In response to Pastor Brendan Smith and Father Darren Howie.
In reply to comments, I would like to add my own comments based on ‘The King James Bible’.
In 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have an everlasting life (faith and belief in Jesus Christ).
Acts 2:21 – And it shall come to pass that whosever shall call on the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved.
Acts 2:38 – Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (see also V29).
This verse is repeated many, many times in the New Testament and referred to on a number of occasions in the Old Testament.
Not only did Jesus exist, Jesus still does exist. He is God’s son. Born of a chosen pure woman, why? So that He could be seen of mankind and face the worldly things that mankind faces yet remain pure and holy.
He suffered at the hands of those who wanted Him out of their ways. But He knew He had to return to the Father and to His spiritual being in order to give mankind the opportunity for their cleansing through their acceptance of him.
He suffered hugely but did so to make a way for us to be cleansed through His shed blood for all time.
Jesus is alive still, be baptized as He asks of you will find that to be true. Trust and you will find him.
He is my Lord, God and Saviour and my best friend (HEB 13-5) … He has said I will never leave you nor forsake your prayer is a blessing in His name.
Re Father Darren Howie’s remarks – again I will say faith and belief in Jesus Christ and what He asks us to do, do it.
Repent and be baptized in Jesus’ name for remission of your sins.
Do that in faith and you will have all the right way to follow and depend on.
The New Testament will build your knowledge of how to live with him. His presence in one’s life is far greater than any amount of materialistic possessions.
He lives on in spirit and you can communicate with him through the Holy Spirit and one is never alone.
I am merely an aged pensioner now and didn’t come to know him until about halfway through my life and learnt what peace was irregardless of circumstances.
P Wright, Wonthaggi.