To the editor:
A letter (Jan. 4) made false claims about what the Bible teaches.
The Old Testament supposedly says nothing about eternal life. However, these statements from that part of the Bible do mention it:
"If a person dies, will he live again?...I will wait until my change comes." (Job 14:14)
God's message to Israelites who died unsaved: "I will...raise you from your graves...and I will bring you home into the land of Israel." (Ezekiel 37:12).
"...many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life..." (Daniel 12:2).
The letter also claimed that Jesus contradicted the doctrine that salvation is based on faith when he said righteousness leads to eternal life.
There is no contradiction except to someone who thinks a container can't be half empty and half full at the same time.
Jesus didn't say we can be good enough to earn salvation. However, we can be evil enough to lose it. Righteousness is a product and proof of real faith. That is why James wrote: "...a man is justified by works and not by faith alone...faith apart from works is dead." (2:24, 26)
God will not give eternal life to a murderer who tortured and killed someone after professing belief in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Eternal life is a gift from God but there are conditions to receiving it. If you were to get a new car as a gift but had to go to a location hundreds of miles away to receive it, would that journey earn you the gift? Of course not.