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Five Steps to Becoming a Christian


Five Steps to Becoming a Christian (or is that Three?).
People love to start with the "how." So here it is—a step-by-step how-to of becoming a Christian:

1. Do nothing.
2. Do nothing some more.
3. Ask the God of the Bible to bring you into relationship with him.
4. (Optional) Thank God for bringing you into his family.
5. Continue doing nothing.

If that list seems remarkably short and a little irreligious—then you are starting to get the picture. Christianity is the only religion that does not require actions, behaviors, or obedience to save you. In fact, the more you "do" to become a Christian, the further away you are from getting the main point: that God loves us and wants to have relationship with us so much that, when we ran away from him (and got utterly lost), he couldn't stand it and so sent his son after us to bring us home.

I became a Christian when I was five. No, that's not when I joined the church or got baptized. I didn't suddenly change my behavior to be different, better, or holier. In that moment, I just regretted not listening to the Bible, and I asked God for another chance to listen. That's it—I said, "God, I want to hear what the Bible says."

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