Does being good make somebody a Christian?

People who have said ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness are called Christians. Being good does not make someone a Christian.

Going to church, being kind and praying are all good things - many Christians do these good things but they do not make someone a Christian.

The Bible teaches that a person only becomes a Christian by saying ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness.

God's love and forgiveness

However, people who have become Christians believe it is right for them to live God’s way. They believe they were created to live God's way; they believe it is right to love God and others. 

Christians believe that each day the Holy Spirit helps millions of people around the world learn and grow to live God’s way; the way he created them to live.

Older children might like to think about and discuss the following statements: The Bible teaches that people do not live God’s way to become Christians; they live God’s way because they are Christians. A person does not obey God’s rules to become a Christian; a person obeys God’s rules because he or she is a Christian.