Anyone who tells you that you can be “saved” by reading and believing physical words, offers stones for bread! It is a false road that breeds complacency. A man trapped inside a burning building is not saved merely by reading the exit sign and believing in it! Should he think so, then his belief serves only to paralyze him into a false sense of safety that guarantees his eventual succumbing to the flames!
A man is saved only when, in addition to reading and “believing” the exit sign…he LIFTS himself up, uses ALL his strength to battle past the flames and run out of the house. Only when he is OUTSIDE the house and away from the flames is he safe! Never before. His “belief” serves only to galvanize him with the energy needed to pursue and stay his course out of the house. But should he ever believe he is safe just by reading words and believing it, then the complacency this delusion induces all but guarantees he will succumb to the flames. No matter who the person is, anyone promoting this delusion is giving you stones instead of bread.
Only when we exert ourselves by using all our powers to navigate past the flames, and then exit the house… only then are we saved. Thus we are “saved” through our works, through “doing”, not lazy believing. Believing does give us strength to follow the path through the burning building to safety that Truth shows. But knowing the path is not enough, nor is believing it. No. To be safe, we must exert ourselves and follow it. Only when we “Cross the threshold” (pun intended) can we say… “I am saved!”
~Ikenna Q Ezealah