Peace be with you!
Dear friend, you certainly don’t want to follow a dead book that cannot give you life and real relationship with God. You read it, you feel yourself concerned by its message, whether it is a message of love or hatred, peace or war, philosophy or science or religion or whatever… But that book cannot make you enter in a real relationship with the living God.
All books of all religions in this world give you a description of what YOU have to do in order to be in a good relationship with God. So all what you actually do while reading them is to TRY and TRY again to get to a relationship with God, but you never reach that goal. Those books promise you that, if you persevere in TRYING, you MAY reach a relationship with God. But all along the way to that goal, you will always find a God who is angry of you all the time because of your sinfulness, and who always finds you lacking the merits that would make you able to be in a good relationship with Him…
There is only ONE Book that does not ask YOU to build the relationship with God, but tells you the Good News about the fact that God HIMSELF has already built that relationship. In fact, this Book is not just a book. It is a love letter from a loving Creator to us, His creatures. It is a Book with a living Author, and its subject is a Person who lives and is not dead like the subjects or “prophets” of the other books. This Book is a love letter from a Person who lives and is able to keep His promises. So, when you read it, you find yourself before a letter from an Author who wants to enter in a real relationship with you NOW, not later.
This Book is the Bible that contains the love letter of God who “so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” ( John 3:16 ) It tells you about this great Gift of God that He gave to the world ( and you are part of this world ) , and this Gift is Jesus Christ. The Bible doesn’t tell you TRY and TRY again until you may reach life and good relationship with God, as other books do. But it tells you: “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” ( 1 John 5:11-12 ) So, unlike the other books, the Bible presents to you the LIFE, and does not ask YOU to reach it. And the fact that you need to know is that Life is not just an idea, but a Person; Life is God Himself who came to us in Jesus Christ who said that He is the Life: “I am the resurrection and the life” ( John 11:25 )
So what do you now need to do to have that Life and the good relationship with God? NOTHING! You cannot do anything to earn that Life; that’s why all religions fail to give you the Life and the good relationship with God, because they ask you to DO something good, while you cannot. You know that you are a sinner and that you cannot merit a good relationship with a HOLY God who hates sin. Your sins separate you from the Holy God. So how can a sinner please God? You simply cannot please Him. You need to ACCEPT the Gift of Life and forgiveness that God is presenting to you today. He has provided the solution for the problem of your sin: Jesus Christ gave His life for you on the cross and He defeated death by rising again on the third day; you just need to accept this Gift while confessing that you have that problem of sin and that you cannot solve it. As long as your pride hinders you from confessing that you are UNABLE to be good and to please God, you will not be willing to ACCEPT the Gift of Life.
Jesus Christ, the Life, calls you today: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” ( Matthew 11:28 ) . He calls those who are WEARY and HEAVY-LADEN by the guilt and the condemnation of SIN. He doesn’t tell you to go to a guru or to a dead “prophet” or to a dead book or to a religion or whatever. He doesn’t tell you that a religion can give you rest. He doesn’t call you out of a religion to come to another religion. He tells you to come to HIM. He doesn’t tell you “and I will give you more burden by telling you to TRY and TRY again to save yourself” , but He says that He will give you REST from that burden.
If you are tired of trying to be good and to please God, always failing to meet the standard of goodness and holiness, then come to Jesus Christ TODAY and have REST. He is the Life. When you have Him, you have Life, eternal Life. Don’t waste your money and time and energy in books or religions or philosophies that cannot give you life. “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.
“Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance.
“Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live” ( Isaiah 55:1-3 )
The Christ Jesus said: “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” ( John 6:35 )
Do not follow that which cannot give you life. Come to Jesus Christ, and have LIFE.
Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ
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