Think of it this way... Imagine you're in a courtroom again, you're guilty of many serious crimes. The judge says, "It's a fine of $500,000, or prison." You don't have anywhere near that amount of money, so the bailiff begins to walk you out of the courtroom when someone you don't even know appears. That person runs up to the judge with a check and says, "I've paid the fine for you." Now that the fine has been paid, the law no longer has any hold on you. You're free because of the gift you were given.
This is what God did for you by sending Jesus to die on the cross in your place. So that you wouldn't have to go to Hell, God sent his only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross--suffering the punishment that justice demands. Then He rose from the grave, forever defeating death. The Bible tells us, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) If you will repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus, God says he will forgive all your sins and grant you the gift of everlasting life. Just like the court case we just talked about, if you repent (that means to confess and turn away from your sins) and put your trust in Jesus (like you would a parachute), then you will not have to suffer God's justice in Hell because the payment for your crimes was made by Jesus on the cross. Remember, it's not enough to just believe in a parachute when you jump out of a plane...you must put it on! Likewise, turn away from the sin in your life and put on the Savior.
You don't need to go to church or find a pastor or priest to become a Christian. Just speak to God in the quietness of your own heart and mind. You can talk out loud if you like. If you're not sure what to pray, read Psalm 51, and make it a model for your own prayer. The words are not "magical," what God cares about is the attitude of your heart.
Now read your Bible daily, and obey what you read. God will never let you down.
What should you read? Start in the book named John, and then read the one named Romans. Whatever you decide to read, make sure you read every day.
I suggest that you also read "Save Yourself Some Pain" which contains 7 very important steps for new and growing Christians. The link is at the bottom of the page.
Please also listen to Hell's Best Kept Secret at the top of this page. It is a free message that will give Biblical direction to your Christian life.
I thank you so much for taking the time to read this. If you questions about what you've read, seen or heard here, you can contact me HERE. I will answer you.