What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
-- Matthew 16:26
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The adage still applies: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But don't get too discouraged if your Q-Ray ionized bracelet doesn't re-magnetize your nervous system and bring you back to perfect health. There really IS a life-changing solution out there that exceeds all expectations. God's plan for salvation will remove the ugliest, hard-to-remove sins from anyone's soul. And the price is right:
It's FREE to anyone who asks in faith.
It's also the answer to a problem that's as old as mankind. The first few chapters of the Bible tell us how sin and death entered the human experience when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. The result was that the first man and woman were exiled from the perfect existence God had created for them. Ever since, we've all fallen far short of our Maker's perfect standards and are unworthy to approach Him through our own good deeds. So what should we expect in return?
"The wages of the righteous is life,"
we read in Proverbs, "but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
This death isn't spiritual or symbolic. Rather, it's a literal, eternal existence in hell offering no hope of escape. But the choice is ours. If we refuse to follow God during our brief lifetime on earth, He won't force us. However, that also means we won't be with Him after we die. And it's forever too late at that point.
To the rescue comes perhaps the most famous passage of the Bible, John 3:16.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
It sounds so easy--and maybe even too good to be true. However, these simple words summarize God's perfect solution for delivering us from an eternity in hell and replacing it with a joyful existence with Him. The immense cost was also more than we could ever cover on our own. But through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the price was forever paid--and salvation for all is now just a prayer away.