As one who has traversed Christian circles for 43 years, “Saved by Grace” is a common phrase indicating one is saved by believing Jesus died for one’s sins and consequently, gets to experience God’s grace or forgiveness. In fact, I used to wear a hat proudly stating this very expression. Now, after discerning more and more of God’s word, and upon realizing the fallacy in the Christian message of Jesus had to die for one’s sins in order to receive God’s grace, I have discovered in this illuminating year of 2020, that we always have been saved by God’s grace if only we seek Him and His ways.
Earlier this year, when I sought to prove Jesus is the Messiah using only the Hebrew Bible, I discovered the Hebrew or Jewish definition of salvation is different than the Christian version of being saved. You can read more about those details here in an article I penned called “What Is Salvation According to the Hebrew and Christian Bibles”. Moreover, I realized upon digging through the Tanakh (or what Christians refer to as the “Old” Testament), that God has always offered His love, grace, forgiveness, and mercy to those who genuinely seek Him and strive to obey Him. Inevitably, we will make mistakes, but all we have to do is authentically repent and try again. Look at King David’s sin of committing adultery and murdering the woman’s husband. Christians have been told only a blood sacrifice can atone for sins, but what did God say to David through the Prophet Samuel in 2 Samuel 12:13-14? God said He forgives David’s sins though there still will be consequences just as any good father would say to his disobedient child. Was there a blood sacrifice David had to make? Did he have to believe in a future Messiah? No. How about when the Prophet Jonah went to the Ninevites or Gentiles to warn them of God’s pending judgment should they not repent and turn to God. Where was their blood sacrifice for God’s grace and forgiveness?
God’s Holy Scriptures never once say anyone needs to “believe” in a Messiah to be saved, much less that one will be coming to die for the world’s sins, which would be a hugely critical prophecy to reveal, don’t you think? If God does nothing without revealing it to His prophets first, according to Amos 3:7, then we can deduce, the Christian doctrine of Jesus being Messiah who just had to die for our sins also is nothing except a replica of various pagan concepts. If you are Christian just learning of this, I know your blood is probably boiling right about now as was mine. First, you are angry at the one who enlightens you on said truth, then you become angry towards Christianity for propagating such gross and offensive errors and mourn your deception. Soon afterwards though, you encounter a peace and the lifting of a huge burden of guilt and manipulation you had been unknowingly carrying for years believing your sin caused some innocent god-man to die for you. Eventually, you will be so grateful to God for opening your eyes and rescuing you from the popular idolatry of the church. As God whispered to me one day earlier this year, “You can mourn over the lies you once believed or you can rejoice you have finally been set free from them.”
It is ironic the best thing you can do for your soul and relationship with Abba Father is to flee from the church or anything related. Hence, why I feel compelled to help those still lost who think they have been found. I remember a Jewish guy telling me online through a social media platform that I was “so lost” by believing Jesus had to be a sacrifice for my sins. I was shocked by that statement, but then months later after researching some of the passages he shared as well as other spiritual concepts, I realized he was right. I was lost. But Abba Father was daily leading me into more and more of His truth, being found in His documented voice: the Hebrew Bible.
I encourage you, dear reader, to dig into the following Scriptures and ask yourself where in the Hebrew Bible does it state we are destined for hell because of our sins? Where does it say we are doomed in our sins? Why would God need to send His son, Jesus, to die for one’s sins for forgiveness, when these Scriptures clearly indicate God has been forgiving people well before (and still after) Jesus? Why would God instruct His child to be a human sacrifice when He instructed the Israelites to never sacrifice their children like the pagans do? Why would God cause Jesus to die for another person’s sins when God specifically forbids such things in the law and prophets? Also, why does the famous “New Covenant” chapter state everyone will still being dying for their own sins in the new covenant (see Jeremiah 31:30)? Shouldn’t that be an opportune time to state no one will need to die for their sins because a Messiah will do so for them?
Furthermore, I realized upon studying these passages and others that God eagerly forgives those who genuinely repent, such as in King David’s case discussed earlier in 2 Samuel 12 or the Gentiles in the Book of Jonah. All one must do is strive to obey God’s instructions, His Holy Covenant, being found in Torah and expanded upon in other Scriptures such as the prophets, psalms, etc.
Please study the following passages and read my other articles:
- Genesis 4:8-16 (God forgave and even protected Cain)
- Exodus 34:6-7
- Deuteronomy 4:29-31
- 1 Kings 8 (notice both Jews and Gentiles are forgiven even without a temple)
- 2 Samuel 12 (God forgave King David)
- Book of Jonah (How is it the Gentiles could get forgiveness without a blood sacrifice?)
- Isaiah 1:16-17; 42:6; 43:25; 44:22; 45:22,25 ; 49:10; 55:6-7
- Isaiah 56: Notice even Gentiles/Foreigners who align themselves with God’s Covenant (i.e. keep Sabbath) are brought to Mount Zion one day and honored even more so than natural-born Jews for doing so.
- Jeremiah 29:11-14; 33:3,6-8, 19-26; 50:4-5
- Ezekiel 11:16-21; 16:60-63; 18:9, 19, 21-24; 33:12-20; Chps 36-37
- Micah 7:18-20
- Lamentations 3:22-23
- Psalms 24:3-6; 25:6,10; 30:5; 32:1,5; 34:22; 36:5,10; 37:18,29,34,37-40; 51:1-4, 7-9 (really all of Psalm 51); 68:19; 72:12-14; Psalm 103; 119:118,132,155-156; 146:17-20; 147:11
- Proverbs 1:23; 3:1-8
- Why Jesus Didn’t Die For Anyone’s Sins (but his own)
- Why the New Testament Is Not the Inerrant Word of God
Again, these are just some passages, but plenty enough to reveal that many over the course of history always have been saved by God’s grace.
Things to ponder: What does God think of people who believe Jesus, a man, is God when God specifically warns against such things in Deuteronomy 6:13-14 and elsewhere? What becomes of those who may keep God’s commands, such as the “Ten Commandments”, but still believe and worship a false god like Jesus?
Shalom and Blessings!
Carrie R. Turner, 10.3.2020