What I Believe

My faith is the reason that I write and the reason that I do everything that I do. My desire is to glorify God and proclaim the Gospel through my life and my words. Although I want all my writing to be based in the Gospel, I am not able to present what I believe clearly in everything I write, if you are interested in what I base my faith upon, you have come to the right place.

If I were to ask you the question “If you were to die today, where do you think you would go in terms of an afterlife?” would you answer “heaven”?. And if I were to ask you that if you were to get to heaven and God was there and He asked you why He should let you in, would you have an answer? Is it even something you have thought of before? Would you believe that you can get into heaven because you are a reasonably good person who has generally lived an okay life? Maybe you’ve even been to church or prayed a few times and so you think that means you and God are in a fairly good standing?

Well, unfortunately, the Bible says that all of us have sinned (Romans 3:23) and that there is no one perfect, not even one (Romans 3:10). For this reason we have all missed the mark of perfection that God has set. Since God is a perfect Being and completely righteous He cannot have a relationship with anyone who is not perfect just like He is. 

Later in the book of Romans we are told that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and because we have sinned we deserve to be separated from God for eternity. The price we have to pay for sinning is death and because of this there is nothing we can do to reach God. This means that we are not able to get into heaven because we need to pay the price of our sin. Our good cannot outweigh our bad, because we have sinned we deserve to be separated from God forever. We are completely unable to reach Him of our own accord.

However, God is gracious and because we cannot get to God, God came to us in the form of Jesus Christ. Jesus who is fully God and fully man came to earth, lived a perfect life and died in our place (Romans 5:8). He paid the price that we owed so that we might have a relationship with Him and live eternally with Him. 

In order to accept the gift that God has given us through Christ’s death, we need to trust in Jesus for our salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “for it is by grace we have been saved through faith, and this not of ourselves, it is a gift of God, not a result of works so that no one may boast”. Jesus tells us that He is the Way and the Truth and the Life and that no one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6) and so there is no way to get to heaven except by trusting in Him as our Savior. 

If you make the decision to trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior, believing that He is God and that He died in your place for the forgiveness of your sins then you receive His gift of salvation and are able to begin a relationship with Him. If you have made that decision a good place to start that relationship would be to pray and thank Him for His gift, to start reading the Bible (I suggest starting with the book of John and then the book of Philippians or Romans) and finding a church where you can get to know others who believe this as well and can continue to learn about this Jesus. 

This is what I believe, the Gospel of Jesus Christ which allows me a relationship with Him. My desire is to see every person come to know Him and so I hope that reading this has caused you to at the very least consider what you believe and think about what Jesus meant when He said He was the only way to the Father.