Salvation is not of works. It is a gift from God. He is saying show me you are saved by what proof or deeds you have.
That is such a canned statement used by a segment of Christian denominations. Walk up to the front, cry, say you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior, and go on living your life, secure in the knowledge that you have sincerely realized the important lessons of the bible, and you have nothing to fear, even death, because Jesus was resurrected - part of the long creed you recite every Sunday.
Harbinger, don't be afraid to think more deeply about life than just " salvation is a gift from god."
Think about eternal life in heaven and what that may mean. Question it. Think about whether it is the truth and what that means. Think about more than surface theology.
If you make it to heaven (are you sure you will?) do you believe that you will have a consciousness for eternity?
Do you believe you will experience some type of eternal physical bliss?
What if a person does good deeds but doubts the existence of god?
Why would it mean hell for a nonbeliever to rob a bank ( I guess the non-believer doesn't even have to rob the bank.
), but be forgiven for a believer to rob the same bank? Just accepting Jesus is all God asks? Not any god - the god. Believe me, the more you study what you have been taught, the more odd it will become. Your definition of god will begin to change. Good luck, may you learn to accept that, deep down, you really have no idea what the truth is, and the fellow beside you doesn't either. It is much safer for the world.
..........you can and have read koina greek and ancient hebrew? I think it's only fair to let the board know what type of expert we are debating. I may wish to adjust my argument for a person of such caliber.
Harbinger, how sure are you of your understanding of koina greek and ancient hebrew to question another? I don't understand it at all. KJV and Good News for Modern man is about it, and I don't understand that.