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My Testimony – How Jesus Revealed Himself to an Atheist

Today I want to share my conversion story with the world, now on my About page I detail my journey over the last couple of decades that have brought me to this point. What I left out were the details of that fateful day, when Jesus revealed Himself to me. Recently another Christian blogger asked me about it, so I decided to share those details now.
The words in italics below, are the words taken from my about page, just so you can get caught up. After that I will go into more detail of the events of that day…

As I entered my late teens and early adult years I embraced what Science had to say on the subject of how we got here (on Earth that is)… the Bible seemed to be a collection of fairy tales that couldn’t possibly be true. None of it made any sense… when I opened a Bible it was all nonsense. The more I learned about Science the more I considered “religious” people to be ignorant and foolish, thinking they needed a crutch to get through life.

In 1997, at the age of 25, my life took a new path as I met my future wife in an online movie chat room. She lived in California at the time and I was thousands of miles away in Ohio. She was raised in a Southern Baptist family and became a Christian at a very young age. We quickly fell in love and in 1999 I quit my job, packed up my belongings and moved across the country to be with my love.

Several years later we relocated to Las Vegas and my wife wanted to find a church she could call home. I told her I would go to church with her but never thought in a million years God would reveal himself to me. That day, at the age of 35, sitting in that church with my wife, God DID reveal Himself in a very supernatural way. One that I could not deny, and I left that church KNOWING the ONE TRUE God… and His name is Jesus Christ.

So we went online and we found the church… Oasis Baptist. The very first Sunday we were there I remember like it was yesterday. I was sitting in the church minding my own business thinking about the Packers game when all of a sudden something strange happened…
And this is where it gets a little weird…
Everything in the room goes quiet and as I look around I see everyone has their heads bowed in prayer then I look to the pulpit and I notice the pastor looking dead in my eyes talking directly to me. He started asking me some things like are you ready to accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, which I now know to be the altar call, and it seemed incredible that of all these people in the room he was talking to me alone, then I noticed an incredibly bright light enter the room from behind me near the center isle.
My first reaction was someone opened the curtains and let all this light in but how rude would that be? As I looked back to see who the culprit was I was shocked to see a wall with no windows. The light however remained… bright and luminescent and beautiful. Ever since the pastor started talking to me, I was in a sort of daze… very hard to explain but it all felt very surreal.
The next thing I remember is being moved down to the front row by the altar. This is very important as I don’t remember walking I only remember being moved and as I started to move I looked over at my wife and her head was bowed in prayer with everyone else, at this point tears began to well up in my eyes.
As I neared the altar my knees grew weak and what I can only explain as an eruption of emotion overcame me. It was the absolute saddest and happiest moment of my life and I began to sob uncontrollably, as I collapsed to my knees on the altar. I remember looking across the stage and seeing a man in a suit and tie holding the Bible as he ran across the stage to my side and began guiding me through scripture to my salvation. The next thing I felt was the hand of my wife on my left shoulder as she stood behind me.
It was that precise moment on that day that I knew the truth. That Jesus Christ was my Lord and God. I spent the next few years diving into the Bible and studying Christian Apologetics and soon found myself debating atheists on the subject of God. Now that I knew the truth my previous worldview made no sense to me. The more I studied the Bible and how it came to be, the more convinced I was of the truth that was revealed to me.
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  1. I have a similar conversion story to yours of being pulled up from my seat and drawn by unseen hands to the altar to recommit my life to Jesus back in 1989. Unfortunately, almost 30yrs later, evidence and questions that could not be answered, and worse yet… Incorrect ‘answers’ provided me by Apologists and pastors, led me to realize that my ‘experiences with the divine’ had been emotionally and psychologically driven to stop doubting and start wanting to believe, regardless of the evidence.
    I’m not questioning your experiences. I would however encourage you to question your interpretation of them. It might just save you the decades that I lost and am only now Recovering. Thx for allowing my comment. -kia

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    • Hello KIA and thanks for the response. Welcome to my site… I am the recovering atheist and you the recovering theist. Perhaps two sides of the same coin?

      We may learn quite a bit from each other … Or just solidify our positions. Either way I am glad to meet you.

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      • Actually, I’m in recovery only from Christianity and “knowing it all” specifically. I think we can all learn and grow from each other and look forward to doing so as well. Thx for your kind response. -kia

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      • One way we can start the conversation is this… What is the most difficult question you have ever had and never received an adequate answer?

        I will do my best to answer in a compelling way.

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      • How about if “in the beginning God…” Where did the God of the bible begin and how do we know that he created without the ability to verify it was Him specifically or that He was there to ‘Begin’ it?

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    • And… “Lord of the Rings, the two towers, page 227.” To you too.
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      See the futility of quoting passages that the other doesn’t believe is anything but fiction, brother Bruce?
      Quoting Bible verses to prove the bible is circlar and not helpful.

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      • Kia can you quote one scientific volume in an argument against another? I’m sure you know the Bible is not one book but 66 different books. Many of which have tons of archeological and historical evidence behind them.

        It seems in your disbelief you discount all of scripture.

        Which is unfortunate… If historians did the same thing we would know little if anything about ancient history.

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      • Sorry brother, while there are some details in the biblical narratives that can be corroborated, the vast majority has not only not been, but also controverted. The bible is not a science, history or Archaeological text of any reliability. It’s just not.

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      • Kia we cannot have an honest discussion if we cannot start withsome basic facts.

        What you stated is patently false. Although it sounds very familiar to what popular atheist websites will put out there.

        Did you know many atheist circles even deny Jesus ever existed even though all legitimate scholars disagree… Even the skeptics among them.

        Please tell me you do not fall into that camp?

        There is so much archeological and historical evidence in support of Scripture that to ignore it means you have to ignore entire fields of science.

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      • EP Sanders one of the most respected and prominent scholars of the New Testament..is extremely sceptical… And you should skim through…The Historical Figure of Jesus.

        Amazing stuff.

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      • Rather than getting sidetracked, how about I just wait for your post on the answer to my previous question.
        And no, I’m not a mythicist. I have no trouble believing A Jesus or possible multiple Jesuses actually lived. None of them divine and if they actually were put to death, none of them raised from the dead 3 days later to asend to God’s right hand. You’re welcome to read some of my posts as well. I look forward to the post you originally mentioned in response to my question. Have a wonderful day

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      • Crossan has a couple of great books on the historical Jesus studies. Ehrman is also very good on the text and transmission of the Bible.

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      • And by the way, in this comment you’ve laid out a false equivalency. You’re not Recovering or deconverted from atheism. Atheism is not a system of belief to deconvert or recover from like having deconverted from christianity at all.
        Atheists, although I am not currently, have no belief system. Theirs is non belief in a god or gods. That’s all.

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      • So you were an atheist? How would define that in your case? Did you actively ‘not believe’ in god or gods, or was your experience just one of the question never really being relevant to how you lived your life?

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      • Naturalists, those who accept the theory of evolution with common decent, aren’t all atheists. The vast majority of theists let alone Christians accept that evolution happened. That’s not atheism.

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      • Ah. Aren’t we all about something? I was wrong for 34yrs, 25 of those in Avocational ministry and missions, about Christianity.

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      • The point is… Even philosophical naturalism doesn’t equal atheism. Atheism is an answer to one question: do you believe in God? To which the atheists answer… no, I don’t believe in God or gods.

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      • If you ask me how did the universe come to be how did we come to be and I say no God is necessary for that. Then I could either be an atheist or naturalist correct?

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      • Was your atheism a thought out response to that question or just the ‘default’ irrelevance of God to your life?

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      • It was what Society expected of me and what I was taught in school. It was what rational people believed. Only faithful fools believe in a god.

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      • I’m sorry your experience is different than mine.
        So, you started to believe. Why Christianity over other faiths? Did you evaluate others independently? Did you evaluate the claims of Christianity against the evidence vs just being pulled down the aisle and assuming it was the right one?

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      • Ah… supernaturally? How did you evaluate whether what you felt actually was supernatural or just your interpretation of Natural feeling or psychology? Or did you even evaluate it… But rather just accepted it as such?

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      • If you ever have a supernatural experience, you will know. There is not much to evaluate unless of course you are prone to such things. Which I was not, never in 35 years. Now when I tell you a knowledge of Jesus Christ as God washed over me in that moment, staring at that magnificent light. It means nothing to you. And that is ok, I would have responded the same way. But the more I followed that experience with study… the stronger my convictions became. Now I am resolute in my beliefs.

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      • Of the 100 plus Billion people that have ever lived, how many do you surmise have claimed to believe in or have had contact with some sort of God? I would wager about 95%.

        Whatever the number it is VAST and that leads one to believe if Atheism is true, that humans suffer from mass delusion on a spectacular scale or perhaps part of a massive conspiracy that spans all of human history.

        A strange notion.

        Or more realistically, there is a God who has revealed himself and people have struggled to make that connection.

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      • Atheism makes no claims that they claim to be True. It’s not a Positive Claim THAT there is no God, it’s a non belief.

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      • No… you keep saying that Atheism makes claims. It does not. Not sure you understood what your atheism meant. I’ve no doubt you probably didn’t believe in God in the way that God, or the idea of God, didn’t have any relevance to your life. But that’s not how you seem to be defining atheism now.
        Im just trying to suss this out to understand and possibly help you understand as well.

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      • IF THERE IS NO GOD, let us imagine one day Science proves that once and for all… then what the Atheists believed or DIDNT believe however it makes you most comfortable is TRUE or CORRECT. Why do people so often try so hard to play semantics with Atheism? I never understood that.

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      • I was an atheist, for 35 years I did not believe that God existed in any way. If you asked me, is there a god I would say NO. That is a claim that is made CONSISTENTLY with atheists everywhere. They even put up billboards everywhere proclaiming it.

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      • Sorry. You’re wrong about atheism. But I look forward to your post answering my previous… original… question. Thx

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      • If I am wrong about atheists making CLAIMS about the non-existence of God you better let all these darn atheists know who are posting billboards everywhere….

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      • I have to take my wife to dinner now, California Kitchen YUMMMMMY> Ill be back to continue this discussion… and I should have that post I promised you up by tomorrow.

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      • Haven’t you read jeremiah? “The heart is deceitful… who can know it?”. Experiences themselves don’t demonstrate the Truth of a belief.

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      • Now you’re getting rude and being a poor host, when I’m just having a conversation.
        Overall, you have admitted you didn’t evaluate your experiences or other faiths or the claims of Christianity to see whether the evidence demonstrated them to be True.
        What is the difference between you claiming that your experiences validate your Faith, and a Mormon or a Hindu or a Buddhist sayjngnnthe same about their own spiritual experiences?

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      • What did I say that was rude? I do not follow? And if you read my posts, I said the exact opposite of what you claimed. What followed my experience? YEARS of study. This I have said all along its even on my about page.

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      • Way to easy to be led astray and lied to by your experiences. Would you accept the Truth supported by the experiences of Joseph Smith for example… or Oneness Pentacostals when they proclaim the trinity to be a doctrine of demons?

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      • What does the bible say on the subject KIA? It says put it to the TRUTH which is the Word of God. If it lines up with the word of God it is truth. If not, it is a lie.

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  2. KIA – curious why you address Keith and I as “brother”? If your “experience” was determined by you to be “emotionally and psychologically driven”, I’d be interested in knowing what worldview you do adhere to. Thanks.

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  3. Recommendation for KIA – check out the recently updated “The Creator and the Cosmos” by Dr. Hugh Ross. We’re talking about documented scientific facts here, is that all hogwash too?

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  4. Keith, your testimony is powerful. And your faith based in reasoned study. I truly admire that. I’m so glad you found my blog and led me here! We obviously have a mutual friend–Bruce. I’m delighted to make your acquaintance. Any friend of Bruce is a friend of mine! God bless you big time! 🙂

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