As far as God the Father is concerned, the answer to that question IS always the same: yesterday, today and forever. The "MUST REQUIREMENT" for salvation has never, ever changed. It is man's understanding of it that changes from one era to the other. Our Heavenly Father's standard and requirement for salvation remains the same.
This is the explanation of salvation by faith through grace. When you experience true, real and living salvation, you are cleansed by God. In the spirit realm, you go through the “Christ Portal” to God. You are enveloped in the “Christ Anointing”. This is true even if you do not consciously mention the names “Christ” or “Jesus Christ”. This happens because “The Way”, “The Truth” and “The Life” is Christ. It has always been this way since time immemorial.
When you understand this, you will see that there are people from various “faiths” who are saved. This is made very clear in different ways. There are many, many examples. Do you know that even before Jesus died, his disciples were saved? You see, they were already in God's Kingdom. People's sins were washed away without the shedding of Jesus' blood. Jesus clearly forgave people their sins before he died. This tells you that blood must not be spilled for sins to be washed away. There's salvation at the Cross primarily because at the Cross, Jesus gave a very deep and powerful revelation of God's love. In the depths of the greatest hatred, despair and wickedness, he showed love and forgiveness. He revealed the love of God. It is this revelation of God's love in the midst of so much hatred that pulls many more people to God and His salvation. It is not the shedding of blood per se which inevitably followed his brutal hanging on the Cross.
This explains why some people recite the so-called sinner's prayer but do not experience salvation, even though they may think they have magically become saved. If at the Cross, an individual does not experience a soul-quickening transformation birthed from an understanding of God's love, resulting to a total acceptance of this love, he/she may not walk away saved. It does not matter the amount of sinner's prayer memorized and offered. God is not a magician.
As we understand the Heavenly Father better, we see that it is LOVE that saves. This love may be discovered and wholeheartedly embraced at the foot of the Cross or somewhere else. This explains why in Heaven, we would meet people from all walks of life, various faiths and different planets. The atonement doctrine of Christianity has so many loopholes. For starters, you cannot regard as justice, the punishment by God of an innocent man for the wrongs of guilty offenders. Even our human justice system knows better. How much more our Heavenly Father – the all knowing and all wise God?
If you study human spiritual history very closely, you will learn that the demand for blood as a ransom was an age old practice instituted by fallen spirits of darkness. From a deeper esoteric standpoint, Jesus chose to go through the Cross experience as a way to meet them at their low level and to hand them a crushing defeat at that level of blood-energy thirst. This is a matter of great significance in the angelic cosmic realm. God the Paradise Father has no business asking people for blood sacrifices.
Salvation is by faith through grace. You may ask, “Faith in what and whose grace?”
When you understand these things, you will begin to see clearly the true meaning of the gospel that Jesus declared. He declared the good news that, “The Kingdom of God is within you”. This is true for God the Father has already placed His indwelling spirit, the Still Small Voice, within you. Jesus taught that God’s Kingdom is already within you. You just need to discover it by faith through God’s great grace. He did not teach that you must believe that without the shedding of his blood, your sins cannot be forgiven. The salvation message of Jesus is different from that of Peter or Paul. There are similarities. But there are differences. Study the Master’s teachings closely. He taught salvation and the Kingdom life. Please, look at what he placed emphasis on. It’s all there.
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1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home.
Jesus and Nicodemus: See John chapter 3.
Hebrews 9:22, "And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission."
Hebrews 9:28, "so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many..."
I suspect the Apostle Paul is the author of that book. I see his fingerprints all over it. It portrays Paul’s strategy of seeking to “become all things to all men so that he might win some of them over”. This strategy made him to adapt and adjust the teachings of Jesus to suit each particular audience. There is wisdom in this but it can also be dangerous. There is the possibility of weeding out true meanings, if care is not taken. The letter to the Hebrews shows a great desperation to win over as many Jews as possible. This is a desperation that yielded very, very little results, if any. It failed to win a lot of Jews over to Paul’s Christianity. And New Millennium Kingdom thought-leaders have to deal with the mess the good brother left behind… And of course, he knows better where he is now in the Heavenlies.
Do you know Jesus told another man, Nicodemus that, in essence, right there and then in the garden, he could become born again? No blood had been shed o! And do you know that the Apostles and disciples were saved before Jesus died? There's no true record anywhere that says they prayed for forgiveness and salvation after Jesus died. None. There was no need to. They were saved already.
So why do some people get saved at the Cross? It is a soul-transforming revelation of the love of our Heavenly Father that they receive at the foot of the Cross that ushers in salvation. It is not the blood per se. We need to clear out the confusion. Is there a great spiritual drawing power at the Cross of Christ? Of course, YES! There is! The tragic death of a righteous and perfect God-man and the all powerful divine love displayed by him in spite of the brutalities all have great saving powers! Jesus knew this. And this is why we see in Matthew 26:27-28, “Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
When you understand these things, then you'll know that it is possible for people in very remote places on Earth, who have not even heard of the death of Jesus to be saved. And that we have aliens in many other planets who know nothing about the Cross that are saved. You do not need to board a flight to their planets to go preach to them. In His own ways, God reveals Himself to them.
To understand the Gospel of Salvation, we have to focus, first and foremost on what Jesus Christ taught. What did Jesus teach with regards to salvation? In other words, according to Jesus, what MUST one do to be saved? It is very important you look at these questions, “according to Jesus” – not according to the Apostles Peter or Paul. A very close examination reveals that “Salvation” according to Jesus is not exactly the same as “Salvation” according to Peter or Paul. There are similarities but there are differences.
In Luke 10:25-28 a lawyer asked Jesus, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” It is very important to examine Jesus’ response very closely. If a belief in the shedding of blood “as a MUST requirement” for salvation is God’s ultimate standard, Jesus would have said so. But he did not.
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
Jesus said, “Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.” Oh Hallelujah! The Master said, “You have answered correctly – do this and you shall live.” Right here, Jesus reveals our Heavenly Father’s “MUST requirement” for salvation. In order for you to be born again, all you need to do is to embrace LOVE, the divine LOVE with all your heart. This is the gospel of salvation according to God the Father. This is what Jesus Christ, God incarnate in the flesh preached and taught. Adding all kinds of requirements to this leads to syncretism.
And by syncretism, I mean adding man-made culture, ideas and practice into that of God and in the process, diluting, watering down and even losing completely, the pure truth from God. Syncretism is the combination of different forms of belief or practice. Christianity practices “salvation syncretism” because it mixes or combines “salvation by faith through grace, not of works” with “salvation by blood sacrifice – the work of the offering of blood”. You have to key into the ministry of the Spirit of Truth, the very spirit of Jesus Christ in order to fully understand these things. There are very subtle meanings and values you might miss out on or lose if you do not allow the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth to work with you unfettered.
Now, some people may ask, “Why did Jesus die a brutal death which led to a literal spilling of his blood?” Here are some thoughts in answer to such an inquiry:
The Cross shows that Jesus was completely overtaken by the divine love - to such an extent he wasn't afraid to die for believing and teaching truth, goodness and love. It also shows that when you are filled with love, it becomes so easy to forgive your friends (who may have betrayed or denied you) and your enemies who hate you with all their hearts. The Cross reveals the love of God in a very unique, touching and moving way. The display, in any way, form or fashion of deep love has great spiritual drawing power!
In hanging, bleeding and dying on the Cross, Jesus effectively terminated the shedding of blood - that was used as atonement. In a new and deep way, it became so very clear that the shedding of the blood of animals and humans must be abandoned! The blood of Jesus gave a very powerful answer to that. The devil’s scheme of wasting countless “energies” through the shedding of blood was squashed - once and for all! Blood sucking demons who always demanded for blood from which to draw “energy” could not handle Jesus’ blood. This was a quicker and faster way to squash “ceremonial sacrificial blood-letting” and save Earth from all the troubles and karma that such a scheme piles up. In dying the way he did, Christ, as Jesus cleared up the karmic debts from the ruthless and senseless shedding of the blood of animals and humans - a global practice that, in many ways, was having a very heavy toll on mother Earth and her inhabitants. This as well, has Universe-wide implications.
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Your salvation is by faith through grace – faith that the Heavenly Father is “your Father” and that He loves you! This is a quickening faith that causes you to, as it were, “Surrender everything to the Father of all”. Nothing extra or additional is needed as a “must requirement”. Christ did not come to planet Earth to change the Father’s requirement for salvation. However, His mortal bestowal played a great role in making it much easier for humans to develop a better understanding of the Father and His love. This makes it much easier for them to embrace salvation and walk in the fullness of life – the God kind of life. Hallelujah!
Christ came to Earth to be promoted by the Father. He did not come because humans were finding it impossible to be saved. It was important for Him to “experience” the life of His mortal children. This results in a lot of progress in terms of Universe Administration. These are matters that concern the organization and administration of Universe affairs. We may need a separate space and time to go in greater details concerning these things. Anyway my dear, go get your salvation and hold onto it firmly and wholeheartedly! Peace be upon you! Hallelujah!