I want to comment about what I had read. They went something like this:
“the first qualification for being a Christian is to be sinful. A person without sin is in no need of salvation, and so sin itself must be committed because it will lead one to seek salvation through Jesus Christ.”
And on the same article,
“the first consideration in recommitting to or embracing any religion as an adult is that one has to be in crisis. It can be any crisis—financial, physical, emotional, religious, etc. After all, who would be in need of a God, much less think of a God, if one’s life is going great. But when things begin to fall apart and one starts clutching at straws, there is a tendency to look for a power outside the usual places where one normally runs. And there is nothing like being powerless to get a person thinking about God or revisiting religion.”
I admit that these are (somewhat) true, except for the thought of the sin must be committed.
The bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23. This makes the entire humanity automatically sinner, and according to the quote above, in need of salvation, this includes Mary the mother of Jesus. Based on the bible verse, we are all sinners, and therefore, don’t need to commit sin to embrace salvation or Christianity.
The problem is that, this teaching is denied by majority of people. Not all of us can admit that we are sinners. This makes it less enticing, or necessitates salvation. We often perceive that sinners are robbers, murderers, stealers, adulterers, trouble makers, and other acts that could easily admit you behind bars. This is a common mistake by people who lacks understanding with the teachings of Christ. Jesus says that evil thoughts (Matthew 9:4), not doing what is right (James 4:17), not worshiping the Father (Ephesians 2:8), is sin. Jesus says that, “That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” – Matthew 5:28. Jesus also says that anger towards another without a cause has the same offence as murder (Matthew 5:21-22). Jesus’ law prevents us from putting these sins into actions, and who is not guilty of these sins? Even priests, nuns and other religious leaders commit these sins. (Jesus also says that marrying a divorced woman makes you commit adultery. – Matthew 5:32)
And for the second quote sentence above, people perceive worshiping or submitting unto God as a sign of weakness. We are afraid to admit that we are incapable without Jesus (John 15:5). Have you ever noticed that whenever a man is in sickbed or deathbed, it is the time when they seek God? It is because people think that they are invincible if they have money and health. And where can you find permanent riches and resources? Where can you find permanent health and strength?
Again, the quotes sentences above are right. And there is nothing like being powerless to get a person thinking about God. I am powerless, not because I lack talent, riches, and unpopular. I need God not only in the times of suffering but in the times of completeness as well. We don’t need to commit sin to seek for salvation and Christianity because we are already sinners. We don’t need to wait for suffering to call unto God because our strength, health, knowledge, skills, talents, resources, all ingredients for riches, comes from God.
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