[quote="boomerang, post:1, topic:296008"]
Sometimes I long for the days of simple belief when, as a Protestant, all I had to do to be "saved" was to declare my belief in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Wave your hands in the air and shout, "Hallelujah! I'm saved!". Alas, I returned to my Catholic roots and found out it isn't so simple. Now here's my question: As Protestants believe that declaring belief in Jesus as their "personal" (whatever that means) Lord and Savior equates to an instant passage straight to Heaven upon death, how do these sola-scriptura adherents arrive at this conclusion from scripture? Where, exactly, does scripture say that "saved" is synonymous with "going to Heaven" ? Does it say that specifically anywhere? Saved = Heaven. One and the same.
I realize that Protestants don't believe in Purgatory, so in their minds, what else could "saved" mean? It certainly doesn't mean that you're going to Hell, so "saved" must mean "Heaven" in their theology. But isn't the true meaning of "save, saved, salvation" is that you are just simply rescued from a horrible fate (like death, physical or eternal)? There is no guarantee of Heaven, just a rescue from Hell. Heaven is another story. An analogy: I save someone from drowning. Does the drowning victim's salvation automatically mean that the rest of their life is going to be a bed of roses? No, it just means that they, for now, have been rescued from certain death. That's all.
So back to my original question: How do Protestants come to the conclusion, based on sola scriptura, that they are actually going straight to Heaven upon death because they are "saved". How did the church fathers view "save, saved and salvation"? Rescue from death, or a free ride to paradise? I thank you in advance for your answers! :thumbsup:
The jailer was told, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved...."
Paul writes that this is the gospel by which you are saved: 1Co 15:1 ¶ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (KJV)
1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. (KJV)
1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (KJV)
1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (KJV)
Paul writes that we  hear the gospel [believe the gospel, and  we are sealed by the Holy Spirit..." Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, (KJV)
Paul tells us that we are Complete in Him [The Lord Jesus Christ]: Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (KJV)
What a wonderful Savior!