I wouldn't say I always feel like a Christian. Sometimes I'm just
getting on with the next thing that has to be done and that doesn't
seem to have much to do with religion. But I suppose there's about
three reasons why I keep being convinced by Christianity.
First is Creation. I am quite happy with science and evolution
and discovering how everything works, but I just can't believe
it all happens by accident. If I go walking in the hills or look
out at the stars on a clear night, or I see a TV programme about
sub-atomic physics or something I just cannot believe all this
made itself. Of course you can't prove God exists but, to me, God
seems more credible than the alternative. And then I think if he
is really there, what does that mean for me?
When I first started to think about this I decided I had better
try to find out more. I tried the Bible and someone told me to
start with the Gospels. So I did, and I was just bowled over reading
about Jesus first-hand. I work for Social Services and I know what
people are like. There's a lot of idealism trying to sort things
out, and pretty grubby political realism as well. But what Jesus
said and did always seems to me to cut right through it all: if
we could only live like that I would be out of a job. He's got
it all: sympathy, realism, ready to put himself on the line, to
pay the price, and it all hangs together when you take the overview.
I think he's inspiring, and that's my second reason for believing:
I suppose the third reason is forgiveness. In my life I have
had to face up to the fact that I get angry quite easily, and
then you can hold grudges and it ruins your life and your relationships.
But in church every time you say the confession and then you
are told you are forgiven, it is wiped out, gone. And I thought,
that's the way I've got to deal with it, let it go, forgive.
So I tried it. It was hard, but somehow I can do it - leave it
to God and start again. And since I've been doing that my life
has been quite a lot different. It does work. There must be more
reasons as well, but that's my main three.
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