It's human nature to feel resentment when being told anything negative about ourselves. We also tend to resist against authority and don't want to be answerable to anyone that we don't absolutely have to. Because of these two characteristics, "joining a religion" is becoming increasingly unpopular. But there is a large difference between religion and faith. In an inadequate, but brief, nut-shell; religion is what you do and faith is what you believe.

     I believe there is a God, and that he created all things. I believe that he didn't just create us and then leave us. But rather is actively involved in our lives, and has a plan for each of us. That we have free-will and can choose to believe and act as we decide. I also believe that he has communicated with us by several means, throughout history, and part of that has been to inspire and orchestrate not just sacred writings, but the gathering and organizing of his guiding words to us into a single canon (or book) that we commonly refer to simply as 'The Bible'. In short: I believe in God and in his Holy Bible.

The Bible, in case you don't know, is actually a collection of sixty-six books and letters.

After they were gathered together, a method of numbering chapters and verses was created in order to make it easier to refer to specific portions of the writings.

For example; John 3:16 refers to the 16th verse of the 3rd chapter of the book titled John.

These numbers aren't part of scripture, they just make it easier for us to talk with each other about scripture.

     So, why am I telling you this? Because I would like to explain something negative about us, and to let you know that we are answerable to someone in authority over us. I'm not trying to get anyone to join a religion. That part is entirely up to you. What I am trying to do is discuss our relationship with our creator.

     The negative thing that I would like to share with you is that we are all sinners. Sin is any transgression of divine law (either doing what God says not to do, or not doing what he says to do). Scripture says "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10), and "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). It also teaches us that because of sin there is a price that must be paid: "For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23a).

     At this point you might be asking yourself "well then why would I want to believe in God"? But nowhere does it say that this will only apply to those who believe. No matter if the entire earths population were to not believe, God still exists. So the question shouldn't be whether to believe or not, but rather what is to be done about knowing we've sinned against him.

     The price for sin, death, can be paid in one of two ways: 1) By you, with an eternity of separation from God, in which the only place after this life where you can be separated from God is in Hell, or 2) By the sacrificial death of someone who is sinless, so that their own death isn't spent as payment for their own sin.

     Since God knows that "all have sinned", and he wanted to be sure that we have a way of remaining with him in the afterlife, he sent a Messiah/Christ to be our Saviour. We know from scripture that he appeared in order to take away sins; and in him there is no sin (see 1 John 3:5). 1 Peter 18-19 says "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:".

To accept the gift of salvation (being saved from having to pay the price of sin yourself), simply call on the name of the Lord Jesus and ask him to forgive your sins and save you.

  • "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:9-13)

Salvation is permanent: you did nothing to earn it, and can do nothing to lose it. "But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23b)

  • It's Free! (that's why it's called a GIFT)
  • It's Permanent (or else it wouldn't be ETERNAL)

     In summary: God, our creator, is real. The Holy Bible is his word. Jesus of Nazareth, Israel, is the Christ. I have accepted him as my Lord. He has given me salvation and eternal life. I hope that you too have accepted him as your Lord.