The Passion of the Christ is a film that was produced in 2004 and was directed by Mel Gibson. It is a movie that depicts most of the life of Jesus. The link that I have included on the movie is a short clip that simply shows the scene of Jesus rising from the dead. According to the Bible, Jesus died and rose again after three days. He died and rose again to provide the way of salvation. The topic of salvation will be discussed in this blog post.
In class we discussed salvation, in the book of Matthew; what does that mean? What does it mean to be a Christian? Does it mean you just go to church, or maybe be a good person? What does it mean to be “saved”?
In life I’ve had these same questions and have discussed them with others including some in this class. I have found an answer and I think the supporting video below does a good job of explaining it. I hope that the video and the written description will assist in answering some of those questions.
Several topics in our class that have been taught on include: sin, creation, and the difference “between” the New and Old Testament God. We have discussed that the original sin and how it was committed by Adam and Eve. We have discussed according to the Catholic faith that humans are born good. Whether you believe that or not, the Bible states that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. Whether we are born good or not, may be a good question; but at some point, we have all sinned and that’s what we need to be saved from. A quick definition of sin would be doing anything that the God says not to do. So if you have lied, stolen, cheated, or many other things then you have sinned. Who hasn’t right? We all have. That is the reason that we need to be saved. Because we have all sinned and “fallen short” we need intervention or a mediator. And that mediator is Jesus Christ. And He became that mediator when He died on the cross for all of our sins and then rose again.
As mentioned, one of the topics discussed in class is the difference between the New and Old Testament God. We said that many Christians see that the Old Testament God is an “angry” God or a “just” God. We saw that many Christians see the New Testament God as a loving or caring God. But when it comes down to it, He is the same God, according to the Bible. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8. Although He may not be manifesting in the exact same way He is still the same being. As human beings we may not be able to understand the full scope of how someone or something can be all loving and all just and all kind all at the same time. For example, like mentioned in the supporting video, if one hasn’t asked forgiveness of their sins and turned from their evil ways then that individual goes to hell, according to the Bible. II Thessalonians 1:8-9 “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction (referring to hell) from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;” Revelation 20:15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Those are just two of the many verse which talk about hell and who goes there; and both of those verses are found in the New Testament.
Ok, so we see what the Bible says about hell; but how does one get to heaven, or obtain salvation? This is the good news. Just like stated in the supporting video, all we have to do is to ask Jesus to forgive us of all of our sins; turn from our old ways; and live a life according to the Bible, the way that Jesus wants us to live. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 3:19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out…” These last few verses are also found in the New Testament.
In review, we saw that the Bible states that God is and always will be the same. The explanation of salvation was given. Hopefully the reader has clear or clearer understanding on how a person goes to heaven according to the Bible verses and depicted in the video.
Questions for Discussion:
How do you feel about what the Bible says concerning salvation? Do you agree or disagree? Was this blog post helpful?
BibleGateway. (n.d.). Retrieved February 13, 2017, from https://www.biblegateway.com/
D. (2009, November 24). The Passion of the Christ – Last Scene. Retrieved February 13, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKSe9PE002o
Soteris1. “The Good News † The Gospel Message.” YouTube. YouTube, 17 Oct. 2011. Web. 13 Feb. 2017.