01 April 2015

Who were the sons of Benjamin?

Just a brief update on SAB activities: Besides the Every Jot and Tittle project and Philip's Book of Mormon annotations, we're also busy revising the contradictions. When we're finished with these three, we plan to publish each of them in book form.

As I work my way through the 471 contradictions in the SAB book, I'll post a few as I go along. This one is Contradiction #81, as numbered in the SAB book.


Who were the sons of Benjamin?

There are four lists of Benjamin's sons in the Bible. None of them agree.

Genesis lists ten sons.

And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard. Genesis 46:21
Numbers lists five. Two that are sons of Benjamin in Genesis 46 (Ard and Naaman) are grandsons in this list.
The sons of Benjamin after their families: of Bela, the family of the Belaites: of Ashbel, the family of the Ashbelites: of Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites: Of Shupham, the family of the Shuphamites: of Hupham, the family of the Huphamites. And the sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman : of Ard, the family of the Ardites: and of Naaman, the family of the Naamites.Numbers 26:38-40
There are two lists in 1 Chronicles in successive chapters. Chapter 7 clearly states that Benjamin had only three sons (Bela, Becher, and Jediael), while Chapter 8 says there were five (Bela, Ashbel, Aharah, Nohah, and Rapha).
The sons of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three. 1 Chronicles 7:6

Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third, Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth. 1 Chronicles 8:1-2

There are a total of seventeen names in the four lists. Only one is common to all four: Bela. Ashebel is in three of the lists and Becher is in two. Each of the other names occurs in only one of the lists.

Here's a table that compares the four lists.

Genesis 46:21 Numbers 26:38-40 1 Chronicles 7:6 1 Chronicles 8:1-2
Belah
Becher
Ashbel
Gera
Naaman
Ehi
Rosh
Muppim
Huppim
Ard
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Bela
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Ashbel
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Ahiram
Shupham
Hupham
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-
-
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Bela
Becher
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Jediael
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Bela
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Ashbel
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-
-
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-
-
-
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Aharah
Nohah
Rapha

EJ&T Proverbs 21-23: Evil eyes, winebibbers, and the riotous eaters of flesh

In the Every Jot and Tittle project, I am listing all of the Bible's commandments from Genesis to Revelation, in accordance with Jesus's words in Matthew 5:18-19. I have no idea how many commandments I'll find, but Jewish tradition claims there are 613. See here for a list of those that I've found so far.

  1. Teach your children well.
  2. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

  3. Don't rob poor people.
  4. Rob not the poor. Proverbs 22:22

  5. Don't be friends with angry people.
  6. Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go. Proverbs 22:24

  7. Don't agree to pay off other people's loans.
  8. (You might lose your bed.)
    Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts. If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee? Proverbs 22:26-27

  9. When you eat dinner with an important person, think about what to say and don't overeat.
  10. When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.Proverbs 23:1-3

  11. Don't try to get rich.
  12. Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Proverbs 23:4

  13. Don't eat bread with anyone who has an evil eye.
  14. Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats. Proverbs 23:6

  15. Don't talk to fools.
  16. Speak not in the ears of a fool. Proverbs 23:9

  17. Don't walk on the fields of the fatherless.
  18. Enter not into the fields of the fatherless. Proverbs 23:10

  19. Stay away from wine drinkers.
  20. Be not among winebibbers. Proverbs 23:20

  21. Stay away from wild-eyed meat eaters.
  22. Be not ... among riotous eaters of flesh. Proverbs 23:20

  23. Don't hate your mother when she gets old.
  24. Despise not thy mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:22

  25. Don't look at the wine while it is red.
  26. (Or you'll see strange women and say perverse things.)
    Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Proverbs 23:31-33

31 March 2015

EJ&T Proverbs 6-20: Learn from the ant, beat your children, and smite a scorner

In the Every Jot and Tittle project, I am listing all of the Bible's commandments from Genesis to Revelation, in accordance with Jesus's words in Matthew 5:18-19. I have no idea how many commandments I'll find, but Jewish tradition claims there are 613. See here for a list of those that I've found so far.

  1. If you promise to do something for a friend and then aren't able to do it, apologize immediately.
  2. My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Proverbs 6:1-5

  3. Learn from the ant, you lazy ass.
  4. Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8

  5. Say to wisdom, "You are my sister."
  6. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister. Proverbs 7:4

  7. Say to understanding, "You are my female relative."
  8. Call understanding thy kinswoman. Proverbs 7:4

  9. Understand wisdom.
  10. O ye simple, understand wisdom. Proverbs 8:5

  11. Have an understanding heart.
  12. Ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Proverbs 8:5

  13. Forsake the foolish.
  14. Forsake the foolish. Proverbs 9:6

  15. Don't reprove a scorner.
  16. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee. Proverbs 9:8

  17. Rebuke a wise man.
  18. Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Proverbs 9:8

  19. Instruct a wise man.
  20. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser. Proverbs 9:9

  21. Teach a just man.
  22. Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 9:9

  23. Stay away from foolish people.
  24. Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. Proverbs 14:7

  25. Commit your works to the Lord.
  26. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3

  27. Beat your children and don't stop just because they cry.
  28. Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. Proverbs 19:18

    Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. Proverbs 23:13-14

  29. Smite a scorner.
  30. Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware. Proverbs 19:25

  31. Reprove people who understand.
  32. Reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge. Proverbs 19:25

  33. Take a garment from a stranger and a pledge for a strange woman.
  34. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. Proverbs 20:16

28 March 2015

105 sure-fire ways to go to hell (according to the Bible)

In a previous post, I tried to find all of the ways that a person can get saved -- according to the Bible, anyway. There were more than 200 on that list. But as I looked it over, some of the ways seemed to be more about avoiding hell than obtaining heaven. So I thought I'd start a separate list on the biblical way to go to hell. That way you can decide where you want to go after you die and know (for sure) how to get there.

So here goes. I'll add to the list as I find more ways.

  1. Hang out with strange and foolish women.
    Keep thee from the strange woman ... Her house is the way to hell. 7:5-27

    For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil ... her steps take hold on hell.

    A foolish woman ... knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her house ... to call passengers who go right on their ways ... she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell. Proverbs 9:13-18

  2. Hang on a tree.
    Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. Galatians 3:13
  3. Offend the little ones.
    It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Luke 17:2, Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:32
  4. Give yourself over to fornication and go after strange flesh.
    As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 1:7
  5. Say long prayers.
    Beware of [those who] make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation. Mark 12:38-40, Luke 20:46-47
  6. Defile the temple of God.
    If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy. 1 Corinthians 3:17
  7. Don't feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, or visit visit the sick or imprisoned.
    Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment. Matthew 25:41-46
  8. Don't be justified by Jesus's blood.
    Being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath. Romans 5:9
  9. Get rich.
    But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Luke 6:24

    Ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. James 5:1

  10. Walk in long robes, say "Hi" to people in at the store, and sit in the best seats.
    Beware of [those who] walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts ... the same shall receive greater damnation. Luke 20:46-47, Mark 12:38-40
  11. Become a child of disobedience; walk in this world using the power of the prince of the air.
    In time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. Ephesians 2:2
  12. Do something offensive to angels.
    The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:41-42
  13. Become a sinful angel.
    God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell. 2 Peter 2:4
  14. Don't know God or obey the gospel of Jesus.
    In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
  15. Don't accept the free gift.
    By the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. Romans 5:18
  16. Get drunk and worry about stuff; don't bother watching or praying.
    And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:34-36
  17. Reject Jesus (the cornerstone). Then the cornerstone will fall on you (or you'll fall on it) and smash you to pieces.
    Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner ... whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. Matthew 21:42-44

    He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. John 12:48

  18. Be a bad fruit tree.
    Every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Matthew 3:10, Matthew 7:19, Luke 3:9
  19. Be a plant that wasn't planted by Jesus's father.
    Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Matthew 15:13
  20. Bear some thorns and briers.
    That which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. Hebrews 6:8
  21. Be an an evil servant that says, "My lord is a bit late in his coming."
    if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming ... The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:48-51
  22. Be an unprofitable servant.
    Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:30
  23. Don't abide in Jesus.
    If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:6
  24. Be an enemy of Jesus.
    But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. Luke 19:27
  25. Don't forgive your brother for his trespasses.
    His lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. Matthew 18:35-36
  26. Don't wear a wedding garment.
    Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 22:12-13
  27. Be well fed.
    Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Luke 6:25
  28. Be a false prophet or believe damnable heresies.
    But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 2 Peter 2:1-3
  29. Say some things that will get your condemned.
    By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:37
  30. Enter through the wide gate.
    Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Matthew 7:13

    Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. Luke 13:23-24

  31. Prophesy, cast out devils, and do wonderful things in Jesus's name, while working a bit of iniquity.
    Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:22-23
  32. Be the chaff that Jesus will burn.
    He [Jesus] that cometh after me [John the Baptist] is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Matthew 3:10, Luke 3:16-17
  33. Be the one from whom offences come.
    Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Matthew 18:7

    Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! Luke 17:1

  34. Find your life.
    He that findeth his life shall lose it. Matthew 10:39
  35. Try to save your life.
    Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it. Luke 17:33

    Whosoever will save his life shall lose it. Matthew 16:25

  36. Don't knock until Jesus shuts the door.
    When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. Luke 13:25-28
  37. Do evil.
    And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. John 5:29
  38. Be wicked.
    The wicked shall be turned into hell. Psalm 9:17

    So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:49-50

  39. Move to a country that forgets God.
    The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.Psalm 9:17
  40. Have some wickedness in your house.
    Let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings. Psalm 55:15
  41. Be a child of wrath. Have lusts in your flesh, and fulfill the desires of the flesh in your mind.
    Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Ephesians 2:3
  42. Criticize Paul.
    For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. Romans 3:7-8
  43. Rejoice.
    Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. Isaiah 5:14
  44. Be an enemy of the cross of Christ.
    For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction. Philippians 3:18-19
  45. Make your belly your God, glory in shame, and pay attention to earthly things.
    For many walk ... whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. Philippians 3:18-19
  46. Get angry with your brother.
    Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. Matthew 5:22
  47. Call someone a fool.
    Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Matthew 5:22
  48. Don't cut off your hand or pluck out your eye if they offend you.
    And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Matthew 5:29-30, 18:8-9; Mark 9:43-48
  49. Don't receive Jesus's followers.
    And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Matthew 10:4-15, Mark 6:11, Luke 10:10-12
  50. Become a young widow, wax wanton against Christ, and cast off your first faith.
    But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. 1 Timothy 5:11-12
  51. Turn aside after Satan, learn to be idle, become a tattler and a busybody wandering about from house to house.
    And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. ... For some are already turned aside after Satan. 1 Timothy 5:13-15
  52. Be the child of a prophet killer.
    Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets ... how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Matthew 23:31-33

    Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Luke 11:47-48

  53. Devour widows' houses.
    Woe unto you, ... for ye devour widows' houses ... therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Matthew 23:14, Mark 20:40, Luke 20:47
  54. Be a serpent.
    Ye serpents ... how can ye escape the damnation of hell? -- Matthew 23:31-33
  55. Be a scribe or a Pharisee.
    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Luke 11:44
  56. Go to law school.
    Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! Luke 11:46

    Woe unto you, lawyers! Luke 11:52

  57. Move to Chorazin, Bethsaida, or Capernaum.
    Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell. Matthew 11:21-23, Luke 10:13-15
  58. Join the Jesus generation.
    The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. Matthew 12:41

    That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. Luke 11:50-51

  59. Belong to the generation of vipers.
    Ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? -- Matthew 23:31-33
  60. Get destroyed by the spirit of the Lord's mouth for failing to receive the love of truth.
    The Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth ... them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10
  61. Don't fear the person who has the power to cast you into hell.
    Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Luke 12:5
  62. Receive good things in your lifetime.
    And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. Luke 16:22-25
  63. Defile your whole body with your tongue.
    The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. James 3:6
  64. Don't believe.
    He that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16
  65. Doubt.
    He that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:23
  66. Be deluded by God.
    And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
  67. Don't believe the Son.
    He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36
  68. Don't believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
    He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.John 3:18
  69. Be a vessel of wrath fitted to destruction.
    What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction? Romans 9:22
  70. Be an unclean, covetous, idolatrous whoremonger.
    No whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Ephesians 5:5-6
  71. Be a child of disobedience: an inordinately affectionate, unclean, evil, concupiscent fornicator with unmortified members.
    Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. Colossians 3:5-6
  72. Kill Jesus and your own prophets, displease God, be contrary to everybody, don't allow preaching to Gentiles, and fill up your sins always.
    Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. 1 Thessalonians 2:15-16
  73. Preach another gospel besides the gospel of Paul.
    But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9
  74. Hide Paul's gospel.
    If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost. 2 Corinthians 4:3
  75. Get snared by the devil.
    That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Timothy 2:26
  76. Get devoured by the devil.
    The devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
  77. Be under the works of the law.
    As many as are of the works of the law are under the curse. ... Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. Galatians 3:10-13
  78. Worship the beast and receive his mark on your forehead.
    If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God ... and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone. Revelation 14:9-10
  79. Keep your name out of the book of life.
    Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15
  80. Be blinded by Satan.
    In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4
  81. Be blinded by God.
    Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. ... God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. ... Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see. -- Romans 11:7-10
  82. Be a reprobate.
    Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 2 Corinthians 13:6
  83. Love your family more than Jesus.
    He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37
  84. Don't love Jesus.
    If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema. 1 Corinthians 16:22
  85. Despise government, walk after the flesh, and lust after uncleanness.
    The Lord knoweth how ... to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. -- 2 Peter 2:9-10
  86. Do some works of the flesh. Start with some adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like, and go from there.
    Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
  87. Resist the powers that be.
    Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. -- Romans 13:2
  88. Don't repent.
    Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3

    Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:5

  89. Fall away after you're saved.
    For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance. -- Hebrews 6:4-6
  90. Turn from the holy commandment. (Eat your own vomit.)
    For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. -- 2 Peter 2:21-22
  91. Blaspheme the Holy Ghost
    He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. -- Mark 3:29, Matthew 12:31-32, Luke 12:10
  92. Sow to your flesh and skip to my lou.
    He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption. Galatians 6:8
  93. Let God make you wicked.
    The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. -- Proverbs 16:4
  94. Be a Jew.
    But the children of the kingdom [the Jews] shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. -- Matthew 8:12
  95. Be an unrighteous fornicator, idolater, adulterer, thief, drunkard, reviler, of extortioner. If that doesn't work try being effeminate or abuse yourself with mankind.
    The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. -- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
  96. Be a fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murdering, whore mongering, sorcerer, idolater, or liar.
    The fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. -- Revelation 21:8
  97. Let your eye become evil.
    But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! -- Matthew 6:23

    When thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Luke 11:34

  98. Eat and drink unworthily.
    For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 1 Corinthians 11:29
  99. Be ashamed of Jesus.
    Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. -- Mark 8:38, Luke 9:26
  100. Deny Jesus
    He that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. Luke 12:9

    If we deny him, he also will deny us. 2 Timothy 2:12

  101. Get people to say nice things about you.
    Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! -- Luke 6:26
  102. Don't expect Jesus to return any time soon.
    The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. Luke 12:46-47
  103. Be a friend to the world.
    Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. -- James 4:4
  104. Get circumcised.
    Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing ... ye are fallen from grace. -- Galatians 5:2-4
  105. Laugh now!
    Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. -- Luke 6:25

176 ways to get yourself saved

28 March 15: I removed some the ways to get saved (about 30 or so) that seemed more like necessary but not sufficient conditions for salvation. Some of these I included in a new post on sure-fire ways to go to hell.

I also found two new way to get saved from the book of Proverbs -- Find wisdom and find the book of Proverbs.



Fundamentalist, born-again Christians love to say that there's only one way to get saved. But if you believe the Bible, there's a lot more than that. Here are the ways that I've found so far. Let me know if I've missed any and I'll add them to the list.
  1. Say the right things.
    For by thy words thou shalt be justified. -- Matthew 12:37
  2. Do the right things. (Be a do-gooder.)
    And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life. -- John 5:29
    I the Lord ... give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. -- Jeremiah 17:10
    For we must all appear before the jugment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. -- 2 Corinthians 5:10
  3. Believe the right things.
    A man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. -- Romans 3:28
    Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. -- Romans 5:1
    A man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. -- Galatians 2:16
    For by grace are ye saved through faith. -- Ephesians 2:8
  4. Do and believe the right things.
    Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. -- James 2:17
  5. Work your way to heaven.
    For you render to each one according to his works. -- Psalm 62:12
    For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. -- Matthew 16.27
    And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. -- Revelation 20:12-13
    Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. -- 2 Corinthians 11:15
    The Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work. -- 1 Peter 1:17
    What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? -- James 2:14, 17, 20, 24, 26
    I will give unto every one of you according to your works. -- Revelation 2:23
    Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work. -- Revelation 22:12
  6. Burn your work.
    If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. -- 1 Corinthians 3:15
  7. Work it out with fear and trembling.
    Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. -- Philippians 2:12 
  8. Beat your breast and say you're a sinner.
    The publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified. Luke 18:13-14
  9. Be hungry now and never get full.
    Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. ... Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. -- Luke 6:21, 24
  10. Hunger and thirst after righteousness.
    Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. -- Matthew 5:6
  11. Do what is lawful and right.
    When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness ... and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul. -- Ezekiel 18:27
  12. Do nothing. Die in Adam; come alive in Christ.
    For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. -- 1 Corinthians 15:22
  13. Obey the law of the wise.
    The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. -- Proverbs 13:14
  14. Do God's will
    He that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. -- 1 John 2:17
  15. Do the will of Jesus's father.
    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. -- Matthew 7:21
  16. Be a doer of the law.
    Who will render to each one according to his deeds. ... For not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified. -- Romans 2:6, 13
  17. Call on the name of the Lord.
    Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. -- Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13
  18. Call upon God.
    As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. -- Psalm 55:16
  19. Trust in the Lord.
    The LORD shall ... save them, because they trust in him. -- Psalm 37:40
  20. Seek the Lord and don't forsake him.
    The LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. -- 1 Chronicles 28:9
  21. Seek the Lord, righteousness, and meekness.
    Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger. -- Zephaniah 2:3
  22. Get to know God.
    In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction. -- 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
  23. Wait for him.
    Wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. -- Proverbs 20:22
    Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us. -- Isaiah 25:9
  24. Wait and come for 1335 days.
    Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. -- Daniel 12:12
  25. Just look at him.
    Look unto me, and be ye saved. -- Isaiah 45:22
  26. Get lost.
    The Son of man is come to save that which was lost. -- Matthew 18:11, Luke 19:10
  27. Get scourged.
    Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. -- Hebrews 12:6
  28. Get tortured.
    "Others were tortured ... that they might obtain a better resurrection." -- Hebrews 11:35
  29. Get lucky.
    I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. ... Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. ... Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: -- Romans 9:15-22
  30. Hope.
    For we are saved by hope. -- Romans 8:24
  31. Repent.
    Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. -- Luke 13:3, 5
  32. Overcome.
    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. -- Revelation 2:7
    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. -- Revelation 2:11
    He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. -- Revelation 3:5
    Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God ... and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem ... and I will write upon him my new name. -- Revelation 3:12
  33. Don't be filthy or naughty; receive the engrafted word.
    Lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. -- James 1:21
  34. Walk upright.
    Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved. -- Proverbs 28:18 

  35. Walk with God for 365 years and then get taken by him.
    All the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Genesis 5:23-24
  36. Get taken to heaven in a chariot of fire that is drawn by horses of fire in a whirlwind.
    There appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2 Kings 2:11
  37. Endure temptation.
    Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life. -- James 1:12
  38. Believe in Jesus.
    Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -- John 3:16
    I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. -- John 11:25-26
  39. Believe on Jesus.
    He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life. -- John 3:36
    Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. -- John 6:47
    Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. -- Acts 16:31
    For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. -- Romans 10:11
  40. See Jesus and believe on him.
    Every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. -- John 6:40
  41. Confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead.
    If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. -- Romans 10:9
  42. Confess Jesus before men.
    Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. -- Matthew 10:32
    Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God. -- Luke 12:8
  43. Ask Jesus to remember you when he comes into his kingdom.
    He said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:42-43
  44. Obey Jesus.
    And [Jesus] being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. -- Hebrews 5:9
  45. Hear the words of Jesus and believe in whoever sent him.
    He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life. -- John 5:24
  46. Hear and do the sayings of Jesus.
    Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. -- Matthew 7:24
  47. Keep Jesus's saying.
    If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. -- John 8:51
  48. Drink Jesus's water.
    Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. -- John 4:14
  49. Get saved by the grace of Jesus.
    Through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved. Acts 15:11
  50. Be dead with Jesus.
    It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: -- 2 Timothy 2:11
  51. Be born again.
    Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. -- John 3:3
  52. Be born of water and the spirit.
    Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. -- John 3:5
  53. Be spiritually minded.
    To be spiritually minded is life. -- Romans 8:6
  54. Believe Paul's gospel.
    Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
  55. Listen to a preacher and call on whomever he tells you to believe in.
    How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? -- Romans 10:15
  56. Listen to Peter's words. (They will save you and your whole familiy!)
    Peter ... shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. Acts 11:13-14
  57. Believe and be baptized.
    He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. -- Mark 16:16
  58. Just get baptized (you can keep the filth of the flesh).
    Baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh). -- 1 Peter 3:21
  59. Have a contrite spirit.
    The LORD ... saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. -- Psalm 34:18
  60. Have the Son of God.
    God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. -- 1 John 5:11-12
  61. Bear good fruit.
    Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. -- Matthew 7:19, Luke 3:9, 13:9
  62. Be graffed in.
    And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. -- Romans 11:23
  63. Be chosen, not just called.
    For many are called, but few are chosen. -- Matthew 22:14, 20:16
    God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation. -- 2 Thessalonians 2:13
  64. Be perfect.
    Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. -- Matthew 5:48
  65. Be meek.
    When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. -- Psalm 76:9
    Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. -- Matthew 5:5
  66. Be washed by the Holy Ghost.
    Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. -- Titus 3:5
  67. Get your sins remitted by someone who has received the Holy Ghost. (Or who has been breathed on by Jesus)
    And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. -- John 20:22-23
  68. Be pure in heart.
    Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. -- Matthew 5:8
  69. Be upright in heart.
    My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. -- Psalm 7:10
  70. Be converted and become like a little child.
    Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 18:3, Mark 10:15
  71. Be a saint.
    The LORD ... forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever.. -- Psalm 37:28
  72. Be a child of the needy.
    He shall save the children of the needy. -- Psalm 72:4
  73. Be persecuted for righteousness sake.
    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 5:10
  74. Be righteous.
    Righteousness delivereth from death. -- Proverbs 10:2, 11:4
    And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. -- Matthew 25:46
  75. Be more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees.
    Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 5:20
  76. Hate your own life.
    The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25
  77. Lose your life.
    Whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. -- Luke 17:33
  78. Lose your life for Christ's sake.
    For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. -- Matthew 10:39, 16:25, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24, 17:33
  79. Find wisdom.
    Whoso findeth me [wisdom] findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. Proverbs 8:35
  80. Find the book of Proverbs.
    My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them. Proverbs 4:20-22
  81. Belong to a household that has at least one believer.
    And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. -- Acts 16:31
    For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. -- 1 Corinthians 7:14
  82. Get saved by your spouse.
    For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? -- 1 Corinthians 7:16
  83. Get saved (or at least have your sins forgiven) by other people's faith.
    They come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy ... When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. Mark 2:3
  84. Follow the commandments (at least some of them).
    If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. -- Matthew 19:17-19
    And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? ... Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. -- Mark 10:17-19
    Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life. -- Revelation 22:14
  85. Keep some of the commandments, give all your money to the poor, and follow Jesus.
    And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? ... Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. ...thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.-- Luke 18:18-22
  86. Keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
    Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. -- Revelation 14:12
  87. Do the commandments and teach others to do them.
    Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 5:19
  88. Sow to the Spirit.
    He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. -- Galatians 6:8
  89. Endure to the end.
    He that endureth to the end shall be saved. -- Matthew 10:22, 24:13, Mark 13:13
  90. Give diligence.
    Give diligence to make your calling and election sure. -- 2 Peter 1:10
  91. Wait until you die and then have the Mormons baptize you (after you're dead).
    Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? -- 1 Corinthians 15:29
  92. Wait until you die and then hear the voice of the Son of God.
    The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. -- John 5:25
  93. Be faithful unto death.
    Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. -- Revelation 2:10
  94. Get buried with Jesus by being baptized into death.
    We are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. -- Romans 6:4-5
  95. Always wear a wedding garment.
    And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. -- Matthew 22:11-13
  96. Be worthy. (Don't get married. Married people don't go to heaven.)
    They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage. -- Luke 20:35
  97. Have lots of babies (and be faithful, charitable, holy, and sober).
    And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. -- 1 Timothy 2:14-15
  98. Become a eunuch for the kingdom of heaven's sake.
    There be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. -- Matthew 19:12
  99. Don't defile yourself with women. (Be a virgin male.)
    ...the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. -- Revelation 14:4
  100. Abandon your home and family for Jesus's name's sake.
    And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. -- Matthew 19:29, Mark 10:29-30, Luke 18:29-30
  101. Ask your parents to beat you with a rod.
    Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. -- Proverbs 23:13-14
  102. Receive a child in the name of Jesus.
    Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me. -- Luke 9:48a, Matthew 18:5
  103. Receive a Christian.
    He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. -- Matthew 10:40
  104. Receive a prophet in the name of a prophet.
    He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward. -- Matthew 10:41
  105. Receive a righteous man in the name of a righteous man.
    He that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. -- Matthew 10:41
  106. Receive the gift of eternal life from God through Jesus.
    The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. -- Romans 6:23
  107. Mortify the deeds of your body.
    If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. -- Romans 8:13
  108. Wash your wicked heart.
    Wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. -- Jeremiah 4:14
  109. Wash your face and anoint your head when you fast.
    When thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. -- Matthew 6:17-18
  110. Heed yourself and the doctrine.
    Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. -- 1 Timothy 4:16
  111. Get saved by Jesus's name.
    Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [beside's Jesus's] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. -- Acts 4:12
  112. Get saved by God's name.
    Save me, O God, by thy name. -- Psalm 54:1
  113. Get saved by God's shining face.
    Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. -- Psalm 80:3, 7, 19
  114. Get saved by the angel of his presence.
    The angel of his presence saved them. -- Isaiah 63:9
  115. Be converted from the error of your ways.
    Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death. -- James 5:20
  116. Turn yourself over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh so your spirit may be saved. (For fornicators only.)
    It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you ... deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. -- 1 Corinthians 5:1-5
  117. Make friends with the mammon of unrighteousness.
    Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. Luke 16:9
  118. Make a feast for the poor, maimed, lame, and blind.
    But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. Luke 14:13-14:
  119. Be poor, maimed, halt, or blind.
    A certain man [God] made a great supper [heaven], and . . . said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind . . . that my house may be filled. Luke 14:16-23
  120. Be forced to go to heaven.
    The lord [God] said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house [heaven] may be filled. Luke 14:23
  121. Enter at the strait gate.
    Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. -- Luke 13:23-24
  122. Enter through the Jesus door.
    I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. -- John 10:9
  123. Return and Rest.
    In returning and rest shall ye be saved. -- Isaiah 30:15
  124. Become a truth-telling child of God.
    Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. -- Isaiah 63:8
  125. Become an Israeli citizen.
    Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation. -- Isaiah 45:17
    And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. -- Romans 11:26
  126. Obtain mercy through Jewish unbelief.
    For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their [Jewish] unbelief. -- Romans 11:30
    God hath concluded them [the Jews] all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. -- Romans 11:32
  127. Be an unbelieving Jew.
    Even so have these [Jews] also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. -- Romans 11:31
  128. Fear God.
    The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. -- Proverbs 14:27
  129. Fear God and work righteousness.
    He that feareth him [God], and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Acts 10:35
  130. Fear God and cry a lot while praying.
    [Jesus] who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared. -- Hebrews 5:7
  131. Receive evil things.
    But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. -- Luke 15:25
  132. Don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
    Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. -- Matthew 6:4-5
  133. Be ordained to eternal life.
    As many as were ordained to eternal life believed. -- Acts 13:48
  134. Be drawn by by the Father.
    No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:44
  135. Be elected by God before you're born.
    For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth. -- Romans 9:11
    Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. -- 1 Thessalonians 1:4
  136. Be given by the Father and come to the Son.
    All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. -- John 6:37
  137. Come to the Father by Jesus.
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- John 14:6
  138. Be given by God to Jesus (or whatever).
    These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. -- John 17:1-2
  139. Be saved by Jesus's life (if you're a friend) or by his death (if you're an enemy).
    For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. -- Romans 5:10
  140. Be dead in your sins and uncircumcised flesh, and then let God quicken you with Christ.
    But God ... when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ. -- Ephesians 2:4-5
  141. Be chosen from the beginning.
    But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation. -- 2 Thessalonians 2:13
    And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses. -- Colossians 2:13
  142. Be predestinated by God.
    For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate ... Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. -- Romans 8:29-30
    He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Having predestinated us ... according to the good pleasure of his will. -- Ephesians 1:4-5
  143. Give your excess food and clothes to the poor.
    The people asked him [John the Baptist], saying, What shall we do then? He answereth ... He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Luke 3:10-11
  144. Give half your goods to the poor and restore fourfold whatever you have taken falsely.
    Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house. Luke 19:8-9
  145. Be poor, not rich.
    He shall ... save the souls of the needy. -- Psalm 72:13
    Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. --Matthew 5:3
    Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. ... But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. -- Luke 6:20, 24
    Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. -- Matthew 19:23-24
    Ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. -- James 5:1
  146. Be poor in this world, be rich in faith, and love God.
    Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? -- James 2:5
  147. Be sad.
    Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. -- Matthew 5:4
  148. Cry a lot.
    Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them. -- Psalm 107:13, 19
    Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. -- Luke 6:21
  149. Be last.
    But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Matthew 19:30, 20:16; Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30
  150. Be least.
    He that is least among you all, the same shall be great. -- Luke 9:48b
  151. Eat the bread that comes down from heaven.
    This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. -- John 6:50
  152. Eat Jesus's body and drink his blood.
    Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. -- John 6:53-54
  153. Have faith in Jesus's  blood.
    God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood. -- Romans 3:25
  154. Be saved and justified by Jesus's blood.
    Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. -- Romans 5:9
  155. Make people revile you, persecute you, hate you, avoid you, say bad things about you, and call you names for Jesus's sake.
    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. -- Matthew 5:11
    Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven. -- Luke 6:22-23
  156. Follow peace and holiness with all men.
    Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. -- Hebrews 12:14
  157. Take heaven by force.
    From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12
  158. Believe in the foolishness of preaching.
    For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. -- 1 Corinthians 1:21
  159. Be innocent.
    He [God] shall deliver the island of the innocent. -- Job 22:30
  160. Give alms to the poor. (May only work for Catholics.)
    Alms deliver from all sin, and from death, and will not suffer the soul to go into darkness. -- Tobit 4:11
  161. Give a cup of water to a Christian.
    For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. -- Matthew 10:42, Mark 9:41
  162. Love Christians.
    We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. -- 1 John 3:14
  163. Love your enemies, do good to them, and give them lots of money.
    But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. -- Luke 6:35, Matthew 5:44-45
  164. Love God and your neighbor.
    He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. -- Luke 10:26-28
  165. Be a peacemaker.
    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. -- Matthew 5:9
  166. Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in strangers, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned.
    Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. -- Matthew 25:34-36
  167. Be merciful.
    Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. -- Matthew 5:7
    For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. -- James 2:13

  168. Forgive people.
    For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

  169. Don't judge.
    Judge not, and ye shall not be judged. -- Matthew 7:1, Luke 6:37

  170. Be humble.
    He [God] shall save the humble person. -- Job 22:29
    Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 7:1
    He that humbleth himself shall be exalted. -- Luke 14:11
  171. Love the truth.
    And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. -- 2 Thessalonians 2:10
  172. Do good. Avoid evil.
    Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. -- Psalm 37:27
  173. Enter the Kingdom of God (It's within you)
    The kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21
  174. Be saved by other people's unbelief.
    (You can have some of mine; I've got plenty.)
    For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief. -- Romans 11:30
  175. Just ask.
    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. -- Matthew 7:7-8
  176. All you need is love.
    Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God. -- 1 John 4:7
    Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much. -- Luke 7:47