It is apparent that many people do not understand what
"religion" is and what it can do for them. It is this misunderstanding
that makes many people reject 'religion'. One main misunderstanding is that
'having religion' prevents the person from enjoying life because one has to be
stern faced and never laugh and be always telling people what terrible sinners
they are. This is not 'Bible religion' at all!
Simply put, "religion" is an understanding of what
God has promised us all through the Bible. Astounding as it may seem, basically,
God promises eternal life in return for living a good life now . Many people
already live such a "good life" without religion. They are not WICKED.
They show the world a life motivated by high uncompromising principles. For
them, the addition of a few simple rules for daily life could mean they could
eventually live for ever. Can anyone else promise you that with any guarantee of
it happening? The simple answer is....NO!
THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE:
Our respect for the Bible is based on accepting it as God's
word. We read in that word, in Romans 6:23...."The gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Many people have been
taught by their Churches that they have eternal life...... that they have an
"immortal" soul, but the Apostle Paul maintains that this gift
of immortality can ONLY be gained through Jesus Christ. What is he talking
WHAT IS SALVATION?
To understand what the Apostle Paul is talking about, we have
to have some positive understanding of what "salvation" is. This word
has been used loosely by religious teachers down through the centuries. Many
people understand "salvation" as having their "immortal
soul" taken to heaven at death, and so they assume they will continue
to have an existence with God in heaven. It is a surprise to most people to
learn that the Bible does not teach this. Solomon, one of the wisest men to ever
live, tells us that..." The living know that they shall die, but the
DEAD KNOW NOT ANYTHING." (Ecclesiastes 9:5). It is from this death
state of knowing nothing and simply being a dead person, that we need salvation.
The Bible promise is just that.....salvation from eternal death to eternal life.
It's that simple.
HOW DO WE GET IT?
The answer to that question is clear and one of the easiest
to find in the Bible. The Apostle Mark wrote..."He that believeth and
is baptised ....shall be saved.".....(Mark 16:16). What does he
mean by SAVED? He means......... SAVED FROM ETERNAL DEATH..
WHERE DO WE FIND THESE BELIEFS?
The words of Jesus in John 5:39 give the answer...."Search
the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life." So Mark
tells us that we must believe something and Jesus adds to that by instructing us
to "search the Scriptures...", if we wish to have eternal life. What
part of the Scriptures? Well, Jesus went on to say about the Scriptures that,
"they are they which testify of me". This simply means that in the
Scriptures are records which tell us of Jesus....the reason for His birth and
what that birth means to us.
WHAT DO WE HAVE TO BELIEVE?
* Jesus was (is) the Son of God..."This is my
Jesus is now mediator between God and man..."
One mediator between God and man...the man Christ Jesus."...(1
* By being baptised into Christ, we 'put on Christ' .."For
as many of you as have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ"..(Gal.3:27)
* Those who have been baptised into Christ are then heirs to
the great promises made to Abraham. To inherit those promises, the heirs, which
can be you and me, are promised resurrection when Jesus returns...."The
Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout......and the dead in Christ
shall RISE FIRST..."..(1 Thess 4:16)
People who have been baptised into Christ and are still alive
at His coming, will join those that have been brought back to life. If found worthy to inherit eternal
life, they will be given that reward and will be immortal people in a world made new....."Thou..hast
made us unto our God kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth."...(Rev 5:10)
THAT IS THE SIMPLE RECORD OF RELIGION.
In return for faith and obedience by baptism into Jesus
Christ and a life devoted to the opposite to wickedness, the Bible promises
eternal life in a world made new. Why not investigate that
promise now. It's a true promise and it's in the Bible.
WHY NOT READ YOUR BIBLE NOW AND INVESTIGATE