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No written exam for salvation
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    It is that time in the semester when testing is flying around like pancakes on the griddle. Even though there may be great anxiety among the student body, there must be a method by which they can be evaluated for a number of reasons: do the students have a grasp of the material, are there areas that can be improved, are they ready to move to the next level of learning and what can the teacher do to motivate and encourage student progress?
    The fact is that few students learn at the same pace, are gifted in every subject, can perform at the highest level and maintain the intensity required to truly master many required lessons. With the classrooms filled to capacity and being taught by gifted and overworked teachers, there is the tendency to use the famous multiple choice tests as they are easier to grade and less time-consuming than essays. Just think about having a couple hundred students all turning in the ubiquitous Blue Books full of page after page of hard to read answers. Without question, some students write in paragraph form with good grammar and proofread their work. Grading these are a piece of cake and even fun. However, some require considerable time because the writing is so small one must have a magnifying glass, some illegible and some mystifying.
    As an example: Define homeostasis insofar as studying is concerned, and how can a student improve his or her skills if this is a problem.
    "There is no question that homeostasis can be problematic for many students if they allow it to interfere with their studying while surrounded with outside interference and interruption which can be invasive and even disturbing because of the lack of control by the many uses of these so-called electronic devices uninhibited by the lack of insulation, which can lessen the vibration and sensitivity if properly installed and monitored by security devices being constantly improved to overwhelm the normal controlling patterns defined by the administration as acceptable and so the students should not be concerned with these minor interruptions known by most as the "tossing the cow pie" syndrome, which could be better defined without these euphemisms and merely explain the difficulties in plain language. Thank you for allowing me to explain in detail the meaning and usage of homeostasis. You are such a wonderful teacher!"
    "Say, wha...?"
    What if God had been so mysterious that the only way to approach Him would be through some secret knowledge, chanting, ritual or repetitive activity taught to the inner circle? It was during Pentecost when Simon Peter announced, "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!"
    The crowd then asked, "What shall we do?"
    Simon told them, "Repent and be baptized for the promise is to you...."
    It was the Philippian jailer who asked, "What must I do to be saved?"
    Folks, this is not just his question. This is our question! "What must we do to be saved?" At no time did God ever ask us to write an essay, repeat a formula, chant a mantra, pray a prayer known only to those initiates, crawl over glass or beat ourselves with whips or chains. In the most gentle of terms, the most straightforward words and the most beautiful explanation we are told, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved."
    So often, I hear such lectures about the mysteries of the Bible, the Bible code, secrets of prosperity not taught in churches and biblical prophecy unveiled.
    I personally believe that God has told us through His Word just about everything we need to know. If God has left anything not said, it is most likely because some things are totally beyond our understanding. Of course, we are human beings who want and need a lot of reassurance. Remember those apostles in John 14? Jesus said to them, "Don't worry so much. I'll take care of you."
    Of course, they were worried, "Lord, we don't know the way. What will we do without you?"
    Jesus gently says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
    Then old Philip asks for us, "Would you show us the Father." Will you share the secrets of the universe?"
    Once again, Jesus uses the comforting words, "If you've seen me, you've seen all you need to know."
    There are no written exams for salvation. There is no Eastern mysticism with chants and rituals to learn and practice.
    What must we do? As Hebrews teaches us, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
    You've passed. You've graduated. You have the job. Work at it until you retire. The retirement is out of this world!
    Thanks, God!

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