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The Rationale for Salvation

According to Christianity, what is the rationale for Salvation? Provide Bible scriptures to support this rationale.

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Gary DeLashmutt and Dennis McCallum wrote about "the Logic of Salvation" and presented a compelling rationale for Salvation from a Christian perspective. They present many interesting ideas:

1. The Rationale for Salvation

The rationale is based on the scripture: Jn. 3:16 ". . .for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."

A. "God. . .loved the world" (What is God's attitude toward people?)

God loves all people and desires a relationship with them.

B. ". . .that. . .(we) should not perish. . ." (What is man's dilemma with God?)

God is absolutely righteous and absolute righteousness.

James 2:10 - the Law is like a chain--only one link needs to break and the chain is broken, not all of them or even most of them; God does not grade on the curve.
The payment for sin is death - separation from God (Rom. 6:20).

Gen. 2:17 - refers to separation from God (spiritual death) rather than mere physical death.

God cannot merely forgive or forget sin - it must be paid for.

The purpose of the Law is not to provide a "ladder" of good works, but rather:

to show man clearly that he cannot be saved by his works. Like an X-ray, it only shows the problem - it does not give power to heal it.

To show the way God would provide a solution - the Old Testament sacrificial system teaches that God will provide a blameless substitute to pay for our sins.

C. ". . .that He gave His. . .Son. . ." (How God resolved our 'sin' dilemma?)

Jn. 1:29 - Jesus was the fulfillment of the sacrificial system.

Mk. 15:34 - Jesus experienced separation from God because He was identified with our sins and punished for them (II Cor. 5:21a).
Jn. 19:30 - He paid for all of man's sins in full (see also I Jn 2:2).

Q: How could He pay for all our sins in a short period of time?

A: Man, being finite, can endure the infinite wrath of God only by experiencing it for an infinite amount of time (thus the eternal duration ...

Solution Summary

According to Christianity, this solution provides a rationale for Salvation supported by biblical Scriptures.