Salvation not through Jesus Christ March 20, 2013
Recently, I had a Facebook argument with stranger on a mutual friend's wall. He, as well as many Christians, believes that to attain salvation, you must believe in Jesus Christ, you must have faith in Him, and you must believe He is the Son of God. But Jesus Himself said otherwise.
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.” - John 14:21 (King James Version)
"Jesus answered, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." - John 14:23 (King James Version)
These two Bible versions, which quote Jesus Himself and not His disciples, explicitly define the following truths (assuming Jesus is the truth):
- If you keep/obey His commandments, you love Jesus.
- If you keep/obey His commandments, the Father and Jesus will love you and show Themselves to you.
- If you love Him, you will keep His word/commandments/teachings.
- If you love Him, the Father will love you.
- If you love Him, you will share a home with the Father and Jesus.
What can we conclude? If you obey His commandments, you will attain salvation. He never implies that any type of faith or believe in Him is a requirement to attain salvation, and, if you are a Christian, only words Jesus say are relevant.
So the big question is, "What are His Commandments?"
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." - Matthew 22:37-40 (King James Version)
The first and greatest commandment is to love God, but by the first two verses I quoted, loving God is just following His commandments. So to love God is to follow His commandments, and to follow His commandments is to love God, which is circular.
Thus, the only law you have to follow is the Golden Rule. If you obey the Golden Rule with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, then you are obeying God's commandments with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, then you are loving God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, and God will return His love to you, and you will attain salvation.
Therefore, by Christian law, many non-Christians will attain salvation because they live by the Golden Rule, the only law Jesus commanded us to obey. Inversely, by their own law, many Christians will not attain salvation because they do not obey the Golden Rule - they love discriminately. Similarly, any law that does not follow the Golden Rule is unjust, and any "prophet" who does not follow the Golden Rule is a false prophet.