Christianity is not about what you can do for God!

One other reason people don’t like Christianity, at least the one that says a man has to be born-again, is because it’s the only ‘religion’ that doesn’t require you to do anything for God before He can accept you. Christianity says Christ did it all for you and there’s nothing more you need to do, while other religions (including atheism) says you must do all the good deeds you can and hope for the best. This is the most frustrating part for those who think they have a lot to impress God with.  

With regards to this topic, the bible says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). The first issue the bible deals with is the fact that no man can make himself righteous in the eyes of God. To people who like to boast about their charity works that needs to be applauded, the bible says salvation is a gift that can’t be accomplished by works that deserve boasting. It says it’s good to do your charity works, but it won’t help you get salvation that will enable you to go to heaven. Imagine being the most charitable person in the world, yet your works are not good enough to earn God’s salvation. This will surely frustrate you.

If God’s salvation is a gift that you only need to receive, then this puts Mother Theresa in the same ‘level of God’s acceptance’ as a guy who is standing by the robots begging for coins. This means a serial killer has the same chance of being received by God as the judge that convicted him. It means a doctorate graduate in physics has the same chance of heaven as a miner. It means a prostitute has the same access to heaven as a virgin does, and a homosexual doesn’t have a diminished opportunity for God’s favour as a heterosexual does. All that is needed from all these people is to accept this gift of salvation.

I heard one atheist say if a person has to accept this gift first, then it means you have to do something. What a stupid analogy that was? A gift is never a gift unless it’s accepted. And what work do you have to do by receiving a gift, except opening your arms to receive it?

This morning I remembered the goodness of God through the gift of salvation. Had I needed to earn my salvation, then I would have been discouraged long time ago. I fail God so much that the only reason I’m not discouraged is because He gave me heaven as a gift that He can’t take back. Today I’m still saved because my salvation is a gift, and I could never earn it.

Receive the gift of salvation!

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