Saved from What?|
Q. I've heard Christians say, "Repent and be saved." But, what are you saved from? Repent for what? Besides, what makes you think you're saved and I'm not? (J.M., Mt. Vernon, WA)
I know just what you mean. I had the same questions as you before I became a believer.
ER Blood Transfusion for Rescue from Death
Here is a quick illustration: If you and I are rushed to the emergency room after a bad accident and we both need a blood-transfusion, what happens if I get one and you don't? Let's assume that I live and you die.
In my case I received the blood transfusion and lived, while you died because there was no blood available for you. In either case, there is nothing we did that helped us to live or die. It was strictly the donor's blood that saved me - or the lack of it that killed you.
In a similar way, the gospel message tells people they must believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins and rose from the dead in order to be saved from death. This belief in-a-nutshell is a spiritual as well as a physical "blood-transfusion" of sorts.
Saving Gospel Message
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 clearly presents this saving gospel. We are saved from death. "The last enemy to be destroyed is death" (1 Corinthians 15:26).
The verses tell us, "It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you…Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said" (1 Cor. 15:1-4, NLT).
New Address in Space City?
To "repent" from your sins simply means to turn away from sin. In doing so you have recognized your shortcomings and failures and your need for salvation.
Additionally, a quick reading of the book of Revelation chapters 21&22 describe a stunningly beautiful new space-city, a new planet, and a new universe where believers will reside. No one with "sin" in their lives and bodies will be allowed into that new world (see Rev. 21:27).
This is truly an exciting time to be a believer.
Belief in Virgin Birth
1. For example, it is no longer difficult to believe in the virgin birth due to our understanding of artificial insemination. Furthermore, physicist Dr. Frank Tipler notes that analysis of blood on the Shroud of Turin reveals that its blood has two XX chromosomes and no Y chromosome - a signature of a virgin birth.
2. Furthermore, belief in the accuracy and divine origin of the Bible is enhanced by incredible archaeological discoveries, and through the use of computers which verify astounding bible codes hidden throughout the texts (see Missler, Cosmic Codes).
3. Finally, belief in resurrection is a "snap" because of our understanding of the science of cloning. Additionally, Dr. Frank Tipler postulates after studying the image on the shroud of Turin that Jesus converted the matter of his body "into invisible radiation made up of neutrinos" when He disappeared or appeared in His resurrection body (pg. 271).
Who knows? Anyway, all God needs to resurrect us is information contained in our DNA (assuming that He even uses this sort of technology). Certainly He has the technology because He created it. God proved it to us when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. All He asks is that we trust Him for the salvation message He sent to us.
Missler, Chuck. 1999. Cosmic codes. Coeur d'Alene, ID: Koinonia House. www.khouse.org.
Muncaster, Ralph. 2004. Examine the evidence. Eugene, OR: Harvest House.
Tipler, Frank J. 2007. The physics of Christianity. N.Y. Doubleday.