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