As long as I can remember I have believed that the Bible is the word of God but in the early part of my life I didn’t understand it because I wasn’t taught about it at home and I attended a church that wasn’t always Biblical in its teachings. When I was 14 I believed that the way to be saved was to be baptized and then live a good enough life so that I would deserve to go to Heaven, so I got baptized and set about trying to finish earning my salvation.
A little more than two years later I had a Sunday school teacher who was saved and who listened regularly to a radio program called Back to the Bible. She recommended it to the class and I began listening to it. As a result I realized that I was on the wrong path in trying to earn my salvation. I finally understood that salvation is gift of God and I received that gift by putting my faith in Christ.