“What must I do to be saved?” “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”
Acts 16:30-31 (King James Version)
Why is it so hard for people to accept the doctrine that makes up Christianity? I think it is because people have a difficult time accepting the answer that it gives to the question that is found in Acts 16:30: How do I save myself from the consequences of my sins?
The challenge for many people I believe is the simplicity of the message of salvation. All a person has to do is believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and that is it. I believe some people are left with a sense of inadequacy in the answer; they often ask, “Is that all I have to do? There has to be more to it than that? That is just too easy.”
Indeed salvation is as easy as that and there is nothing we can do to improve on it. Any attempts at trying to add on to the simple message of salvation would only complicate things and make Gospel of salvation unattractive. Placing man-made guideline to the Gospel will make the message works based and not founded on grace.
Religions which are based on man-made works always fall short of providing salvation. That is because our sinful nature prevents us from meeting the holy standards which God has placed in order for us to be with Him. It is due to our limitations that God provided the way for us to be saved, through Jesus Christ.
It is only when we believe in Christ that we are saved. That belief is based on accepting that we can’t save ourselves and that only God can deliver us from ourselves. Therefore let us not try to “improve” on what God has already made perfect! There is absolutely nothing broken with this message, for it had come from God; and as the old saying goes, “If it is not broke, do not fix it.”