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Why must we believe in the name of Jesus to be save?

Updated on July 26, 2011

Why must we believe in the name of Jesus to be saved?

One of the things that cause division among religions is what to belief and the means to salvation. It seems that doing the right is not enough for someone to be saved. This is because some Christians teach and belief that only those that believe in the name of Jesus will be saved at the last day. They use the popular verse in the bible which says, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to my father except through me. Therefore, even if you are a saint you are not righteous except you believe in the name of Jesus. That has made some people to wonder what matters to God. Is it to be good and live a righteous life or to believe in the name of Jesus? Is God more interested in the praises or in the way we life our life?

Those that use the verse above may claim that it is the only truth. Well, it is the only truth to them but does it mean there were no righteous people on earth before the coming of Jesus? Does it mean that God changed the path to him and the meaning of righteous? We know that righteous men were on earth before the coming of Jesus. Luke 1: 6 said “and they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the lord blameless.” It means that God found some people righteous before Jesus started his ministry. Even when Jesus died the bible recorded that the saints that were died resurrected.

It is difficult to understand why God who people says never changes will change his meaning of righteous. God has to decide if he is more interested in the praises and believe in the name of Jesus or if he wants men to live an acceptable life. Yet, we know that righteous is relative because what is righteous to some people will not be righteous to others. That is why some people think that righteous is not complete with Jesus. If that is the case then as Jesus said, “my father” we all have the path to own our father’s house as we choose the God we want to serve a God and father of all or a God and father of a selected people. Peter had not preached the gospel to all nations when he said; God is not a respecter of person but works with those that fear him in every nation.


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      davidkaluge 6 years ago

      Koralee, thanks for your comment and am glad its your own personal view so it does not matter if others do not agree with you. Righteousness is not all about happiness so you got it wrong. Righteous has to do with doing what is morally good and fair. That means (by fair) treating others as you would like to be treated so someone that kills innocent people for fun and happines can't be counted righteous because that is not fair. Some Atheist live righteously than most preachers.

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      Koralee Phillips 6 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      The following is my personal opinion only :). This is how I interpret our relationship with God.

      Have you thought of asking God? The Epistle of James states:

      1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

      I don't think that God has changed his meaning of righteous. Righteousness and following Christ are two different steps. First, God wants people to live good lives, so they will be happy. (The Epistle of James actually sums up pretty good what is expected of us.) Secondly, Jesus is our advocate - he acts on our behalf with God. That is why we have to go through him.

      The First Epistle of John Chapter 2 States:

      My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

      I agree that there are different views on being righteous, but they all have the same core values. Righteousness is acting in ways that bring happiness not sadness.

      What happiness do people get out of:

      - Stealing

      - Committing adultery

      - killing

      - Lying;

      - Treating people unkind (bullying);

      - Drug use;


      Some of the above, bring happiness, but it is often short-lived and the consequences are hell.

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      davidkaluge 6 years ago

      Did you read the hub and my comment? I know what Christians preach but it just does not make any sense even in heaven or hell. Men lived before Jesus came and he said they will be seen in heaven so what happens if men continue to follow the same way which God loved and instructed. Anyone can come claim to be anything that is not anyone's business. Does God change? if yes then he has changed that way by my coming. if no then you are wrong.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      It is not just that we believe and insist that one must believe in Jesus, His crucifixion and resurrection to be saved but also that through his death, sin is destroyed as well as death. Yes the fleshly body will die, but the spirit will live on. It is the spirit of a man which we seek to save and protect, not the body.

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      davidkaluge 6 years ago

      One can be tempted to think that heaven is empty before Jesus came because Jesus said he is the only way to his father. Bujt

      Luke 13: 28 " There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and yourselves trust out" this part seem to suggest that there are people in heaven. So how did they get there if we consider " No one goes to my father expect through me"

      Luke 16: 29 " Abraham said to him they have Moses and the prophets let them hear them." here again Jesus told the story of Abraham in heaven and he said that they listen to Moses and the prophets. The point is that it means that people can still get to heaven by doing what is right in the sight of God according to the words he gave Moses and others so it means there others ways to heaven.