consider essential vs non-essential doctrine? What categories can we agreeably disagree and what categories must we separate?
We did a podcast session on this, which was published today. I'd welcome your thoughts and feedback.
Episodes – Reasoning Through the Bible
John 1:13 which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
"Men that believe in Jesus Christ, to the effectual receiving of Jesus Christ, they are born to it. He does not say they shall be born to it, but they are born to it--born of God unto God and the things of God, before he receives God to eternal salvation. ‘Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Now, unless he be born of God, he cannot see it: suppose the kingdom...
Pistis is the transliteration of the Greek term translated in the KJV as "faith" Pistis is formed from two roots, "Piq" meaning bind, and "tis" having the same function as "er" in English. So fundamentally, the Greek term means "binder" or that which binds.
Now lets look at how the Bible defines the term contextually. Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." The word translated "substance" comes from the Greek hupostatis, which means...