It Is Written, 2 Timothy 1:9, who has saved us with a Holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
People today are still being taught the fire and brimstone philosophy. Many religions beat people over the head with rules and traditions as a way of getting to heaven. If you are good enough. But what is good enough? No one knows. As a result, people are afraid of God, and are always concerned about where they will go after they die.
The problems with this kind of teaching can be briefly stated in the following. This type of teaching overlooks what Jesus did on the cross, namely forgiveness , healing, and salvation to those who accept Him as Savior.
It plainly states in a number of verses in the Bible, including the teachings of Jesus himself, that we are saved by grace, not works. There are literally too many verses to quote here. So it comes down to, do you take someone's word for it, or do you check it for yourself. Do you put your trust in what a man says to determine where you spend eternity, or do you trust the creator. If the Bible says salvation is not by works, you can work yourself silly, and not be saved.
Another point is this. If you choose a work your way to heaven route, you will really miss out on many things. The most important is, you will miss heaven. You will miss a relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit during your lifetime. You will miss countless blessings, and a fantastic life, besides knowing for sure that your future home is heaven.
If you enjoy life with few blessings, and look at God as someone waiting for you to slip up so He can punish you. If you are constantly wondering if you will get to heaven, all I can tell you is the choice is yours. You don't have to live that way.
Once again, if you are works person, it would be a good idea to ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand the word, and get an amplified Bible. The amplified Bible is easier to understand. No matter how good you think you're excuses are for not reading the Bible, God is not buying it. After all it is a very small price to pay for eternity with God.
When you accept the fact that you are saved by grace, and not by your own works, the anxiety in your life will disappear, and blessings will be poured out on you. Praise the Lord!
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Prayer of Salvation
Lord Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross for me. Your blood washed away all my sins, by your stripes I was healed, your death and resurrection brought me salvation. Please forgive my sins, and come into my heart as my personal Savior.
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