I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Why and How of Christianity

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So here is the deal… God is a perfect being and is glorious. Man, on the other hand, lives in a fallen state. All humans have sinned and are sinners. As such every person falls short of the glory of God.

In His word God tells us that our sin means we deserve death, but because of His grace God has granted us an escape from death. God grants us the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.  Through this act of grace God demonstrates his love for each sinner.  While we were (are) still in our sin Jesus died for us, in place of us so that we will have eternal life. Jesus took our sin upon Himself and accepted our penalty.

While God offers this gracious gift to each sinner, each sinner must accept the gift.  Look at it this way – If someone wanted to give you a gift and brought it to your front door and left it there, a gift has been offered. However, for the gift to have value it must be received. If you never opened your front door and picked up the gift available there it would have no value.  The gift must be received. 

So God offers us the gift of eternal life with He and Jesus but we must receive that gift. God has given us free will to make the decision to accept or not accept His gift. To accept His gift we must accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and turn away from our sinful ways.  When we do this all of our sins are wiped away, because Jesus has already died just for that purpose. When you accept God’s gift with a right heart (you are sincere) you receive the gift of salvation and eternal life.

Please understand that this is the ONLY way you can spend eternity with God in Heaven.  There is no other way – you cannot do it without God’s grace. You cannot do it yourself. It does require faith, but if you ask, God will also give you the needed faith.

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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  God has made it clear to us that "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

What some people don’t understand is that we, each of us, are eternal spiritual beings.  We have a physical body while we are here on earth, and it will one day no longer be alive. But our spiritual bodies will live on for all eternity.  Eternity is a VERY LONG time.  God has given you the option to spend eternity with Him and Jesus… or spend it elsewhere.  Make no mistake about it though; you will spend eternity somewhere. Why not spend it in paradise with God?


If you have not accepted God’s gift why not do it right now?  It’s an easy simple process.  Just read and repeat the following short prayer with a sincere heart and you will receive eternal salvation:

    Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and I need your forgiveness. I know you died on the cross for me. I now turn from my sins and ask you to forgive me.  I now invite you into my heart and life. I now trust you as savior and I will follow you as Lord.  Thank you for saving me. Thank you for your gracious gift.


Relevant Scripture
Romans 3:23
Romans 6:23
Romans 5:8
Acts 3:19
Ephesians 2:8
Romans 10:9,10
Romans 10:13

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