So . . . it would be great to get a response to ANY of the specific points I have made backed up by scripture. Anyone? Might it be that the God's words are so clear in these instances that there really isn't much of a way to refute them other than by opinion, tradition or generic man-centered philosophy?
Or, perhaps its just not that important--or seeking out the truth of such matters is just too tedious and divisive.
Myself--I follow the Lord who came not to bring peace (to the world) but the sword . . . to divide out truth from error, confront lies, evil, false teachers, false religion. . . . If the stakes weren't so high I'd shrug it off--but they are, so I don't.
It was said, "God requires that each person love according to the strength of their mind, heart and spirit and exercise such a faith in their daily walk."
In other words, "God requires that you try your best, according to your ability" right?
Where is this in scripture? I ask sincerely--maybe I have missed it. But I don't think so.
"Try your best" is what He requires? That, by-the-way is one of the most common and expected answers you will get if you ask a Mormon how one gets into Heaven. I have heard many New Agers say much the same thing--that all "god" really cares about is that you are "sincere" in your efforts.
And this is a hideous lie--dangerous even, which leads many to Hell. It is unscriptural.
For one thing, NO ONE IS SINCERE!
"THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD." --Rom 3:11; "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one" --Rom. 3:10; "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick," --Jer. 17:9; "I have already charged that all men, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, as it is written: None is righteous, no not one; no one seeks for God....There is no fear of God before their eyes." --Rom. 3:9-10 and 18; "I know that no good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh." --Rom 7:18
Need I go on?
What God actually, in truth requires is this: 'Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” --Deut. 6:5. Jesus cited this the greatest commandment.
Does anyone do this? CAN anyone do this? No and no. Hence the need for a Savior.
What does Jesus say? Does He say "try your best"? Which everyone can (falsely) and usually does claim to do.
Or does He require of you something that you are incapable of doing?
Jesus says, "But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." --5:48
The world says, "as long as you are 'sincere' and try your best, surely God will forgive you." Which is a comforting and inoffensive statement.
But true Christianity has never said this . . . which is why the prophets and the apostles, Jesus' followers and Christ Himself are hated. True Biblical doctrine is offensive to the natural man and woman. The world, the demons, the devil hate it and argue against it continually.
"But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life." --Rev. 21:27
Absolute perfection IS required by God of each one of us!
I was reading this morning in Romans 3-6 and what Paul makes clear is that no works of ours count for a thing--only faith. And someone says, "Right! If we just have faith then God will save us. WE can do this much at least."
But God says, in so many words, "No you can't. Even your faith is from me."
"For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast." --Eph. 2:8-9
Faith--the one thing that gets us to a saving condition IS A GIFT FROM GOD!
If it were not--if it was something that we are able to do on our own, then what is the difference between one person who exercises it (salvifically) versus the one who doesn't? Surely the one who has faith and thus gets saved can say, "I was a little better, a little more spiritual than that other person." Which . . . is the very boast that God, through Paul, says we are forbidden from being able to claim!
Please show me, anyone . . . through scripture, that these points are wrong, mistaken.