Before we get into the details, here's a claim: Truth is objective, absolute and accessible to all. Truth about man is determined by logical considerations, external evidence and personal experience taken in total. Any objections?
What’s my source of information? While I have my personal experience, the authentic, trustworthy source of knowledge about who God is and what He wants from us is the Bible, His message to man. The Bible is the ONLY book in the world to claim that it is God-breathed, absolutely pure and true, and capable of making a person “thoroughly equipped for every good work”. The Bible is also the ONLY book in the world to claim to be a record of this universe. Got any questions or objections?
I will be referring to the Bible extensively. The Bible consists of the Old and New Testaments (Covenants). Both testaments have books, and each book is divided into chapters and verses. For instance, John 3:16 refers to the book of John, chapter 3 and verse 16. If you hover your mouse pointer over Bible references in this website, a balloon appears showing you the text. Since I am referring to the Bible, I cannot avoid associations with "Christianity" and "religion" – two terms with a lot of negative connotation. This website endorses only the Bible, not all that passes off as religion or Christianity. Some clarifications
The following message is called the "gospel" or "good news". It has also been called "The greatest story ever told". It is the primary or first message that the Bible has for humans in general.
There are many attributes of God. Some of them are of immediate relevance:
Although God is complete in Himself, He desires the loving company of intelligent beings who will reflect His glory. So God has plans to create a race of beings in His own image – humans.
“Do you think that I am not able now to pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen this way?” – Matthew 26: 53-54In other words, Jesus was deliberately giving himself up to die, knowing that he was fulfilling prophecy written about him hundreds, and even thousands of years earlier. He also told the Jews:
“Therefore my Father loves me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again.” – John 10: 17-18The Roman method of executing non-Roman criminals was crucifixion – one of the cruelest and most painful methods of execution ever devised. The victim was first scourged, that is, whipped with a whip that had pieces of metal and bone attached to it, which would tear away the victim’s flesh. In Jesus’ case, the Roman soldiers also insulted him by putting a crown of thorns on his head (since the Jewish accusation was that he claimed to be a king, and so was a threat to Rome).
“His appearance was disfigured more than any man and His form more than the sons of mankind [that’s what crucifixion does to a person - in Jesus' case, the venomous thorns piercing his brow might have also resulted in an infection or swelling]” – Isaiah 52:14
“He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, each one to his own way; and Jehovah [God] has laid upon Him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all. Yet it pleased Jehovah to crush Him; to grieve Him; that He [Jesus] should give His soul as a sin-offering. By His knowledge shall My [God’s] righteous Servant [that is, Jesus] justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.” – Isaiah 53: 5, 6, 10, 11The following analogy may help. Imagine you’ve committed a crime, and have to pay a huge fine, failing which life imprisonment awaits you. You don’t have the money to pay the fine, and so you stand to spend the rest of your life in prison. But someone else shows up, and at great cost to himself, offers to pay the fine on your behalf, so that you can walk away free. That’s what Jesus has done for you. Isaiah goes on to say:
“He [God] shall see the travail of His [Jesus’] soul, and shall be satisfied.” – Isaiah 53:11In other words, the sacrifice and suffering of Jesus Christ satisfies the requirements of divine justice – God accepts it as a valid payment for sin. Although the concept of sacrifice is ubiquitous, no other sacrifice enjoys the same validation from God.
“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent” – Matthew 27:51Amazing! The veil of the temple guarded access to the Most Holy Place, the seat of God's presence, where NO ONE was allowed to go. Jesus' death opens access to God! Dear reader, don't dream of access to God without Jesus Christ!! God is so holy, if sinners like us look at Him, we'll die there and then! It is only the payment that Jesus' blood provides for our sins that will prevent God from destroying our souls [if we avail of Jesus' blood!]. If the Spirit of God has helped you realize the truth of your own sinfulness (the Bible calls this conviction or reproving – John 16:8), then your conscience torments you because you have offended your holy Creator, the God who sustains you even today. However, the shed blood of Christ is a valid payment for sin, and therefore, a legitimate remedy for your sense of guilt and condemnation. It is the blood that satisfies a torturing conscience (Hebrews 10:19-22). There was one hardened Roman professional who was supervising the crucifixion. What was his reaction?
“Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” – Matthew 27:54What are you going to say?
“For as Jonah [a Jewish prophet from the 9th century BC] was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” – Matthew 12:40So count three days and nights: Thursday – day and night, Friday – day and night, and Saturday – day and night. This brings us to dawn on Sunday. Just as he said, Jesus rose again from the dead on Sunday morning (This is why Christians worship on Sunday morning; it is a commemoration of Jesus’ victory over death.) The image shows The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, which is in all probability, Jesus' empty tomb. What are the implications of the fact that Jesus Christ rose again from the dead?
As mentioned earlier, Jesus, the man from God, who was also God himself, suffered and died as a payment for our sins. His resurrection amounts to victory over death (remember, death was a consequence of Adam’s sin) and an authentication of himself as whom he claimed to be. So now, forgiveness of sins is available in Jesus Christ:
In the light of what God has done for you, this is what God expects you to do:
Repent (have a change of mind):
Some Bible passages in this connection:
If you are convicted (only God can genuinely convict you – all the evidence presented in this website is only to answer your honest questions, not really prove or convince you of anything), cry out to God. There is no prescribed prayer. God wants to hear what you genuinely have to say to Him. Admit your helplessness (to save yourself or earn His favor), ask Him to accept you as His child and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. God has promised:-
Do not treat this lightly. Your eternal welfare depends on it. God in His love for you, has stepped into history in the person of Jesus Christ, who demonstrated his love for you by suffering such a horrid death so that you wouldn’t have to go to hell but can enjoy a relationship with God for eternity in heaven. Jesus waits with open arms to receive you. However, this opportunity will not last forever. You have to make your decision before you die:-
When anyone receives the Lord Jesus, they are transformed. Read testimonies of some people who were changed by Jesus Christ.