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According to the Bible, your salvation is not determined by
a scorecard of clean living. God does not count merit badges.
Against popular opinion, your place in heaven is not earned or
even deserved. Instead, it is only faith in Jesus Christ that buys
your ticket and nothing else. Without this belief that Jesus is
God Incarnate you will go to hell. With this belief you will go to
heaven. Heaven is very good (like the original creation). Hell
is very bad.
This is the opinion of the Bible.
Salvation means saved from hell. According to the Bible, Jesus
came to save sinners. It reads like this:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved. 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.
Christmas is the celebration of God sending his Son. The first
Christmas celebration was like this:
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the
field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel
of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone
round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel
said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born
this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped
in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there
was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising
God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace, good will toward men.