You're Saved&I'm Not?
Q. What makes you think you're saved and me&my girlfriend are not? What are you saved from anyway? Why do you think we need what you've got? (J.M., Mt. Vernon, WA)
This is a fair, honest question, J.M. Sometimes Christians appear awfully arrogant, don't they? We don't mean to be, though. It's not that we are trying to be "right" or win an argument. It's just that we truly believe what we're saying and don't want to lose any of our beloved family for an eternity. That's a huge burden for us.
Here's an illustration that may help you:
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. The obituary might read something like this: Mr. Saved received a much needed blood-transfusion and is expected to recover. There was no blood available to Mr. Unfortunate and he died within 15 minutes after arriving at St. Joes Hospital.
Life-Giving Blood Transfusion
In this case, nothing I have done has saved me from death. It had nothing to do with how "good" I am or how "worthy" to receive a blood transfusion. It was simply the available blood from a donor that saved me.
In a similar way, the gospel message tells people they must believe that Yeshua (Hebrew for "Jesus") sacrificially died for them and rose from the dead in order to be saved from death - a spiritual as well as a physical "blood-transfusion". 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).
This is actually an exciting time to be a believer. It isn't as difficult to believe the miraculous. Consider the following:
Why is it so difficult to believe in a virgin birth today? If man now has the technology to create a baby without a father, (e.g. artificial insemination), then certainly God can!
Belief in the accuracy and divine origin of the Bible is enhanced by incredible archaeological discoveries which help to prove fulfilled prophecies - prophecies written hundreds of years before they came true - and through the use of computers which verify astounding bible codes revealing current history hidden throughout the texts, too. While this is controversial, it's worth reviewing.
Resurrection - Cloning Science?
Finally, belief in resurrection is a "snap" because of our understanding of the science of cloning. 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. He created it. God proved it to us when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He promises that He will do it again for us, too.
DNA Records in the Book of Life?
Here is some "food for thought:" Some theologians believe that the Book of Life mentioned in Revelation 20:12 may actually contain the believers' personal DNA records. If your detailed DNA information is in the book you will be made alive again. Awesome possibility. If so, is yours there?
"And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life" (Rev. 20:12)…"And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire" (20:15, ESV).
These are just some things for you to think about.
Missler, Chuck. 1999. Cosmic codes. Coeur d'Alene, ID: Koinonia House. Available from: www.khouse.org.
Muncaster, Ralph. 2004. Examine the evidence. Eugene, OR: Harvest House.
Postscript: Jeffrey Mays, the person who sent us this question, passed away in February of 2010. He was Valorie Emilio's brother and authored more than forty questions to the Remnant Report website. He is sorely missed. Rest in peace little brother.