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TITLE: The Salvation Equation (part 1)
By Chris Stanley
12/07/09
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My target audience is for college age and young adults struggling with faith and religion. This is only my second article (at least the first half of the article) and I think it is probably pretty rough but I would appreciate some feedback.
Facing a chaotic world, where everyone says that as long as you are a good person and you have faith then you have found god. It is as if society says that finding true faith and reserving your ticket to heaven is essentially a ninth grade math equation.

Society’s equation seems to be: being a good person plus having faith in someone equals a complimentary ticket to Heaven.

My dilemma with this equation grows each and every time I look over it. I cannot help but analyze it and ask myself questions. For instance:

1. How good does a good person have to be in order to keep this equation balanced?
2. Who or what is the judge of what is good versus bad?
3. Who or what do I have to have faith in?
4. How much faith do I need to have?
5. If the tickets to heaven are complimentary then who is issuing them and who is covering the cost of the tickets?
6. Where is heaven?
7. What is heaven like?

These are just a few of the many questions I have about the faith equation that society offers. Already this seemingly simple 9th grade math problem has quickly become extremely convoluted. In fact it has escalated from a high school math level to a Fields Medal level.

True faith is actually very simple. In fact if we go back to displaying faith and obtaining a ticket to heaven as a mathematical formula we can easily see the simplicity. Remember what the world has to offer:

Be a good person plus having faith in someone equals a complimentary ticket to Heaven.

However, when I examined truth, I actually have found that the equation to get into Heaven is very simplistic. In fact the equation is:

Faith in Jesus Christ equals a complimentary ticket into eternity with Jesus Christ (Heaven).

This modified equation is not only simpler, but it addresses all the questions that are asked about the world’s equation. It does however; leave us with one new question.

1. Who is Jesus Christ and how do I meet Him?
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