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…Illusion; the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah…
originally posted by: doobydoll
I was meditating and in my head I heard myself asking that if Jesus really exists then why has my life been so difficult at times, those dark and terrible times when I thought I would never make it through alive and almost gave up. I look back on my life and I really don't know how I got through it alone.
I heard another voice in my head answer my question with just one sentence - "You made it through because He was with you, how else?". I wept.
I wept because within seconds of hearing that single sentence, reflections of the dark hopeless places in my life flashed through my mind, and the feelings and sudden realisation that I hadn't been alone during those times was overwhelming. I recall the feelings of utter despair but for the life of me I cannot remember how I came out the other end or the journey through it. I believe I can't remember because He took control of my life and carried my pain-filled soul through my life's dark episodes, and set me down after the worse was over.
I hope I don't sound too crazy, I just thought I'd share this experience I had. I think about it all the time.
Well what happened is during that month-long period I got a letter from an old friend and he told me how he had been born-again, which was a foreign term to me. I didn’t understand, but he described Jesus coming into his heart and how he finally had an encounter with God. I wrote him back and said, “That doesn’t make sense to me.” But the letter just weighed on my mind until one day, as you said, I decided, you know, I’ve got to be open-minded. So I dedicated that whole day to the Lord Jesus and I said I’m not going to do yoga.
I’m not going to chant. I’m not going to do any meditation like I’m normally involved in. I’m just going to pray and read the Bible today. And if you really are the Messiah and if you really did come to die on a cross for the sense of humanity, then I believe you’ll show me today.
One of the members of the prayer group who happened to be a former yoga student himself, now that doesn't like coincidence, it sounds to me like a God instance. He was walking in a Laundromat and the Holy Spirit fell on him and said, "Don't go in there. I've got a job for you to do. Get in your van and start driving." He had no idea where God was going to lead him. But he started driving and every time he felt an impulse he'd take a turn. He didn't know that two miles away I was standing on the side of the ride hitchhiking.
I had been praying all day long from 3:30 in the morning until that afternoon that Jesus would reveal to me if he was the truth. And now I'm going to teach a yoga class. And he never picked up hitchhikers, but he said he felt this compulsion again to pull over the side of the road and pick me up. And when I opened the door and looked in my heart just started leaping inside of me. ...he had taped a picture of Jesus to the ceiling of his van... And that's the first thing I saw when I got in the van. I looked up and there's this picture. So I'm sitting on the edge of my seat in expectation.
And a few minutes later, he turned around and said, "Friend, can I ask you a question?" I said yes. He said, "Have you ever experienced Jesus coming into your heart?" I said, "No, but when can I?" And he gave me this surprise look like I wasn't supposed to respond so quick. He said, "You can come to our prayer meeting tonight." I said, "I don't want to wait that long." If I can find Jesus I want to find him now. And so he pulled the van over to the side of the road, left it running, we knelt down in the back of the van, we talked a little while, and then I prayed a simple prayer that I thought was too simple to bring me into contact with God, but it worked.
Sid: But it revolutionized his life. In fact, then he goes back to those hundreds of students at the four universities. And what did you tell your yoga students?
Mike: Most of my main students became Christians also. And we stopped the classes from that very point.
originally posted by: chelsdh
a reply to: intrptr
"One day you should realize that each human being already has all the tools they need,"
Sounds like one of the many, amazing quotes from Illusion; the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Great book, full of insight. And while it may seem contrary to Christian thought, it was quite enlightening to me!