How to Become A Christian
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Why Is Jesus Christ the Only Way to God?
One of the most common objections and criticisms
of Christianity is that its too narrow. Many people look
at all the different religions in the world and cannot agree
with the Christian’s
claim that there is only one way to heaven.
Its important to note that the reason Christian
believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven is because
He Himself said it: "I
am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father
except through me (John 14:6).
If we could reach God in any other way, Jesus
had to die on the cross as our substitute, our stand in. His
voluntary death clearly illustrates the fact that there is no
"There is salvation in no one else. There is no other name
in all of heaven for people to call on to save them." Acts
4:12 The jailer…asked: "Sirs, what must I do to be
saved?" They replied: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and you will be saved…" Acts 16:29-31
Aren’t All Religions Basically the Same?
"Don't all roads lead to God?" people often ask. "If
a person is sincere in his or her beliefs, won't he or she get
to heaven?" In reality, all belief systems cannot be true,
because they contradict one another. Many would like to think
that all religions blend together beautifully, but they do not.
Look at the differences between what the followers of three major
world religions believe compared with what Christians believe.
The Existence of a Personal God
* Buddhists deny the existence of a personal God.
* Hindus believe in two major gods, Vishnu and Siva, as well
as in millions of lesser gods.
* Muslims believe in one God named Allah.
* Christians believe that God is a being who created humans in
his own image and who loves them and wants to have a personal
relationship with them.
The Subject of Salvation
* Buddhists believe salvation is by self-effort only.
* Hindus believe you achieve salvation by devotion, works, and
* Muslims believe that people earn their own salvation and pay
for their own sins.
* Christians believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins. If
people turn from their sins and follow Jesus, they can be forgiven
and have the hope of being with Jesus in heaven.
The Person of Jesus Christ
* Buddhists believe that Jesus Christ was a good teacher, though
less important than Buddha.
* Hindus believe that Jesus was just one of many incarnations-or
sons of God. Yet they also assert that Christ was not the unique
Son of God. He was no more divine then any other man, and he
did not die for people's sins.
* Muslims believe that Jesus Christ was the greatest of the prophets
below Muhammad. In addition, they do not believe that Christ
died for people's sin.
* Christians believe that Jesus is God as well as man, that he
was sinless, and that he died to redeem humankind.
The bottom line is this: you cannot accept all of the major religious
beliefs. They are mutually exclusive and contradictory in their
claims. Therefore, one is right and the others are wrong, and
you must choose. If you take time to look at what each religion
teaches, you'll find that only Jesus Christ died for our sins
and rose again. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, the Son
of God, died on a cross for our sins, that He paid that debt
in our place, and that if we will turn from our sin and follow
Him, we can be forgiven and know that we will go to heaven.
Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one
can come to the Father except through me" John 14:6 NLT.
If God is good & loving, why does
He allow evil?
This is a flawed premise since it implies
that we are in a position to say what is good and what is
not good about God. We ourselves do not know what good is
naturally, for we are not basically good. How then can we
judge God? Still, the question of evil persists, and we often
hear the question "why?" in
the aftermath of some tragedy.
First, you need to remember, when God created
the world, He created it perfect. That includes His creation
of man. Yet, this "perfect" man
was also given the freedom of choice, or an ability to choose.
So when Adam chose to disobey God sin, death and suffering became
an inevitable part of life. Romans 5:12 states, "When Adam
sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought
death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned" (NLT).
The evil in this world is a result of that original sin.
You may say, "Wait a minute, I didn't choose to sin. Adam
did." Yet, the Bible teaches that we all have sinned (Romans
3:23). We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are
sinners. We have a natural bent in us to do what is wrong. James
4:1 says that there is a "whole army of evil desires at
war within you." At the same time, God gave us absolutes
to live our lives by--standards that are found in the Bible.
When we make choices that are contrary to those absolutes and
standards, evil is the result.
C. S. Lewis put this question in proper perspective.
He observed that it is idle for us to speculate about the
origin of evil. The problem we all face is the fact of evil.
The only solution to the fact of evil is Jesus Christ. Once
you surrender your life to Jesus Christ, you enter into the
master plan that God has for you. For that reason, you can
be assured of the promise in His Word, that "everything works together for the good
of those who love God and are called according to His purpose
for them" (Romans 8:28 NLT).
Sometimes what appears horribly evil and
tragic can result in something good. Consider Joseph's assessment
of his brother's wicked act of selling him into slavery.
Understanding that God had allowed this to happen, Joseph
said, "God turned to
good what you [my brothers] meant for evil. He brought me to
the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many
people" (Genesis 50:20 NLT). Joseph learned what the Apostle
Paul later wrote: What we suffer now is nothing compared to the
glory He will give us later." Romans 8:18 NLT.
We may not always understand the "why’s" of a
certain tragedy, but we know the "Who" that will carry
us through it. He promises, "Don’t be afraid, for
I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I
will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with
my victorious right hand." (Isaiah 41:10 NLT).
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it
mean that He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity
or persecution, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened
with death? No…and I am convinced that nothing can ever
separate us from His love. Death can’t. Life can’t.
The Angels can’t and the demons can’t. Our fears
for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of
hell itself can’t keep God’s love away." Romans
How can a "loving" God send someone to hell?
God doesn't send anyone to hell. It was never His design to send
people to hell. It breaks the heart of God to see man, made in
His image, make the deliberate choice to go to hell. Hell was
not made for people; it was made for the angelic beings that
rebelled against God. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus says the everlasting
fire was prepared for the devil and his angels.
Scripture also teaches, "[God] is not willing that any should
perish but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter
3:9). That is why God sent Jesus to die on the cross in our place--to
bridge the gap between sinful man and a Holy God. The gates of
hell are locked from the inside. If you end up in hell, you will
practically have to climb over Jesus and His cross to get there.
Why should I become a Christian
and join a church full of hypocrites?
While it is true that there are some hypocrites
in the church, Jesus does not say, "Follow the church," or, "Follow
the people." Jesus says, "Follow me" (Matthew
9:9; Mark 8:34; John 12:26). Jesus is not a hypocrite. He will
never let you down. Yet, as we follow Jesus, we all stumble and
fail. Remember, church is not so much a holy huddle of saints,
but a hospital for sinners. So yes, you will find hypocrites
in the church because we all mess up and sin. But you will also
find people who are seriously trying to follow Jesus. Why not
join us on the journey?
What if I’ve tried this Christian
life stuff and it didn't work?
What did you try? Did you read the Bible?
Did you go to a church? Did you profess to believe in God
and agree with the facts about Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection? While Bible
reading, church attendance, and agreeing with the facts about
Jesus are good things, they can’t substitute for a relationship
Listen, the devil knows the Bible (Matt. 4:1-11), the devil in
a sense attends church (Acts 5:1-11), and the devil believes
in God (James 2:19) and knows all about who Jesus really is (Mark
1:23-26). Yet, neither the devil nor his demons enjoy a saving
relationship with God.
Let’s start at the beginning, with the love relationship
God wants to have with you. God loves you, and He proven His
love for you on the cross (Romans 5:8). All He asks in return
is that you turn from your sin, trust Jesus to save you from
your sin, and love Him with all that's within you: "Love
the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and
with all your mind" (Mark 12:30 NKJV).
Give God a try, and you’ll find that He works
when "it" doesn’t!