I was switching channels on my remote and I happen to stop on one where I saw a rather colorful sounding man being animated and zealous about a topic. I could tell it was some sort of religious service. I turned up the sound.
He was quoting scriptures and pleading with his congregation to leave their sins behind them and to accept Jesus in their hearts. Normally, this is when I would click to the next channel, but I started thinking. What were these people buying into? I was being the skeptic. I was also curious.
“Accept Jesus in your heart, ” He desperately pleaded. “Accept him as your Savior. Be saved by His grace!” The service got more and more emotionally pitched as people were caught up in his sermon. They began raising their hands, weeping and praying. He exhorted them to accept Jesus as their Savior.
Soon some of them migrated up to the altar and seemed to be overcome by emotion. These people were moved. They were verbally accepting Jesus in their Lives. They were becoming saved. I assumed this means they are now guaranteed entrance into heaven.
Questions poured into my mind. But what if you went against that witness and did some horrible act like murder? Will you still go to heaven? Will someone, who has lived a life that is good and saintly in every meaning of the phrase, but has never accepted Jesus be condemned to a hellish after life?
Then back to my original question? How do you know that you are saved? Is it a feeling? A vision?
I am reaching out to those who know this subject from their own experience to answer my question. I really want to know. Since many Americans prescibe to this belief. I want to understand. Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts.