Believing in Christ is all that is required for salvation. The word for believe, in John 3:16 is pisteuõ.However, if faith in Christ is the only requirement in being freely "granted" salvation, then what does faith in Christ actually mean?
It cannot mean, simply believing that Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ and the son of God - even the Devil believes that!!!
It means to trust. In the case of salvation, it means to trust in Christ. Trusting that who he is and what he has done is efficacious for salvation.
The devil does not trust Christ for salvation. The devil wasn't offered salvation by believing/trusting Christ.
Repent means to change one's mind. Not turn from sin. Repenting is part of believing in Christ. One must repent, or change one's mind about who Christ is and what he has done, in order to go from a position of not trusting Christ for salvation, to trusting Christ.It also means believing in Christ's ablity to forgive sin and being repentent of sin (otherwise how could He forgive sin if you were not willing to give it up and repent of it).
I don't believe the evidence you put forward about who Israel is. That doesn't mean I've cursed anybody. Every person needs to trust Christ for salvation. Jews and Gentiles. I don't look at either differently in that regard.An example of sin is cursing (true) Israel without just cause.
That is why the Bible says God will curse those who curse Israel and bless those who bless Israel.
(I dont remember the exact verse right now, but I am sure you will agree it exists.)
If I am wrong then please explain to me: How can you be granted salvation and at the same time be cursed?
You are heading in the direction of cursing Israel by denying her true identity despite the evidence I have shown you.
Again, repent means change of mind. So yes, changing one's mind about who Christ is and what he has done, is part of believing/trusting Christ for salvation.Doesn't "placing ones faith in Christ" include being repentant of sin?
Using repent in the way you are, as in turning from sin, is NOT required for salvation. Turning from sin is a work. And works have no part in salvation of a believer.
From the discussion guidelines:Please refer me to the section in the discussion guidlines where it says that refusing to answer a question from a moderator is grounds for being banned on the forums.
If you can do that then I will answer, even if it means copying and pasting what I have already written which couldn't be more clear - even to a 5 year old.
http://discussions.godandscience.org/vi ... hp?f=8&t=4
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I hope you understand the responsibility we moderators have here. We want to allow a certain freedom to members to be able to express their beliefs. But we also have a responsibility to make sure we do anything necessary to first, point out aberrant doctrine. And then make sure this is not a pulpit for aberrant doctrine to be promoted.
And unfortunately for you, each moderator who has responded to this thread, believes British Israelism is at the very least, an aberrant doctrine.