Hi. I'm a new member and I'm hoping to find fellow believers who are interested in encouraging and supporting one another in our spiritual journeys. The question I would like to pose is this: Is a belief in Jesus Christ as Messiah the only essential truth for a person to be saved? He said "I am the way, the truth and the life..." (John 14:6), yet when we talk about "truth" it often involves a wide range of doctrinal discussions and interpretations. Is it possible that the "truth" he asks us to believe in is much simpler than we usually make it? If so, where do theology and doctrine and denominational traditions fit into our spiritual process?
A few relevant verses:
"The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” (Acts 16:29-31)
"...Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
"I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die." (John 11:25)
Interested to hear people's thoughts...
Well, it is the CORE belief, yes. But that is not all that is required.
Jesus said, "Unless ye believe, ye SHALL die in your sins"
The problem is, what many don't understand is that to BELIEVE means to OBEY.
After all, what sort of idiot person "believes" that the bridge is out, but continues to drive 80MPH towards it? What sort of fool "believes" that the cool aid will kill them, but willingly drinks it just cause they are a little thirsty? That is not a "believer" ... that is a fool. But WE are not counted among such men. We believe and because we believe, we OBEY. That is what a believer actually is. And it is the CORE of our faith. To believe opens the way for repentance (submission and turning from sin), santification (growing in a sinless life, abandongin the bad things), baptism (of the spirit and of water).
Believing only doesn't matter if these other elements are found lacking.
Salvation is NOT found in merely believing alone.
If it was, Jahovahs Witnesses, Christeldephians, Mormons, Rasta, and a ton of "religious people" would enter Heaven. But it is as Jesus said, MANY will actualy TRY to enter, but will not be able to. Why? because they preferred to take bits and pieces of what consist of Salvation, instead of the whole pack.