There is a lot of confusion going around today about what makes a Christian a Christian, and what must one believe to be saved, and inherit eternal life.
- Does God only require us to believe that He exists? And as a result, we are thus destined to go to heaven no matter what we do? Or does what we do matter to God as well?
- Where in is the justification? Is it in the belief and trust in God by faith? Or in the works that we do that justify us before a holy and all-powerful Creator?
- What are the core or “essential” things I need to be saved, and what should I believe to consider myself a Christian, or a follower of Jesus?
- What is meant by “believing” anyway? Is it enough to just believe that there was a Jesus? Or is something more required?
I wrote an article entitled “What are the Essential Christian Doctrines“, based on what the bible says, and several others reputable sources. For me and hopefully others this clarifies:
- What must you believe to be saved
- What are the core doctrines or teachings of Christianity – in other words, what should I beleive to call myself a Christian
I hope it is helpful. Here is the link, and let me know if any clarifications or improvements I can make: https://evidencetobelieve.net/essential-christian-doctrines/