Becoming a Christian was the biggest decision of my life. It was not an easy decision, nor a quick one.
I first met Michael on campus. He was a Christian. He came up to me while I was reading the paper and asked if I would answer a survey about my religious views and what I thought I knew about Christianity. Actually I was a staunch atheist who knew almost nothing about Jesus. We talked about Christianity and met up a few more times.
Although I had a better understanding of the Christian faith at the end of the semester, I just did not think there was enough reason to believe.
During the next semester, while eating lunch with a friend, we were approached by two of Michael’s friends from Campus Crusade for Christ. One was named Gareth. We ended up talking about the historical argument for Christianity (my friend and I both study Ancient History).
I agreed to meet up with Gareth weekly to discuss what history could prove about Christ’s life and resurrection. I came to the difficult conclusion there is a strong historical case for the central tenets of the Christian faith. This was a pretty big step for me.
Eventually Gareth asked me to go to a conference with him to get a better idea of what it is like to be a Christian. While I had begun to admit that Christianity was a real option, being surrounded by hundreds of evangelical Christians struck me as pretty intimidating. Despite this, I went.
There, for the first time in my life, I saw what it truly meant to be a Christian. This group of Christ-followers showed genuine love for God and each other. I realized that having a relationship with God was something that really attracted me.
Upon returning home I continued meeting with Gareth and some new friends I met at the conference. This was the home stretch for me as I started working through the final barriers in getting to know Jesus. I realized I needed to make a decision. I could not keep sitting on the fence spiritually.
On August 27, 2009, I prayed to God and placed my faith in Him. It was a long decision, but the best one I ever made. It has changed my goals, my way of thinking, and how I see the world.
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If you are reading this and for some reason you hate God, and you feel alone, know that He is constantly loving you. He will turn the situation around. Therefore, choose God as He chooses you.
It could be said that I grew up in the church, however, my heart was not entirely in it.
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