I get no pleasure in submitting these weekly reports of unexpected loss of life. These are reminders of the brevity of life and the necessity to—“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)

A woman wielding a 12-inch kitchen knife teerorized a Lakewood family early Friday, stabbing a grandmother to death and wounding her two daughters and a granddaughter, authorities said.
The 22-year-old assailant, climbed through a window of the brick-front house about 3AM, and set upon the four women. Neighbors told authorities that the attacker chased two of the victims out the front door and down the street, continuing to stab them. -L.A. Times, June 17, 2006


  1. “Whomever believes…will be saved.” Hmmm….but you have to do more than just believe. You have to also repent and accept. I’m not saying the bible is wrong, but doesn’t this verse seem misleading, Steve? I wonder why it doesn’t mention the “other stuff”. And being baptised will not get you into heaven either…..

  2. The belief that this verse refers to is an active belief–a belief that is accompanied by action, i.e. repentance, baptism. Baptism is an outward sign of what happens in the heart, it never can save you–it is an evidence, an obedient action– that you have been saved. You have to take all of Scripture to have a full theology. Good comment!

  3. The Greek word for “faith” and “belief” (believe) in the New Testament is very similar to the word “Trust” in the OT (Hebrew)… and as Steve says denotes an “active participation” (not just intellectual acknowledgement)

    Psalm 119:160 “The sum of Thy word is truth” (we interpret Scripture with Scripture)

    Jessica, I would encourage you to dig deeper into the “theology of salvation”…

    Jesus told His disciples “unless you take up your cross and follow Me, you cannot be My disciple…”

  4. Thank you Steve and Doug for explaining. 🙂 I’ve been a Christian less than a year so when it comes to the bible I play the devil’s advocate very well. Doug, i will dig deeper. My hunger for the bible and being able to give an answer for my faith, is a fire i hope never goes out.

  5. Good answers Doug. You are an approved workman…

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