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Originally posted by chebob
Well, I'll keep it short for 2 reasons: Non believers have a tenddency to see threads like this as a real threat to themselves, I don't know why. Also, my experience is quite similar to yours.
Basically, I was depressed about 3 years ago, was on anti-depressants that made me much worse, stopped the anti depressants and stayed depressed.
Then one day out of the blue I just started thinking about God and Jesus, like it had been planted in my head. Until that moment I had been a complete atheist, hated Christians and all religion and often argued about it.
But right then, and ever since, I just "felt" God. I prayed a lot, and I feel a bit ashamed but a often asked him to show me little signs - and to my surprise, He did! I can't go into what they were, they were mostly personal things, but I always knew he was listening. It turned my life around, helped me to get over depression without the aid of anti depressants, and I haven't looked back since.
But when I was an Atheist, I often lambasted christians, which I am now ashamed of, but I can see how the non-believers are thinking too....it's a difficult thing to explain to someone who hasn't experienced it for themselves.
Originally posted by regnassem
that's awesome man really... I actually I enjoyed hearing that, my mom actually she used to be catholic and when she had nothing left...like she was totally messed, she was all "okay God if you are real then show me..."
soon that day her aunt came in and wanted to take her to church...anyways you know the story.
so how's your life going now?
Originally posted by rosebeforetime
I have just joined ATS/BTS and I am really enjoying it. It is a great place to see where people are at in this world. There is also so much information to take in.
I have been a born again christian for about 3 years. Before I found Jesus or should I say He found me, my life was a real mess. I was very selfish and never thought of any one but myself. I have two kids one is 9 the other 5. They went thru heaps before I found the Lord, especially my oldest. I had lots of bad addictions, I wont go into all the gory details because I will be here all night. Any way I started meeting all these people who were christians. I found them to be beautiful people and very smart and educated too. Not long after I had a strong desire to read the bible. When I had acquired one I started reading from the very start. I thought I would read it just like any book from beginning to end. After reading about Cain and Abel something came over me. I felt so bad about myself that I just broke down crying because of the horrible things I had done in my life. Cain looked like an angel compared to me, so if he was punished the way he was I thought God would have no choice but to send me straight to hell. As I was going to bed that night I saw a vision of Jesus and I felt His love flowing thru and around me I will never forget it the love of our Savior it is unexplainable. He loved me no matter what I had done. I explained all of this to my christian friend. She told me that nothing is unforgiveable and why Jesus died on the cross.
After my salvation I felt like I was walking in a beam of light and I just wanted to tell every one the truth. My eyes had been opened and to me it looked like every one else was walking around under the spell of satan. Of course nobody took me seriously and I have had a lot to learn about being a christian and I don't think the learning will ever stop.
Thanks for taking the time to listen. I really enjoyed sharing my story with you guys.