Forgive if you’ve already seen the video below. But this weekend I was involved in a few really good conversations on the nature of Christian exclusivity, and so today want to share it here. If you like this video and the argument it presents, it would mean a lot to me if you would share it via Facebook and your social network. Thank you.
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If this were the only verse addressing eternal life in heaven, the point would be valid, but Jesus also said, “…that whosoever believes in me shall not perish but have eternal life.” And the Apostle Paul in Romans said, “…that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” And when Paul and Silas were asked in Acts what must be done to be saved, they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” … . John 14:6 isn’t the only verse we go by to indicate that accepting Jesus as savior and Lord of your life is what provides eternal salvation.
But, again, “Whosoever believes in me shall not perish …” is not the same thing as saying “Only those who believe in me shall not perish …,” in the same way that saying “Everyone who passes this class will graduate” is not the same as saying, “Only those who pass this class will graduate.”
The same holds true with your other chosen quotes: “Believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved” does not at all mean the same thing as “Only those who believe in Jesus Christ will be saved.”
If the point I make in this video about John 14:6 is valid, then the points I’m making about these other quotes are also valid.