Q. Through my studies in soteriology I have reached some confusion regarding the atonement of Christ. When the Bible says to believe in Christ, does that include understanding/believing the significance of Jesus’ blood; what about the exact happenings of Jesus sacrifice onward, like if it was on a cross, and if He went to heaven to sprinkle blood on the mercy seat in Heaven, etc. It seems like there are so many add-ons and technicalities to ‘believe in Jesus.’ The way to salvation is something that we just can’t afford to get wrong- and yet, it seems so easy to make some kind of mistake that could end up sending one to Hell.
A. You’re trying to make something complicated that the Lord gave His life to make simple. You don’t have to be an expert in soteriology to be saved. You only have to believe you’re a sinner in need of a savior, and that Jesus paid the penalty for all your sins with His life and rose again (1 Cor. 15:3-4). If you believe that you have eternal life. (John 3:16) There are no technicalities or add-ons. Pardon me if I’m being too direct, but you need to stop putting the opinions of sinful men over the clear words of God and decide to believe what He said.