I’ve been meaning to write for some time now, but so many things have been whirling through my head that it’s been difficult to decide just exactly what to write about. However, in amongst all the issues swirling about in my brain, there is one that seems to stand out to me. I discovered a website called topdocumentaries, and I watched several of said documentaries over the summer. There was one (and I cannot now remember which one) that focused on Christianity and its problems. Obviously, the producer had a lot to say, but one thing has stuck in my mind, and it is this: if the Bible is inerrant (as it was originally written), WHY did God not make sure that it was kept inerrant throughout the ages? Why is it that the question of salvation, KEY to the entire faith, is so debatable? Shouldn’t this, of all things, be crystal clear?
I thought back about the debates I’ve heard on this very issue. Is it sufficient to simply believe in the name of Jesus? Or must one confess sins, repent, and believe? Or must we show our faith/belief with works? Must we get baptized? And if we get baptized, must we be of age? And must we be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Or should we be baptized in the name of Jesus? Do we need to be baptized in the Spirit too? I’m sure there are other questions, but it has been gnawing away at me all summer…. if salvation is so important, why, oh why, do churches argue about what it takes to be saved?
I don’t have an answer yet. Maybe I never will have. But the question troubles me deeply. If God truly wanted all people to be able to be saved, why wouldn’t the entrance to the path be clearly signposted? And how do the Baptists or the Anglicans or the Methodists or the Catholics or the Lutherans know they are right? They cannot all be right, and in some matters, I don’t think it’s an issue. But in salvation? Yes. Yes, it’s a HUGE issue.