Christianity encourages people to reflect on their lives and to believe that if they are prepared to make certain changes, then their lives could be so much better. But to achieve this, they need God’s help and guidance. Christianity teaches that God is willing to grant people forgiveness if they ask him for it. One person in the New Testament, whose life changed hugely for the better was Saul of Tarsus. To begin with he was someone who did not believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah.
But he did not let the matter rest there – he did all he could to find out who the first Christians were, and endeavoured to have them thrown into prison. He was determined to do all he could to stop this new religion from growing. However while he was on the Damascus road to seek out yet more Christians to throw into prison, he encountered a bright light and he heard Jesus’ voice asking him why he was persecuting Him. At that moment Saul was shown that he had been totally wrong about Jesus, and that Jesus was truly God in human form. At that point Saul realised that he had been mistaken and admitted it. And for the rest of his life he became a loyal supporter of Jesus Christ and his Church. Christians today are very grateful to Paul (for that was the name he adopted when he became a Christian) and for his writings on this new faith. Paul wrote letters to the early churches which have been preserved in the Bible, and which explain many aspects of the Christian faith. Paul was not the first person to change his life around because of Jesus Christ – and he will not be the last.