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Blog of a bible reader: Salvation

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Many people think that salvation is determined by the way you live your life, but is that what the bible teaches?

Many people read this verse.

James 2:26
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

And say that you don't do works you are not saved. They also read a verse like this

Mark 1:15
“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

and think that the bible is talking about repenting of your sins. But James 2:26 is not saying that if you don't do any works you aren't saved, that would be a direct contradiction to these verses

Titus 3:4-7 "But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

The word "repent" means to turn or to change your mind. If you are a catholic you have to repent and believe the gospel. By doing that you wouldn't be a catholic anymore; that's the biblical meaning of the word repent but many people read the word repent and in their mind they right away add "of your sins" to it. But God repents more than anyone else in the bible and he is not capable of sinning.

Jeremiah 15:6
“Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting.”

Repenting of your sins has absolutely nothing to do with salvation and it would be impossible for anyone to repent of all their sins.

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