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Fascinatingly, I've had people take great offense at what is written below. If this is likely to be true of you, please do not read on... the last thing I want to do is turn someone away from God by what I've written.
I am a Non-denominational 'born again' Christian. This means that I have asked Christ into my life and, as he said he would, he has come in and taken up residence in my heart.
None of us are perfect (me in particular), and as such we always fall short of God's perfection. For lack of a better name, that's called "sin". According to scripture, the "wages (or shall we call it 'payment') of sin is death". That's in Romans somewhere. So, theoretically, all of us sinners should be dead.
Thankfully, there was Jesus (Fully God and Fully Human -- if you can conceive of that), who never sinned. But he was crucified. He made a perfect sacrifice for all of us sinners. He didn't deserve death, but loved us so that he made that payment for us -- was our 'substitute' so-to-speak.
Without Christ, we die both physically and spritually. But Christ is willing to lay down his life for all of us, so if we accept that 'gift' of life that he has given us, we are "saved" from eternal death and brought into an eternal, wonderful, life. See, when I accepted Christ, I left my old life and began a new one where I will eventually die a physical death, but not a spiritual one.
That's why the saying goes: Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once.
When Christ comes into your life, you can't help but be changed. The more you talk with the Lord through prayer, the more you learn about his love through scripture, the more you fellowship with others that love Him too, the more you grow in the Lord and allow his Spirit to dwell within you... The more you will find yourself developing a greater love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. That's from Galatians 5:22-23!
No, I'm still not perfect, nor will I ever be as long as I'm here on terra firma, but God still loves me and accepts me no matter how many times I screw-up. He always forgives.
I'm not a fanatic zealot, by any means. But that doesn't mean I'm not zealous about my Lord. I won't push my faith on anyone, because I believe that it has to be your own choice. God wants us to love him, and love is only by choice... You can't force someone to love. My entire reason-to-be is wrapped up in my love of God and life.
If you are interested in this kind of personal relationship with God, I recommend that you visit Campus Crusade's "Four Spiritual Laws" it explains all about what you've just read and explains how you can accept Christ into your own life.
If you'd like, drop me a line... I'll try to answer any questions you might have...