If you have read my "About Me" on the sidebar, you will see that I state that I'm a Christian and a birthmom. I would like to explain in this post, just what I mean when I say "Christian".
I must define the term Christian as I mean it, as there are many people who call themselves that, but have no clue what it truly means.
I am not a religious person, meaning I do not follow a "religion", I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I believe that I am a sinner in need of a Savior, and that Jesus Christ is that Savior:
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
I believe He died on the cross for my sins:
"... Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures." (I Corinthians 15:3)
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree [the cross] ..." (I Peter 2:24)
I believe He rose again the third day:
"And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." (I Corinthians 15:4)
I believe God's Word, and it says in Romans 10:9 -
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
And in Romans 10:13 -
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
I also believe the promise found in John 3:36 -
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life ..."
And I also believe the promise found in the latter part of this verse:
"... and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
Years ago I prayed a prayer something like this:
"Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe You died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin. I believe You rose from the dead to save me from hell, forgive my sins, and give me eternal life. I am placing my faith in Your death and resurrection to save me today. Thank You for giving me eternal life in Heaven. In Jesus' name, Amen."
And that is what I mean when I say that I am a Christian. I am saved. I have the assurance of Heaven. I try my best to live a Christlike life (although at times I fail miserably).
If you are not a Christian, please don't tune me out because I am one.
Now that I have explained myself on this point, my next post will be about my thoughts on adoption, which may surprise you.
Stay tuned ...