I dismissed Jesus along with boring church services

I guess I always believed that there was a God, but that vague belief was totally unconnected to everyday life.

I certainly didn’t understand what Jesus had to do with anything, and in my mind dismissed him along with boring church services. I always thought Jesus was a bit of an optional extra to faith in god. My parents aren’t Christians, but when I was eleven I went along to a church youth group for a little while. There was a poster up that said ‘If Jesus was the Son of God, then why did he die?’ I didn’t enquire any further; to me seemed like proof that he couldn’t be.

When I arrived at University I made a couple of really good friends who were Christians. They weren’t boring and their faith was very real to them. I borrowed a couple of books from them, the first was about the Christian perspective on relationships (funny how you always pick those books up first!). I didn’t agree with it at all, but was intrigued, so I started reading the second book Basic Christianity, a step-by-step explanation of why Christians believe what they do.

It made a lot of sense, but remained unconvinced. One evening I went to a talk put on by the Christian Union. It was a rather intellectual look at morality and where our conscience comes from. During the talk, my conscience really kicked in. I realised that yes, God was there, in fact he had created me to live in a relationship with him, and I had been ignoring him for my whole life.

I was really. I went back to my room and sat there feeling helpless. After a bit I turned back to that Basic Christianity book. As I read the last couple of chapters, I suddenly realised exactly how Jesus fitted in. Yes, I was guilty, but he had taken my punishment, when he died on the cross. I could be forgiven and have a relationship with the God who created me because Jesus gave his life for me. Jesus was no longer an ‘optional extra’, but utterly essential. His death wasn’t a failure and to prove it God raised him from the dead. That night, I accepted everything Jesus had done for me and gave my life over to him.

Evidence A: Does Jesus make you angry?

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

No God? No Good.

What kind of God allows suffering?

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. ― C. S. Lewis

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Luke wrote his book to tell his friend Theophilus about Jesus (Luke 1:1-4)

How do we know Luke's account of the life of Jesus is reliable?

Lots of partying in heaven when someone trusts Jesus (Luke 15:7)

I couldn’t understand what was so special about Jesus

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Evidence B: Jesus wants you to be like the prostitute

History in the New Testament?

Doesn't science rule out miracles?

Evidence C: A tale of two sons

Was the Resurrection a miracle?

Is there evidence for the existence of God?

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

I was questioning the legitimacy of certain stories in the Bible.

How can an all powerful and loving God allow people to suffer?

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Don’t All Religions Lead to God?

Evidence D: Look who’s coming to dinner