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More Than A Good Life

insigniaI have not always been a Christian.  I was an atheist until I was 31 years old.  I had attended church with my family until my teenage years, but then I turned away completely.  On my own, I began to study the philosophy of “Objectivism” and became a disciple of Ayn Rand’s books.  Although I attended a religious denominational university, the professors confirmed what I had suspected all along.  I left college a committed atheist.

It is difficult to believe how far amiss my thinking was in those days.  After almost thirty years of being a Christian, I can look back at that time in my life and only shake my head.  But then, Paul said: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

How would I describe my Christian experience?  I think I would quote Tolstoy who wrote, “A man following Christ’s teaching is like a man carrying a lantern before him at the end of a pole.  The light is ever before him, and ever impels him to follow it, by continually lighting up fresh ground and attracting him onward.”

The attraction (light) is still there and I am compelled to follow it.  This is not just because I see the light, but now I see the real world by its brightness.  It is a daily walk that I have undertaken and its progress is guided by the Holy Spirit until, eventually, I am conformed to Christ.  This is more than a good life.  It is the substance of the Kingdom of God.

2 Responses

  1. Why did you return to your belief in Christ?


  2. Even though I attended church when I was young, I don’t think that I ever truly believed or understood. When I was 31, married, and the principal of an elementary school, my wife and I met a couple named Bill and Patsy. They were a witness to us and invited us to a Bible study. The Lord had softened my heart at this time in my life and I was at least willing to hear what they had to say. I began to see the content of the Scripture differently than I had before. Then on a Christmas eve, standing outside alone in the dark, I prayed a sinner’s prayer. From that point forward, I knew that Jesus was Lord. Since that time, I have had a passion for studying the Bible. Christ changed my life. I still have many faults, but I know I am secure in his hands.


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