Re: Whats your beleif on being saved?
What about John 3:16? “…whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life” the previous part of this verse seems awfully irrelevant(Christs sacrifice on the cross) if God just chose who he wanted to hang out with in Heaven and punted the rest of the people on earth away to an eternity of torment in the afterlife….. that implies a choice being made by us, his creation.
I get it about the sin you once loved you hate now. That comes with the territory of being a believer, I get a knot in my stomache when I see certain things people do or do on tv etc. Salvation is not a lottery. Trying to understand where you are coming from but it is difficult, though in college I had classes that covered different viewpoints of Christianity, Calvinism seems painfully close to the Jehova’s witnesses belief of thinking they are the 144,000 chosen.
So in the end are all the Evangelistic efforts of Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Ernest Angley etc. all for nothing? What about going into the whole world and preaching the gospel? Or come unto me all ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest? (Matt. 11:28)
At a sermon a ways back there was a pastor who taught on all the seeming contradictions of the Bible, and in the end the conclusion, it is all truth. God is so much bigger than what our pea-brains can imagine. So none of us can come up with a resolution that will satisfy everyone.
Praise the Lord.