“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2
Growing up I was so afraid of hell, that I actually wished I’d never been born. Daily, I was tormented with the thought of the rapture, and being left behind.
I knew God’s promises but for some reason they didn’t apply to me. It was none of God’s fault but all of mine. I knew and believed what God said about salvation, and about his promise of eternal life.
And yet, I felt sure I would, somehow and some way, mess up my part of receiving His free gift. What if I believed too hard thus turning my faith into work? For God says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith…NOT by works…”
So, what if I put my trust in my faith instead of Jesus?
What would happen then?
Would I be saved?
I was religiously taught the Roman’s Road to Salvation. This step by step process is found in the book of Romans (of course). This Road begins with chapter 3 and verse 10 and continues as follows: Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9-10, and Romans 10:13. After each step has been faithfully taken, the sinner, saved by grace, is taken to I John 5:13 to seal the deal.
I was so afraid I’d screw up one of the steps, and if I did would I be condemned to hell?
I’m not saying the Roman’s Road is wrong, and if you have come know Christ through this path, I say a hearty Amen! But for people like myself there is a danger in teaching the Roman’s Road.
For us salvation does not equate to, “take these steps and get a ‘Get out of Hell Free’ card.”
For those like me there is no wrong or right way to salvation. We come to know Christ through many paths, and for us salvation is a relationship, and any faith that we have is given to us by Christ. Therefore, in essence, our salvation depends upon nothing we do but all in what Christ has done.
So, the question could be asked… “At what point does salvation actually occur?”
To that I say, “I don’t know, and not knowing is okay.”
I don’t have to know if I’ve dotted all my I’s or crossed all my T’s because I have nothing to do with my salvation…it belongs to God.
And in that I rest.
receive love. give love. repeat.
Indulge yourself in Peace.