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Friday, April 2, 2010

To become saved?

Dear Readers,
IN my last post a sweet young lady asked me a very good questions. I do not know the tone of the question, whether it was sarcastically or just innocently curious. I decided to answer it in the best of my abilities. What is it to be saved? (in a Christian sense)

First of all, the Gospel has been so Diluted these days where the true Gospel is Lost. So-called Christians do not even KNOW the Gospel. They read and read the bible but yet remain ignorant to what Jesus actually did, and why.


To get a better understanding of the Gospel, lets start out with some questions shall we? What is the requirement of us all to get into Heaven?
-Can you have sin? No. Why ? Because sin has never entered heaven, and never will be allowed to.
-So then must you be a GOOD sinner?(if that even exist, but some people seems to think so)
lol, and No. Sin is sin.

Simply put. Lets say, the requirement to enter Heaven is to bear apples lol(oh comon give me a chance lol). However, human beings are "orange trees" ... so they try diligently day after day, year after year trying to bear apples... Yet every year, they get Oranges.
What this means is , The apple is Righteousness. God requires us to BE righteous to enter the kingdom of God... But yet we are always sinners. So we try and try to bear apples... and we ALWAYS oranges... We will get back to this.

Their are two ways to become righteous in the Bible. One is by keeping ALL the law. People might say "oh oh, the ten commandments?" Foolish people, ye who do not read the bible lol. Their are 613 laws, AFTER the ten commandments... For the sake of understanding this much easier lets bring back a story Jesus Encountered.
I believe in the book of Matthew , it talks about a rich man who came in front of Jesus. He came to Jesus and said "what GOOD must I do to enter the kingdom of heaven?" ... Jesus says clearly their is only one who is Good, which is God.
Yet the Rich man persists... Jesus says, love your neighbor as yourself, honor your mother and father, and keep the laws of moses etc etc...
The Rich man boldly says, " I kept all of this since i was young..." *screech* lets stop here for a second. He kept all the laws? "love your neighbor as yourself." Your neighbor is everyone around you... Their are so many sick, weak, malnourished people out where he lived. Their are poor people in every corner... if he was to love his neighbor LIKE himself~ then how could he ever be rich? How could he EVER save up money to be rich...? He dresses himself in nice garments, while his Neighbor is in the ground. Giving someone a piece of coin is loving him like you love your self? by no means...
It says later on, Jesus had compassion on him and said, Throw away ALL your possessions and follow me.
Now, people always JUDGE this rich man... people who read the bible ALWAYS judge this man , but people fail to realize we ARE this man. We are JUST like this rich man. We say to the Lord, YES we HAVE kept all your laws ( when we failed at everyone of them) , and we still say, WHAT GOOD MUST "WE" DO TO ENTER YOUR KINGDOM. Our possessions are our thoughts, our OWN SELF righteousness, our arrogance, our knowledge, what we think is right and so on.. These possession, these things we need to drop to follow Jesus.
Now, Jesus' disciples were shocked , and said amongst each other "then WHO can enter the kingdom of God???!" Jesus clearly says, Its "IMPOSSIBLE" for Man... but all things are possible in God.


Moving on. One more parable... If you still reading , God bless you. :)
There was a man... walking from point A to point B... then he met some thieves and bandits! They beat the CRAP out of him! took all his money, his clothes, and left him ALMOST dead.
They probably stabbed him, gutted him etc etc.
First walks the priest... He cannot touch unblemished things (its the law) , so he just walks by... then comes the Levi ( the diligent one) and he is late for his gathering so he moves a long, then come the Samaritan.
Puts him on his donkey, pours his oils and wine over the wound. Takes him to an inn and pays twice over the inn fee and says he will come back if he EVER needs more. The moral of the story is what? Be that good Samaritan!?nahh....
We ARE the man who got hit by robbers. Stripped away of our clothes, our money, our dignity... Left almost dead... unable to live without a Saviour. Then comes the Samaritan... Jesus, who pours his oil(spirit), and wine (blood) over our wounds(sin). Take us to a inn and PAYS our debts twice over, and will come back to pay more if Ever needed.
The parable was to teach his disciplines that he was that Saviour, and they(we) are the ones who are in need. We all want to be in the position of the Saviour, but what we always fail to realize is we are the ones needing saving. We are the ones who are powerless in front of God, and are helpless without the saving of Christ.
Now... to the saving part.

What is to repent? Is repenting" Oh God, sorry i did this, sorry i did that, I committed this and that , and this and that" Thats no repentance lol. Repenting means to turn from your ways.
John always preached, REPENT and believe in Christ. Turn from your way of thinking, your OWN righteousness and accept Jesus' righteousness.

Ask your selves a honest question. Are you a sinner? Do you believe you are a COMPLETE sinner? thats the kicker right there lol~ people always say they are sinners, but never admit they are complete sinners lol. They always think i'm part sinner, part good like this is some cooking show. In front of God, you are NOT good. Thats the truth of it... in the HUMAN standards SURE~ we can tell a BIG difference who is good and who is bad... but GOD sees peoples hearts not the actions. Before you kill someone, you Hate (and you cannot control that), before you steal, you covet..( you can't help wanting something), before you commit adultery you Lust ( you cannot control feeling of lust)... What i'm trying to make you come to sense with is, you ALREADY fail at becoming righteous on your own.
If you seriously realized you are doomed without Christ why are you still looking at yourselves for the solution? "oh I must try harder, OH I MUST DO BETTER"
The only way is to look towards Christs blood, and believe in what HE did. Which is CLEARLY to take ALL your sins. Past present AND future.

Take this into account. How did you all become sinners? did you want to become sinner? no way! It was from ONE MAN, ADAM. WE all inherited this Sin. So God sent ONE man to take away ALL sin.

So to be saved is this. We became sinners from Adam, we became righteous through Jesus, we discover this truth, this truth becomes faith in our hearts, and we walk with Jesus and preach the Good news of What Christ has done.


Now after your saved ... lol , this is the tricky part. God makes sure your walk a normal path, and if you sway, by no means u will go to hell, but he will make your life difficult so you can "repent" and turn back to him again and walk a straight path. From my reckless way, I'm turning back to him~ I hope y'all can too.


-Tenchi-

ps. i commend anyone who finished this blog. *clap clap*

23 comments:

  1. Bravo, Tenchi, I think you've found your true calling- you should be a preacher! I just gained more from your blog, then I did from years spent at church (case in point/ true story):

    Me (at twelve): Ma, I can't find Jesus anywhere in my Bible, what is this preacher talking about?

    Ma: Honey, your reading from the Old Testament.

    Me: What?! You mean there's a new one!

    Anyway, thank you for this blog, it was very enlightening. However, were you taking a shot at me, lol-"So then must you be a GOOD sinner?(if that even exist, but some people seems to think so)"- cold, man, cold. I was refering to those sheep that stray to te edges, but never leave the flock, you know?

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    Yeah, I'm shameless, lol.

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  3. Well said Tenchi, I know that cleared up a lot of questions for a lot of people.
    I've always thought that people shouldn't go around being self rightgeous thinking their better than other people. Nobody is better than anybody. God created us all equal.

    I remember there was a time when I was scared of Jesus. I was about 7 or 8. I had a best friend we went to school together did everything together. Then one morning my mother gets this phone call. Then she tells me that my friend died. That news is very shocking for a little kid. She had a heart attack by the way. So I heard them say she knew she was leaving. She said that Jesus said he was coming for her. So for the longest time I would have night mares about Jesus standing at my feet and coming for me. That was a sad time in my life.

    But God bless my mothers heart a year after that she started sending us to Sunday School and Church. And I learned that Jesus was nothing to be afraid of he loved me wanted the best for me and was my best friend. So at a early age I wanted to live my life to please him.

    But I wasn't perfect through the years. Went through much hardship and made mistakes. Yet he was always there waiting for me with open arms.

    I like the new testament too I always come back to the book of Matthew. That's where I feel closer to Jesus because there you can follow by his example.

    And Tenchi when you feel that people are being unfair to you I find that the book of psalms is conforting. Psalm 56,57 and 91. It has helped me get through difficult times in my life.

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  4. Wow, you really replied back to my comment! To make it better, you actually blogged about it. Cool. My question was totally innocent because I really want to know. Tenchi, so what you are saying is in order to become saved we must have done some pretty messed up things in our life time and then repent. When you say repent, we can never ever do that sin ever again or else we go to hell.
    About the Complete sinner discussion; what if you don't feel like you are a complete sinner? I'm an 18 year old virgin female who has never cheated, respect my parents, never fought, honest, the only time I attempted to steal was at age 4 (my mother kicked my @$$ in front of everyone in the grocery store!)and I never ever did that again, and I can't conceive of the thought of killing another person or hating some one. I am pretty young and I honestly don't feel like a complete sinner. It seems like my only vice is getting extremely angry and I calmed down with that (man, you should have seen me when I was younger). I guess I don't feel like a complete sinner is because I do not have enough life experiences yet.
    '...GOD sees peoples hearts not the actions" I disagree believe your actions are your sins. For example you are married, but really like another woman. No one is harmed if you think about the other person, but if you cheat on your wife, she is hurt. No one is hurt if you think about killing some one (but I do suggest that the person should see a shrink), but if you kill the person, that is a sin. Sins are temptations we must fight in order to get heaven.
    P.S: I appreciate the blog and I really do care if you sing the "Let Me Be Your Wings" song (I can be pretty impatient, and to not get a reply from anyone tortures my soul).
    L.U.V.: Charm

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  5. Charm lol...
    Where are you basing your opinions on? mind you these are not my words, these are the words of God.. He does judge by the heart~ because thats where everything generates. I'll continue this discussion later~ My head hurts

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  6. *clap clap* (it's like you take out everything from my thoughts)

    Have you read books by Witness lee and Watchman Nee called "BASIC ELEMENTS of the CHRISTIAN LIFE" they are very good. you get them on their website for free.

    John 1:29 Jesus is the Lamb of God. By his precious blood all our sins have been taken away

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  7. Tenchi,

    Lately, seems like you're more spiritual conscious than socially conscious in your blogs and posts. I feel God has literally met your heart and has ordained you share this wisdom with us. Sorry for my long response but you said you want my thoughts right? So here goes......
    I applaud YOU for being vocal about your faith. There are so many "closet Christians" today and your boldness in voicing your opinions on spiritual and societal issues is worthy to be commended. ^_^ I pray to be more vocal like you. I noticed you don't curse as much in your videos. :)
    About the parable of the Samaritan, your explanation makes so much sense. In church we are taught to be the Samaritan which is true but the Samaritan had to be inspired by someone too....Jesus.
    When I rededicated my life to Christ in September 2007, I was all about Jesus and doing His work here on earth as a servant. Lately in my life I been questioning my faith. Not in a bad way. I still believe and love God and His Son Jesus, but I feel like I got caught up in the whole "prosperity preaching." The subliminal messages were "if you love Jesus write a check or give your best offering to the Lord and He would cancel your debt or make you happy." I fell horribly in the enemy's scheme and I felt my love for helping others was taken advantage. One day it hit me. I felt God was asking.........."what happen to me just loving Jesus for who He is not what He can do for me?...not throwing a hissy fit when He doesn't answer one of my prayers." God called me out on this for real!!
    God, being all-knowing, knew that some of my prayer request were lust-driven and thus not good for me. I made a promise to Him, that when I come back I would never leave Him. But the pressure of trying to be good took a toll on me especially......on my mind. I was on the treadmill called "Go to work, come home, go to church," over and over again. So I decided to take a break from church before going to Korea. I still read my bible and pray, but now I believe I have a more deeper understanding of Him. I did find out that some of things they are teaching in church are just plain wrong and are not supported in the bible.
    You're right, the world may not getting better, but you just have to keep praying and have our hope in Him. When I look around and see and hear churches are also closing down I was like man "Jesus is coming back!"
    In the bible it says God will make everything is beautiful in its own timing. This verse gives me hope, because I know I may not be where I need to be but I have to trust God. His ways are not our ways nor his thoughts our thoughts.
    Miracles do happen everyday, but people (especially Christians) tend to see the glass half-empty. But the truth is that it is FULL, air is taken up the rest of the space, but we just don't see it or hear it, but it is there.
    Keep up the good work and God bless you.

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  8. Charmed, this is not to attack you, but I believe Tenchi is right. I was always a strong believer that God knows your heart. The bible says that he knows what we think before we think it. And what a man thinketh in his heart so is he.

    Our best bet is to try and follow by Jesus example. We can never follow him perfectly but we can always strive to do our best.

    We can disagree state our opinions and views all day long about religion and the bible. So I find it futile to get in disagreeable discussions about religion. Because when you come away from it everybody's still left with their own personal beliefs and opinions and nothing ever gets resolved. When an individual reads the bible, each and every individual interprets the message differently. Because maybe that message is meant just for you and your personal circumstances.

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  9. I am sorry your head hurts Tenchi. I base my opinions on what I believe and what my parents tell me. My family isn’t big on religion, but we are ethical people that believe in God. I guess you are right about God looking into our hearts, but I can’t help to think that He looks at our actions too. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. Our words come from our thoughts. Tenchi you say you read the bible, so I assume you know more about it than I do. To anyone who is reading this: I AM NOT AN ATHEIST. I love God with all my heart and He is above everything. The only reason why I asked those questions is because some people (like me!) feel like we don’t have to be saved. I don’t feel like I really messed up in life, I’m only 18! What I really need to do is read the bible that’s for sure, but other than that I feel good (don’t steal, cheat, kill, hate, I respect my parents, I volunteer, don’t fight, I don’t get jealous, and I calmed down with the anger).
    P.S: Now that I know you are really reading thse comments: Can you sing the "Let me be your wings" song? If you sing it, dedicate It to Charmaine (that's my real name). I really want you to sing it!
    L.U.V: Charm

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  11. to Charm, nema, tenchiJK...
    Hello!

    (these are not really in order, but they were all mentioned above)

    I would first like to say that the Bible makes it clear that God sees not only our thoughts but our actions. Matthew 6:6 says, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

    As for, "your actions are you sins..."...Jesus said in Luke 6:45 " A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Your actions are a direct avenue of your thoughts. Jesus also says in Matt. 7:20 "...by their fruits ye shall know them."

    Nema is right in saying that "our best bet is to follow..." Christ's example. That is the only way, no bets about it. James 1:27 says "Pure religion and indefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

    Tenchi...You mentioned in a later post that there are 600 or so laws that we have to keep.
    -Matthew 5:17 Jesus says, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." You should also read verses 18 and 19.
    fulfil: (verb) to accomplish what was intended, to complete
    -The 600+ laws you are referring to are the laws of Moses, not that Moses wrote them on his own, but they were for the time of the Isrealites and what not.
    When reading and studying the Bible, the same word can have different meanings. New Testament writers used the same word ("law") to describe two different sets of laws. (Nehemiah 9:13-14, 2 Kings 21:8)
    -Ceremonial Law: (mentioned in the Old Testament) ritualistic laws concerning sacrifices, ceremonies, pointed foward to the day when the Lamb of God would be sacrificed for the sins of all mankind. Exo 24:4
    -Moral Law: (mentioned in the New Testament) also know as "The 10 Commandments" Romans 13:8-10 The Moral law is of a permanent, unchanging manner. It is summed up when Jesus says Love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Matt 22: 37-40
    Both laws came from God, the moral law was written with the hand of God! That's amazing.

    I'm not quite done, but it's 3AM on the east coast and I'm a wee bit tired.
    God Bless :))

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  12. I knew I was right! I'm usually right most of the time. In your face Tenchi, in your face! (I'm just joking with you!)
    P.S: "Let me be your wings"
    L.U.V: Charm

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  13. @vCharmEspeut (no disrespect, but...)
    How are you right? I don't get it.
    Wasn't the argument about whether or not what you do is more important than what you think? But in the Bible, somewhere, it mentions that the emotion of hate or ill will is equal to murder. So even if you just think something its like you've already done it.

    Also, when you said "The only reason why I asked those questions is because some people (like me!) feel like we don’t have to be saved. I don’t feel like I really messed up in life, I’m only 18", I think you missed a key point. If you can't even accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and thus be saved, then why would God let you into heaven. I mean, I wouldn't let someone in my house, if they didn't acknowledge my son- if I had one.
    And the idea isn't that you have or haven't missed up your life. The point is that we are all equally sinful, even if we live a pious life, because of the sins of our fathers. Accepting Jesus cleanses us of this sin, and makes us a part of his Kingdom.

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  14. Another great blog Tenchi! :)

    I have a question for you though.
    How do you believe a person should be saved in order to get into heaven?

    I go to a "Church of Christ" [non denominational) & at my church we go only by teachings from the bible and don't include other things that a lot of other denominational churches do (ex: musical instruments, women ahead in the church, etc.). So in my church since the bible says that there is only ONE way to be saved (Hear, Receive, Believe, Repent, and then be Baptized [the same day] for your sins). A lot of the churches I've been to either don't baptize at all, or simply pray to be saved. & without being baptized you can not get into Heaven, so I see people taking only what their preacher says and aren't checking up on who ever their preacher is & won't get into Heaven... :(

    What do you think about this? What does your church do?

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  15. [ps] I'm sorry this is irrelevant to your blog post but if you remember me messaging you about a week ago. I kinda like updated my situation and posted it on my blog, so whenever you get the chance, ya know. ;) I tried to take your advice but it didn't quite work so well...lol. :I

    http://kawaiikookiez.blogspot.com/2010/04/so-im-bitch-now-lol.html

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  16. To Alexandria
    I am right about what I said, "God looks at our actions as well as our hearts". Kaneesha even clearified with the quotes from the bible. It is not her just saying "I beleive this,I beleive that", It is proof.
    I am not going to talk about this anymore, it's what ever! I love God, that is the most important thing of all.
    L.U.V: Charm

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  17. what bible are you reading from? is it New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures? just curious..

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  18. to tarra:

    I have no intention to decieve anyone. But you should definitely check it out for yourself. I used the King James Version of the bible. It has been proven to be the most accurate translation of the original Hebrew/Greek texts.

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  20. I'm mad late on this BUT since it was the first post that came up on google when I was trying to find Tenchi's blog, here goes:

    And uh, why on earth are so many people talking about what the Bible says without quoting it? LOL

    SIN
    "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." [Ja 4:17] AND "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" [Ro 3:23]

    Now that we've cleared that up... You, yes YOU friend, have sinned. No need to make things dramatic. Everybody's done something they shouldn't have and they KNEW they shouldn't have done it. Moving on...

    Most people feel like they're "a good person" especially if they have no criminal record their life is going well. My/your/our FEELINGS about the matter are IRRELEVANT. Yup, I said it. Some people "get saved" 'cause they feel like sinners. That's cool but ultimately, salvation comes from believing the TRUTH. It's impossible to enter the Christian faith without an encounter with truth. Truth is a person.

    TRUTH
    "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." [Jo 14:6]

    A lot of people think they know God 'cause they acknowledge that He exists. Come on y'all! I acknowledge that Oprah exists but let me show up on her doorstep talking 'bout, "What's up? I used to kick it in Nashville where you went to school," and see if she lets me in!

    I'll be looking like these folks:
    "Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'" [Lu 13:25-27]

    That's COLD! But that's The Truth himself talking. That was Jesus' response to the question about whether many people would be saved. (Read it here.)

    So, to answer the original question: What is it to be saved?

    It is to love The Truth.


    ..."every sort of evil [that] deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved." [2 Th 2:10]

    Jesus is The Truth y'all. And when you know The Truth, "the truth will set you free."

    Get to it! He's waiting for you! [Rev 13:20]

    (If you want more detailed info on salvation, read here.)

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  21. man, sorry that went SOOOO long.

    guess i need to start blogging again! >.<

    @Kawaii Kookiez
    The thief on the cross that died next to Jesus didn't get baptized but Jesus told him that he would be in heaven that night. [Lk 23:39-43] We get baptized out of OBEDIENCE--Christ was baptized and also told his disciples to baptize others--NOT cuz it gets you into heaven.

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  22. TRUTH!!!!

    OMG dude, I just friended you so I could oggle at your pics from your video about black women. I assumed you weren't christian and that if you were you had no basic idea of what the bible was about. Yes I know it's wrong, but I mean, God is Good! I mean He shows me daily, hourly, every minute, every second that He's deeper, way deeper, waaaay deeper, way more complex, may more surprising than I could ever imagined!!! HAAA! WOW! I'm shocked. It's rare that I ever see anyone pull up stories from the bible like that and talk about them without throwing out scripture numbers here and there, all the while TOTALLY missing it! WOW DUDE! you spoke truth! I am proud! I am Shocked! I am excited that even in the end of days in days like this I can find a person who is cool, who looks and acts and thinks cool, who has their own mind that is CHRISTMINDED. Not all blown out of proportion, not all pointing fingers, not all puffed up. Man you give me hope for the future, that it's gonna be ok. That there's people out there just like me! That I'm not alone in this rat race. That although I've fallen, been spiked and started mad late, it's ok. And I'm not the only person running against the grain, there's others. Looking for God, and WE"RE NOT CRAZY! Sometimes I feel so crazy, and alone. I feel like no one would understand. I feel like I can't talk because when I do it makes people mad. I feel alone because no matter how much a person and I connect, if God isn't in the middle, it's just not the same. Ahhhh! I don't need anything from you guy. I guess I feel like the relief I feel may be felt by you as well when you hear people like me saying, HEY, u think just like me. Cuz on this road of truly following Christ, He wasn't joking when he said this is the road less traveled. I need a tent and some bug repellant on this journey. It just feels really really overwhelmingly good to know I'm not the only one out here on this trail... This trail to Christ.

    God Bless you man!

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