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35 thoughts on “What Would it Take For You to Receive Jesus as Savior?”

  1. Cherie Adams says:

    I do receive Jesus as my Lord and my Saviour. He already paid the price in full for my salvation on the cross at Calvary. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul! I love You forever, amen!!!

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Hi, Cheri. That wasn’t the question. The question was what would it take?

      So, in your case, what did it take? What did it take for you to decide to receive Jesus as Savior?

      1. Cherie Adams says:

        My Precious Mama taught me about Jesus. She read us the Bible every day. I prayed and received Jesus into my heart as my Lord and Saviour. It just takes Faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. So, to answer your question- It takes child like faith. Unless you receive the Kingdom of God as a little child you shall in no wise enter therein. If you seek the Lord you will find Him–if you seek him with your whole heart.

        1. F.G. Fitzer says:

          Cherie, what if you were raised by your Mama to revere Krishna instead? Would you simply accept Krishna instead of Jesus?

          1. Bill says:

            Statistically speaking, that’s pretty much how it works, alright.

          2. Cherie Adams says:

            No, F.G. and Bill I wouldn’t, because like I said, If you seek the Lord Jesus you will find “Him” if you seek Him with your whole heart. You do have to seek the Lord for yourself and have a personal relationship with HIm. Jesus Christ is the Only Way, the Truth and the LIfe. When you study His Holy Word and get to know Him. You will hear His voice and know He is real. His sheep hear His voice and they follow HIm. You can only come to Christ if the Spirit of the Lord draws you. Jesus has healed me many times and I have had many miracles in my life. I know Jesus Christ is Lord!

          3. Bill says:

            Cherie, I am happy for the peace and love that your faith obviously brings you, and I encourage you in it. Be confident in your faith…which is to say, don’t bug people who don’t happen to share it, and don’t consign to Hell those who don’t share your beliefs (which is the obvious implication of that whole “Jesus Christ is the Only Way” thing).

          4. Cherie Adams says:

            Jesus is the only way! He said it and He is God! So you can rebel against it but that won’t change it. As a disciple of the Lord Jesus I will stand up for HIm and the truth of the Gospel. Those who don’t receive Jesus are condemned already the Bible says, because they have not believed on the only begotten Son of the LIving God. It is their choice! It sounds like you’ve made yours. You replied to my post and I was gracious enough to answer.

          5. Bill says:


          6. Jim Cook says:

            [You believe, because you chose to believe it with “child like faith”, that] “Jesus is the only way!”
            [You believe, because you chose to believe it with “child like faith”, that] “He said it and He is God!”

          7. Horatio says:

            If you are one of the sheep of Jesus, prove it. Grow some wool, have Jesus shear it and grow it into a sweater.

  2. Jim Cook says:

    Here’s what it would take for me:

    1. Jesus appearing in front of me

    2. Jesus demonstrating to me and to others assembled by our own eyes and by measurements with audited, calibrated scientific instruments that he is indeed the omnipotent Lord of the Universe by, at audience request, flicking his finger around to cause events to transpire that violate known laws of chemistry and physics.

    3. Jesus demonstrating to me and others assembled that he is indeed the omniscient Lord of the Universe by demonstrating knowledge of information that he would have no way of knowing.

    4. Jesus explaining and demonstrating to me exactly what he is, where he came from and what his powers are, if it turns out he is not actually the omnipotent and omniscient Lord of the Universe (haven’t you ever wondered if maybe the Israelites got snookered by Space Alien Zorg?).

    5. Jesus explaining what being my savior means in clear and complete language.

    6. Jesus explaining in clear and complete language what is expected of me in return.

    7. Being given some time to think about it and talk about it with others.

    8. Freely agreeing that the arrangement is a good idea, with a proviso for an obligation-free trial period.

    Otherwise, he’d be asking me to be unreasonable — and haven’t we all learned that you shouldn’t follow an unreasonable person?

    Stories in a two thousand year old book of questionable authorship don’t cut it.

    1. Dave says:

      Jim, I think I understand Cherie’s child like faith, which is much like my own. I remember that I had always figured if there was a God that required an accounting of my life at a great throne of judgement, I would come out alright after explaining and rationalising any possible errors in my brief existence. However, once I lived long enough to really do some damage to others, sometimes even enjoying doing it, I eventually knew that the opportunity for my little reconciliation dog and pony show with the intent to impress the Creator was slipping away. “Mercy triumphs over judgement”, so enter Jesus Christ. You know the story. I did too after I had some pretty courageous people get in my face with it.

      Actually I had such a strong desire to bury the hatchet and get right that had I found an old envelope at the time with the story written in pencil on it of how a man named Bob went to the gas chamber in my stead for the rotten things I had done in life and how Bob would act as my advocate before the Judge of the quick and the dead, then I would have owed my affections to Bob. As it was, the name was Jesus. Peace like a river, dude.

      As to the atheism Cherie says she is praying for, I think the average person doesn’t do much in life that they would warrant necessitating redemption, so it wouldn’t matter to them if there is a God or not. It’s hard if not impossible to believe in God if one finds him not necessary.

      1. Horatio says:

        Okay, Dave, but why Jesus and not Krishna? Why aren’t you chanting mantras instead of going to a Christian church?

        1. Dave says:

          Horatio, re-read the second paragraph in my comment above and there’s your answer. It’s about a God who is willing to pay the bill for us when it comes due. Krishna, in my view, does not present that kind of character, or even interest in my concerns. And, by the way, I don’t go around chanting or doing other religious nonsense. There is a big difference between religion and relationship. The former is a lot of work. Yeecchh! The latter, for me, is peace.

          1. Horatio says:

            What do you know about Krishna, to state that Krishna won’t be willing to pay the bill when it comes due, Dave? What specifically makes you say that?

          2. Dave says:

            Just keep chanting, Horatio. Hare Hare.

          3. Horatio says:

            Dave, you can say that you don’t do any religious nonsense, and mock Hindus, Hare Hare, but you’re buying into what many others call religious nonsense, with your ideas about bills coming due, and supernatural beings, and judgments of dead people risen from the grave.

            I wouldn’t be so quick to talk about how you’re not doing religious nonsense.

            You don’t seem able to actually provide any specific information about why Krishna would be less able to help you out with bills coming due. Why is it that you reject Krishna, and accept Jesus, then, Dave? Did you close your eyes and pick a religious tradition out of a hat?

  3. Bill says:

    I’m a progressive Christian…although I’d have a hard time defining that to anyone who isn’t. What I do know is that I’m not ‘saved’ and I’m not looking to be. I have long maintained that the god of evangelical christians doesn’t sound like someone I’d like to spend eternity constantly kissing up to. Their god is insecure, vindictive, bigoted, irrational, egocentric, misogynistic, violent, faithless, sociopathic, and a hater. By any reasonable criteria he is profoundly disturbed…creating people with reason and free will and then throwing them into a sea of eternal fire if they dare to use those gifts. By comparison, a child who pulls the wings off of flies and drowns kittens in a sack looks down-right well-balanced. My God, in contrast, celebrates humanity, justice, and love. So I’ll just keep my God, thanks anyway; it’s really pretty much a no-brainer.

  4. Korky Day says:

    He would restore everybody’s stolen foreskins and clitorises in an instant.

  5. Charles Manning says:

    Wish I had time to discuss this at length. First, what is a savior? What is it that Jesus would save me from? If I can’t imagine what, other than physical death, I could be saved from. Believers don’t convince me that Jesus will save me from physical death, since they all die like everyone else. The other candidate for something to be saved from is hell. What proof is there that hell exists? I keep thinking that I would have to exist to burn in hell, but physical death will be the end of my existence, mentally and physically, including the capacity to feel pain. I see no credible evidence that that’s not so. Therefore, if people don’t convince me that there’s something only Jesus could save me from, that ends the discussion. Someone who performed “miracles” could be a magician, or my mind could be playing tricks on me. The power of prayer is belief in miracles. David Hume took care of all that.

    That’s one approach to the subject. The other is what we all know, that people who are raised in a religion tend to accept that religion. What it would take from that direction is the inability or unwillingness to break off from believers who have loved me and raised me and continue to want me to be a part of their social structure. My closest relatives were all Christian, by the way. I think that’s a stronger attraction to Jesus than the illogical appeals to being saved. What allowed me to break away — without losing respect or love for my relatives and other believers — is the understanding that I can love and respect others because of who I am, not because somebody, natural or supernatural, told me to love and respect others, or offered me some kind of reward if I did that. Love is its own reward. But my faith in love is really a religious matter; it’s just not tied to any particular living thing, be it a god or a person. It is tied to optimism, which again doesn’t require someone telling me something. If something deprived me of optimism — mental illness, maybe, or a very painful terminal illness — I might be willing to listen more to religious appeals. But as long as my intellect is intact, I’ll stick to my own private religion, which honors Jesus as an important thinker.

    1. Charles Manning says:

      Here I am replying to my own comment, again. Well, I apologize for leaving the word “If” on my comment that I can’t imagine what, other than physical death, I cold be saved from.

      I’ll also take this time to thank Dave for his eloquent comment suggesting that he needs Jesus to forgive him for bad things he’s done to others. My take on this is that we have a duty to forgive, and a duty to earn forgiveness. This doesn’t arise from somebody saying something in a book. It’s like a natural law. So Dave has a duty to earn forgiveness for things he’s done, even if no one knows he did them. And once he does that, which is a tall order, perhaps, the rest of us sinners owe him forgiveness. To me, Jesus is only someone who articulated some deep moral principles, like the ones concerning forgiving.

      1. Jim Cook says:


        I appreciate your thoughtful approach to the subject.

  6. Cherie Adams says:

    I will pray for all the atheists on this site. Atheism has never cured a disease, calmed a fear or healed a hurt. Everyone will eventually face the Lord Jesus for themselves. You can mock us now, but someday–you will bow before Jesus and confess that He is Lord. When you do, remember someone told you when you still had time to get saved.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      If atheism is defined as an approach to living life and solving problems that is a-theistic — without reference to any god — then you are absolutely incorrect. Science is an a-theistic approach that has led to many cured diseases, calmed fears and healed hurts. If you would like to list some of these, I would be glad to do so.

    2. Horatio says:

      Cherie, bowing has never cured a disease. In fact, it’s given some people bad backs.

  7. Horatio says:

    Cheddar is the only cheese! I know because the cheddar marketers tell me so!

  8. Bill says:

    Personally, I think it’s a mark of character to avoid mocking people for their beliefs. After all, harboring either implicit or explicit irrational beliefs that can’t be proven…well, it’s just the human condition, for theists and atheists alike. Now, challenging people’s irrational beliefs is fine. However, experience proves (at least, my experience proves, to me) that challenging people’s spiritual beliefs is more often than not a huge waste of time, inevitably generating more heat than light. Personally, I gave up on it decades ago. Whatever gets you through the night is fine by me.

    What’s not fine by me is when people’s irrational beliefs influence their actions in irrational and harmful ways. Cherie’s insistence that y’all are a’goin to Hell is rude, counterproductive, and mindless, but not notably harmful (I’m assuming we’re all big boys and girls here). If she went from this to burning y’all at the stake, well, that would certainly be crossing the line. But we have no reason to believe that of her; I suspect she’s probably a perfectly nice person. Best, I think, to let it go.

    Although…Horatio’s cheddar jibe is pretty freaking funny.

  9. Dave says:

    Horatio, providing info about why Krishna would be less able, etc etc is a little like trying to prove a negative. I am not looking for an argument. Bill said something about “generating more heat than light” and that’s a good way to describe what I would rather avoid. I have no interest in mocking Krishna, but, as I said, religion isn’t my cup of tea, and though admittedly relationship requires faith in God, most religious belief systems are complicated as hell. There is nothing like the simplicity of John 3:16 in Hinduism, Islam, Bahai, etc. Come to think of it, that’s a negative one might be able to prove.

    1. Horatio says:

      That’s rich, Dave, because you made an argument.

      You made a claim about how Jesus is worthy of your acceptance, and Krishna is not.

      Then you refused to back up your claim with any substantiating information.

      You just made a series of wild claims, and then acted like everyone ought to accept it at face value.

      1. Dave says:

        Horatio, I’ve gone around with you on other topics and for me to lay out a comparison between two of the world’s belief systems and why one seems to be for me and one does not would be inviting more snark masquerading as logic than I’m up for today. If I were Muslim would you require the detailed analysis? The “claims” I’ve made have to do with personal belief and in no way imply that you have to believe it too. A careful reading of my comments will reveal this.

  10. Korky Day says:

    John 3:16 is simple. Too simple. Like the people who quote it. And there certainly are such simple statements in those other religions. And the quote from John is certainly not the whole of Christianity, anyway, unless you want to chuck the rest of the Bible.

  11. Bill says:

    The one phrase that has launched many, many millions of horrible deaths, and that negates whatever good can come of a spiritual life: “My god can beat up your god.”

  12. JM says:

    If he appear all the sudden in front of me and said… listen…to be honest I don’t even know why people turned my existence into some kind of money and power hungry kult called religion. I sacrificed my life to save people not to give some crooks and pervs right to kill them torture them rape them brainwashed them to take their money and turn those poor humans against each other in some sick religious wars. I can’t do anything about it yet because you know the deal… but I can promise you that ! If you accept me as your savior now I’ll personally take care of those greedy leeches and retarded double standards church freaks. They are all soooooo going to hell so is obvious other scum on earth. You got my word ! Then he would just disappeared leaving me pretty much convinced..let’s just say … 90% convinced.
    The left over 10% I think only lobotomy would do.. 😉

    1. Bill says:

      I would so join that church.

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