Thanks for your interest in what it means to be a Christian. I hope this short description will give you a desire to dig in and want to learn more. That’s what we’re here for and would love to help you find some answers to your questions.
The simplest description is that God made mankind in his image to have a genuine relationship with them. Mankind chose to go solo which caused death and destruction. God in his love and mercy reached out to mankind by sending his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die on a cross to win us back and restore his ultimate reason for creating us in the first place: to be in a loving relationship with him for all eternity. He offers this free gift of eternal life which affects the here and now, as well as eternity. If you say, “Yes” to God and ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and come into your life, he will. That’s what it means to be “Born Again.” If you prayed a prayer like that, I’d like you to contact us and tell us about it. If you’re still wondering and wrestling with the idea, We’d still like you to contact us and talk about it. We have an amazing staff with great stories how God radically changed each life.
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Alternate Wordier version
Everything starts with God. He created all that exists: the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets, the universe and every living creature, even those in Heaven. He created everything with a purpose and an order to it. He revealed his plan to mankind by means of special revelation that was passed down from Adam to Moses and recorded in the Bible which reveals his heart in the matter. But the greatest proof was seen in the life of Jesus. He was a historical figure that really lived, died, and rose from the dead. Over 2000 years have passed and his story goes on because he continues to live in the hearts of genuine believers.
God’s very nature is a relationship consisting of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God said, “Let us make man in our own image.” So he did, giving us the characteristics of his social and loving nature along with creativity, self-awareness and the ability to think, as well as a free will. He wanted us to be like him so he created us to be a relationship seen in male and female. The union of the man and woman would produce children that would be a loving nurturing family. Free will was essential in his plan in order for us to be able to choose to love him. He did not program every aspect of our existence. If that were the case, our love and adoration would not be genuine.
When Adam and Eve sinned against God after having been given specific instructions and consequences, a spiritual death took place that separated them from him. Man could not right the wrong himself. But God had a plan from the beginning. His Son would leave his divine nature by becoming a man and taking the sin of mankind upon himself. With a virgin as his mother and the Holy Spirit bringing about her pregnancy, Jesus became the Son of God and Son of Man. Man could not pay the price for his own sin. Someone might ask, “Why couldn’t we just make a decision to never sin again?” There are two reasons. First: sin produced a death that cut us off from the very source of our life. Our strength and true self came from the Spirit of God who had been our life. When Adam and Eve sinned, God withdrew his Spirit which produced a spiritual death so we had no power. Secondly, even if we were able to stop sinning that would only count for the present, not the past. Perfect obedience was required. If we wanted the good we did to make up for the bad it would be like digging a hole in order to fill up the one behind us. We would dig the hole in the present to fill the hole in the past. It could never work. We would still be left with a hole. But Jesus had a sinless nature because God was his father. Therefore he could satisfy the just demands of God’s perfect law by dying in our place and filling all the holes that we had dug, while demonstrating the amazing love of a father for his children. I use the simple illustration of “the holes” to show the way we usually think. “What do I need to do to make myself better?” The fact of the matter is that God was not really looking for obedience to a set of rules as much as he was for an intimate relationship with the people he loved. He always wanted a relationship with us. He is a loving Father. Adam and Eve sinned, but the real essence of it was that they turned from their relationship with him to try to be something in and of themselves. Our relationship with God through Christ is the source of our strength and obedience.
The sin that separated Adam and Eve from God passed on to all mankind because we have all sinned. But God, who is so loving and merciful paid the price for our sin by taking it upon himself. He made the offer of the free gift of eternal life by receiving Jesus as our Savior. God did for us what we could not do for ourselves. His love for us is overwhelming. There is nothing we could do to earn his love or forgiveness. God extended his love and forgiveness to us before we ever asked. In fact, we would never have asked if he didn’t first offer it. That’s how strong the power of sin and darkness is. There is so much that could be said about this. The bottom line is that we believe with our heart, not with our head. This simple prayer is all that is required to start: “Dear Lord, if all this is true, I want to know you. I want to experience the love you have for me. Forgive me of all my bad choices and failures and make yourself known to me. I ask you, Jesus, to be my Lord and Savior.”
If you prayed that prayer or just want to follow up by getting in touch with us and dig in more, we’d love to hear from you. We have many stories that you’ll be able to relate to about the love of God. It never gets old or boring and continues to provide hope for everyday and the future. We’ll look forward to hearing from you and meeting you!