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My name is Elliot, and I am 19 and in my first year doing a BA Theology degree. I come from a sheltered background, having lived in a house in the countryside, and so I was quite surprised when I heard of many of the problems people had been exposed to. My parents are not particularly 'Christian' in any committed sense, yet I ended up (thankfully) going to a Church of England primary school, where a basic Christian education was given. When I moved into secondary school, I began to seek more popularity than Christianity, yet (thankfully again) I received a Gideons Bible when I was in year 7, which I didn't read immediately. <br /><br />Due to various factors (of course being led by God), I began reading it at a later point, which led me towards God, although I didn't understand many Christian ideas at that point. I became a Christian officially when I was 16, during my baptism (which I didn't have as an infant); subsequently, counselling sessions and confirmation preparation sessions, as well as an introductory book, helped me to understand Christian ideas more, although I still didn't really think about things for myself that much. Eventually, I got into apologetics from my philosophy course, which I found really useful for my faith. I was initially planning to do Medicine at university, but, after being rejected for a particular university, and coming to the theological college for an interview (which I really liked), as well as being put off Medicine, and chose to do Theology. I am indeed very glad that I came here, since the community is wonderful and I have made many new friends and become more sociable, and I have become much more into worship than I used to be; God has developed and refreshed me in many visible and profound ways.
God's amazing love in Jesus Christ
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." - (Rev. 3:20)
God's love is for all people without exception, unconditionally, without limit or favouritism, expressed through Him reaching out to us, knocking on the door to our hearts through Jesus Christ. There's no darkness in Him; He outshines the darkness of the world, guiding us back home, looking continually to the horizon for our return, ready for our welcome embrace. Jesus has come to us, if we would only put our trust in Him, calling out to Him who is eager to forgive and reconcile us.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. … for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” ” - (Rom. 10:9,13)