Category Archives: Salvation
“[No one is a child of God] who does not Love their brother and sister…this is the message…We should Love one another…We know that we have passed from death to life, because we Love each other. Anyone who does not Love remains in death… If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the Love of God be in that person? [L]et us not Love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – I John 3:10-18
Jesus’ message (and of every Great Religious Teacher) was NOT that we must perfectly follow commandments to be Saved. In fact, that is the OPPOSITE of the Christian Gospel! The Christian Message is that we are incapable of reaching a place of ‘sinlessness’ while we still wear human flesh, and Jesus died for those shortcomings. Note the Beloved Apostle’s words:
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us…If we claim we have not sinned, we make [God] out to be a liar and His word is not in us.” – I John 8-10
We will sin. It is part of being human. And the Gospel is the Story of the outrageously scandalous Love that God the Creator showed to us humans. Can you picture God planning Salvation? Maybe He said,
I don’t care if none of My children accept My free gift…I Love them and can’t bear to see them flounder around in their poor choices without any chance of a better Life. So I, God, will go to their crappy little planet, Myself, and absorb their punishment, their sin, and their shame in hopes some of them will accept My Free Gift of Love.
What if Jesus would have adopted the Major Purpose of many Christians — “to follow commandments”? Jesus could have followed the commandments perfectly . . . without ever crawling up on that cross to Save you and me.
What saved us was not Jesus’ Commandment-keeping. What Saved us is Jesus’ Love for us!
And that is exactly how WE are Saved — By showing Love to Others.
Every human will break commandments in their Life. Many times. But even if we could keep them all, of what profit would that be to others? Think of a few great people in history. What makes their Life extraordinary?
Do you remember them for NOT doing things? I have never heard someone say they admired President Lincoln for NOT raising taxes. Do we speak reverently of Martin Luther King, Jr. because he DIDN’T wear mis-matched clothing? Winston Churchill is not remembered for NOT taking God’s Name in vain.
No! Every great person — whether that Greatness is on the stage of World History or ‘merely’ being a great Mom, neighbor or co-worker — is measured by their Love expressed in action and in Truth (although Words of Love are good, too.). Greatness is not measured, EVER, by what we DON’T DO!
It that always easy? Hell no! There are times when Love is incredibly painful…and sometimes in return you will receive no fanfare . . . or even gratitude. On occasion, your ‘thanks’ will be disdain, vile hatred, and the person you are trying to help may spit in your face.
Love is much more difficult than merely following commandments. But that is what Real Christians, in fact True Followers of all Great Faiths, are called upon to do. In fact, you might say: Love is NOT what Believers do. . .
Love is what True Believers ARE!
Love is what True Believers ARE!
You could say, ‘Yeah, but God does not break Commandments.’ And you may be correct.
He is God because He LOVES.
God is Love. And if we want to truly be our Heavenly ‘Father’s’ children, we should become like Him.
No one has ever seen God; but if we Love one another, God lives in us and his Love is made complete in us. . . God is Love. Whoever lives in Love lives in God, and God in them. I John 4:12-16
From my heart to yours,