A lot of people have different ideas about what Christianity is and many of those who profess to be Christians hold beliefs that contradict each other. The purpose of this post is to try to explain Christianity by describing the process by which I became a Christian.
I grew up believing that the Bible was true but I didn't get much teaching about what it taught. I learned enough from my reading to realize that I didn't completely live up to the standards that God required and I was in danger of being condemned to hell for my sins. I tried hard to make up for my past sins by living as I should and I got baptized and joined a church because I hoped that would help me earn my salvation.
Unfortunately the church I joined was liberal in its theology and didn't always follow the Bible so I never realized that what I believed was wrong. When I was in high school my Sunday school teach recommended that I listen to a radio program called Back to the Bible. I did so and for the first time I learned what the Bible really teaches about salvation.
I had thought that I could make up for my past sins by doing good works but I learned that that was impossible and I couldn't possibly do enough to earn salvation. But I also learned that the reason Jesus died was to pay the penalty that I deserved for my sins. His resurrection is the evidence that God accepted that sacrifice and my sins could be forgiven. I already believed that Jesus was crucified and rose again from death but I had never understood the reason for it. But merely believing these facts wasn't enough for salvation. I had to recognize that Jesus took the punishment that I deserved and I had to choose to believe in him as my savior in order to be forgiven.
Before I learned the way of salvation I thought I was a Christian. I was trying to live a Christian life when in fact I was spiritually dead and didn't have life. It was only when I put my faith in Christ and was forgiven that I really became a Christian.
I still listen regularly to the Back to the Bible program and I recommend it for anyone who wants to understand the Bible better. Their web site is
Back to the Bible - Home
They produce programs in many countries in many languages. Here is their site for these programs
Back to the Bible International