Salvation

Answering The Skeptics About God's Existence

Is Jesus God?
As a believer have you ever been confronted with someone who is skeptical that Jesus Christ exists or that He is the Savior of the world? How about those logical, intellectual folks that like to downplay creation for evolution? Have you ever heard the one about how people evolved from oysters?

I don't know about you, but I have a bit more faith than that. Do you realize how long it would take for a human to evolve from an oyster? More than the billions of years that they like to say the earth is old. Scientific evidence has yet to prove God does NOT exist. So the evolutionists and the creationists are in the same boat – still waiting for proof to disbelieve the other.

We Can't Just Wait Around

2 Peter 1:2 NRSV
May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Grace is a very elusive term. We often hear grace defined unmerited favor. But Strong's goes further. The Greek word for grace is charis. Strong's 5485 defines it as "especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life." It seems to me that grace is rather interactive.

How Are You Treating Your Gift?

2 Peter 1:1 NRSV
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Do I think that my faith is precious? That word just jumped out at me on the page when I read it. Did you know that the English word precious comes from the Latin word that means price. And that's what our faith is: it was paid with a price, with the blood of our Savior. I think that sometimes, in the midst of the frenetic pace of our lives, we tend to take our salvation for granted. It's been a part of us so long that we forget that there was a time when we didn't have the hope of heaven.

Salvation FAQ

The following questions and their answers link to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) web site. This does not imply an endorsement of BGEA and its related ministries by CIR or visa versa.

I don't always feel saved. How can I be sure I am?

Why Does God Hate Me?

Do You Worship a Thing?

The traditional symbol of the medical profession, the serpent on a pole, is commonly known as the staff of Asklepios. This was the name of a Greek physician of the eighth or ninth century BC. And it involved one of the most anomalous events in the Bible. Yet the roots of the serpent and pole symbol go back farther, to the Exodus from Egypt around 1200 BC. When the children of Israel were plagued with venomous snakes, Moses was instructed to "……. "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard (pole); and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live (Num. 21:8, 9)."

Can a person be saved and smoke cigarettes?

Can a person be saved and smoke cigarettes?

Unsaved people are not called to perfect their lives before they come to the cross; the work in the lives only begins at the cross. When you accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you are then saved. However, it does not stop there. In making Jesus, Lord of your life, you have surrendered your will and fleshly desires to the Holy Spirit. "When he comes (the Holy Spirit) he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment" (John 16:8).

By surrendering yourself to the Lord, you are saying, "Lord, move in my life and help me to be who you want me to be." You must be willing to see where God wants to grow you and then act accordingly.

Would You Like to Know God Personally?

Would You Like to Know God Personally?
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Four Spiritual Laws

Just as there are physical laws that govern the
physical universe, so are there spiritual laws which
govern your relationship with God.

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