was christened as a baby and have been to church a few times. Does that make me a Christian?
Being a Christian is not like being a member of a club, it is not about what you do or wear or coming to church and that being enough. Being a Christian is about what you believe and where you put your trust.
I tell the odd white lie but I am not too bad. Surely I will go to heaven?
Jesus said, No-one is good except God alone. (Mark 10:18) Gods standards are perfection and none of us match up to that which means that we are faced with a problem. If Gods standards for getting into heaven are perfection, and we are not perfect – we cant get to heaven on our own.
Wont I get to heaven anyway, no matter what I believe?
Jesus Christ said, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14: 6) So it is not just about having a faith in something or anything. It matters who you believe in. You will get to heaven by believing in Christ and him alone as the one who died to pay for our mistakes, our lack of perfection.
Ok, I believe that God exists, but I am not sure what I think about Jesus.That is alright though isn’t it?
When Paul wrote to the church in Rome he said, If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. (Romans 10: 9) Jesus is Gods Son and he is the one who reveals to all of us what God is like and it is by trusting in him that we are rescued.
But Christianity is just a set of rules and regulations. That doesn’t sound like fun!
Actually, Christianity isn’t about what we do but about what has already been done for us.
Lots of other religions burden you with what you have to do, how often you have to pray, but we don’t have to do, we have to trust and believe.
Jesus Christ, who was perfect, offered his life as a sacrifice in our place, so that we can get to heaven. We who are not perfect can do nothing but trust in Christ and believe that his death has rescued us.