If you're interested in becoming a Christian, here's how:
1) All of us are sinners. We cannot live up to the perfect standard that God requires of us. The punishment for sin is death. (We will all die one day.)
2) However, God sent his son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for us. Jesus came down to this earth as a man (not as God), lived a perfect life, and was put to death on a cross to save us from our sins. Three days later, he rose from the dead, appeared to many witnesses, and soon returned to Heaven. His death bridged the gap (caused by sin) between us and God.
3) If you accept that you are a sinner, that Jesus died as a sacrifice for your sins, and he rose from the dead, then all you need to do is pray to God and tell him these things. Admit your sins, and tell him that you want to accept Jesus as your Savior.
If you have just prayed a prayer like the above, CONGRATULATIONS!
You are now a new person in God and can look forward to spending eternity with him in Heaven.
Start reading the Bible to learn more, and find a local church where you can hear
Biblical teaching and fellowship with other Christians.
- In the Bible, the book of Romans, chapter 3, verse 23 says: "...For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." (NIV)
- Romans, chapter 6, verse 23 also says: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord..." (NIV)
- The book of John, chapter 3, verse 16 says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (NIV)
- The book of Matthew, chapter 1, verses 20b-21 says: [The angel Gabriel speaking to Mary's fiancÚ, Joseph:] "...An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." (NIV)
- Matthew, chapter 28, verses 1-2, 5-6 says: "After the Sabbath, at the dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay." (NIV)
- The book of Mark, chapter 16, verses 9a, 12, 14a, and 19 say:
"When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene..." ('rose' = came back to life)
"Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country."
"Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating..."
and "After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God." (NIV)
- Romans, chapter 10, verse 9 says: "That 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." (NIV)
- John, chapter 3, verse 16 says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (NIV)
- The book of 2 Corinthians, chapter 5, verses 16-19a say: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them.." (NIV)
NIV = the New International Version of the Bible
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