The Promise of Salvation
It is stated in the New Testament: Matthew.1:21 “She shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call him the name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins”. This is the verse that many Christians are aware of and thus, they think that they have been promised the eternal paradise as they have been promised salvation. However; it is my understanding that this verse does not carry such meaning as it would mean that only Christians are saved and the rest of humanity is doomed. The concept that the people who follow the message of God are saved by default regardless of their sins, seems far-fetched and unjust. Other people in this world are more pious than some of the believers and stating that a sin-filled believer has a better chance at salvation than an actual good person, is equivalent to admitting that the system is flawed and only a select few will ever get the eternal peace while the rest can burn in hell (NOYES., 1866).
This idea is the reason that non-believers do not care for religious views because they know that in the eyes of the believers; they will always be sinners which is false. Christianity came thousands of years after the first human and those humans did not have religion to guide them so does this mean that these people have gone to hell? Did they not deserve salvation or were they just unfortunate that they came before the message of God came to the people? The promise of salvation is between God and his people so the people that have declared damnation on every other person are the ones that need to repent as they are twisting the word of God for their gratification. Only God knows who deserves salvation and who has sinned, humans have no business judging other humans’ faith, especially; if they are not free of sin themselves (Erickson, 2001).
Erickson, M. J. (2001). Introducing Christian Doctrine. Baker Academic.
NOYES., J. H. (1866). SALVATION FROM SIN, THE END OF CHRISTIAN FAITH. https://library.syr.edu/digital/collections/s/SalvationFromSin/