Have you ever heard a question like this? Maybe it is because I am a pastor and I read weird things and have a strange collection of friends, but I hear this kind of question a lot. Sometimes it comes from the earnest seeker but more often, it comes from someone who is antagonistic toward the gospel. They are looking for a “self-righteous and smug Christian” to prove their prejudices by falling into a trap of defending their salvation in some way that will give a “gotcha moment”.
Here’s how the question appeared in a quoro.com forum.
Why do you think Jesus should save you over all the people dying innocent?
The question reveals a misunderstanding of Christianity.
It reveals a popular but inaccurate view of what the Christian gospel is all about. It shows that the quesitoner has no real knowledge of what Jesus taught or what the Church has always taught.
There is nothing in me worth saving.
He saves the undeserving not the self-righteous.
He saves by his grace not our merit.
He saves because of His goodness not ours.
He saves the broken in spirit not the proud.
He saves the humble not the haughty.
And he saves by faith not anyone’s works.
Proclaim the gospel of Christ not a self-righteous self-help program.