The Bible gives a clear definition of what faith is: Through faith we are certain that God’s heavenly world exists, even if we cannot see it. (Hebrews 11 verse 1). When you believe, you know for certain that God’s heavenly world exists. It is difficult to explain to people who don’t believe. You can’t see something, but other people believe in it. It’s like a country you have never visited. You have an idea of the country based on the stories of others and what you have read about it.   That’s the way it is with God. There is one person on earth who came from God, and that was Jesus, the Son of God. He told everything he had heard and learned from God (John 8, verses 26, 28 and 38) and that is described in the Bible. The people who heard Jesus talk and saw what Jesus did also understood that He came from God (Luke 1 verses 1-5) and, through Jesus, came to believe in God and also to understand who God is and that God loves everyone. By reading the Bible and listening to what other people say about God, you can come to believe that God exists. And then you can discover who God is and what He wants to do for you.   There is only one difference with that country: you can go to the country and see it with your own eyes. Then it’s not faith but sight. You can’t see God; you can only trust in Him by looking to Jesus and the Bible. Jesus says in John 6 verse 29: God asks just one thing: that you believe in Me, because God sent Me. By faith, you can experience and know for certain that God exists, so you pray (talk to God). Then you are acting on your faith that He exists. The Bible says in Hebrews 11 verse 6: Anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He rewards those who seek Him.   Although believing in God and the Bible is a personal choice, it has major consequences for your future. Through faith, you can experience in this life that God loves you and wants to be a loving Father to you. It gives peace and confidence for the future, because your faith also has major consequences for your life after this life on earth. God wants you to be with Him in heaven after you die, but that can only happen if you turn to God now and believe in what Jesus has done for you. You can read about that in the Bible, especially in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.   To learn more about faith and God’s love, the best thing to do is start reading the Bible. Request a free Bible through our website.
It’s all about a person: Jesus Christ. He was born around the year 0 in Bethlehem, Israel. His birth was the beginning of Jesus as a human being, but before that he had always existed as God.   Why did God become a man? There is a broken relationship between God and people, because we did not want God to rule over us. We wanted to be in the place of God ourselves. The consequences of this choice were enormous: death entered the world. Death’s touch is everywhere: in nature, in relationships between people, and ultimately at the end of every human life. The perfect life without death, as God intended, no longer exists.   Could God have prevented this? If God had not permitted this, He would have had to create people without a will of their own. But you can’t have a relationship with robots. A relationship is a two-way street.   God’s solution God found a way to give people another chance of life. There was only one way. Someone had to take on the punishment and bear the consequences of humankind’s choice against God. That person was God’s own Son. He freely took our place. It cost Him everything, even His life. Still, for us He considered it worth it. He died. But after three days He became alive again, never again to face death. Since that time, whoever believes in Him and accepts what He has done also receives true, eternal life with Him.   Are there other ways to come to God? The answer is obvious. Who would sacrifice his own child? No human being would. God was willing to do that to save others. Would He have done that if there were any other ways to restore life with Him? Instead, wouldn’t He have said, ‘Try this or that and if it works, that’s fine.’ This gift of God, His own Son, is the greatest gift imaginable. And He was willing to give Him—for you and me.   Now it’s not difficult anymore to get to God. He is not far from you. You can talk to Him and He will hear you. If talking to God is hard for you, you can use these words:   Lord God, thank You that You sent Your Son Jesus to earth. I have sinned against you, but I believe that He took the punishment in my place. Thank you for this miracle. Please come into my heart and help me to believe. Amen.   To learn more about faith and what it’s all about, read the Bible. You can request a free Bible via our website.
God’s love for people is so great that he gave His only Son. Everyone who believes in Him will not die but have everlasting life. This is the core of our faith and is found in the Bible in the book of John (chapter 3, verse 16). This sentence is not the definition of faith, but is a good explanation of what faith is based on.   Everyone who believes in Him will not die, but have everlasting life The Bible says that we humans are sinful, and that after we die we cannot go to be with God in heaven. This is because we humans are always doing wrong (sinful) things. God is righteous and just, and cannot ignore all these sins. Then He would no longer be righteous and just. If I do wrong things, I also have to bear the consequences.   God is love Thankfully, the Bible tells us that that’s not the end of the story! In addition to being righteous and just, God is also loving. God doesn’t want people to be lost. Being perfectly righteous, God cannot ignore our sins; but since He is also loving, he wants people to have eternal life with Him in heaven.   God’s plan To solve the problem of human sin, God decided to send His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Jesus Christ never sinned—He never did anything wrong. But He did take on all our sin by allowing Himself to be crucified. That is why the cross is the symbol of Christian faith: it is the sign of God’s love for us.   Anyone may accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and believe that He took on all our sins. You can’t earn yourself a place with God by doing good works, and we can’t change ourselves. But you can accept that Jesus bore the consequences for your sins and you no longer have to be punished for them. You can receive forgiveness for your sins by praying to God.   To learn more about faith and God’s love, you can read the Bible. You can request a free Bible via our website.
If we want to know more about heaven, the Bible is the one source we need to go to. It describes very clearly that God lives in heaven, that Jesus is there, that there are angels and that there is no pain or sorrow there. What a wonderful thing to look forward to!   What is heaven? The word ‘heaven’ is used hundreds of times in the Bible, and it is used in various ways, but in general it means the unseen dimension where God lives.   People of faith know that they will always be with God in heaven. That belief is based on the Bible. The Bible says that everyone who believes in God will go to heaven.   Paradise Heaven is described as a paradise, a beautiful, peaceful, good place. A place where you would really like to be. Even during our life on earth, we can be sure about the place where we are going to live forever. It’s pretty simple: everyone who believes in Jesus Christ will not be lost, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)! It’s a very comforting certainty, and then it really doesn’t matter what heaven looks like or where exactly it is. In any case, we know it is very beautiful and delightful!   To learn more about heaven and God’s love, you can read the Bible. Request a free Bible via our website.

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