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

Why does God allow suffering at all?

Did David Hume dispose of miracles?

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

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

Is Jesus historically credible?

Can we believe the Bible's account of the Resurrection?

No God? No Good.

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Is there evidence for Jesus outside the Bible?

Doesn't science rule out miracles?

Isn't religion determined by where you grow up in the world?

Jesus knew he was going to die (Luke 18:31)

Is Jesus the only way?

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

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Evidence B: Jesus wants you to be like the prostitute

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

What kind of God allows suffering?

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Going through ‘Uncover’ brought up questions about who Jesus really is

What do you think heaven is like?

Chapter 13