So, you actually want to know how I became a Christian? Wow, you're brave *grin*
Okay, I'm still pretty new to Christianity. My views may seem odd to you, possibly offensive to you, or just plain peculiar. But they're my views as they stand right now.
Until the past year and a half, my only real positive experience with Christianity was the writing of C. S. Lewis. He made me realize that there were Christians of the sort I would like to be. (My, that's an awkward sentence)
I had attended church occasionally as a child, but my parents quit attending themselves when I was about 3, and I went to various churches with friends, but never felt at home.
Years later, I attended the Vashon United Methodist church, but I'm afraid it was more to try and give my children a reference point to the culture they lived in than any true belief of my own.
I was a pagan. A happy pagan. A card-carrying pagan (yes, really).
Then an odd thing happened. I'll have to express this in the terms of where I was at the time, the Celtic Reconstructionist point of view. If you'd like more information on that, please see the Imbas homepage.
In that belief, one is contacted by a god or goddess who has chosen you. This becomes your Patron or Matron. I had been chosen by the goddess Danu years ago, and was contentedly going on my way. Then a very odd thing happened. Another god started trying to get my attention. The odd thing, the *very* odd thing, is that it was God. Not a pagan god. God. The Christian God. I figured I was just going through a series of coincidences, that all the little nudges were happenstance. They didn't stop. They increased, both in strength and in number. Eventually it got to the point where it was more like a 2x4 to the head than a nudge :-)
Finally I decided it was time to pay attention. I thought, I listened, I read, I talked to a dear friend, and finally I went in my room alone. I prayed, I listened, I opened myself, and I accepted Jesus.
I still had (and have)a long ways to go and much to learn, but I'm learning, and growing, and I'm happier than I've ever been in my life. Yes, I still have a lot of problems, and yes, I'm still chronically depressed.
But I'm not alone anymore. I never will be again.
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