Essay, Research Paper
For the past 2,003 years one of the most debated subjects among the Christians is Can one lose his/her salvation? There are many verses in the Bible that hint toward the answer of the question, but each verse can be interpreted in more than one way. The only way one can find the true answer is by God s special revelation.
There are a few verses in the book of Matthew that lead us to believe that one can lose his/her salvation. Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. These verses put it very bluntly. They basically say, Whoever is saved will receive salvation, but whoever refuses salvation is no longer saved. But as said before, this isn t a black and white answer. This verse can also be interpreted that would lean toward the side that says you can t lose your salvation. Many say that a denial of Christ cannot be made from one who is truly saved. One may temporally have a lapse of faith or step away from God (i.e. Peter s denial three times of Christ at his trial), but the actual message of these words is directed to the unsaved.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. There is no question that belief in Christ gives eternal life. The question that arises is: Can someone who truly believes, ever willingly stop believing. Can someone willfully deny and turn away from, Christ. The Bible says even the demons knew Christ was Messiah. But they, of course, did not put their total trust in Him to save them. In accepting the salvation of the Lord, we go much further than simply “believing”; we must also put our complete and full “trust”, “confidence” and “commitment” into Him. The question then becomes: “Can someone who has done all this, at some time in the future, turn away from this belief, trust, and commitment?” On the surface, it looks as if the answer could be: “Yes”! If it’s possible to “change one’s mind” (and accept Christ), it is also possible to “change one’s mind again”, and stop believing, or “un-accept” Christ. But if we take other scripture at face value, Christ “seals” us unto the day of redemption. (Eph. 1:13/ 4:30) He states He will “never leave or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5) and will “be with us always until the end of the age”. (Matthew 28:20)
So in conclusion, I have come to no conclusion. I believe that God presented this situation for one reason: Some need to believe that they may lose their faith, in order to keep being motivated; Some need to know that they will never lose their faith, as it is a comforter to them. If one really wants to know the answer to the question, one must ask God for the answer and He will reveal it to you.