Anyone old enough to be reading this knows that only a few basic entities determine most outcomes in life. First, our environment—whether it be people or nature—obviously plays a huge role in shaping our destiny. Second, our own beliefs and choices—for better or worse—often decide the path we end up taking. Third, a superhuman/supernatural being—depending on how active such a God is—can not only directly influence our fate but can alter both our environment and our minds to indirectly affect it as well.
The extent to which these factors impact our lives becomes most significant when they decide our eternal fate, and the role that environment, ourselves, or God plays in that destiny is unfortunately a source of conflict and confusion for many. Many believe salvation is dependent on whether or not information or a missionary reaches an individual with the gospel. Many believe it is where that individual’s heart truly lies that will determine her eternal fate, regardless of exposure to Jesus. And many believe God has already or will ultimately determine who is saved or not, either through foreknowing or predestining that fate for each human.
These different beliefs are much more than theological nuances. The practical fallout of how each group differently conducts their lives, engages the world, and shares God with others is extremely obvious to those observing. The problem—and the reason for the varying positions—is there are serious flaws with all three of these beliefs, both biblically and logically. Too many in fact to discuss here, although I have no doubt you’ve already thought of a few. The good news? There is a way to biblically and logically maintain the important roles that our surroundings, our free-willed decisions, and God all play in our salvation while avoiding all of the flaws. This beautiful fusion of sharing good news, trusting and living good news, and letting God save us as a result is unpacked in Healing Hereafter, and it makes so much sense!
What insights about the biblical salvation process do you have, and what questions still remain?