I stopped going to Church regularly as soon as I was old enough to decide for myself and I lived a self-serving life as an adult, with not much concern for others, drinking and sleeping around. I was full of pride but still considered myself a good person, after all, unlike many of my friends I had a belief in God and from time to time would even make the odd appearance at Church.
In March of 2004 I had broken up with my girlfriend and was staying with my family. I was using the computer one night and found myself in a discussion with a Christian online. This person was a Jewish believer in Jesus Christ as the Messiah, and was quoting the Bible to me which made no sense to me at all.
Like the Bible says “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away; behold all things are become new” 2Corinthians 5:17.
Something very significant in my life had changed, and it was not myself that had changed it, I had a desire to tell everyone, no matter what they thought of me, I was no longer filled with pride and pleasing self but wanted to please God and see other people come to a knowledge of this truth. My desires were changed, I no longer desired to get drunk and to sleep around.
I learned that I was saved, by faith, not my own goodness or any righteous act like Church attendance because all our good deeds are like filthy rags to God. I am saved simply by faith alone in what Jesus Christ did upon that cross on my behalf. It really is that simple.
I now attend a Christian Church, not a Roman Catholic one, to meet with other believers who have been born again, changed by a supernatural act of God because I want to. I am not trying to earn my forgiveness with God, I already have it and have assurance that I will be with Him forever even though I do not deserve it, it is a free gift, given to those by God, who repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9."