Q: Now what?
A: First a praise of "Hallelujah" is in order *(Luke 15:10).
-I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me -
*Genesis 1:27 KJV
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
*John 3:16-17 KJV
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
*Romans 10:9-10 KJV
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
*Luke 15:10 KJV
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
*2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly (thoroughly) furnished unto all good works.
*Hebrew 10:24-25 KJV
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
*2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
*Matthew 28:19-20 KJV
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Salvation, How to?:
To address the salvation issue it would probably be best to FIRST answer:
Q: Why must I be saved?
A: (I hope you read question #1) Now, like when a child goes array, consequences for their action become automatic. Recompense must be paid, apologies offered, then forgiveness is extended and things go back to normal. In the most simplistic of terms, that is what salvation is for man toward God but all is done on an eternal level.
When Adam & Eve, broke the rules the consequence was an eternal state of sin, meaning a broken (severed) relationship from God. And because God is life, a broken relationship means death enters, because to be severed from life, is death. The only recompense for restoration is a sinless sacrifice and this could not be from man alone because we, being from Adam & Eve are all part of the inherit consequence. Therefore, CHRIST's sacrifice of Himself offers us the only way to restore (mend) our relationship to God *(John 3:16-17).
CHRIST is the contingency plan.
Q: What must I do to be saved?
A: Receiving CHRIST is a simple choice, but a choice it is:
1st- You recognize that you are a product of the broken (severed) relationship. And this is done by acknowledging that you are a sinner in need of the salvation contingency plan.
2nd-You believe that Jesus Christ is the sacrifice that died as a recompense for man to God.
3rd- With your mouth, you confess this truth and ask Jesus to come into your heart *(Romans 10:9-10).
Saved. Now what?:
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- I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -
Q: Why did God create man, especially if He knew we would fall into sin?
A: God created man out of the abundance of Love He embodies, *(Gen. 1:27). Like a husband and wife madly in love creating children. A child doesn't complete their love but is an extension of the love they share, a child becomes symbolic of this love. Now, every parent, or soon-to-be parent, knows that at some point that child will become disobedient, even out right rebellious; but that does not stop them from having children. Much like God, didn't not create man because He knew He would sin. But what HE did do is create a contingency plan. And this is where the sacrifice of CHRIST on the cross comes into play.