Originally posted by chaney3
Do we need to do something more?
Christ died on the cross to 'repair' the relationship between humans and God.
It is a conflict in Christian beliefs that once Christ was crucified, that our atonement was done. Our relationship with God has been repaired. Nothing else is required of us humans, because Christ did the 'work'.
Do we need to do something more? Do good works matter?
P ...[text shortened]... and there is NO need for a hell. NOBODY goes to a 'hell', because Jesus Christ made sure of it.
Yes, we need to receive Christ by faith or believe that he is our substitute or the payment for our sins.
Do good works matter?
Yes they do. Good works prove that by our actions we believe. The good works are done because our nature has changed and so we should want to live a holy life.
Living a holy life will also prevent the adversary from controlling our lives.
Pope Francis has stated that once Christ was crucified, and the atonement was complete, that ALL people go to Heaven, and there is NO need for a hell. NOBODY goes to a 'hell', because Jesus Christ made sure of it.
I do not agree with this, read condition one. God wills all men to repent and be saved (that is his wish) but not all men will repent and receive Christ. Those that do not, will suffer the 2nd death.
Paraphrased, I can deposit a million dollars in a checking account in your name, but you can refuse to receive it by unbelief.
Some one who is saved, born again has a new nature and has a desire to know God on a personal level. They will continue to seek Him and have joy in doing so, as they discover all that comes with the new birth.
We become one with Christ, we have his righteousness, we are sanctified or set apart, we are justified, we are entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation.
2 Cor 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
2 Cor 5:18-19
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.