Christianity’s most basic tenet is that Jesus Saves, right? Well, it seems like it depends. When Christians discuss the broad topic of salvation, yes, Jesus alone saves. But it’s when we get to the finer points that it gets more and more conditional. Believing that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose again to save us from our sins and is coming again to take us into glory gets tacked on. Sometimes apologists such as this fine gentleman say that the gospel is what saves. Then there’s general revelation to contend with. The world is created that none should have an excuse, but does that mean that one can be saved without knowing the semantics? Then there’s Catholicism. Forgiveness of our sins becomes tantamount in their salvation discussion, and the re-applying of the blood. So I suppose my question is what really saves? Is it faith that there is a Creator God? The knowledge/faith the Jesus is the Messiah? That He died? That he rose again? That He will return someday? That he is in fact the Son of God? Is it the begging of forgiveness for our sins as we commit them? Is it subjective? Is every person held accountable according to what they have been given? Is it unconditional? Do you pass directly to Heaven or get stuck in purgatory? And why do we have such vastly different views on such a basic tenet?
These questions matter. They tell us what we really think of other religions. And I’d love to have some opinions. I know I keep coming back to these questions, but I don’t feel they’ve been sufficiently answered. So, I can eek them out in many different ways or call out for your opinions and faith traditions. Let’s talk about the implications.