once saved… not always saved?
i was talking on the phone with a friend last night and our conversation turned to the topic of salvation. coming from fairly different religious backgrounds our beliefs in the “eternalness” of salvation somewhat vary. he comes from a more nazarene-ish influence where i grew up Catholic and became a Christian after hearing the Gospel at a Baptist youth camp. i have been under the notion that when people come to know Christ as their Savior, they are brought into a relationship with God that guarantees their salvation as eternally secure. But that is not the belief of all Christians. not to try and sway my own beliefs, I want to ask you for your opinion on all of this deep theology:
is salvation a forever-binding pact with the
Creator or can we lose our salvation?
- if we can lose it, what would cause us to do so? is it something we have no control over?
- if salvation is for always, does that mean that we can do whatever we want and still inherit the Kingdom?
- or is there a happy median?
why do YOU believe what you believe about salvation? are your beliefs based on outside influence or how did you come to a conclusion on your own? or are you still figuring this stuff out?
lots of loaded questions there. your opinion is valid – so answer any way you’d like … let’s just discuss and be kind to one another. :)