I, being a faithful Christian, have encountered God many times in my life. At first I was a non believer, I actually hated God. I hated the thought of God and all Christians. I mean, I saw Christians as stubborn people who wouldn't give up, and when I asked them about God, they would only reply to me, because the bible says so.
Well that is true, because in the bible, in Romans 1:17 it states, Christians do not live by evidence, but by faith. So there is no evidence
of God, and yes there is evolution, but there is nowhere in the bible anything about evolution. For it clearly states that God created Adam and Eve. Who did not have a million kids, but had two children, Cain and Abel. They then had kids and finally during one generation, when God led his people to the tower of babel, and people began to worship idols, he changed their language.
He made people speak spanish, hebrew, greek, chinese, all languages, which proves the diversity we have today.
I later became a Christian when my father had problems with his appedix and was emmited to the emergency room. He later had to have surgery and every single day, the nurses had to clean out the wound. This was back in Malaysia where their hospitals weren't the best. They did not use any medication on him when they cleansed the wounds. EVery single day he was in extreme pain when they cleaned out his wound with a cotton ball with no medication. He clung on to the metal bars on the windows when the performed it.
Me and my mother were devasted at what was happening, and when the doctors told us that the infection had spread down to his lower body, and they might have to perform more surgery, we couldn't handle this anymore.
A Christian friend told us to pray but my mother refused, saying she prayed before and she never saw it worked. But I decided that it was worth a try. I mean what could I lose? So I prayed for him and the next day, he called us and said he had no pain! I was overwhelmed. I didn't tell anyone about this though. The next day I forgot to pray and when my dad called, he said he was in extreme pain again and i felt guilty. I prayed again in this manner:
If you are really there, please help him because he hurts everyday. Please do something to help him and bring him back soon.
I did not know how to pray at that time, and when i prayed, the next day he had no pain and the doctors said that they did not have to perform surgery! I was overjoyed.
That was how I became closer to God. You see, Christianity is not about believing in God, or in Hell and Heaven, its about actually having a relationship with Him. Everyday in the morning, I will spend 5 minutes before breakfest, just talking to him. I closed my eyes and just talked, about anything and everything. I talk about my friends, my enemies, my school work, my teachers. Just a normal conversation, which ends in Amen.
A lot of these prayers were answered the same day or the following day. But also, a lot took time for the answer to become clear. Prayers are never not answered, its just sometimes God can't allow things you pray for to happen.
God's purpose in life for us is to worship Him and tell others about Him. Spread the gospel. For he gave us free will and wanted us to love Him. Why do you think he gave Adam and Even freewill? To have minds of their owns? Why didn't He just command them to love him. Well, It's like having a dog. Would you like a real dog to love you with true love, or you building a robotic dog, and controlling his feelings to love you. It's just not the same.
And when Satan decieved Adam and Eve to eat from the forbidden tree, like Satan decieves us everyday, to steal, to lie, to cheat. And when they sinned, God banished them from his garden because God is so holy, he cannot have sin near him. But, later, since God loved us so much, he sent his one in beloved son, Jesus Christ down to earth. Because at that time before Jesus, people died and went to hell for they couldn't live with God for their sin. So Jesus came down and died for us, and ressurected again after 3 days.
When Jesus Christ bled his holy blood because He loved us, He cleansed our sins and gave us salvation, and an option of eternal life, now since through Jesus Christ, we have a chance of living with God once again. But, it's entirely up to you to accept his gracious gift. A lot of people choose to fight this gift because of stubborness, because of not enough evidence, and many other reasons. Some people make their own religions to satisfy themselves because a lot of people just can't accept facts without seeing it. But thats what Christianity is all about. It's about faith. Believing without seeing.
But how do you accept God's Salvation? God's gift to us through his Son Jesus Christ? It's easy. Just sit down, pray to God and confess that you are a sinner. Ask him to forgive you and that you believe that he sent Jesus as your Savior because he loves you.
You never know when you'll leave this earth. For earth is just a preperation for our real life. Our life after death on earth. Either in Heaven with God our Father, or in Hell. You may die this week, and if you haven't truly accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, then there will be no second chance.
In the Bible, God states that Jesus will be coming back one day, and all the followers who have passed away, will rise and stand with Him, and all the believers who are still on earth, will go up with him to heaven. God will show no mercy to the non-believers, or satinists after Jesus has come, and they will spend eternity in fiery Hell.
I am only 13 years old and not as knowledgable about the Holy Bible but I plan to learn more.
For God so loves the world, that he gave his one and only begotten son...and whoever believes in Him, shall have eternal life