One must understand that BELIEF in Jesus is essential to become a child of God. There are a number of things that one must believe about Jesus.
One must believe that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31), “Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11), “the Christ of God” (Luke 9:20), “the Messias, which is…the Christ” (John 1:41), “indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world” (John 4:42), “this is the Christ” (John 7:41), “God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36), “the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 11:17), “Christ Jesus” (Acts 19:4), “his son Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 1:3). One cannot be saved without faith in Jesus the Christ. Jesus said, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins“ (John 8:24). “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me“ (John 14:6). “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but 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). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). It can’t be any plainer than that! No salvation is found in Mohammed, Buddha, Brahman, Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, or any other. Heaven says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). The jailor in Philippi was told that if he wanted to be saved he had to believe in Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31). Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned“ (Mark 16:16). Belief (faith) in Jesus is essential in order to be saved, but “faith alone” will not save. The one who tells you it will is telling you a lie. James 2:17-26 disclaims this fatal error. John 12:42 shows one can believe without enjoying God’s pleasure. There’s far more to being saved than believing in Jesus. Is your belief alive or dead? The difference between the two is heaven or hell.