Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Is This a Good Illustration for Salvation?

Michael Kelley:
Imagine yourself stranded at sea. There is no boat in sight; no piece of driftwood to hold you up. Just you and the water. Sure, you’ve had some swim lessons, but you’re no fool – you know that in this vast ocean there is only so long you can tread water. The minutes start to tick by, one by one, and with each second you know that your strength is a little bit less than it was before. Then you notice that your kicking legs are starting to feel heavy. You tilt your head back as you realize that you’re starting to sink deeper. Now your ears are almost fully submerged. You know the end is close, and then suddenly you take on that first bit of water. You cough it up and your heart begins to race. You come to the sudden realization that there is no hope for you. Your head dips again and you prepare yourself to swallow, when suddenly, out of nowhere, you see the rope being thrown your way. With your last ounce of strength, you grab it, and you are pulled to safety. That is what it means to be saved. Jesus, when you couldn’t save yourself, tosses you a line at the cross. Just reach up and grab it and He will pull you to safety.
Michael writes about how this seems like a good picture at first blush, but actually doesn't square at all with what the Bible teaches.

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1 comment:

Steve Martin said...

Close, but not quite.

This is more accurate:

You are lying on the bottom of the ocean. Dead. Jesus finds you there and breathes life into you and carries you home safely, even as you squirm to try and swim back on your own...He holds onto you.