I am glad to have been caught in the reckless raging fury that they call the love of God.Salvation is all about letting yourself get wrapped up in the love of God.
God created us so He could be in relationship with us (Genesis 1:26 and 27).
Unfortunately we blew it (Genesis 3).
To bring us back into releationship God sent his Son Jesus (or Yeshua in Hebrew): John 3:16.
Jesus lived a perfect life, so when he was crucified he became the perfect and final sacrificial Lamb. He took on our sin so that it would no longer keep us from God (II Corinthians 5:21).
All you have to do is trust Jesus (Yeshua) to do this for you (Romans 10:9-13).
You can do this right now! Have the kind of LIFE that's been bouncing me around the stage and around the world. Pray this prayer:
Dear Jesus (Yeshua),
Thank you for loving me. Forgive me of all my sins, everything I've ever done to let you down. [Take a moment and ask the Lord to convict you of specifics.] Cover them for me. Become Lord of my life and help me to live for you.
If you prayed that prayer sincerely you can have assurance that you will have life more abundant while living on the earth and life eternal in Heaven. There's no magic to the prayer that's here. It's about trusting Jesus (Yeshua) as lord of your life: trusting that He knows what's best for you because he created you. It's about trusting Him to cover you when you mess up.
Now I encourage you to get plugged into a local Christ-centered, Bible-believing church, where you can grow in your relationship. If you're in the New York City area I keep a list at www.RichDrama.com/NYC. If not, feel free to contact me through the form at the bottom of the page. I've performed at some great churches around the world. There's a good chance I know a good one near you.
I'd love to know if you prayed to give your life to the Lord. Please let me know through the form at the bottom of this page.
If you're not ready to pray that kind of prayer and really mean it, read through the Book of John three times, asking the Lord to speak to you through it. Ravi Zacharias recommended that when he and Abdu Murray were addressing students at Yale University. You can hear their talks and answers to skeptical students' questions here.
There are many reasons to trust that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Jesus Christ fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Old Testament. All of Jesus' disciples were executed because of their faith. John was the only one to die a natural death, but according to Tertullian he was boiled in oil because of his faith without being harmed, and everyone in the Coliseum became a Christian that day.
There's plenty of historical evidence to support things we read in Scripture. There is an extraordinary amount of extra-biblical evidence of much that was written in Scripture. I've seen the fallen walls of Jericho, the Pilate Stone (which confirms Pilate was governor of Judea when Jesus was crucified). I've been in the oldest church on earth, built over The Manger within 100 years of Jesus' birth. So it was the grandchildren of folks who were there who said, "This was the place." Read and watch The Case for Christ for more. This post has links to first hand descriptions of the sky going black at the Crucifixion.
That being said, people with presuppositions can look at history and archeology and twist it to support their biases. When the Dead Sea Scrolls came to New York City there was an audio guide that said the many idols found in Jewish homes were evidence that the Jewish faith evolved from pluralism to monotheism, but if you open the Word you'll see many prohibitions against idols and the Lord urging the people to get rid of the idols that they possessed.
Stephen J. Bennett, Professor of Bible and Theology at Nyack College, said:
I am careful not to allow the authority of Scripture to rest on interpretations of archaeology and history; but rather to find the authority in God himself, and in Jesus Christ his son. The greatest and most convincing evidence I see around me is lives changed by the gospel, and glimmers of the kingdom of God coming to earth.
A woman once told my bride, Joyce, that her changed life was the first miracle that woman had ever seen. Here's Joyce's testimony, her story of how she came to put her trust in Jesus Christ. Here are more testimonies.
Also, here are some more things to consider: Who Is Jesus and Knowing God.
Here's a video that puts things into perspective:
Here's another that explains our need for a Savior in order to approach a Holy God:
If you're relying on your own goodness to be accepted by God here's something to keep in mind...
I've also posted other resources below. Feel free to add to the list.