I’ve always had a passion for music. When I was in my twenties, I made a living playing guitar and singing in nightclubs. In those night clubs I learned such useful things as, how to stay up late and how to drink tequila. Our customers supplied plenty of drugs and it seemed to give them pleasure to share them with the members of the band. It’s only by the grace of God that I never became addicted to either of these. My weakness was of a different nature.
I was certainly not a great conversationalist, in fact, I was very shy. Since I was busy playing music, I wasn’t really expected to make a lot of conversation with any particularly attractive girl, whose judgment might be somewhat impaired as she enjoyed a few drinks with the show. Being a member of the band proved to be a great way to “break the ice” and provided a means, to enter into many an illicit affair. For several years, this was a way of life and a prime motivation for me, although I wouldn’t have admitted it. Selfishness was my defining characteristic, and resulted in my consenting to more than one abortion. This horrible lifestyle of broken relationships eventually left me feeling empty and desperate. I called my condition “soul rot” for lack of a better description. There was something wrong, but, I didn’t know what it was, or, how to fix it.
Uncovering mysteries was always a part of me. For many years I sought the truth, regarding our planet and how it came to be what we see today. Mainly, though, I had existential questions, which mirrored the basic questions of life:
Where did the world come from?
Where did we come from?
Where do we go when we die?
What is our purpose here?
How are we to live, while we’re here?
Why is the society such a mess?
I read extensively, but, these questions were not answered by modern or ancient philosophers, not by science or psychology, nor by new age gurus. They’d tap dance all around them, but they couldn’t answer these questions.
I became suicidal. In desperation I prayed to God and asked Him to show me the truth. I told Him that I would accept that truth, no matter what it turned out to be. Almost simultaneously, I began reading the Bible. It was there that God showed me the verse in which Jesus said: “I and the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14:6. I realized that God had answered my prayer and shown me the Truth.
Regarding the basic questions of life: The Bible answers them all, in a plain and straight forward manner. The Word of God, became of great interest to me and I continued to study it. I learned that God loves me, and it wasn’t long before I prayed to God, admitted that I was a sinner and asked Jesus Christ to forgive me and to come live in my heart. To my surprise, He did! He gave me assurance that I was forgiven for, past, present, even future sins. He healed me of “soul rot” and put a peace in my heart that I’d never known.
He’s made a way for each of us to be saved and spend eternity in heaven with Him. He’s shown it to us in the Bible.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (all means all, everybody)
God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 6:23
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
Being “saved” can be accomplished with a simple prayer. Pray to God. Admit that you’re a sinner, ask for forgiveness, and ask Jesus to come live in your heart. If you’ll do this, in sincerity, God will hear you, and grant you the gift of eternal life. You’ll be a new creation “in Christ”. Your eternal destination will change from hell to heaven. The Holy Spirit will come to dwell in your heart and guide you in all truth.
Don’t put this off!
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2Corinthians 6:2
I want, very much, to greet you in heaven.