Through out my Christian walk I loved studying theology and learning the doctrines of the faith…however I also was aware that sometimes, many times, Christian doctrine and theology just couldn’t pass muster…when it came to what I call “where the rubber meets the road test” that’s where all sorts of circular thinking and hoop jumping seemed to happen. The cliched answers to the doctrinal conundrums always seemed to center around the “just have faith” or “God can do what ever He wants, after all no one deserves God’s favor” line of reasoning.
Let me give you an example of what I mean:
Christianity teaches that forgiveness and a relationship with God are only possible through Jesus Christ. Simplistically, that requires an individual to “turn from their sin and accept Jesus into their heart.”
Now let’s look at a possible real life scenario…
Person A just happens to hear or read chapter 45 of Isaiah. They only have the Hebrew scriptures and have heard no other teachings. They embrace with all their heart what Isaiah 45 says about who God is – His name is YHVH, He is creator, He is redeemer, He is Savior etc. They are convicted, repent and respond and follow God’s ways.
Person A essentially calls upon the name of YHVH in the spirit of Joel 2 for his salvation – trusting that what he is reading is true.
Person A has never heard about Jesus and if he has, it never even dawns on him that YHVH and Jesus are the same people.
Does person A…
- Have a genuine relationship with God?
- Have salvation from Hell fire?
- Have forgiveness of sins?
I have asked several Christians (all the way from doctors of theology to seminary students to lay teachers in the “church”) not one christian has been able (or perhaps willing) to give me an answer.
Christian please consider the following…
- If Person A can enter into a relationship with God this way, that means there is another way of salvation other than Jesus
- If even one person has salvation through YHVH and not Jesus that means he did not really have to die
- If you think Person A cannot have salvation through believing in YHVH and repenting of their sin and following Him, what is your reasoning?
- If you think Person A cannot be saved by calling upon YHVH how complicated is it to attain salvation? Does one need to know theology and doctrine are they saved by their knowledge or are they saved by God who simply calls us to humble ourselves before Him and walk in all His ways.
Let me hear your thoughts. Please leave your comments below.