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KJV Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved1.
This is part of the passage that so many Protestant preachers call "The Romans Road to Salvation." These people erroneously try to push off on us as how man can attain the state of grace of Yahuwah called salvation. There are several problems with that being the case, not least among them is that this verse is in the part of scripture that addresses "how to be and grow as a Christian" once you have attained that state and not in the part that addresses "how to get to that state." (Rightly dividing the word of truth makes a tremendous difference in this understanding as it also does in many other scriptural areas of interest.)
Another problem is what you can see below in the Greek and the word translated above as the phrase "thou shalt be saved." Note that the Greek word is in the future tense and therefore is saying that if you do this (confess His name and believe in your heart), salvation will (or can) occur as a result. It is NOT saying that if you do this salvation IS the certain result.
GNS Romans 10:9 o[ti eva.n o`mologh,sh|j evn tw/| sto,mati, sou Ku,rion VIhsou/n( kai. pisteu,sh|j evn th/| kardi,a| sou o[ti o` Qeo.j auvto.n h;geiren evk nekrw/n( swqh,sh|\.
1. swqh,sh| - verb ind future passive 2nd person singular, from sw,|zw, save (of Christian salvation); save, rescue, deliver; keep safe, preserve; cure, make well
Below is a much closer to reality meaning of the verse:
That if you acknowledge with your mouth the Sovereign Yahushua and believe in your heart Yahuwah has raised Him from the dead, salvation awaits.
This correctly shows that the belief and confession will LEAD to salvation, yet does NOT directly produce it. This conclusion is supported by the following verse, which says :
KJV Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto (or toward) righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto (or toward) salvation.
GNS Romans 10:10 kardi,a| ga.r pisteu,etai eivj dikaiosu,nhn( sto,mati de. o`mologei/tai eivj swthri,anÅ
To associate the meaning of the word "repentance" with its English equivalent is very erroneous, especially as the word it is rendered from in the Greek (metanoeo, met-an-o-eh'-o) really means a turning away (from sin, in this context), or in a literal meaning of the word, "to change your mind or to think differently." This has NOTHING to do with "being sorry for your sins." Being sorry for your sins does not mean that there has been any kind of change of heart or actions concerning those sins. So if repentance is defined as "being sorry for your sins" then in the intended scriptural sense of the word this change of heart has not necessarily occurred. Many people are contrite, or sorry for their sins, only when those sins have been exposed to public view. Had the sin not been exposed, the sin would have continued, so were they really sorry? Not likely. The only real reason they were "sorry for their sins" is that they were caught.
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Those who accept the "Romans Road" usually also believe that HELL is an eternal place of punishing/ment where all sinners will go for eternity. Reading and understanding scripture will refute this belief in a hurry. Hell is NOT an eternal abode for anyone, as seen in Revelation 20:13. A place that is going to be emptied and cast into the lake of fire cannot be an eternal abode for anybody or anything.
As another aside, these same people usually call our Savior "Jesus." Please take note that the definition of VIhsou/j (Note 1 below) indicates that the name of our Savior should have been rendered according to the Ibriy (Hebrew) spelling rather than the perverted Greek to Latin to English that we see today. Knowing that the letter J is not among the alphabet or aleph-bayith of those languages, it should also be recognized that the name "Jesus" is therefore an impossible name for the times this scripture was written. Ergo, that could not possibly have been the name given our Savior at His birth and is still not His name today.
Further investigation will reveal that His true name is Yahushua (yah-hoo-shoo-ah; salvation of Yahuwah) spelled [;vuAhy>and NOT Yeshua. The associated vowel points cause the name to be spelled and sounded differently than Yahushua', but that is part of the "disguise" that the Masoretes put on the Tetragrammaton and every where else it occurs in their attempt to keep readers from pronouncing His name aloud. The Holem Waw (A) should be Shureq (W) in keeping with the sound "yah-hoo" that predominates in the names of other people that incorporate the name of Yahuwah. Also, the name of the Son MUST incorporate the name of the Father.
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