I was a foolish teenager who said to himself, “There is no God.” That gave me a sense of elation: I was free to run my own life. I read books I shouldn’t have read and followed a predictable downhill course. Later, in college I experienced an emptiness that I tried to alleviate with alcohol. I joined the Army and served in Korea, Germany, and Vietnam. After four years in the infantry I returned to college. I dated girls but couldn’t find a wife. My feelings of alienation continued, and I sank into a spiritual despondency.
Walden Pond by Thoreau tells that its author lived alone in a hut in the woods in order to simplify his life and discover truth. Imitating him, I rented a cabin on the Illinois River and commuted to college. In the silent loneliness there, I thrilled to the beauty of nature. I thought only a God could have made the world. My mother gave me a book about Bible prophecy. More than 300 prophecies in the Old Testament came true in the life of Jesus Christ. Even His birthplace, Bethlehem, was predicted 500 years before His birth. I believed. I asked Him to come into my life and forgive my sin.
When my cabin burned down I concluded God wanted me back on campus. There I benefited from a small-group Bible study in which I learned the importance of keeping Christ foremost in my life. I learned to pray, memorize Scripture, have fellowship with Christians, and be a witness for Christ. I asked the Lord to bless me with a wife and children, which He did. So, God in His mercy converted a sinful atheist and blessed him with a meaningful life, a purpose, and a heavenly future.
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