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CONDITIONS FOR SALVATION 1/92 Suppose we are reading an advertisement which makes some promises to the reader. Suppose in one place it states, "Whoever drinks a cup of Colombian coffee will be sent on an expense paid trip to Hawaii". Suppose in another place it says, "Whoever throws a stone across the Potomac River will be given an expense paid trip to Hawaii". Let us now suppose that in another place it makes the statement, "Anyone guilty of adultery, lying, cheating, murder, hatred and other such sins will not be eligible for an expense paid trip to Hawaii". Let us now ask a question: Doesn't the phrasing of the statement "Whoever drinks a cup of Colombian coffee will be sent on an expense paid trip to Hawaii" imply that drinking a cup of Colombian coffee is the sole condition required for eligibility for a trip to Hawaii, that it is as simple as that, and there are no extra conditions (such as not sinning)? If this is so doesn't the last statement prohibiting those guilty of certain sins from eligibility for a trip to Hawaii sort of contradict the promises of the first two statements? Isn't the author sort of going back on his first two promises when he imposes the condition of the last statement? If this is not a contradiction then aren't the first two promises rather incomplete and misleading? In the Bible we find a number of statements in regard to eligibility for salvation. We read "whosoever believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved" and "whosoever confesses Jesus with his mouth and believes in his heart that God raised him from the dead will be saved". And then in other places we read statements like "no one guilty of adultery, fornication, murder, lying, hatred, etc. will go to heaven".