This I Believe

Justin - Cullman, Alabama
Entered on May 7, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: Christianity
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Salvation is something everyone wants, but is everyone willing to work to achieve it?

Even though there are many people who claim to believe in God, the ones who devote their lives to following the Gospel and the values it teaches are the minority. But are true Christians the minority because there are more people who don’t believe there was a man named Jesus Christ or because they aren’t willing to sacrifice the aspects of their lives that are prohibited in the Gospel?

Or perhaps it’s even more complex than that? The problem could be that there are too many people in the world that don’t fully understand the Gospel or even worse, they’ve never heard it at all.

Throughout the New Testament, the Bible clearly describes the way God intended for man to live out his life. The New Testament not only lays out life’s plan, but it goes into extensive detail on almost every possible scenario that man could be challenged with during his life. But if all of mankind doesn’t have the opportunity to hear the word of Christ and his instructions of how to receive salvation, then have we done our jobs as Christians?

One of the primary points the Gospel makes is that every man must repent his sins and be baptized in the name of Christ, but it also clearly points out that this one action alone will not help someone achieve salvation. This is merely the first step.

In First Corinthians, the apostle Paul tells us what type of people will not receive salvation if they do not change their ways. While the apostles confirm the word of Christ in their epistles, there is one reoccurring theme. Throughout the Bible it is stated that one should not only love God, they he should also their neighbor, in the Book of Acts Christ orders the apostles to take his word and deliver it unto all of man. This still applies for today’s Christian.

I believe in my faith in God, and I believe my faith will lead me to salvation and all of the blessings that come with the Kingdom of Heaven. But because I am a firm believer in my faith, I believe it is my duty to follow out the instructions of Christ by leading by example and passing the word on to all of my neighbors.

Even though I want salvation, I don’t want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven alone. That’s why I will take advantage of every opportunity I get to pass my belief on to others.