People often ask me why I'm a Christian. Here's what I tell them.

I'm a Christian because Jesus Christ found me and called me, around 40 years ago. I'm a Christian because it makes sense to me, because Jesus rose from the dead - he conquered death and sin and suffering.

I'm a Christian because in Jesus I see the God who didn't say, "This is how you lot have got to behave, and I'm going to watch you and judge you." Instead he came alongside us and lived in the middle of the absolute foulest mess, and died unjustly young in great agony, and bore all that was wrong in this world on his shoulders. 

I'm a Christian because in my own experience I've run away and God has met me and yet not been angry with me. When I've failed he's picked me up and healed and strengthened me.

That's why I'm a Christian. And that's why, whatever happens, whatever stupid mistakes, I know that even at the end of it all, even if everything else fails, God doesn't - and he will not fail even to the end of my life.

he Archbishop of Canterbury - Justin Welby