Salvation is when an individual realizes that they are lost and guilty of sins (crimes) against a Holy and Righteous God. What its not is just a prayer, rather it comes from the heart in understanding the totality of offenses. It moves from the realm of what opinions one might possess, to an understanding of what the God of the universe has said. The Bible states: Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. A popular verse and yet speaks volumes as the reference of a wage. Now while we tend to think that wages are good (most of the time they are) there can be something in what we earn that is not good. This wage is what most today are trying to earn, their way to heaven. The Bible is clear that we can in no way earn a wage that is sufficient to get us to heaven. Oh, but there is something that can! It’s a gift. It provides eternal life and its only available through Jesus Christ. This gift was so precious that it cost him his blood and his life. So, the question is yours to answer: are you trying to earn your way, or have you accepted the gift? Both are available and its ultimately up to you to decide.