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  1. john14:6

    Searching for meaning

    Aftermeaning, I grew up in church where I heard about God, heaven, hell, sin, & Jesus all of my childhood. When I became a young adult I wasn't convinced that all the things I had heard & had been taught about God & the bible were true so I forgot about God and Jesus. I finished college, started my teaching career, and got married. My wife and I did not attend church. I still remember turning out the lights one night when 2 men came to visit us from the local Baptist church so they would think no one was there. Several years later I began having thoughts about God & Jesus and considered that if I was wrong about not believing the truth of the Bible then I could be facing a horrible eternity, and the thought of spending eternity in hell scared me. Another thing that I considered was that our children would also be facing the same eternal fate I was facing. Those thoughts drove me to search for answers about the truth of the Bible. I began my search by attending the same church that I was forced to attend as a child. I talked to the pastor & to our Sunday School teacher, but found that nothing they said could convince me that the bible was true. Next, I found several books written by well known Christian authors. Those books used many scriptures that I had heard in church as a child. The authors used many illustrations of people coming to faith in Christ. I read those books over & over, but found nothing there that convinced me that the bible was true, or that God was real, or that Jesus was the person he claimed to be. Although I was skeptical about the truth of the bible, I still had a very uneasy feeling deep down inside of me about my inability to find the truth. I was looking for something that would completely convince me that the bible was true. I wanted to believe in God & I wanted to believe in Jesus. I would try to work up a sense of strong faith & tell myself that I believe, but that never worked for me. After living in misery & fear for several years I thought that there was no way I would ever know how to really believe in God or in Jesus. One night as I lay down to try to get some sleep, I just gave up on myself and looked up at the ceiling of my bedroom and said a simple prayer to the God I wasn't sure existed. I said “God will you show me the truth about you and about believing in Jesus?” I slept better that night than I had slept in several years. The next day I did something I had never done outside of church; I found the family bible, dusted it off, and opened to the Book of John, the Gospel of John. I started reading in chapter 1, and by the time I had read to chapter 6 God showed me exactly the things I was looking for so that I was convinced that the bible IS true, that God IS real, and that Jesus was waiting for me to come to Him so He could change my life. I found my answer that day; not in books written by preachers, but in the book written by God Himself. God Himself convinced me of the truth of His Word and He gave me the faith I needed to become a believer. My story took place about 40 years ago, and today I still have the assurance and peace that I found that day. The change that takes place in the life of an unbeliever when that person become a true believer is like the change in a blind person's life when he/she is suddenly given the ability to see. It is life changing. If you are interested in reading similar stories about other people below are links to 3 stories about unbelievers whose lives were changed after they found the truth about God. From Atheism to Christianity; A Personal Journey https://www.bethinking.org/is-christianity-true/from-atheism-to-christianity-a-personal-journey The Case for Grace https://www.theblaze.com/news/2015/03/03/atheist-journalist-lived-a-narcissistic-profane-life-until-he-embarked-on-a-two-year-investigation-into-the-bible-that-changed-everything A Former Atheist Became a Christian https://www.quora.com/Would-any-former-atheists-who-became-Christian-explain-why-and-how-they-made-this-change John
  2. The movie is about the circumstances in Bart Millard's life that led to Bart writing the song "I can Only Imagine." I haven't seen the movie, but plan to see it soon. I live in Greenville, Texas and although I knew Bart when he was a small child and when he was in high school, I did not know the details of his childhood that led to this song & movie until I recently did some reading about the movie. John
  3. john14:6

    A real relationship

    Are you suggesting that I am not a Christian? You totally missed my point, which was addressed to Shapes; not to you. And why did you not underline, emphasize, the last sentence of the paragraph; “Whom I have to love and simultaneously fear at the same time?" The point I was attempting to make, for Shapes, is that if he knows & loves Jesus as his savior then he would not need to be fearful that God already knows his thoughts & feelings, but that he would be taking his cares to Jesus just like He tells us to do. Again, your attack on me is ridiculous. John
  4. john14:6

    A real relationship

    Of course I know that! What is your point in asking me such a ridiculous question? John
  5. john14:6

    A real relationship

    Hey Shapes, I totally agree with you on this one. I wouldn't want a god like that either. I don't know which god you are referring to, but the moment I became a believer in Jesus as my Savior, my God, many things in my life changed. The most immediate change in me was that the FEAR I had endured for many years was GONE, and today, 40 years later, the fear is still gone. If you have my God, Jesus, you won't have to worry about Him monitoring you around the clock & Him knowing all your thoughts and feelings because you will find yourself going to Him daily and telling Him your thoughts, feeling, problems, troubles, etc. while at the same time asking Him to help you through them. Oh, and my God, Jesus, is certainly not at a dictator, for we, Christians, serve Him out of a sense of gratitude for what He did for us. What did Jesus do for us, you ask? Well, I'm glad you asked. Jesus, my God, became a man so He could die on a cross to pay our sin debt; a debt that we could not pay. Jesus did not have to do that for us; no, He could have just stayed in heaven and let everyone go their own way & end up in hell. Hey, before I end this post I have a question. When I read your original post I thought you were looking for answers about the relationship between believers & God, but after reading many of your responses to others in this thread I beginning to think you just want to argue against Christianity. Am I wrong in thinking that? Regards, John
  6. john14:6

    A real relationship

    First question: Below are a few scriptures that do suggest a personal relationship between the believer and Christ does exist. Matthew 7:23; “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” 2Cor.5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”Jesus will NOT say “depart from me I never knew you” to a born-again believer because it is relationship by the new life that was generated in the believer through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ's Spirit, and the Word of God, Jesus IS the Living Word. The believer knows Christ and Christ knows the believer; it is not only a personal relationship, but it is also a family relationship. John 1:12; “But to all who receive Him, who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” Believers know Christ, hear His voice, and follow Him. John 10:27; “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me.” The relationship that exists between me and Jesus IS the reason I believe that relationship does exist. If you are not a born-again believer then you cannot understand the “personal relationship” that does exist between the believer and Jesus. An unbeliever cannot understand spiritual matters. 1Cor. 2:14, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him: he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 1Cor 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us who are saved it is the power of God.” The "personal relationship" between Jesus and His own is impossible to explain to someone who does not have that relationship. Before I was born-again I did not understand that relationship, but after becoming a born-again believer I found the personal relationship with Jesus to be real. You must be born again to understand it. Second question: John 16:33, “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.” Jesus said we will have trouble in this life, but that we should not fret over it because He has overcome this world. To me that means that I should consider the things of this life as temporary, and look at life as preparing for the permanent life we have in Him in eternity. When I became a believer the focus of my life changed from my life being about “me” to my life being about following Christ and serving others. Regards, John
  7. john14:6

    I am not convinced

    Hey, cakelies, how do you know what Christians believe if you don't talk to them? If you really are looking for the truth would you not want to talk to those who possess that truth. One thing you must consider is that not everyone who claims to be a Christian is one. There was a time in my life when I thought I was a Christian; I talked the talk and even walked the walk, but I was a fake. True Christians know the truth because they have found it in the bible, God's Word. That's where I eventually found the truth and became a real believer. You won't find convincing evidence of the truth about God, Jesus, and the bible by talking to Christians. Real Christians will quote scripture that point you to the Gospel which you will find in the Word of God. If you are really looking for the truth then ask God to show you whatever it is you need that will convince you that God is real & the Bible is true. If you really mean business with God He will convince you of His truth. That's what I did and He did the convincing by providing the evidence I needed to become a genuine believer. That evidence was the Holy Spirit who opened my blind spiritual eyes and allowed me to see His truth. No one can find the truth of God without the work of the Holy Spirit; He shows us the truth as we read God's Word. Again, if you really want to find the truth about God, then read His Word expecting to find it there. In Jeremiah 29:13 God says that anyone will find Him if he/she will seek after Him with all his/her heart. Try, it works; it worked for me and changed me from a skeptical unbeliever into a believer who doesn't think he has the truth, but who knows he has the truth. Regards, John
  8. john14:6

    I am not convinced

    Hey, Cakelies, I have a question. If while asleep you are awakened by a bright light & suddenly someone calls your name. The light is blinding to your eyes but you can hear a voice say "I am Jesus, the Son of God, if you will just reach out and feel my nail scared hands I will give you eternal life, and you will spend eternity in heaven with me when you die." Would that be the kind of proof that would convince you that He is real and that the bible is true? Oh, hey Cakelikes, I have a story about a little boy who became a believer after he saw Jesus in a dream. You might like to read it. Regards, John
  9. john14:6

    All of us automatically saved because of Christ's passion?

    I did the same thing, and had I continued to reject Jesus in unbelief, that would have been THE sin that sent me to hell. Regards, John
  10. john14:6

    All of us automatically saved because of Christ's passion?

    M My take on this is exactly what Jesus says. Unbelief is rejecting His free gift of forgiveness of sin & that rejection is unbelief. If/when a true born-again Christian doubts, that is not rejecting the pardon Jesus bought for us with His blood. Notice I'm talking about a true born-again Christian; someone who has received the free gift of forgiveness of sin from Christ. Their doubting is not unbelief. John
  11. john14:6

    God cant fix everything.

    2Cor. 5:17 King James Version Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Regards, John
  12. john14:6

    All of us automatically saved because of Christ's passion?

    John 8:24 " I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." Jesus paid the penalty for all of our sin except for the one sin that will send us to hell; the sin of unbelief. John
  13. At the time I became a "genuine" believer I did not know about this scripture, but it does explain my journey to Christ many years ago. And, today whenever I offer advice to someone who might be seeking answers about "believing" many times I will use Jeremiah 29:13. John
  14. john14:6

    Want to come back to God but at the same time I don’t

    Hey, JesusisLord92, you might find something in my testimony that would be of interest to you. I have listed a link to it here at Worthy if you care to read it. John