Sometime ago, my wife asked me to go on a Christianity Explored course – something she had attended two years earlier. I was rather reluctant. However, by going along to church I had spoken to Christians who said it was a good course, and I had also noticed how happy and contented they seem to be. I thought perhaps there might be something in it for me so I agreed to go along.
I found Christianity Explored very interesting. It was informative, well-structured and well organized, but most importantly it answered many questions I had.
One major question was whether I could believe the Bible. Was it an actual factual representation of what happened? I found that the leaders of the course were able to go to the Bible to give me answers which I found pretty conclusive.
The second major question was whether I could believe the resurrection. I was given other references to read which helped me to understand the proof behind the resurrection, and the course opened my eyes to who Jesus was, why he came to earth, and how he came to save us. And these were the most important questions answered for me.
I’m not sure that I was a Christian when I finished the Christianity Explored course but I’d certainly learned enough to want to know more about becoming a Christian so I met up with the minister for a few sessions when we discussed my questions and talked through the doubts I had. I also explored with him the fact that I wasn’t perfect and how I didn’t think I was cut out to be a Christian. But, it became more and more obvious that Christians know they are not perfect and that it wasn’t something that I should worry about because Jesus had come to earth to save us from the fact that we are all sinners and not perfect. God understood that – that’s why he sent Jesus to save us from that sin.
With help from the minister I became a Christian because I believed in Jesus.
Since that time, I’ve become more content. I’m certainly more tolerant of people and I feel that I’m now leading a better life. I was the only non-Christian in my family but feel that I, my wife and my son are more of a family now.
We are part of God’s family and we are enjoying living the way that Jesus wants and needs us to lead our lives – and we are very happy to do that. Mike