The way of Eternal Life
Salvation is at the same time both very simple, and yet complex. For those of you who are Believers, you understand what I am talking about. For those who are not, lets stick to the simple.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no 'set' formula for being saved; one does not say some "magic words", or do some 'special ceremony' to win favor with God. It consists of God drawing you near (you would experience this as a change of heart towards God), your eyes being opened to sin in your life, and recognizing how helpless you are to redeem yourself. At this stage your soul cries out to God "Please, save me!". Belief that God can and will save you, is what happens next. By confessing with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved (Rom. 10:9); whoever calls on the name of the Lord, shall be saved (Rom. 10:13); consequently, faith comes by hearing; and hearing by the Word of God [the Bible](Rom 10:17). For it is by grace you have been saved, thru Faith; and this not of yourself, it is the gift of God. not by works, so that no one can boast (Eph 2:8,9). If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives (1 John 1:8-10).
It all comes down to belief. Chose this day who you wanna serve.
...So don't be like this guy and try to work your way into heaven!
you will just beat yourself up!
Our only hope is the completed work of Jesus Christ on the Cross!
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but thru me."
" 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world thru him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already..."