To My Muslim Friends: The Following of Jesus Explained
- by Rhett R. Totten, MDiv. - (c) 2010
Assalamu alaikum (Peace be Upon You)
Hello and greetings. -- I am a Jesus-Follower who has had the privilege of enjoying Muslim friends and aquaintances for years from among university students as well as professional people --in person and on the internet. We have had informative and serious discussions about both the Islamic/Quranic view of reality and the world, as compared to the Biblical view.
Despite tensions between the western and the Islamic "worlds," I remain hopeful that many of us can continue a friendly dialogue of increased understanding. Furthering that dialogue is the purpose of this letter.
Jesus-Followers and Muslims do find substantial agreement in several areas, including: that there is only one true God who is the sovereign, all-knowing and all-powerful creator of everything; that God is just; and that God has revealed himself to mankind. We agree that there is a need for greater morality in the societies of the world, that the world as we know it will come to an end and God will ultimately judge all mankind.
However, there is disagreement between Jesus-Followers and Muslim sides of the discussion for two main reasons:
1. On one hand, there may be a mis-understanding of a religion. When this is the case, then people may be opposing a misrepresentation of that religion, and such a situation does not help to advance a useful dialogue between the two religions. This letter will seek to avoid and hopefully correct such inaccuracies or misrepresentations.
2. On the other hand, however, there are legitimate disagreements between the two religions as they are accurately portrayed by qualified teachers on either side. This letter seeks to advance the dialogue on this sort of a productive level, concerning the three most critical issues: The Scriptures, the nature of God, and Salvation.
To begin with, in writing to Muslim friends, I am urging you to adhere to and consistently follow the teaching of the Quran regarding the Bible.
-- So, what does the Quran teach about the Bible? ...Please note some Quranic quotes:
Sura 6:91 states: "No just estimate of Allah do they make when they say: 'Nothing doth Allah send down to man (by way of revelation).' Say: 'Who then sent down the Book which Moses brought? --a light and guidance to man."
-- We see in this sura, that the Quran says the "Book" which was "sent down" through Moses (which is the Torah, or Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) is true revelation sent down from God to man, and it provides "light and guidance" from God to mankind. This shows that the Pentateuch is given to Muslims as an instance of genuine and true divine revelation.
Sura 17:55 says: "And it is your Lord that knoweth best all beings that are in the heavens and on earth: We did bestow on some prophets more (and other) gifts than on others: and we gave to David (the gift of) the Psalms."
-- As proof that Allah knows "all things," we are told in this sura, that the Quran declares that the Psalms are a gift and true revelation from God.
Sura 5:46-47 says: "And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: and guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah. Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed therein."
-- This sura not only confirms the biblical Law (Torah) again (along with Sura 6:91 above), but it also declares that the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) were sent from God, and that it provides "guidance and admonition to those who fear Allah." The Quran commands people to "judge" all things by what Allah has revealed in the Gospels. --Thus, the four Gospels are a standard of truth by which to determine and judge what is true. --And to further confirm that Muslims are to consider the Gospels to be genuine revelation from God, see also Sura 4:163-165.
Sura 10:94 asserts: "If thou wert in doubt as to what We have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee: the Truth hath indeed come to thee from thy Lord: so be in no wise of those in doubt."
-- And here, we find that the Quran declares that the Bible ("the Book") is given as an instance of revelation from God. If someone wonders about revelation from God, this sura says they are to ask those who read and know the Bible. Here it is asserted that in the Bible truth has indeed come from God, and no one should be in doubt about that. Thus, this sura requires Muslims to not be among those who are "in doubt" about the Bible's authority and origin from God.
Therefore, the Muslim is brought to the fact that the Quran considers the Torah (the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy), and the Psalms, as well as the four Gospels (Mattew, Mark, Luke and John) to be sent from God to man as genuine and true revelation. -- So, the Quran declares that these books are God-given Scripture.
...And most importantly, we must be aware that all of the above Quranic assertions are declared to be true of the Bible as of the year 630 AD (when the Quran was written down). -- So the above-mentioned Bible books (at least) are declared by the Quran to be authoritative Scripture as they existed in the year 630 AD.
Concern about Corruption
Now, some Muslims are concerned about a corruption of the wording in the Bible, however, in several places the Quran teaches that "there is nothing that can alter the words of God" (Sura 6:34 and 10:64 and 18:27)... and the Quran declares that the Pentateuch, Psalms and Gospels are the words of God. More than this, Allah makes the promise to watch over his revealed word and to guard it from corruption (Sura 15:9). -- Since the above Suras establish the Pentateuch and the Psalms and the 4 Gospels ...and the Bible overall... to be revealed Scripture from God, it is required of Muslims that they accept the Bible as not being corrupted, since God has promised to guard it from corruption.
At this point, it would be important for my Muslim friends to realize that the original manuscripts of the New Testament (written in Greek) were completed between the years 50 AD to 95 AD. In fact, most of the N.T. was completed by the year 67 AD (when Paul died), and all four Gospels were complete by the year 95 AD (in fact, Matthew, Mark and Luke were evidently written by the year 60 AD). The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John were written down by eyewitnesses of the events, and Luke was mostly from Peter's recollections. And then, by the year 100 AD, Christians already considered the writings now included in the New Testament to be Scripture from God (see 2Peter 3:15,16). Therefore these Scriptures would have been very highly prized, venerated and carefully handled from that day forward. And these precious original manuscripts were probably still in existence and being studied and copied up until the year 350 or 400 AD --or later. (Note: A 300 year-old book is not extremely uncommon (if it is a precious book), as seen by many examples in many libraries and homes; --and in the next few paragraphs we will even refer to copies of the Bible which are right now about 1700 years old.)
These copies of the Scriptures were already guarded treasures hundreds of years before the Quranic endorsements of the Bible were given.
- - - Now, it should be remembered that we still today have a good copy of the first 14 chapters of John's Gospel from about the year 200 AD (the "Bodmer 2 Papyrus").
- - - And then too, from the year 240 AD we have fairly complete copies of all four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
- - - In addition, from the year 210 AD we have copies of most of Paul's writings, including Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2Thessalonians. And this collection of copies includes Hebrews (all of these are in the "Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri" in Dublin, Ireland).
In addition to the above important copies, the copy called the "Codex Vaticanus" has the entire Bible in Greek from the year 325 AD, ...except for a few pages from the book of Hebrews.
The "Codex Sinaiticus," now located in the British Museum (in London), is a copy of the complete Bible in Greek, copied in around 350 AD.
The "Codex Alexandrinus," also in the British Museum, is a copy of almost the whole Greek Bible from about 350 AD, but is missing about 40 pages.
Remember, that the original manuscripts (written personally by Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, etc.) were most likely still in existence when all of the above copies were made. --We can rest assured that most all of the copying was quite close to the exact wording of the original manuscripts themselves. Wherever there are any little copying errors here or there in a particular copy, those variances are extremely easy to correct because almost all the other old copies have it right and they agree with each other! This is almost always quite simple to figure out.
Furthermore, there are about 5,300 copies (in Greek) of various portions of the New Testament --many of them from before the year 150 AD-- and taken all together, there are more than 24,000 copies of various parts of the New Testament --many of them were made when the original manuscripts were still existent (before the year 350 AD).
Since Bible scholars have relied heavily upon the large number of Bible-copies from before the year 400 AD, we know that the Bible to which Muhammad and the Quran refer was complete and very accurate. ---My Muslim friends should remember that the Quran affirms the revelation of God in the Bible, and it makes this affirmation in the year 630 AD. By this time, the established copies of the New Testament had been around for 250 years, and they have not changed at all until today. -- There is no good reason to imagine that the Bible was corrupted at the time of Muhammad, ...and the Bible texts (in Hebrew and Greek) which scholars use today for Bible-translation are exactly the same as back then. In fact, scholars today can be even more sure of the exact correct text than ever before, because almost all the available copies can be consulted at the same time by use of photographic images, or directly in person. The Bibles we have today come from the very same early copies of the Bible texts, and there is no significant corruption involved.
Now, of course, various copyists (since they are human) ended up putting (for example) a mis-spelling here and there, or including a word or phrase twice, or some such errors ---but the manuscript scholars are able to easily weed out almost all such errors just by looking at hundreds of other copies which do not have that particular mis-spelling, and the corrections are quite obvious and simple. There are a very small number of more puzzling copyist's errors, however, they do not occur in any place where there is in important teaching in the entire New Testament.
Therefore, all Muslims should rest assured that the Bible is not corrupted. The Quran does not say anywhere that the Bible (or any part of it) is corrupted. Please take note of that. In addition, Muslims have never said the Bible was corrupted --until very recent years. -- Muslims who now say the Bible is corrupted are standing in opposition to the Quran.
The clear and logical conclusion: Muslims should consider the Bible to be trustworthy revelation from God. This is the Quranic view. --And then, of course, although it is best to read the Bible in Hebrew (for OT) and Greek (for NT), it is quite acceptable to read a translation in English or Arabic or many other languages.
To read from the Bible, easily find any chapter HERE.
So, what is God like? -- Well, Muslims (the Quran) and the Bible agree that there is one and only one God who is the sovereign creator of the universe and all that exists; that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, merciful, compassionate and just, etc.; there is agreement that there will come a final judgment when all mankind will have to give a final accounting to God for their lives on earth, and God will punish the wicked and save others.
But it is critical to understand what the Bible teaches about the salvation of humans.
In the Gospel, Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). -- Jesus makes it clear that no one can really know God or end up with God (in heaven) except through Christ. He is the only way.
Similarly, Jesus was clear about this: "I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved" (The Gospel, John 10:9). So, there is only one gateway to salvation and eternal life: ...Jesus Christ.
From what do people need to be saved?
Well, we read that at the time of Jesus' birth, God's angel instructed Jesus' step-father, "you are to give him the name 'Jesus,' because he will save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). --Jesus saves people from sin, and particularly the judgment and wrath of a righteous and holy God against such sinners.
Well, is sin really that serious a problem?
Yes it is. -- In Psalm 51:4, David speaks about his sin (against other humans) and he says to God: "Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight." - So, compared to everybody else who is affected and hurt by sin, God is the one who is fundamentally and most grievously offended of all. There is no comparison. God's sensitivity to sin can't be understood by us sinful humans, as Scripture says of God, "Your eyes are too pure to look on evil" (Hab. 1:13). So God is so absolutely sinless that he can't tolerate or stand a sinner in his presence at all. The fact of any human's sinfulness grieves God in the extreme, and it "fills his heart with pain" (Gen. 6:5,6). The sin in our human lives is so horrific in God's view, that it makes all human beings to be "enemies of God" (Rom. 5:10).
So, how does God deal with this sin?
Well, ultimately, God "does not leave the guilty unpunished" (Ex. 34:7). This is because he is a just and uncorrupt Judge who cannot let the offenders get by with it. Though God is merciful and often puts the punishment off, unless there is a just payment for it sin, it will be judged, and a fair penalty will be required. The basic penalty is: God puts sinners to death --as we read: "the wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23). In the end, this God of absolute justice won't even let unintentional sins go unpunished (Levit. 4).
So, who is such a sinner in God's view?
We read that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). This includes all of us. We read that "all are under sin," and "there is no one righteous, not even one" (Psa. 53:2-3). This is God's view of all mankind, which is grievously and painfully sinful to God, making all mankind his enemies (Rom. 5:10).
Salvation Through Christ
In light of the fact that every human is a sinner and will be subject to the judgment of God against sin, it is important to remember that Jesus Christ promises salvation and eternal life to all who rely and trust in him. --And how is Christ able to make such a promise?
Well, firstly, we are all sinners in God's eyes (Romans 3:9,10,23), and Jesus has the power and authority to save many people from sin-guilt. He can do this because Jesus Christ is not just human.
-- The Bible teaches that Christ is not just a mere human, but is also a divine "person" who has two natures; ...that is, He is a divine "personality" who has both a human-nature (with a human body and mind), ...and he also has an infinite, almighty, eternal (with no beginning) and holy God-nature (which is spirit). Neither of these two natures are intermixed with each other, nor is either nature diminished, confused or altered by being attached to the same divine "personalty" (God the Son). The one unchanging God (Mal.3:6; Heb.13:8; Jas. 1:17) is not altered in any way by this. Christ is not half God and half man. --Rather, the Bible teaches that God "the Son" is fully and truly eternal, infinite God, ...and in Christ he is also fully and truly finite man at the same time ...because he is one "person" (the "Son of God") which has these two different natures. This is why some Christians call him the "God-man." --- We see in Scripture that Christ is directly called and revered as God (see John 1:1,14,18; John 20:28; Acts 20:28; Romans 9:5; 2Thess. 1:12; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:6,8,10; 2Peter 1:1), and Christ is also clearly called a "man" ( John 1:14; 1Timothy 2:5; Romans 1:3; Romans 9:5). Both are true descriptions because the two natures are never confused or inter-mixed.
- - Christ's God-nature (the "Son of God") was infinite, eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, invisible and immortal (etc.). -- But Christ's human-nature (Jesus) was finite and temporal; it had a beginning in time (about 2000 years ago); he had a real body that was weak, got tired, needed sleep, etc.; his human mind (brain) didn't know everything, and had to learn things, such as language, etc.; his human body was mortal, and when it died, the "person" of Christ experienced death, but his God-nature did not die, because it is immortal.
-- Please refer to links, for more biblical references and explanation for this teaching of Christ's two natures: ... http://carm.org/christian-doctrine-part-2 . . . and: http://answering-islam.org/Who/index.html
-- (Important NOTE: The Bible does not teach that God had "sexual relations" with a woman when the human nature of Christ was conceived --which would be not only an abomination but doesn't make sense because the being of God "is spirit" (John 4:24) and he does not have a body, and God is invisible (1 Timothy 1:17). Rather, Scripture says that power of God's Holy Spirit "overshadowed" Mary (Lk. 1:35) and caused the baby Jesus to be conceived in his mother (Matthew 1:20). It is only Christ's human nature that had a body and a beginning.
-- Note also: The Bible clearly teaches that there is one and onlyone God (Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; Mark 12:29; Romans 3:30; 1Timothy 2:5), but that single being of God has three eternal spirit-personalities or "persons" in that one being; and those three personalities are: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). All three "persons" eternally and fully belong to the one infinite being of Almighty God; no one of the three persons is less God than the other two. --The three "persons" in one God are together called "The Tri-unity." --This is the one true God.)
-- For more references on this biblical and correct teaching on God, see: ... http://carm.org/christianity/christian-doctrine/christian-doctrine . . . and: http://answering-islam.org/Trinity/index.html
In addition, Jesus Christ is able to promise and give eternal life, because he (the "God-man") lived a perfectly sinless life (1Peter 1:19; Hebrews 4:15). No other human has ever done this --or ever will. --But God requires perfect holiness and righteousness to be in good standing before God, and to go to heaven (Paradise). The problem: man is sinful and not holy. -- But Christ paid God's death penalty for human sin-guilt (Romans 5:8; 6:23); and then Christ rose physically from the dead (Luke 18:33) as a demonstration and proof that he is God "the Son" (Romans 1:4). Christ's sinless life and his resurrection also proves he has the power and authority to save us (Hebr. 7:25), and to guarantee eternal life to those who truly believe and trust in him. Christ's resurrection shows that God accepts him as a sinless and perfect sacrifice which is acceptable to pay the death-penalty God requires (Romans 6:23) for the sin-guilt of those who trust in Christ. Jesus is the only man who assuredly has real power over death, since Christ is the only man who has ever risen permanently from the dead, and now he remains forever alive (Hebrews 7:25).
And then, if a sinner (which is all of us) admits to God they are a sinner, and turns in sorrow away from their sin (and toward Christ for help), while sincerely confessing that they truly trust and rely on the God-man Christ (who died and rose to gain their salvation), God promises and guarantees eternal life, resurrection and heaven to that person. (1John 1:9; Romans 10:9,10). This is what the Bible teaches. -- You who are reading this, can come to Christ on these terms, right now!
But then, many Muslims don't accept the idea that Jesus died on the cross. - However, this objection must be rejected and overthrown by the historical records in the incorruptible Bible, which were written by people who lived with Christ, and actually saw it all happen --and records of these historical events are found in the writings of the New Testament (in the "Injil," the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) of the Bible. --Peter specifically and directly said that he and the others with him were themselves witnesses of the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ (see Acts 2:23-32; and John 20:27; 1John 1:1-2). The same thing is stated elsewhere as well (in the Gospels), and --as we have seen-- those who believe and respect the Qur'an must accept this biblical testimony. (And secular historians confirm this execution of Christ). --Indeed, Jesus did die to pay the death penalty for our sin (Romans 5:8-10)... and it is a wonderful thing that he did, because either he pays the death penalty for your (and my) sin, or you will pay it yourself, and end up eternally separated from God (in hell).
Man's Need for Salvation
The Bible teaches that all humans need to be saved from facing God's eternal judgment, because all of us have sinned; Romans 3:23 says that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," which includes you, me, and every naturally-born human with a human father (Jesus had no human father). The very best we sinful humans can do, seems filthy and totally unacceptable to the sinless and perfectly pure God (Isaiah 64:6 says: "our 'righteous' acts are like filthy rags" to God.) The sinless God is too pure and holy to allow any evil and sinful beings into his glorious, sinless presence (Habak. 1:13). So, in our present sinful condition, none of us can end up in heaven.
The result of our sin-condition is death, as Romans 6:23 says, "the wages of sin is death." Death involves separation: Physical death is a separation of the person's soul from the body; while spiritual death is the separation of the person's soul (or spirit) from God, resulting in eternal, spiritual death. The iniquities of people cause a wide gulf of separation between sinful people (all of us) and God (Isaiah 59:2), which leads to eternal death of the soul (if not remedied).
Now, some people will say, "Wait a minute. I'm not a horrible person and a sinner." --However, you don't have to be a mass-murderer to be a condemned sinner in God's eyes; you only must be a sinner by nature (which we all are --except Jesus), who has broken God's holy law and commands, spelled out briefly in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). --And no sinner will be allowed to spend eternity with God in heaven... unless his sin problem is paid for, and his sin-nature cleansed and (ultimately) removed; Christ does this when he saves people.
For example: Have you ever stolen anything, however small? --Yes, you (and I) have. And that makes you (and me) a thief at that point, which is the breaking of God's holy law. Unforgiven thieves will not enter God's kingdom (1 Cor. 6:10). -- Or, have you ever told a lie (however small) to proper authority, such as parents, elders, teachers or officials? --Yes, you (and I) have... and that makes you (and me) a liar, which is the breaking of God's holy law. Unforgiven liars will not go to heaven. --Or, have you ever looked (and then looked again) at someone of the opposite sex (who was not your spouse) with sexual lust, and imagined possibly "having" that person sexually (Matthew 5:28), even if you did not act out on that desire? --Yes, you (and I) have, ...and Jesus said that makes you (and me) an adulterer and/or fornicator, which is a breaking of God's holy law (Exodus 20:14). Unforgiven sex-violators will not go to heaven. --And, worst of all, we love, respect, honor and serve money, power, sex, pleasure and especially ourselves and other 'gods' more than we do the one true God, and this violation breaks the first two commandments against idolatry (Exodus 20:3,4). --Need I go on? --I could, but I'm sure I don't need to. -- You (and I) have broken God's law, which makes us law-breakers who would be justly condemned under God's law, ...and the true and holy God cannot just "waive off" our evil and sinfulness and "sweep it under the rug" just because we say a few prayers and fast and do a few other "religious" activities, ...because God is a just and righteous judge who must, therefore, condemn the violation and require the just punishment (eternal death in hell).
This is why the Scripture is right in saying that "there is no one righteous, not even one" (Romans 3:10); and "all have sinned and fall short of God's glory" (Rom. 3:23). That includes all people --even those who are born into religious families-- whether with Muslim, or Christian parents; no matter what nationality or ethnicity. --And guilty sinners who have fallen short of God's pure and sinless glory do not end up in God's holy presence in his heaven when they die. The holy God won't stand for it. Rather, the result and "the wages of sin is death" (Rom.6:23) as well as eternal separation from God, because God is too pure and holy to allow a sinner in his perfect presence. --That is, unless something is done to remedy the situation and to totally cleanse the guilty sinner. (And a religious sinner dying as a martyr for his/her faith will not clear them of sin-guilt.) --So, all of us humans are born in need of salvation from our sin and condemnation.
But what can be done, and is there any hope of remedy? --Yes, there is.
God's Provision: Christ The Savior
So, how can a person be saved from being condemned to hell because of their sin? --Well, in a nutshell, the Bible teaches: "Believe (trust and rely) in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved --you and your household" (Acts 16:31). Trusting in Christ is God's only way he provides for salvation, because God's Word says, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name [than Jesus] under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Trusting and receiving Christ into one's life is God's only provision (for all mankind) to deal with your sin --and to gain eternal life. This is not optional, as John writes: "Whoever has [Christ] the Son has [eternal] life; whoever does not have [Jesus] the Son of God does not have [eternal] life" (1John 5:12). -- All people in the world need the salvation of Christ. --He is the only sinless man who ever lived (and lived a life perfectly pleasing to God), and therefore, he is the only Savior available to the whole world (Jude 1:25).
The Bible says: "For there is only one God, and there is one mediator between God and men: the man Christ Jesus" (1Timothy 2:5). --Only Christ is adequate as such a mediator (a satisfactory go-between to communicate and represent both sides), because he is a divine "person" with a God-nature to properly represent things from God's sinless and holy point of view, and he also has a sinless and acceptable human-nature to represent us humans before the holy God.
Some Muslims object to the death-for-sin issue, and suppose that perhaps Allah will just forgive the believer (without a death payment) who does the best he can (without Christ's sacrifice). But this is inadequate. Read: "The Holiness of God". - If God is absolutely holy, and a just judge, he can't merely "wave off" sin as if it doesn't matter, and simply "forget" it and "forgive" it. That would be an unholy response. A holy God wouldn't do that.
-- And what did Christ do to purchase and accomplish our salvation? -- "Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died [on the cross] for sinners to bring you safely home to God" (1Peter 3:18). -- "God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8). -- "Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day" (1 Cor. 15:3,4). --So, Christ died in our place, and paid God's death penalty for our sins (Rom. 6:23), so that our account could be cleared of sin-guilt and we would then be credited with Christ's perfect righteousness (Philip.3:9; 2Cor.5:21; 1Cor.1:30), and so that we would then be given eternal life if we truly trust Jesus for salvation.
You Must Personally Trust In Christ
But just because Christ (the God-man) paid for sins, does this mean every human will be saved? -- No. -- You personally must make an intentional choice to accept, rely on, and trust in Christ and what he did; and you must surrender your life and submit your will to him, to obey him as the divine authority and "Lord" over your life.
The Bible says, "to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right (& power) to become children of God" (John 1:12). -- "And anyone who believes (trusts and relies) in God's Son (Jesus) has eternal life. Anyone who does not obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God's angry judgment" (John 3:36). -- So we must also resolve to surrender to Christ's divine authority and obey him, as Jesus says to some who do not submit to him: "why do you keep calling me 'Lord, Lord,' when you do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46). --"If you confess [admit the truth] with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [God with all authority] and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved [from eternal judgment]" (Rom. 10:9). -- Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to [God] the Father except through me" (John 14:6). -- Without having Christ, and submitting to his divine authority, no one will have eternal life.
So, the question is: Are you ready to surrender your life to Christ the divine Lord? ...and to trust in him for forgiveness from sin, so that you may have eternal life and become a child of God, and so you will finally have peace with God and not be destined for God's judgment?
If you are ready to do this, all you need to do is pray (talk) to God and Jesus (the God-man), and tell him (essentially) that: -- 1.) You admit you are a sinner, and you are sorry for your sin, and that you need his forgiveness; -- 2.) You are sorry and willing to turn away from your sin, and turn away from trusting in anything else (such as religious activity, like prayer, fasting and good deeds) to gain merit with God to deserve salvation --that you are trusting only in Christ and his righteousness, that God will credit to you when you trust in Christ (Rom.4:3,6; 1Cor.1:30); -- 3.) that you believe that Christ died on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sin, and that he came back to life, and is your only way to heaven -- 4.) that you accept Jesus' offer to forgive your sins and to come into your life as your Savior (John 1:12; Rev.3:20); and -- 5.) that you surrender to his authority over your life as your God and divine Boss ...being resolved to obey him.
You may want to tell Jesus (pray to him) words something like this (though there are no certain magic words): "Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sin. I am willing to turn away from my life of sin, and I need your forgiveness. I know that I can never deserve salvation by doing good things, but I trust in you as the only one who can earn and gain salvation for me, because you lived a perfectly sinless life and then you died on the cross for my sin, and then you rose from the dead to gain eternal life for me. I now surrender my heart and will --my whole self-- to your authority, and receive you into my life to obey you as my Lord and God and divine Boss and Savior, so I will receive eternal life as a free and undeserved gift from God. Thank you for saving me, ...and please make me to be the kind of person you choose for me to be. - Amen."
If you sincerely prayed to God/Jesus in a way similar to this (and God knows if you are sincere), then Jesus has promised to save you forever (John 6:37-40). --Start reading the Bible (the true Scriptures), and praying to God/Jesus every day.
REMEMBER: ...You, dear reader, are valuable and loved by God, and that's why Jesus Christ came! May God bless you and enable you to come to know his great love and forgiveness through God who took on a human body (Jesus), and then died for our sins (Romans 5:8 and 1Peter 3:18) to pay the death penalty for sins which God requires (Romans 6:23), so that we could become honorary "adopted sons" of God, if we will only trust and believe in this wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus.
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