Christianity is not merely one of the "great religions of the world". It is about having a personal relationship with your creator.
What does it mean to become a Christian?
More than you might think.
It means you will go to heaven when you die, and live forever with God. It means you can have true fellowship with God, through His Son, Jesus Christ. It means you can know God's love right now and forever. God makes a promise to all who believe in Him:
"I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you," Hebrews 13:5
Being a Christian is about developing a loving, eternal relationship with your actual creator - made possible by what He did as Jesus Christ.
True Christianity is not about attending a particular church, or how your parents raised you, or what country you were born in, or whether you follow this rule or that rule. Being a Christian means that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that He is your Savior. It's not enough that your priest, pastor, mother, or friend knows Jesus or is praying for you. These are all good, but they are not enough.
To be a Christian, you must know Him for yourself. Others cannot believe in Him for you, you must believe for yourself. They cannot repent for you, you must repent for yourself.
The simple truth is that there is a God who created you and loves you very much. (Genesis 1:1) He gave us life and deserves our gratitude and love.
We, however, have chosen to disobey Him and sin against Him. All of us have done wrong and failed to do what is right. (Romans 3:23) We may not be more sinful than our neighbor, or we may be far worse than anyone we know. It does not matter. Either way, we are guilty before God. (1 John 1:8)
God is perfect, completely good, always right and fair. He cannot tolerate sin. He cannot simply overlook the fact that we have chosen to disobey Him. The Bible says "the wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23) This means that the fair payment for our rebellion against God is death. It is the punishment that we deserve.
Jesus, the one and only Son of God, came to earth and lived a perfect sinless life. He was crucified - killed and died on a cross - even though He was completely innocent. He received the punishment that we deserved. He was the perfect sacrifice. He was put into our place and took on Himself the sentence of death that should have been ours. (Romans 5:8)
Jesus did not, however, remain dead. After three days, He rose from the grave and later ascended into heaven. He will return for all those who are trusting in Him as their Savior.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
Jesus is everywhere all the time. He can hear you now if you ask Him for forgiveness. Please turn your life over to Him now.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him," Revelation 3:20.
Time slips by so quickly, don't miss this opportunity. If you want to pray and ask Jesus to be your Savior, you can say a prayer like this:
"Jesus, thank You for loving me. Jesus, I know that I have sinned against You. I know the truth is that I have sinned by my own choice, and I am the one responsible for it. I know that I have earned punishment from You, and that the fair punishment would be death. Jesus, I believe that You died in my place. Forgive me for my sin. I cannot cover or take my sin away, but You can. I am relying totally and only on You. You, Jesus, are the only one who can save me. I reject my sin, I turn away from it, I repent. Come into my life, Jesus, be my Lord and Savior, take away my sin, and show me how to live my life in a way that is right and pleasing to You."
If you have prayed this, and believe it, Welcome to the family of Christ! Congratulations! You have just become a Christian! You are now completely forgiven, a new creation before God. Again, welcome to the family of God! It is important for you to start to grow in your relationship with Jesus. Just like any relationship, you need to spend time with a person if you want to know them well.
The way to know God is through His Word, the Bible. It's important to find a place you can go where they teach the Bible. This will allow you to talk with a pastor who will help explain questions you might have, and it will give you a chance to spend time with other Christians who can encourage you.
"This hope we have is an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast;" the Bible, Book of Hebrews, chapter 6: verse 19.
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