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.