Religion vs Salvation All religions are flawed in that they are administered and interpreted by men. Salvation is dependant on, a one on one relationship with God I believe in the Creator, because I have a personal relationship with my Creator that I worked out between the two of us when I was 17 years old. I didn’t accept him, he accepted me ! I believe, because of what happened to me. I know by personal experience that God changed something in my soul. What he did is unshakable, by the religions of men, or the pain of death. No man gave it and no man can wrest it from me. You can not obtain it by joining my church or anyone else’s church. You establish your own relationship with God and make your peace with him. You can not see God but once you know he is there, you can recognize his work within you and everything he has created. I don’t fault anyone for their unbelief in the Creator. Why should you believe in a God you have never met ? I was an Agnostic, I neither believed or discounted God’s existence until he troubled my soul. I became so troubled that I could not eat or sleep. No one could help me or ease my fear. I tried prayer, I talked to anyone I though could help me , and no one could. When I had gone as far as I could go on my own understanding and the advise of all my friends, I fell on my knees and opened up my heart. I just turned the whole matter over to God and told him I could go no further, that if he wanted to take my life to take it but to take the weight from my heart first and the fear and dread that had weighted me down, left. It didn’t leave gradually , it left instantly. From that point in my life, I no longer believed there was a God, I knew there was a God, and I knew he had made me and that he loved me and that is good enough for me to die with ! I am 62 years old now and I have seen many things done in the name of God , that were the evil works of men . I don’t fault God for what man does . I recognize his work and it is always perfect. I have faced death many times and I no longer fear death. I know there is a loving God who waits for me on the other side. I met him when I was seventeen !