HOW RIGHTEOUS I CAN BE?
Leslie M. John
Whereas my faith in Christ teaches that good works are the result of having received salvation, and such good words follow the salvation but not precede the essence of salvation, most others teach that which differs from my belief.
One speaks of “Moksha” after several re-incarnations and the other speaks of good deeds as pre-condition to procure a place in heaven.
I had already problems with understanding that “Karma” possibly leads to “Moksha” by doing good works during my entire life-period.
Frankly, I would not be able to comply with this requirement which probably ends up in my having several re-incarnations, may be as an animal, or bird, or creeping thing, or even as a better man, before I receive “Moksha”.
After several re-incarnations I would also perhaps lose a place in heaven according to the tenets of those religions who preach “Moksha” or heaven by doing good deeds.
According to my faith in Christ it is so easy to be counted as “righteous”. All that I have to do is to believe in what Christ did for me and accept Him as Savior.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”(Romans 3:22)
As I pondered over this problem I was wondering how well my good works should be for God to love me.
Bible says my righteousness is like filthy rags, and if so how could I escape from the wrath of God if I go by the standards of Lord Jesus, who said if I lust after a woman it is equivalent to having already committed adultery with her, and if I call my brother “fool” I am in danger of being thrown into hell-fire?
Good news is that Lord Jesus Christ paid price on behalf of everyone, whether of previous generations, or of this generation or of future generations. All that one needs is to believe in Jesus Christ, who made a way for our redemption from sin by His death on the cross, His burial and resurrection.
I was in pursuit of finding a sure and precise explanation of what it means to do good works and how good my works should be to receive salvation.
I have questioned myself as to how would the adherents of other beliefs do such good works as to make them eligible to secure a place in heaven?
Their beliefs are not on par with my beliefs; and if they are no better than that of mine, there is no reason why I should consider their beliefs as right. Or, if my beliefs are right, then it is for others to take note of my faith.
(This post is to show that which I considered as ‘truth’. It is all about my concern).