How can I be sure that I am saved?
When I was in the 7th grade, my science class covered certain characteristics that determined organisms to be alive—they would respond to stimuli, respiration, and a bunch of other things I honestly can’t remember. The idea was to be able to classify whether or not a mushroom, for example, was a living organism.
I often have people come and speak to me in regard to spiritual life. If you’ve been a Christian for any amount of time you’ve probably experienced the same doubts; “Christians shouldn’t continue to struggle with the sins that I struggle with”, we say to ourselves. A nagging sense of doubt lingers within us as we try to reconcile the practical reality of our struggling experience–complete with new temptations and greater awareness of old failures–with the promises of the scripture. Words that haunt us are passages like 1 John 2:3—“by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.” Read more