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     SIMPLE BELIEF IN CHRIST         3/96

   The Old Testament presents as the criterion for salvation 
   loving God and faithfulness to him by living Godly, righteous 
   lives i.e. obeying his commandments (as exemplified by such 
   Bible characters as Abraham, David and Job) whereas certain 
   statements of Christ in the New Testament present what would 
   appear to be quite a radically different criterion for 
   salvation:  simple belief in him (Christ).  Following are 
   some of these passages: 

      John 3:14-18   And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the 
      wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: {15} 
      That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
      eternal life. {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. {18} He that 
      believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not 
      is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the 
      name of the only begotten Son of God. 

      John 6:47   Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that 
      believeth on me hath everlasting life. 

      John 9:35   Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when 
      he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the 
      Son of God? 

      John 11:25-26   Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, 
      and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, 
      yet shall he live: {26} And whosoever liveth and believeth 
      in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 

      John 20:31   But these are written, that ye might believe 
      that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing 
      ye might have life through his name. 

      Acts 13:39   And by him all that believe are justified from 
      all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law 
      of Moses. 

      Acts 16:31   And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus 
      Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 

      Romans 10:9   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. 

      Romans 10:13   For whosoever shall call upon the name of the 
      Lord shall be saved.     

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