Yes I was an Atheist at least in my thinking although not my heart for almost 30 years after being deceived as a young Teenager that I came from an Ape my Mother and Teacher also told me that Jesus and the Bible were just made up and I had been lied to. My focus became very Worldly and I messed up big time but as a Child Jesus was my Best Friend and I have no doubt now that He never stopped Loving me even though I must have hurt Him greatly.
Now I do like Bananas but the unproven Theories that we evolved from Animals or that we come from The Big Bang have now been proven to be impossible both by Scientists who are Christians and take God’s Inspired words in Scripture literally and have now proven them now to be True and also by Medical Science that also leaves no doubt that we didn’t evolve from Animals. (see links below)
But I believed what my Mother and Teacher told me for many years which left me vulnerable to Satan’s attacks on my life because I walked in Sin but God intervened and saved my life 3 Times even when I was deceived that He did not exist but also later knowing He was real but falling into Sin again, He again healed me Miraculously of two other life threatening Conditions after I had Heart Repentance and was Anointed by an Elder and there has been more Healings since and I have also had Signs and Wonders witnessed by others and unable for anyone but God to do.
How did God reach out to me in my deception, it was by Hospitality, Ron and I had gone to see a Pastor about getting Married, it was a Church close to where we were going to have the Reception and a Denomination that Ron had belonged to since he was a Child, he wanted to be Married in Church, I didn’t but he was insistent so I relented.
The Pastor asked Ron if he was a Believer in God and he said yes, when he asked me I boldly said No that we came from Apes, although he didn’t argue with me he did challenge me by saying if I was not narrow minded I would come to Church and hear the Gospel and than decide what was Truth, I didn’t want to appear to be narrow minded so I agreed.
Wow was I overwhelmed by the friendliness and kindness of the Christians attending this Church and also by the Pastor and his caring wife, although at first I was very angry at hearing I was a Sinner and that I would go to Hell if I didn’t have Heart repentance which would show I believed in Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.
I was making a quick exist when I saw my Sunday School Teacher she had also been a Neighbor where I lived as a Child, I was told she had lied to me about Jesus being real and so I had avoided her ever since but she was so pleased to see me and said she had been praying for me for years, I was polite to her but I was still angry and wanted to get out of that Church and go home.
As Ron and I were about to get into the Car a Couple invited us for Lunch at their place after Church the following week, Ron said yes and thanked them and than we drove off but you can be sure Ron heard a mouthful after all we came from Apes and Hell was just made up to frighten people into believing in a Santa in the Sky, Ron asked if I would still go to Lunch, I said yes but that I would not listen to the Pastor anymore, Ron said OK!
To condense my Story, for the next 6 weeks we were asked to Lunch by other Members of the Church, No it was not a set up, the Pastor had talked about the importance of Hospitality before we even came to the Church and so being new we were asked to Lunch by those who had been challenged by his Message.
The Pastor and his wife than asked us to Lunch and by this time after hearing God’s Truth during the last 7 weeks and experiencing the friendliness and kindness of those who were part of the Church. I was overwhelmed with the Truth that God did exist and that Jesus had died to save me from Eternal Separation from Him in Hell, yes I did listen to the Pastor and I’m so Thankful I did and I also came to believe having it confirmed by their words and actions that these Christians were Special and Trustworthy too.
Ron and I were Married and remained at that Church for over 20 years, we were like a Family, Ron became their Senior Elder and later their Interim Minister before he retired and we came to Queensland to live. I was Baptized and became evolved in the Ministries of the Church and experienced much Joy in fellowship and yes in giving and receiving Hospitality too.
Below is a Poem in which I wrote about Jesus’ Hospitality, can anything be more wonderful than His Banqueting Table full of Spiritual food.