I grew up in the Catholic church. None of the traditions or requirements ever made sense to me. I never could comprehend confessing my sins to another person or the importance placed on Mary, etc. These things, among many, drove me away from wanting anything to do with God.
After years of trying to figure things out on my own (read: ruining my life) with women, alcohol and partying, I finally found a great woman to marry. I still didn’t want anything to do with God though I had always believed since my other choices were that a fish turned into a monkey, something came from nothing, or an explosion created a perfect atmosphere for human life.
So I would still go to church with my wife from time to time to make her happy. Then one day we moved and pretty much stopped going all together. It all came to a head when my daughter got sick with a rare type of pneumonia. She had to be hospitalized because she wouldn’t move or eat. No one could figure out what was wrong with her and no amount of antibiotics was making her better. I finally had to do the unthinkable. I prayed. Within 5 minutes, a doctor that didn’t work at the hospital we were at came in and said that she needed to be moved to the children’s hospital. She continually got better and she recovered so quickly that the doctors couldn’t explain how. I know how. It was truly a miracle. I put my faith in Jesus Christ and never looked back.
It really shows two important things. God loves you and will meet you where you are at for one, like when He met Saul on the road to damascus(ie, SaulBecomesPaul) And secondly, that even though bad things happen, God is always there for you. Believing in Christ as you savior doesn’t necessarily mean that your life will be smooth or without trials. It may not make our current lives significantly better. The Bible tells us that the rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous. What believing in Jesus does mean is that when this life is over, we will have eternal life through Him because He paid the price for our sins, and believing that is all that matters. We are appointed to walk this earth once and then face judgment.
Let Jesus do the talking for you when that happens!
SaulBecomesPaul - Virgil