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The meaning of being a christian and believing in god

I used to think a Christian was someone who was born in England, been christened as a baby and did nobody any harm.

And that's how I tried to live my life. One day my typing teacher said, "Well John, you are a Christian aren't you? I was really worried. I thought, "Am I a Christian? Does it really matter if I am a Christian? What if I'm not? Will I go to heaven? Is there a heaven? Is there a hell? What will happen when I die? God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.

My life before I came to know Jesus? I was one angry person. It was like a force nine gale - a bit like the storm that you read about in the Bible.

Jesus got up and ordered the wind and the waves to stop. They obeyed, and everything was calm. Then Jesus asked the disciples, "Don't you have any faith?

They said to each other, "Who is this? He can give orders to the wind and the waves, and they obey him! And Jesus can make a difference in my life. And I just said very simply, "Jesus, if you're real, just come and do something for me". My life has changed incredibly and in the most wonderful ways. I don't lose my temper like I used to. And life isn't easy. Life hasn't been perfect. I've faced many storms.

But whatever storm I face, I know that Jesus is in the boat with me. He is in control of my life.

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About the age of thirteen or fourteen I ended up doing the things that most teenagers generally do - going into the park and drinking and experimenting with drugs and stuff. That became my focus.

  • If so, you could tell God yourself - saying something like this as a prayer;
  • I know that I'm gonna be in heaven.

As I started thinking about God a lot more and, you know, what life was about, I started going a lot more to church meetings and youth meetings and stuff. I had a lot of really good friends around me and they chatted to me and really supported me. I know that I'm gonna be in heaven. I don't know what's gonna happen on the way. I don't really know what job I'm gonna do or anything.

But I know that I'm secure now - in that I know God. To anyone looking in on the outside, you know, I'm quite a confident person.

  • I was really worried;
  • I don't lose my temper like I used to;
  • Only Jesus' death and resurrection make it possible for us to be forgiven and accepted by God;
  • Top About becoming Christian Jesus Christ came to make it possible for each of us to have a relationship with God;
  • I had a lot of really good friends around me and they chatted to me and really supported me.

But actually the truth of it was that underneath it was crummy and had a feeling of sort of real hopelessness - like, "Well is this it?

Anyone who belongs to Jesus Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten and everything is new. And I really just put them in God's hands now. He is self-employed in the jewellery trade. I didn't think God or Jesus would want anything to do with me. Now I look back, I can see that Jesus knew all the faults that were in my life but he still loved me.

  • Jesus got up and ordered the wind and the waves to stop;
  • What if I'm not?

He knew that I was self-centred - working hard, drinking hard, striving for everything. God's love never fails.

What it means to be a Christian

I made it through a simple prayer of commitment, which I know God heard. Top About becoming Christian Jesus Christ came to make it possible for each of us to have a relationship with God.

He did this by dying on a cross - where he paid the massive debt we owe for all the ways we have offended him by our attitudes and actions. These offences are so serious they shut us out of contact with God, not only during this life, but for ever. Only Jesus' death and resurrection make it possible for us to be forgiven and accepted by God.

Perhaps this is all so new to you, you want time to think it through; get some questions answered. Or maybe you want to know God. If so, you could tell God yourself - saying something like this as a prayer: I am sorry I have been going my own way. Thank you for dying on the cross to deal with every barrier I have put up between you and me. Please come and take first place in my life. Because Jesus promised to do just that and, as God, he would never break a promise.

Following Jesus makes a person a Christian - a member of the worldwide family of Jesus Christ; a family committed to helping each other make a real difference in the world. For anyone taking this step to follow Jesus, it is just the beginning.

They'll soon find themselves talking to him - like any friend. They'll want to find out more about him from reading the Bible. They'll be keen to become involved with others in his family - that's going to a church. And they will want to live the way he wants them to.

Credits and further information This explanation of what it means to be a Christian is abridged from material supplied by Agape Ministries Ltd and used with permission. If you would like to know more about Jesus Christ and what it means to know him, the Christian Enquiry Agency can help you. There is also a website about the person of Jesus Christ where you can take steps of faith.

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