Will Christ approve if He is made a personal savior?
January 30, 2012 6:58am CST
Simply by reading the title of this discussion, you will know what I want to discuss. I am searching for the Biblical basis of born-again groups' claim that people should accept Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Contrary to their belief, I am convinced that Christ will never accept being made a personal Lord and Savior. Logically, being the Son of God and Lord of Lords and King of Kings, He can never be made by anyone as a personal possession, just like anyone's personal belongings and stuff. Further, the Bible speaks of Jesus Christ's roles, and no verse speaks of the possibility of having Christ as a personal Lord and Savior. Even their favorite passage John 3:16 does not require that He be made a personal savior. "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the Name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins."--- Matthew 1:21 "Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah."--- Acts 2:36 [no mention as "personal Lord and Messiah"] "Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins'..."--- Acts 2:38 [Peter did not say repent, be baptized and accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.]
• Morristown, New Jersey
30 Jan 12
the whole concept of making Jesus "your personal Lord and Savior" basically originated with the Baptist Church, which is a relatively recent creation.. Before that no one ever use that terminology, no one ever believed that. It was an invention of humans trying to interpret the Bible in a convenient way. I always thought that groups like the Baptists wanted to believe that they could go to heaven by not doing anything good but just by believing in Jesus. It's much more convenient to say a prayer, be "born again" but to live a life trying to imitate Jesus and do good works is hard. That, in my opinion, is the true origin of the whole born-again thing.