How to Put It All Together, part 1 (or, Take the Red Pill, Neo)

I have long wanted to write a piece for anyone who wished to make their peace with God, and achieve Heaven when they die. There has long been a misunderstanding that this requires you to be a good person. The facts of Jesus’ life, however, don’t support that. While He had many good, upstanding people among His group of friends, He had just as many derelicts. The list of people He befriended and expressly stated they would find Heaven when they died, included prostitutes, political traitors, and thieves. He really wasn’t phased by what life people had lived before they showed up. The openness to change mattered much more.

If you want to start a life with this wonderful Man, having all your sins forgiven and able to experience His joy, pray this prayer. The words don’t have to match exactly; it’s the heart behind it that matters.

“Jesus,
I want you to be my Lord and guide me, every day of my life. I want to know you better, and live out the life you have planned for me. Please keep me near you as I try to fulfill this vital role. Jesus, I believe that you voluntarily suffered and died for my sins, that you were sinless and carried all my sufferings to the cross with You. I believe that you rose from the dead, and that I, also, will have new life with you, both in this life and in the life to come.

Father,
Please forgive my sins now. Thank you for sending Jesus your son to die in my place. Help me to turn away from old ways and live for you and the people you serve.

Amen.

I have a lot more to say on this, but I want to break it up into several segments. For now, God bless you, and for anyone who just prayed this prayer for the first time, I congratulate you. This is a wonderful life to be living. I often think of it as being like the scene in the matrix, where Morpheus offers Neo a red pill and a blue pill. He tells Neo,This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill…and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes”. Reality is about to grow and change for you, and there’s no more loving environment to experience this awakening of consciousness than in the arms of Jesus Christ.
For more information about salvation and for an in-depth list of scripture verses relating to salvation, I recommend peacewithgod.net . This site also offers 24-hour online access to volunteers who can speak to you about the faith.

For a free searchable Bible, I recommend biblegateway.com

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