are words from a person you may relate to:
"I was very
idealistic and wanted to do my part, in some small way, to make the world
a better place for the sake of humanity. I fought for truth and for
what I thought was right in everything I did. I loved to debate with
anyone about anything, and I often pondered the deeper things in life,
always asking why. As I observed life and the world around me, I
became convinced that God either did not exist or was not all the wonderful
things that some people claimed.
I was extremely
frustrated with the many so-called religious people I met, all of
whom I considered to be hypocrites, and so I remained content with the
theory of evolution and happy with my views. I became antagonistic
toward religious matters and was quite persuasive in arguing the logic
behind my beliefs.
I met a Christian
named Mark where I worked. At first, I avoided Mark because I thought
he was a religious fanatic, and I had already made my own conclusions about
religious people. In even mundane conversations, he always brought
things back to God and the Bible, which I found quite annoying. After
getting to know Mark, I realized that he was genuine and different from
the other religious people I had known. Here, then, was my
opportunity to learn something about religion. This led me on a personal
search for knowledge that lasted for a year and a half.
a regular Bible study and personally read and studied the Bible, analyzing
its claims. I also read other literature and compared the doctrines
of many religions. I even studied archaeological findings.
I was fascinated at how different the Bible was from what I had expected
and how reliable, truthful, and accurate it was. I soon saw that
there was a real likelihood that God did exist, the He had created the
world and man, and the He had revealed Himself to us in the Bible.
I also realized the theory of evolution was just a myth and could easily
be disproved. It took more faith to believe in the absence of God
than the in the Creator.
As I continued
to study, I discovered that, from God's perspective, we are all sinners,
and although I was uncomfortable with the idea, I too was a sinner in need
of forgiveness. I especially examined Jesus' final proof that He
was Messiah—His resurrection. Again, I studied a wide range of material.
I subjected all that I examined to strict tests of evidence. I had
to be convinced. It had to be proven to me! Then one day Mark
challenged me, saying that I had already gathered enough evidence and that
it was time to make a decision. He was right. The next day,
I again worked through all that I had been taught and read, and, after
weighing all the evidence, the conclusion was clear: Jesus of Nazareth
was God's sacrifice to pay the penalty for my sins. He is the Lamb
of God. The certainty of His resurrection assures me of the certainty
of His offer to forgive my sins and give me eternal life.
On that October
day, I got down on my knees and asked Jesus to forgive me and become my
personal Lord and Savior. Now that I am walking with the Lord, I
understand the meaning of life and see the world in a much clearer and
more definite way. I no longer ask why. Things that once puzzled
me have become obvious, and I have a greater compassion for others.
I believe that anyone who approaches God with an open mind will see the
truth in God's revelation; history has proven this. True Christianity
is not a blind leap in the dark but a trusting, heartfelt acceptance of
the historical facts about the Messiah. Although I do not deserve
it, I am in God's family, where all are welcome."
Long Island, NY
Looking for answers?
Salvation is available to you right now, only by the grace
of Jesus Christ, and is a gift to you!
How do we take advantage
of this? Salvation isn't ours until we accept that gift.
I John 1:9 —
we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins,
and purify us from all unrighteousness."
Romans 10:9 —
if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 6:23 —
the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord."
Have you accepted
this gift? If you haven't, then consider these Scriptures:
Romans 3:10 —
is no one righteous, not even one."
Nobody escapes hell on his or her own merits.
Romans 3:23 —
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." None
of us is worthy of heaven.
Romans 5:8 —
God demonstrates His own love for us in this; while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us."
John 3:16 — "For
God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes
in Him shall have eternal life."
you long before you were born and loved you so much that
His son, Jesus, came to save us from our sins by paying the sin penalty
for us, which is death.
So how do
you receive God's gift of forgiveness and salvation?
your need (I am a sinner).
2. Be willing
to turn from your sins (stop harmful activities in your life — repent).
that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the
Holy Spirit (receive Him as Lord and Savior).
If you can earnestly
pray the following prayer, you will be saved:
on the right road?
I believe I am a sinner. I believe you are the Savior and the Lord.
I believe that you love me enough to die for my sins. I confess ALL
of my sins to you. I desire to begin a new life with you. I
accept your gift of salvation. I accept your love for me, and your
direction of my life. Amen."
If you've sincerely
prayed that prayer and accepted that free gift of salvation, then please
tell a Christian friend, family member, or pastor as soon as possible.
Ask the Lord to bring godly counselors into your life to answer your questions
and help you grow spiritually, remembering that God's Holy Word is the
final authority. Nourish your faith by attending a Bible-believing
church nearby, fellowshipping with other believers, and reading the Holy
Why read the
Bible? It contains the mind of God, the state of humankind, the way
of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
Its doctrines are Holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true,
and its decisions are immutable. It's the traveler's map, the pilgrim's
staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter.
Christ is its grand subject. It should fill the memory, rule the
heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.
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would love to hear about your salvation experience. Send us an
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