Now before we start, I must direct the reader to the article on the use in the Scriptures of the terms believer and unbeliever entitled Identity Problems in the Bible. It is that understanding that I mean to perpetuate here in the use of the term believer.
Because I am trying to tweak our old way of thinking, I must use the old paradigm to set the stage for our discussion. In our old way of thinking, we were taught that at the moment a person believed in God in the OT (and most people were taught to add to this a belief in God’s coming Messiah as well) or in Jesus in the NT, he was saved and guaranteed a place in heaven. So my question is simple: “At what point did the Ethiopian Eunuch, as far as we know from the information given to us in the Scriptures, become a believer, one that would have been saved, using the old paradigm’s terminology, and guaranteed a place in heaven?” If you’re not familiar with Acts 8:26-40, go back and meditate on it.
A scene in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid comes to mind. Butch and the Kid had just robbed a train. The owner of the rail road had finally taken steps to stop all the easy robberies taking place. He had a team of lawmen riding in a second train that was following the one with the money in it. When the first train was stopped for a robbery, the lawmen could mount their horses and ride out of the second train, chase down and arrest (or kill) the robbers.
When Butch and the Kid realize what was happening, they leave most of the money, mount up and try to outrun the lawmen who are now hot on their trail. Even when Butch and the Kid split up from two other robbers, the lawmen just ignored the two other two robbers who were going in a different direction than Butch and the Kid. Instead of splitting up their forces, all the lawmen came after Butch and the Kid.
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