Thank God I can openly share my beliefs. I am grateful to live in America, where freedom of speech is upheld, and I am doubly grateful to live in Maryland, the Free State. I say thank God because I am a Christian. I was raised Lutheran but have been a member of the United Church of Christ over a decade. Regardless, the basics of Christianity are the same. I say the same because Christians agree with the basic premise of the Bible from John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life." That's it. Simply stated, the gateway to being a Christian is believing in Jesus Christ as your savior. The Bible does not say, He gave his only Son, so that (only blond-haired, blue-eyed, male, six-foot tall, English speaking people) can be saved. The Bible is inclusive to all who seek.