The most important
decision we make in life is where we'll spend our eternal life.
When we have made that choice, we're not only prepared to
die...we're finally prepared to live. We would like to
guide you in this crucial decision for a
Beginning A Relationship With God
God, the maker of all things, loves you and has a unique and
for your life. He even gives you this promise in the Bible: "For I
know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."
(Jeremiah 29:11) God never orders harm to be done to anyone. Yet
He sometimes will allow it.
It may be difficult for you to understand how a loving God could
allow you or anyone else to suffer. Sometimes it takes suffering
for us to recognize our need for God.
He loves you so much and wants to have a relationship with you to
the utmost extent that He even will even allow you to experience
pain, so you will cry out to Him.
When things on earth are confusing and unpredictable, God wants
you to know He is the only absolute truth and security. He created
you and desperately wants to establish a relationship with you. He
wants to be your loving father. And He wants this relationship to
be an eternal one that lasts throughout your life and extends even
after death when you meet Him face to face in heaven. But to
establish this intimate relationship with God, you must first ask
Must We Ask For A Relationship With Our Own Creator?
One thing stands in the way of us having a relationship with
God–sin. It is something we all have in common–because we were all
born with it. Because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the
first man and woman, we are all born separated from God. In the
Bible, Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God."
who have not asked Jesus to save them from sin cannot have a
relationship with God.
The only way to change this condition is for a person to receive a
new life by establishing this relationship with Him. This is the
only method to make you acceptable in the eyes of a holy God
because all other attempts to please God are merely human.
Perhaps you are thinking, "That is very narrow-minded." And you
are right–God is single-minded about the way to heaven. That's
because there is only one way. He is all-knowing, and He provided
this one way to heaven because He loves us and has a very specific
plan for our lives.
The Bible states in John 3 that to have a relationship with God
you must be "born again." This process of being born again occurs
when God forgives men and women of their sins and allows them to
establish a new life with Him.
Deeds Are Not Enough
There is no one who is good enough or kind enough to know God.
Many people try to earn a place in heaven by performing "good"
deeds such as attending church, giving money to the poor, or by
getting baptized or christened.
The truth is that even the most heroic and generous men and women
will die and be separated from God forever—unless they call on the
name of Jesus and surrender their lives to Him. It is impossible
to earn entrance into
heaven or into a personal relationship with God. As the Bible
states in John 3:7, "You must be born again!"
The Bible further warns: "The wages of sin is death." (Romans
6:23) The punishment for our sin is not just a bad day or a slap
on the wrist–it’s an eternity of separation from God in hell. You
may be thinking, "I thought God was a loving God. Why is the
punishment for sin so harsh?" It is true that God is a loving God,
but He is also a God of justice. As it would not be right for a
judge to allow a criminal to go unpunished for his crimes, it is
not right for God to allow a sinner to go unpunished.
The evidence of God’s loving nature is in the second chance He
gives to every man and woman on earth to be forgiven.
Door To Heaven
The truly good news is that this same, loving and just God gives
everyone on earth a second chance to escape punishment. God sent
His own Son, Jesus, to earth more than 2,000 years ago. That life
Jesus lived on earth—33 years—allowed Him to experience the same
pain and loneliness you have felt. The ultimate purpose for Jesus’
life on earth, however, was so that He could give it up.
By dying on the cross, Jesus the Son of God took the punishment
necessary to pardon your sin. Even though Jesus was without sin
and perfect like His Father, He became a man by living in history.
Jesus—both God and
man—lived a perfect life, died willingly on a cross to pay the
penalty for our sins, was raised from the dead, and now lives in
heaven. An innocent man took the blame for our sinfulness. This
act of God is described in John 3:16-17 like this: "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. For God
did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to
save the world through Him."
Jesus’ death on the cross erased our sins and removed the one
barrier separating us from a relationship with Him. His sacrifice
of life makes it possible for us to be saved from the punishment
of our own sinfulness. Romans 5:8 states: "God demonstrates His
own love toward us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ
died for us."
This is how a loving and just God dealt with the problem of our
sin. He provided the one and only way to heaven–through belief and
trust in God's son, Jesus, as our Lord and Savior. In John 14:6,
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to
the Father except through me." You must receive Him in order to
live in heaven after you die. There is no exception.
Does It Mean To Believe?
The basis of your salvation must be more than just knowledge of
existence. True belief is about accepting that Jesus is God’s Son,
admitting our sins to Him, and choosing to follow Him as Lord of
our lives. It is, in essence, giving Him control of our life, our
plans, our will and our desires.
Romans 10:9-10 states, "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."
Once you take these steps, the Spirit of God lives inside you,
guiding you and leading you each day in your decisions and
Faith in Jesus Christ is a commitment to the One whose life
becomes our life and transforms us. That is the great gift of
God's grace–the Spirit of God living in us, guiding us, and making
us more like Him.
You May Receive Christ As Savior
To begin your relationship with God and to establish your
place in heaven, you must begin by praying (talking to God). Below
is an example of a simple prayer that will help you know what to
say when you talk to God.
I realize I need a Savior. I confess that I have sinned and I
know that my sin will keep me out of heaven. I realize there is
not one single thing I can do to earn my way into Your heaven.
Right now I am placing all, 100 percent of my trust, in Christ’s
death on the cross and resurrection from the dead as payment for
my sin. I now accept you as my Lord and Savior, and I commit my
life to you. Thank you for forgiving me and giving me your Holy