Why should I become a Christian? How can I become a true Christian?
Why should I become a Christian?
I believe another similar question is this – why should you go to a physician when you are sick. You do not have to. However, if you want healing from the sickness and the consequent dangers, you need a medical doctor. Jesus said and it is recorded in Mark 2:17, “When Jesus heard that, he said to them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor; those who are sick do. I’ve come to call sinners, not people who think they have God’s approval.”
Bible says all humans have a fundamental sickness and that is called ‘sin’. When we lie, cheat, hate, say bad words, do wrong thinking or imaginations, have sexual lusts and break any laws we do sin. Therefore, there is not one person in this whole universe who is not tainted by the sickness called sin. Sin is universal.
Some people think they can do a lot of karma (good works) and get forgiveness for their sins. However, no amount of karma is good enough to get full forgiveness for a person’s sin. Bible says being sinful is a condition all people inherited from their parents- Adam and Eve. This sickness runs through our body system. Nobody can stop sinful propensities in our life as long as you live here. You may make a decision you won’t do any sins or wrong words, thinking or actions this year. Tragically all people fail to keep such a resolution.
Read slowly below and think about it.
Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7:14-25, “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
You see you and I want to do right. However, the principle of sin is within us. With all good intentions, we still end up falling short or do the wrong things that we do not really want to do. Then He cried out “what a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”
Did you notice the answer given after this question? It says, thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
This is true Christianity is all about. Christianity is not a religion although many people make it look like a religion by introducing man-made traditions and rituals in it. True Christianity is a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Bible says in 1st peter 2:24-25 this about Jesus Christ, “He (Jesus) himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds, you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
Because Jesus, the Son of God, bore our sins in his body and went to the cross and died in your place to pay for all of your sins, now you can have a personal loving relationship with God. You now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls- God.
The truth is this – no river, no washing by the water, no sacred place visits would grant you the forgiveness of sins. God promises and says this-I sent my Son, Jesus, to the world that you may get forgiveness of all your sins, and you can come to my loving presence. And you and I can have a loving relationship here on this earth and after your death in heaven with Me. Not because of any of your works or merits, but because of the sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection of my Son, Jesus Christ on your behalf.
This is the beauty of true Christianity. God is not angry with you. God does not hate you. God is not against you. God does not want to judge and punish you for your sins and wrongdoings. You do not need to live in fear. He made the best solution for humanity’s sickness called ‘sin’ in the person and work of His Son, Jesus Christ. He established a loving and compassionate relationship with you in Jesus Christ.
God assures forgiveness and eternity with Him in heaven if you accept His loving offer. You do not need anything. Just accept the gift offered to you by the confession of your faith in the savior Jesus Christ.
God promises “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Everyone who calls on the name of Jesus will be saved.
How can I be saved forever? Just call on the name of Jesus and ask to save you. It is that simple. God made it that simple so that everyone can get His forgiveness, salvation and eternal life.
Romans 10:9 says, “If you say with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
You can now open our mouth and say Jesus is Lord and believe He died in your place for your sins and shortcomings. Instantly you are saved forever, forgiven forever and, granted eternal life.
You see how beautifully the basic problem of humanity that separated you from a holy God is solved once for all. You did not take any initiative. God took the initiative first for your salvation. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” While we were still helpless and sinners, God sent His Son to die in your place. Now you have God’s love. Not anger or hatred. You do not need to fear God anymore. God becomes your loving and perfect Father. You have peace with God in and through the person and work of Jesus Christ.
1 John 4:9-10 says, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son (Jesus) into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” God loves you. He sent Jesus, His Son, as an atoning sacrifice for your sins. No more offerings or sacrifices needed. It is a done deal in Christ Jesus.
Why should I become a true Christian? There are Christians who call themselves with this name. However, a true Christian is a person who received forgiveness, salvation and eternal life by calling the name of Jesus Christ for help. Born in a Christian family to Christian parents does not make one a true Christian. It is a personal decision and choice each person should make by deciding to accept Jesus Christ as savior. By saying this, I am not asking you to change your religion. I am not asking you to change your family or friends. You do not need to change your culture in which you are born and grown. However, everyone, everywhere need the savior who permanently heals the sin issue and the consequent fear and punishment issues. You get this freely by coming to the savior of the whole world –Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Why should I become a true Christian? You need love, and peace with God. You need a fear-free life. You need rescue from the punishment and judgment of God. All these are in Jesus Christ. God loves you and accepts you as His Children when you accept His Son, Jesus Christ. This relationship never ends. It continues here on this earth and then it continues in eternity with God and Jesus in heaven.
Why should I become a true Christian? Beloved, you need to face death with a clean record, don’t you? How is that possible for you? Only by getting forgiveness in Christ Jesus. You can face death in peace, comfort and hope with the assurance that you have eternal life in heaven with God. You do not need to pay for any of your shortcomings. You do not need to go through many incarnations to get moksha. Listen to what 1 John 5:11-12 says, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” The testimony is this – God has given us eternal life. The eternal life is in His Son, Jesus Christ. If you have Jesus in your life – means if you called upon the name of Jesus and believe in His sacrificial death and resurrection for you, permanent moksha, the salvation and eternal life in heaven are promised and guaranteed for you.
These are the points why you should consider to become a true follower of Christ, called a Christian.
Got a moment to pray? “Faher in heaven, I need a solution for my sins. I need forgiveness of sins, permanent salvation, and eternal life. I believe you made these available in your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died and rose again for my sins. I call upon the name of Jesus Christ. Please save me now, forgive me and grant me eternal life with you in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”