How I Know I Will See My Pets In Heaven
My parents made me go to church almost every Sunday as I was growing up.
Church and Sunday School.
But as soon as I got old enough to make my own decisions about attending church, I quit going.
I didn’t start going back to church again until I was in my forties.
One day I was shocked when I realized that all these people I was going to church with believed that Jesus was the son of God. Really?
Somehow, I had missed that detail in my earlier church life.
I knew all the stories about Jesus and how he was such a great teacher and how he performed all these miracles and such.
He turned water into wine, healed the blind, calmed the sea, walk on water, fed 5000 people with a couple of fish… he even raised a person up from the dead. But the strangest story of all was how he was killed, buried and then came back from the dead and walked, talked and even ate with people after he had been executed.
I guess I never really believed all the stories were really true.
A lot of them were really far fetched but the Bible is full of far fetched stories.
That’s what made it interesting.
I thought Greek and Roman Mythology was interesting too.
But one day I suddenly realized that these seemingly normal people really believe that all these stories from the Bible were real.
I had recently completed a 12 Step program for my drinking problem and had been reintroduced to the idea of a higher being who was in charge and could help us do things we couldn’t do ourselves.
Well, I have always believed there was a God… maybe more than one.
It seemed to me that there were a lot of people who believed in a lot of different Gods.
I had been praying a lot lately and I definitely felt that my prayers had been answered so I was really interested in finding out more about this God. I could have just taken a “leap of faith” like a lot of people do and just accept everything the preacher said as true, but I’m just not wired that way. I started researching the history of the church and the Bible.
The turning point for me was when I read a book called “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel. Lee Strobel was a very successful investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He was an atheist and after finding that his wife was turning into a Jesus fan, he set out to prove the fallacy of the Bible thumping Christians. I hate to ruin the book for you but after extensive investigation, Lee Strobel became a Christian.( to be continued)