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Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Baptized into the Catholic church, that meant I was assured a place in heaven, right?

I too am happier now than I've ever been. I came to Christ through my daughter. She's 21 now and married to a Godly man. While they were dating he started to take her to church (his father is an evangelist) and she seemed so happy. After a very depressive period in my life she asked me to church with them. As I had mentioned I was raised Catholic and the last thing I wanted was to get back into that. I went anyway, to appease her. I found a sort of peace in her church but I wasn't ready to commit to anything. As a baptized Catholic I was assured a place in heaven anyway so there was no rush and I put God on the back burner again and went on with my life. Then I had to have major surgery and suddenly I thought I'd better get my life straightened out-just in case.

Ironically, I found a church news letter at my sisters house. There had been an open house for a new fellowship and she had gone (for the food she said) and filled out a visitor card. I visited the church one Sunday and it was nothing like I had ever known. These people were REAL. The pastor came up to me after the service and welcomed me (don't they usually save that for the highest giver). Don't ask me why, but I wanted to go back. I'd never felt anything like that before.

As I said before I am continually amazed at the work of God's hand. Why I would matter to Him is beyond me, and yet as I look back on my life I see His hand keeping me from harm, wiping my tears, setting me up again after a fall.

My pastor gave me a Bible he'd bought at a yard sale. Now, I knew all of the stories from the Bible after 12 years of Catholic school and I thought it was pretty irrelevant, but I started to read it. At first I didn't understand what it was that I was reading, it was as though it were still in Greek. I would read the Old Testament and get stuck on all of the symbolism. Little by little I began to understand. The more I understood the more I would read. I have struggled with sinfulness. It encompassed my life and I was beginning to feel defeated. A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in my yard reading the Bible and all of the sudden I understood salvation. I became born-again that moment and it were as if I had been through a washer. I felt CLEAN!!!! Praise God!!!!!

I have been telling everyone I know about this, including my sister. I am so excited about what Jesus has done in my life.

Well, Ralph, thank you for listening. God bless the work you are doing for the His kingdom. I will pray for your safety.

NOTE: It does not matter what church you were baptized in, or what church you attend, or how good of Christians you parents are, or how good of a person you are. All that matters is having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Your relationship cannot be dependant on anyone else. No one except you will answer to God for the way you lived your life and whether you acknowledged your sins and ask Jesus to forgive you or not. There will be no finger pointing on judgment day. God will reveal everything we have done in our life and we will be judged on that no what others told us or what others did, but on what we did or did not do.

All of us have sin in our lives. As the Bible says, (Romans 3:22-25 NIV) This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, {23} for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, {24} and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. {25} God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished- So without asking Jesus to forgive us we would all stand condemned before a Holy God. However, if you accept the free gift of salvation through faith in the blood of Christ, when you stand before God you will be a new creature. All you past sins are forgiven and forgotten, never to be brought up again. God will only see the righteousness of Jesus Christ in you.

It is your choice. Stand before God on your own and try to defend the undefendable sinful life you have lived, or stand before God clothed in the righteousness of Christ. God wants to have a personal relationship with you, His hand is outstretched but you have to reach out and grab it. He does demand that after accept His gift of salvation that you turn from your sin and try to live a holy life unto the Lord. But again His hand will always be there to help you.

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