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Hi everyone, I have been an atheist for as long as I can remember but I am very interested in becoming a Christian. I want to understand how a relationship with God can help me in my life. How can I become part of the faith? Do I need to say a prayer or do something else? Thank you!
 
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Hi everyone, I have been an atheist for as long as I can remember but I am very interested in becoming a Christian. I want to understand how a relationship with God can help me in my life. How can I become part of the faith? Do I need to say a prayer or do something else? Thank you!
Pray to Jesus for your sins to be forgiven. Jesus died on the cross as a penalty for your sins because He loves you. After this, invite the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide you in the life-long repentance process. This will be the best and most important decision that you will ever make.

Make it part of your routine in study and reading of the bible. The bible is your road map that will enable you to successfully navigate your life and will guide you to your ultimate destination of spending an eternity in the presence of God. The alternative is an eternal separation from God, The place is commonly referred to as hell. You don't want to there. You want to go to heaven. So, make a choice where you want to spend your eternity.

God's existence is not predicated on whether one is an atheist or not. God always was and always will be. God is love.

Spend each day in a conversation with God. He will neither leave nor forsake you. He will be your traveling companion in the adventure of life. You might want to buckle up.

Glad to have you as part of our family. Welcome to CC.
 
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Hi everyone, I have been an atheist for as long as I can remember but I am very interested in becoming a Christian. I want to understand how a relationship with God can help me in my life. How can I become part of the faith? Do I need to say a prayer or do something else? Thank you!
Hello biscuitsPLZ1,

You're not here by accident, welcome!

Eventually, all of us come to the place of needing God to help us with our life - we can't survive on planet Earth without God. This planet and all that are on it man, beast, and plant is decaying and dying.....God is in the process of making a new Heaven and a new Earth. He is saving as many of us as He can through all generations to be with Him in His new Heaven and new Earth.

Jesus preached for us to repent because the Kingdom of Heaven aka Kingdom of God is coming. Jesus came to show us the way of Salvation which is found ONLY in Him.

If you want to be saved and part of the family of God and have eternal life and live in the Kingdom of God/Heaven that is coming, and if you believe that you cannot save yourself - God has to save us and has done so with His Son - Jesus Christ, then simply pray......

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help me, I don't want to perish. Please forgive me for all my sins, I repent and ask for forgiveness. I confess that I believe that the Blood of Jesus takes away all my sins and I believe the Body of Jesus infuses me with His Righteousness and I am clean in Your eyes and am able to enter into fellowship with You, Your Son and Your Holy Spirit.

I turn away from this dark world and embrace Your marvelous Kingdom of Light.

Help me get water baptized just as a sign that I believe in Jesus Christ and receive all that He has done to save me. Also, seal me, baptize me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit that empowers me to live this life as a Christian - follower of Jesus Christ.

Help me to get a Bible, read it and understand what the scriptures mean. Thank You, Father for hearing my prayer, I believe I am now, Your possession - Your child, in the Name of Jesus Christ - my Savior, Lord and King, amen. :love:(y)(y)


BiscuitsPLZ1 - May God bless you and keep you always, may you know and love God deeply and richly and intimately; may God's Light shine through you always bringing hope to a dark and dying world, in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen. :love:
 
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Hi everyone, I have been an atheist for as long as I can remember but I am very interested in becoming a Christian. I want to understand how a relationship with God can help me in my life. How can I become part of the faith? Do I need to say a prayer or do something else? Thank you!
So glad you came, Biscuits. You are very honest. I will be honest also. It may not help you in this life at all. Depends on what you are looking for.

John
15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.
15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.

Count the cost of following Him, but also remember that the the cost of rejecting Him is far, far, greater. The bottom line is that He loves you, He died so you could spend eternity with Him, and He knows best and has a plan for your life.

Revelation
3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
 
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“But when they believed Philip as he preached the gospel of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”

(Acts 8:12, Berean Study Bible)

That’s still the procedure for becoming a Christian, biscuits.
 
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“But when they believed Philip as he preached the gospel of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”

(Acts 8:12, Berean Study Bible)

That’s still the procedure for becoming a Christian, biscuits.
If BiscuitsPLZ1 believes in and loves Jesus Christ, then she is loved and accepted in the Beloved - Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Yes, get water baptized! It's important.

Always remember - God's Love for us and our love for God is foundational to the Christian life.

Salvation is a GIFT received by faith - NOT earned and cannot be lost but, we just need to grow and mature IN CHRIST and in our knowledge of God and our love for Him - it's a process but, her salvation is secure.

Our works have consequences on Earth and in Heaven - sow bad seed on Earth, reap a bad harvest on Earth - treasures in heaven or no treasures in heaven but, Salvation is never lost.
 

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Hi everyone, I have been an atheist for as long as I can remember but I am very interested in becoming a Christian. I want to understand how a relationship with God can help me in my life. How can I become part of the faith? Do I need to say a prayer or do something else? Thank you!
Hello BiscuitsPLZ1, I see that you are brand new around here, so first off, welcome to CChat :)

You've already received some excellent answers to your questions above, but if you wouldn't mind answering one or two as well, I'd love to know what caused you to consider moving away from Atheism and towards Christianity, and also what you are hoping that you'll find by doing so :unsure:

Thanks :)

God bless you!!

~Deut

Romans 10
9 If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
 

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Hi everyone, I have been an atheist for as long as I can remember but I am very interested in becoming a Christian. I want to understand how a relationship with God can help me in my life. How can I become part of the faith? Do I need to say a prayer or do something else? Thank you!

Your sins were already forgiven 2000 years ago when Christ Jesus died on the cross and then rose from the dead conquering sin and death.

Believe/Trust IN what He has done for you.

The Gospel is not turning from sin to be saved, the Gospel is accepting/receiving Christ Jesus as Saviour.

He offers the gift of salvation to those who trust/believe in Him for it by faith.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:12
 
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Hi everyone, thank you all for responding, I have taken your advice. I have prayed to Jesus and received Him as my Lord and Savior.

I came here because I felt like something was missing in my life, and I noticed how content Christians seemed to be so I wanted to see what it was about. Knowing that Jesus loves me so much that He gave His life for me and He has a plan for me makes me feel like I have a purpose and I belong, and that is great!

I have started reading the Gospel of John to understand more about my Savior and to develop my relationship with God. The Bible already seems interesting to me, I will keep reading it to fully understand my salvation. What chapters should I read after the four Gospels? Also, I will look into water baptism as soon as I can.

I am grateful to Jesus for giving His life for me on the cross, and I will get into the habit of conversing with Him in prayer daily and thanking Him for what He did for me.
Thank you again everyone, God bless you all!
 

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Hello again @biscuitsPLZ1, and welcome to the family of God :giggle:

One of the things that helped me 34 years ago when I came to saving faith was a 4-part teaching series by Dr. John MacArthur called, Spiritual Boot Camp. This series takes a close look at four of our most important Christian spiritual disciplines...............

1. How to Study Scripture​
2. How to Pray​
3. How to Function in the Body (Fellowship)​
4. How to Witness​

.....................and they'll give you, among other things, suggestions on how you can best apply them to your life/Christian "walk".

They can be listened to and/or read online for free here: Spiritual Boot Camp. Just scroll down a bit when you get there, then click on one of the four titles.

God bless you!

~Deut

2 Timothy 3
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
 

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Hello again brother (@biscuitsPLZ1), the Lord is interested in you hearing from Him (which we principally do by reading the Bible), and He wants to hear from you too (which we principally do through prayer). You can do both at the same time when you read the Bible (and I recommend that you do so) because as you read/hear what He has to say to you, you can respond back to Him immediately in prayer, in thanksgiving, with a question..............

You can also pray whenever you want to apart from the word of God, worshiping and praising Him, confessing your sins to Him and asking Him to forgive you .. 1 John 1:9, asking Him for help with something and for the things that you need (and want), and on behalf of others as well. It has helped me to have a pattern to my prayer, and I typically use this one, A.C.T.S., which stands for,

Adoration
Confession
Thanksgiving
Supplication

Here is a short article about it: ACTS

Also, here are some links that you may find useful.

Renewing Your Mind - Biblical teaching/the broadcast ministry of Dr. R. C. Sproul and Ligonier's Teaching Fellows​
Grace To You - Dr. John MacArthur (broadcasts, teaching library)​
Insight for Living - Dr. Chuck Swindoll​

~Deut
p.s. - just FYI, Christian "meditation" always begins, centers and ends on the word of God, even if it is just one verse or one phrase from the Bible. That's how we meditate, by "chewing" on/considering His word, NEVER by emptying our minds.

John 3
16 God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
 
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Hello biscuitsPLZ1,

You're not here by accident, welcome!

Eventually, all of us come to the place of needing God to help us with our life - we can't survive on planet Earth without God. This planet and all that are on it man, beast, and plant is decaying and dying.....God is in the process of making a new Heaven and a new Earth. He is saving as many of us as He can through all generations to be with Him in His new Heaven and new Earth.

Jesus preached for us to repent because the Kingdom of Heaven aka Kingdom of God is coming. Jesus came to show us the way of Salvation which is found ONLY in Him.

If you want to be saved and part of the family of God and have eternal life and live in the Kingdom of God/Heaven that is coming, and if you believe that you cannot save yourself - God has to save us and has done so with His Son - Jesus Christ, then simply pray......

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help me, I don't want to perish. Please forgive me for all my sins, I repent and ask for forgiveness. I confess that I believe that the Blood of Jesus takes away all my sins and I believe the Body of Jesus infuses me with His Righteousness and I am clean in Your eyes and am able to enter into fellowship with You, Your Son and Your Holy Spirit.

I turn away from this dark world and embrace Your marvelous Kingdom of Light.

Help me get water baptized just as a sign that I believe in Jesus Christ and receive all that He has done to save me. Also, seal me, baptize me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit that empowers me to live this life as a Christian - follower of Jesus Christ.

Help me to get a Bible, read it and understand what the scriptures mean. Thank You, Father for hearing my prayer, I believe I am now, Your possession - Your child, in the Name of Jesus Christ - my Savior, Lord and King, amen. :love:(y)(y)


BiscuitsPLZ1 - May God bless you and keep you always, may you know and love God deeply and richly and intimately; may God's Light shine through you always bringing hope to a dark and dying world, in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen. :love:
I'm pretty certain that Father God would not
see us as His possessions though
 

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So great to have you join the fellowship in Christ brother bisquitsPLZ1, it's the way to go! God bless & keep you!
 

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Hello again @biscuitsPLZ1, you mentioned getting baptized, does that mean that you have found a church to attend? If not, there is probably nothing more important for you to do right now, especially as a brand new believer.

Church is the place where we step back out of this world to remember who we really are and Who it is that we serve, as we worship Him and pray together with all of the saints each week (you are now a "saint" BTW :)).

It's also the place where we are strengthened in the faith as we hear God's word preached, and as we assemble together and fellowship with one another .. Proverbs 27:17; Hebrews 10:24-25. The church is also known as, "the body of Christ", because that is exactly what we are .. 1 Corinthians 12 (see v12 and following, in particular).

You need us, and we need you :)

Finally, here is an interesting and famous story from the Bible. It is the tale of two women, Mary and Martha, and it speaks to something that I believe is very important for you to understand right now. Your principle "ministry" as a new believer is to sit at the Lord's feet as often and for as long as you can, growing in both the knowledge and the understanding of God, and of the Christian faith. After the Apostle Paul became a Christian .. Acts 9, he went away and studied with the Lord for three years before He began His ministry or wrote any of His Epistles, so you are in very good company :) Here is the story I told you about.

Luke 10
38 As they were traveling along, Jesus entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.
39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.
40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”
41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;
42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

God bless you! (Numbers 6:24-26; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

~Deut

Joshua 1
8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
Psalm 1
1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.