Perhaps you are an atheist, and you seek to be rid of the binds of religion. You may be a humanist, searching for morality based on logic and the qualities of humans. You could be a Buddhist, hoping to reach Nirvana eventually. You might label yourself a Muslim, Jew, Christian, Taoist, Hindu, or any other religion. Perhaps you are "not the religious type" - you're just hoping to be a good person, so you don't offend God, just in case he/she is out there and cares. You could be trying to make a good life for yourself, in case this life is all there is. Maybe you "just haven't thought about it much," and plan on deciding later.
We have a problem here. We were made to live forever, but we die. We were created in God's image for a relationship with Him, but we are separated by sin. God, if He is a just God, should punish us all with death because we rebelled against Him. We owe God a great debt because we did not uphold our side of the contract.
What standard does God use? Himself, and His law. Sin is disobedience to His law, and the ultimate result of sin is death (James 1:15). Our souls are eternal, so there are two options: eternal death or eternal life. The human race stands condemned before God because of our sin. This means that everyone deserves to go to Hell, a very real place - eternal death, an infinite torturous separation from God. "Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned" (Romans 5:12). We cannot get ourselves out of this problem, because we all sin and cannot undo the curse of Adam and Eve.
The solution for us, then, is Christ on the cross. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and turn away from your sins. Sin is anything you do that God would not want you to do, and anything you do not do that God commands you to do. You must trust Him to save you instead of trusting in your own works. If Christ's sacrifice paid an infinite price, what can you add to infinity? There is nothing you can add to infinity to increase its value. Rather, when you accept Christ's gift and allow God to change your life, the good works flow from your love for God. When two people are in love, they enjoy doing nice things for each other. The nice things are not "obligations" or "penitence," but gifts of service out of love for the other person. Believers will do good things because they love Christ, not out of obligation. Many people are irritated by pious, holier-than-thou Christians who think they are better than everyone else because they do more good things. However, true Christian good works are done, often in secret, for the glory of God alone, whether or not the person gets recognition for doing a good deed (see Matthew 6:1-6). Following Christ is not easy; it means you accept complete humility, loving God above all else, and making a name for Him instead of yourself.
Everyone on this earth still has problems; becoming a Christian won't erase them. The world will continue to have problems until Jesus returns to complete His restorative work. He will reverse the exile from the Garden of Eden by making a new heaven and earth. "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away" (Revelation 21:3-4). Don't you want that kind of life? Those who believe will enter the Heavenly City. "But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Revelation 21:27).
Is your name written in the Book of Life?
If not, or if you are not sure, seize the promise of these words today: "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9-10 NKJV)
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