4 Reasons Why I Became a Christian

4 Reasons Why I Became a Christian

Cross, Crucifix, Jesus, Crucifixion, Church, Faith

It’s sad but true; in this day and age, Christianity is one of the most persecuted faiths in the world. More and more, I find myself having to defend myself and my reason to be a Christian. By being Christian, I appear ignorant, stupid, judgmental, arrogant, self-righteous, archaic, and proud. While that may be true of some people, it’s never a good idea to apply characteristics of one individual to the whole group (a/k/a stereotype). Just as much as African Americans don’t want to be characterized by individuals, so too Christians don’t want to be characterized by a select few.

I would say I am a brainy person. I tend to over-intellectualize, not under. I am drawn to professions like teaching and investigators. My favourite show for the longest time was House, M.D. So for me, if I was going to be Christian, I needed hands-on evidence essentially; it needed to be convincing enough intellectually for me to actually believe in it.

I was raised in a Catholic high school, but I never truly identified with the Catholic faith. It seemed too man-made to me. So in my last two years of school, I looked into various spiritualities, including Hinduism and Buddhism, and actually attempted to practice Buddhism for 6 months. I shaved my head, slept on the floor, ate vegan, avoided killing insects, etc.

Once I was in University, I had a bit of an existential crisis and went to a counsellor. I was then invited to a church service from a fellow musician at the University, and I went to the church. It was a Baptist church, so they saw things differently than I was used to seeing. And it started to open my eyes to what I was missing in my life. The friend who invited lent me a book called, “A Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel (there is now a movie adaptation as well).

After reading the book, I realized that there was enough reason to believe in Christianity. And I had several reasons to want to become a Christian.

Jesus wasn’t a madman. He was Good and True, and I want to follow Him

The book “The Case for Christ” laid out an interesting quote from C. S. Lewis.

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a
great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

Because of this, and my knowledge that I have accrued of Jesus over the years, it was clear that it was a fundamental question that I needed answered: was He just a teacher, or was He really the Son of God? Once I realized that it was impossible for me to see him as a lunatic or crazy, I realized that I really do believe Jesus. But then, what if the bible was wrong? What if it wasn’t interpreted properly?

The Bible is the Most Corroborated Piece of History on the Planet

After looking into it more closely, I realized that the Bible is one of the most certain pieces of literature on the planet. Not even pieces in Greek literature have as much corroboration as the bible does, yet we take things pieces of literature as historical. Why not the bible, with it’s many copies, including some within the 1st century?

That is because of the bias that experts have on the miraculous. If something is told that is outside of their belief system, they discredit the entire thing. Because of the story of Genesis and Adam and Eve, and Noah’s Ark, and Jesus’ resurrection, some people will flat out discount it without examining their own biases to see if it is legitimate.

C. S. Lewis wrote a book called “Miracles”, and in this book he talks about the philosophy of believing in miracles, and how allowing for the possibility of miracles keeps our minds truly open to the possibilities of life. But when you come in closed minded, no amount of evidence will ever convince you that miracles are real.

God has Spoken to Me Literally, like a Modern Day Prophet

I was going through a tough time in my life at one point. I was unhappy staying in a loveless relationship (marriage?). I had recently turned back to God and was looking for hope, for direction, and guidance.

I went to Europe and saw many churches in France and Italy. And I guess you could say, I was in a religious frenzy, or at least, ecstatic.

But I was also dabbling in sin, looking for love where I shouldn’t be looking into. Once I came back from Europe, I repented and stayed up that night focusing on serving God. Then that morning, I heard a thunderous male voice, saying with His voice as well as with my mind’s eye, I saw the words: This is God: Go Home.

I later ended up in the hospital from strong feelings of wanting to hurt myself. But I finally I had the courage, and I ended the relationship.

Wondering if that was truly God or not, I realized that in the bible, whenever God speaks to a prophet, they say “Thus sayeth the Lord”. So God spoke to me in a way that is consistent with the bible, but also in a way that was easily understandable by me. How perfect God is that He could find a way to speak to me in a personal way AND in a way consistent with thousands of years of communication with His people.

Since then, God has spoken to me, but not AS obvious as that. I went to bed one night asking what God wants me to do for careers, and I had a clear dream of two shooting starts hitting each other, then I heard the words: May God bless you and the work that you do.” To me, it was affirmation that it didn’t matter what I did, that anything I do is blessed by God.

So because of these physical manifestations of God, it makes me believe even more.

My Husband and I Have a Special Connection because of the Love We Share, in Christ

Since my husband and I fell in love, we had dreams that were matching, in terms of symbols or characters in our dream (you can see my blog for more information). But we even had a beautiful dream that was amazingly similar one night. These dreams give me even more belief that we are in love, and in love with Christ, be able to share in this love.

For these reasons, I am now a believer, and I will believe no matter what life brings. I am strong, I have faith, I know, and see that the Lord is good. Praise God!