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Post by Echoside » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:33 pm

I was raised Christian by my mother, but never understood it. I grew out of it in my teen years, as she had a very simple (not incorrect) faith that my strictly logically inclined brain couldn't comprehend. I had read plenty of philosophy books, articles, etc. and took a very naturalistic approach to things. Looking back I am sad that such a young person was exposed to a very one sided view of the world. I was, and have always been an intellectual, and I thought I was doing the intelligent thing by dismissing religion.

I came to this site when I was around 15 years old. I vividly remember taking that quiz involving how much of the knowledge of the universe I had. And frustrated as I was to admit it, many of the articles dismissing atheistic criticisms of Christianity made a lot of sense. I think this is the time where I became an honest seeker, I laid down my barriers and became an agnostic in search of truth. Maybe not completely, but an effort was made.

A couple years later I joined the forum. I asked a few questions, usually reserving myself to read what others had to say on a variety of topics. My respect grew for many members of this site, and the faith. I think Jac3510 was a big part of this, as I had never seen philosophical, logical material in defense of Christianity. It's unfortunate that he is not here to read this. I read material on other sites, and one time WLC was mentioned. Every once in a while I still go to reasonable faith to listen to a podcast.

More recently, a few weeks ago I had a discussion about Christianity with my grandfather. To this day he is still one of most intelligent people I've ever met. I found myself smiling as many of the things we talked about were topics I've seen addressed on this site. And I think I began to realise then that I may have been wrong this whole time. Sitting there, agreeing with him on many points was like a slap across the back of the head. What exactly was I objecting to?

Ever since then my mind and emotions have been in fast forward. Last night I feel like I jumped off a cliff, and before I hit the ground was embraced by something so far beyond myself that it' s flooded every aspect of my being. I feel happier than I have in a very long time, I feel like dark glasses have been removed from my eyes and I'm seeing unhindered.

I wanted just to say thank you to everyone. I may have disagreed with things you all have said in the past, and probably also the future. But as a new brother in Christ, I would feel privelaged to join the family, if you would have me :D

Thank you, I can't express how much these years have meant. :cloud9:
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Re: thank you, everyone

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Post by RickD » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:40 pm

Echoside wrote:I was raised Christian by my mother, but never understood it. I grew out of it in my teen years, as she had a very simple (not incorrect) faith that my strictly logically inclined brain couldn't comprehend. I had read plenty of philosophy books, articles, etc. and took a very naturalistic approach to things. Looking bad I am sad that such a young person was exposed to a very one sided view of the world. I was, and have always been an intellectual, and I thought I was doing the intelligent thing by dismissing religion.

I came to this site when I was around 15 years old. I vividly remember taking that quiz involving how much of the knowledge of the universe I had. And frustrated as I was to admit it, many of the articles dismissing atheistic criticisms of Christianity made a lot of sense. I think this is the time where I became an honest seeker, I laid down my barriers and became an agnostic in search of truth. Maybe not completely, but an effort was made.

A couple years later I joined the forum. I asked a few questions, usually reserving myself to read what others had to say on a variety of topics. My respect grew for many members of this site, and the faith. I think Jac3510 was a big part of this, as I had never seen philosophical, logical material in defense of Christianity. It's unfortunate that he is not here to read this. I read material on other sites, and one time WLC was mentioned. Every once in a while I still go to reasonable faith to listen to a podcast.

More recently, a few weeks ago I had a discussion about Christianity with my grandfather. To this day he is still one of most intelligent people I've ever met. I found myself smiling as many of the things we talked about were topics I've seen addressed on this site. And I think I began to realise then that I may have been wrong this whole time. Sitting there, agreeing with him on many points was like a slap across the back of the head. What exactly was I objecting to?

Ever since then my mind and emotions have been in fast forward. Last night I feel like I jumped off a cliff, and before I hit the ground was embraced by something so far beyond myself that it' s flooded every aspect of my being. I feel happier than I have in a very long time, I feel like dark glasses have been removed from my eyes and I'm seeing unhindered.

I wanted just to say thank you to everyone. I may have disagreed with things you all have said in the past, and probably also the future. But as a new brother in Christ, I would feel privelaged to join the family, if you would have me :D

Thank you, I can't express how much these years have meant. :cloud9:
Wow, Echoside, that's great. I'm so happy that God used people here, to help you come to Him. I'm sure your family would love to hear that their prayers for you, finally came to fruition. I'd love to hear more about your journey, when you have the time.
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Post by August » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:56 pm

All glory be to God alone. Go forward in His peace, and we are always here to help you on the journey.
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Post by B. W. » Mon Dec 26, 2011 3:06 pm

Welcome to the Kingdom of God !

You'll never be the same again!

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Post by jlay » Mon Dec 26, 2011 3:48 pm

Echo,

Praise God and welcome Brother.

I still speak with Jac. In fact he sent me a paper today, that he just finished. I'm certain he doesn't mind me sharing the link. It's heavy stuff.

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Post by Danieltwotwenty » Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:02 pm

Wow that is awesome, praise be to God.


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Post by Echoside » Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:08 pm

Thanks guys


jlay wrote:Echo,

Praise God and welcome Brother.

I still speak with Jac. In fact he sent me a paper today, that he just finished. I'm certain he doesn't mind me sharing the link. It's heavy stuff.

http://cmmorrison.files.wordpress.com/2 ... licity.pdf
I'll look into it :D

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Post by narnia4 » Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:31 pm

:ebiggrin:

Thank you so much for posting this, it literally made my day. I pray that the good people here will continue to be helpful as you continue in your walk. I think many others can affirm that the experience you described is just the beginning of an amazing journey with Christ.
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Post by Byblos » Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:39 pm

August wrote:All glory be to God alone. Go forward in His peace, and we are always here to help you on the journey.
Amen brother.

Welcome to the family Echoside.
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Post by Echoside » Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:28 pm

Byblos wrote:
Welcome to the family Echoside.
Thanks, Byblos, it means a lot. Call me Joshua, if it suits you. Somehow it feels all the more appropriate now :)

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Post by zoegirl » Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:40 pm

That's so lovely to hear echo....All Praises to Him!!
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Post by neo-x » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:34 pm

Joshua, the privilege is ours; it is so good to see that you finally took that leap of faith. Welcome to the family, brother. y>:D<
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Post by Reactionary » Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:07 am

Joshua/Echoside, to be honest I had been expecting this to happen sooner or later, :D

so now that it's happened, I wish you a welcome to our family. Congratulations and enjoy your life. :ewink:
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Post by inlovewiththe44 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:27 am

Congrats Josh y>:D< Praise God!

Also, I recommend The Screwtape Letters. It made me a lot more aware of pitfalls I would face as a Christian. Plus, it's just a really good read.

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Post by Rob » Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:39 am

Glad to have you, Josh!
inlovewiththe44 wrote: Also, I recommend The Screwtape Letters. It made me a lot more aware of pitfalls I would face as a Christian. Plus, it's just a really good read.
^ seconded.

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