First off, this post is not to tell people who is right or who is wrong- believe as your faith or lack of faith leads you, and that is right for you! I am not judging anyone, condemning anyone, being impolite to anyone, or telling anyone what to believe... according to the mods the definition of this forum is: "...a forum dedicated to things of a spiritual nature. This is the place for... virtually ANY topic of a spiritual nature. But this is not the place to debate whose belief is right and whose is wrong. Be respectful of others beliefs, just as you expect them to be respectful of yours." OK, as far as I can determine I am abiding my the mods terms for this thread... so here goes... I throw out this discussion for conversation: How are ones sins forgiven according to New Testament Christianity? I would define New Testament Christianity as believing/interpreting sacred scripture from the New Testament and Old Testament, only. If you have a different type of Christianity that is fine also, but for this thread only the definition for NT Christianity is as stated. Here is are a few verses from John 8 that I base my question on: John Chapter 8 (NASB) 21Then He said again to them, “I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” 22So the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” So I see the real question is what does Jesus mean when He says "I am He"? The footnote in my bible says here that Jesus is referencing the OT description of God to Himself as "I Am Who I Am". Several verses later, at the end of the chapter Jesus says: John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I Am.” Most NT Christian scholars believe Jesus is saying here that He is God... So, the question is, according to NT Christianity do you have to believe that Jesus is uncreated eternal God to be saved from your sins and receive eternal life??? .