Jesus Christ, The Only Way, The Truth and The Life
Discovering the Flaws of my Old Religion
I grew up attending the biggest religious sect of my country and for quite a long time was following without questions all its beliefs and practices.But as I grew older I started to notice the flaws my traditional faith. I saw how vain and how senseless the many rituals and practices of this religious sect. I could not see the spiritual essence of praying in front of graven images and even kissing, and offering flowers to them. I knew they were just made by men and were just the same as my dolls or any graven image of any thing like dog, or cat or whatever animal. So why give them this kind of trust and adoration?
I also saw the absurdity of memorizing prayers and asked myself why would I not speak my very own praises and adoration to God. That would make my prayers much more acceptable to Him for they are my real, personal and sincere thoughts. I also saw how senseless the ritual of praying with beads on hand. I realized they are nothing but repetitions of memorized prayers. I could not understand why I should pray to Mary and to saints when there is only one God and I could directly address my praises and petitions to Him.
I wondered why I could not just directly pray and confess our sins to God? I was questioning the relevance of confessing to a priest and receiving communion to forgiveness of sins when I knew for a fact that the priest doing that was not sinless at all. More importantly, I was so bothered by the fact that my old religion was unable to give me an assurance of eternal life.
By then, I knew already I was in the wrong faith
Taking the Right Journey to the Right Faith
I started looking for the truth. The searching process was long; it took a lot of church hopping and many days of soul-searching. I started listening to different Christian radio and TV programs from where I learned I should read the Bible, the Holy Word of God. My traditional religion never told this to me. I did not even know about the Bible and its importance in my life. Perhaps it was because, I was used to just following the rituals involved in the church.
In my continuous quest for the truth I bought a Bible and started reading it.
How To Get Assurance that Your Soul Will Go To Heaven
One day, I called the 700 Club and a counselor attended to me. He told me about the saving grace of Jesus and how my soul could be saved. He encouraged me to accept the free offer of salvation which I did. My acceptance was quite abrupt though and I knew it was not complete because deep within I was longing and looking for more explanation. A week after, I received a tract about salvation of soul along with various Christian literature from the 700 Club and from there I was able to gain more understanding of why Jesus had to die at the cross, and why I was bound for hell and why I need the saving grace of Jesus to escape hell.
I was given several verses in the Bible that showed me I could never be righteous no matter how good I tried to be. Even if I was all my life living a straight life, that could not justify and could not merit heaven for me (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23) Right there and then, inside my room, I sincerely repented and requested God's forgiveness with tearful eyes. That made me feel so light because I knew I was forgiven as promised in His Word (1 John 1:9). I believed with all my heart that He offered His life for my sins and that His blood shed for me at Calvary. I believed that Jesus did not remain in the grave but was raised by God the Father on the third day and just as He was able to conquer death so I also will have a taste of this kind of resurrection I believed that as sinful as I am, I could never save myself no matter what good deeds I could offer. I believed I needed a Savior inthe person of Jesus, who bled and died for my sins at Calvary but was raised on the third day as a proof that he gained victory over death and sin. I trusted that what Jesus has done for me at the cross of Calvary is enough to pay for my sins. I trusted His saving grace and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I knew that on that glorious day, I was freed from the punishment of my sins (Romans 6:23).
I understood with all my heart that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary is enough. He shed his blood at the cross. He paid the highest price so that I could be redeemed. Yes it was for me he died. He paid all my sins by His precious blood. On that very same day I got the assurance that I have been saved and would go to heaven at anytime my earthly life ends (Romans 10:9-11). A personal relationship between me and Jesus was established. I have attained genuine Christianity, a hundred percent assurance of heaven.
This is the only faith that showed me I could be sure of going to heaven even while still alive. My traditional religion never gave me this assurance. I was all the while lost and was thinking heaven could be attained by being good. But thank God, His very word showed me that only God is good, I can never be as good to merit heaven so I needed the righteousness of my Savior to be imputed upon me.
It became so clear to me that salvation is by grace through faith and not by good works, I am so thankful to God for I was able to find the whole truth that set me free from his Holy world. The Bible is now the only supreme authority of my faith and all my practices. I can never be cheated again by false doctrines.
I have attained the salvation of my soul and this salvation is secured and can never get lost neither could it be taken out from me by any one by any means(John 10:28-29) The promise of heaven that I received on the day I repented of my sins and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior is a never changing promise because I have faithful God . While my traditional religion and other religions subscribe to salvation by good works, my true Christian faith is not. It is by faith through the grace of God.
If salvation is by good works it would be very hard for me to achieve heaven because I am human and could never be good enough to deserve the presence of my holy and perfect God. So thank God for sending His Son Jesus to save me from eternal wrath.
I thank God so much for I am one hundred percent sure that I am going to heaven when my God calls me home. I have been freed from the uncertainty of my destination and from the many unbiblical and false teachings and practices of my old religion. I learned the futility of infant baptism and that there is no salvation in baptismal regeneration through performance of sacraments. Ephesians 2:8-9, Ephesians 2:10 and 2 Corinthians 5:17 taught me the whole truth.
We all do sin whether we like it or not. Sin is sin and each sin whether big or small merits hell Old good works can never erase the sinfulness in us. There is none righteous no not one and all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:10 and 3:23)
Mary is not in equal position with God.. Our God is a jealous God and He has all the rights to be one. Mary is not God and neither is she not the Queen of Heaven and perpetual virgin either. Mary has no saving power, no power to hear and answer our prayers either. There is also no verse in the Bible that states she was ever given the power by God to mediate between men and Jesus.
The Bible is clear. Mary is a blessed woman, a woman handpicked by God to become the earthly mother of Jesus and that was all that she was. She could never be God, neither a mediator between man and Jesus because she is already dead and can never hear us. She has long been in heaven with God and she is already doing her own praise and worship there. She did live a good life worthy of admiration for she was an obedient servant of God so that she was chosen to become the mother of Jesus. She was an example of a good Christian but she remained human and was never given the title of God. Jesus is the only redeemer. He alone is the only mediator between God and men as stated in 1 Timothy 2:5 and not Mary.
I really thank God for He gave me the opportunity to read the Bible. I can't be deceived anymore for I have the Word of God which is the only basis by which I live my Christian life.
2 Timothy 3;16-17 says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." I therefore have all the reasons to uphold and trust the Bible and not the doctrines of any false religion.
How about you? Are you still blindly following your false religion? Are you still uncertain of eternity? Have you been assured of heaven or up to now you are still trying hard to be good because you believe it is the way to gain salvation? My friend, no amount of good works could help you. You need Jesus? He alone is the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Accept what He has done for you at the cross of Calvary. Receive His saving grace and be His child now (John 1:12) . Now is the day of your salvation, tomorrow maybe too late (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Have you heard the gospel salvation? Well, you have to hear the gospel of salvation for it is the power of God unto salvation. The gospel of salvation as told by Paul is written in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, and I quote:
" Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's:
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ
THE ROMAN'S ROAD TO SALVATION
Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:8: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
ROMANS 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.