What Does It Mean To Be Saved?
Once on a cruise ship heading for the Carribean with three friends, two Catholics and two of us Southern Baptists, the conversation came up about religion and what being "saved" meant. I don't remember exactly what I said, but the term seemed to be foreign to the two Catholics. However, for anyone who is interested:
The different denominations have different ideas on what it takes to become a Christian. The Baptists believe it is a moment of realizing you are a sinner with the commitment of changing your ways and giving your life over to Jesus; therefore, being "saved" from going to hell for your sins. Other denominations have their own ideas of what it means to become a Christian. However, the only way a person can be saved is by the drawing of the Holy Spirit. To become a Christian is the most important decision a person will ever make in their lifetime. From a "common-sense" standpoint, a person can rationalize that they need to change their ways and commit their lives to following Jesus. However, a "meaningful conversion" is where a person is drawn by the Holy Spirit, an inexplicable and overwhelming emotion, to examine every miniscule facet of their soul to uncover their sinful nature, and truly want to change their ways and commit their life to Jesus with all their heart.
As the NIV bible states: Mark 12:30 "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
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