What makes a person saved?

How do we reconcile people who didn’t believe in Jesus as the messiah, or non-Jews (as God’s chosen people at that time were) being healed and being told that “their faith has healed them”?

How do we reconcile 1 tim 2:15? But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

How do we reconcile that God is blessing all, and, is showing no favoritism? (Matthew 5:45) He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

How do we reconcile a sinners prayer, and, confession based salvation, that has very little to do a relationship?

How do we bow down to both God and Mammon (as we all do) and be saved, when we serve multiple God’s?

How do we reconcile Old Testament Salvation when most Jewish people didn’t believe in Heaven?

How do we put Heaven into its right place when Jesus seems to be more interested in The Kingdom of Heaven (heaven here and now) and the rest of the New Testament is more interested in the New Heaven and New Earth?

How do we reconcile that God says that its easier for a camel to enter into the eye of the needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of heaven?

What does the narrow path to life look like? Do we all need the same conversion experience? Do we all foundational beliefs? Who gets in?

How do we reconcile some conservatives who don’t believe in Social Justice but claim Resurrection? How do we reconcile Liberals who claim Social Justice but some don’t believe in Resurrection as an event?

Would we be willing to participate in hell (crucifixion/wide path) to give someone heaven (resurrection/narrow road) like Christ did for us?

Is there a point when I am saved? Does a prayer save me when I barely follow a path of discipleship? At what point of discipleship am I saved?




6 thoughts on “What makes a person saved?

  1. Will says:

    Good questions. I wish you or I had the answers. Or do we?

    • mfries05 says:

      I believe I am saved. Do I know when? No. Or is this part of God’s plan of daily crucifixion? Daily resurrection? Daily discipleship. Daily renewal.

  2. Will says:

    I’d put it a little differently (not to quibble). I believe I am being saved and that part of my salvation is to wrestle with exactly the kinds of questions you have raised in this post. Thanks for it.

  3. Will says:

    Yes and yes. God’s deepest desire is to save us out of his great love, mercy and grace. Our purpose is best expressed, I think, by Peter Gomes (who just died), who once wrote: “The question should not be “What would Jesus do?” but rather, more dangerously, “What would Jesus have me do?” The onus is not on Jesus but on us, for Jesus did not come to ask semi-divine human beings to do impossible things. He came to ask human beings to live up to their full humanity; he wants us to live in the full implication of our human gifts, and that is far more demanding.” ~ The Rev. Peter Gomes

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