I've also posted this in the 'D&D Religion's "Ask a Christian" Thread' but I thought I would here too as this is a Christian Society:
This may sound a tad weird. All my family are atheists (though you could say my sister is agnostic) and I was until maybe a year or two ago. Then I became agnostic I'd say. I've always been very open to religion, and although I didn't believe in God a while back, I never sneered at other people's beliefs or anything.
Though recently, past month or so, I seem to be (hard to explain) drawn to becoming a Christian. I kind of feel I'm meant to be one. It's very, very strange.
I took out a book from the library on philosophy, and one section was on God. I remember reading it and thinking, yup there is no God. I had a talk with my Christian friend about it, and discovered she was a much stronger Christian than I thought. Super interesting conversation though - whatever I said, she said she knew in her heart of hearts that God existed. I decided to look into Christianity some more and I borrowed some books off her Mum, who's also a Christian.
Things seem to be happening now, and although I doubt God is giving me signs, signs just keep appearing. I won't delve into them all now, but one thing really hit me. My half sister came round the other day, who's 29 and has a family, and I showed her a book I recently bought: Dear God. Letters from children to God, lovely book. Anyway, I found out she was Christian which I never knew before. I said, but if God is all loving, all powerful and all knowing, wouldn't he know we'd do bad things. Her reply was something like "Yes, but there is evil and God had faith in us". That bit hit me and I thought, God had faith in us so we must have faith in Him.
I know this sounds really weird but I now seem to, erm want?, to become a Christian. I'm trying to ask:
a) Has this happened to anyone else?
b) How can I, not become one, but learn more?
I mean I have some books (Basic Christianity, What do Christians Believe?, Need to Know: Christianity, The Case for Christ etc). I need to start at the basics as I know little to be honest. Sounds silly but there's a Children's Bible where I work, which has all the stories of both Testaments apparently. Sounds silly but should I read that? I don't want to read the Bible without not knowing much about Christianity as a whole. Also, a lady recommended something called an Alpha Course at a Church?
This must sound strange, and it's kind of surreal to me too but any help or advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
edit: Post #1327 by NathanL on how to read the Bible, is that for 'beginners' like me? Not all of it makes sense and I've yet to get a Bible. In the other thread I posted in, you'll see I say that there seems to be many different versions of the English Bible and I'm a tad confused. One on Amazon is a King James version. I posted a link too that someone posted on Amazon.
can i join?
i recently had a heated debate with a group of stubborn scientists on the existence of G-d. they didn't understand, and they didnt want too. and to make matters worse, i think they thought that it was weird how another scientist and mathematician as themselves could have such a strong belief and faith in Him.
it got so heated that i almost started crying
hey guys, i was wondering how to explain to people why the bible is real. what historical evidence is there? Thanks..xxx