Originally posted by Rajk999
You are just digging yourself deeper in the hole of false doctrine.
So far none of the Christians have come to your aid to support your doctrine. Two are agreeing that your statement pertaining to repentance is wrong.
You were going to show me the words "repent"
in the Gospel of John.
Your teachers never told you that it was not there.
Go back and ask them why.
John is a book clearly explaining how a man receives eternal life. And repentance is not there in, for example, these three clear teachings -
"That everyone who believes into Him may have eternal life." (John 3:16)
No mention of repentance.
" ... that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life." (3:16b)
No mention of repentance.
"He who believes into the Son has eternal life, but he who disobeys the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides upon him." (v.36)
No mention of repentance and to disobey the Son there probably means the disobedience of unbelief. He commands us to believe
I have no hope that Rajk999 will read or understand my thoughts. So I make a clear division for other readers to pay attention.
Of course REPENTANCE is mentioned a number of times in connection with salvation. But there is a difference between the Bible's teaching of repentance and the view of repentance by those who seek to be justified by works of the law.
Repentance in the mind of so many legalists means SELF IMPROVEMENT. To them repentance means that you have to self improve yourself BEFORE God will give you eternal life.
Yes, they use the word repentance.
And they may scoff when someone points out that the Gospel of John teaching us how to receive eternal life, does not mention repentance.
The scoffer's concept of repentance is usually SELF IMPROVEMENT
. They hate to think that man can do SOMETHING and leave the rest up to God. They cannot stand the thought that the sinner is an unconditional beneficiary
of eternal life in Christ. Although they may realize that it is impossible to do EVERYTHING, they think that the sinner must at least do SOMETHING to self improve himself. He cannot free himself from the thought that man HAS to do something good before he can be saved.
Everything in the natural mind of man fights against the proposition that one could be an unconditional beneficiary of the gift of eternal life. Repentance is indeed a biblical concept which is spoken in connection with salvation. But it is the "repentance" of self improvement to make oneself a co-bearer of the burden bore entirely by the Son of God.