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A Conversation With Anton

The full title of this post should be:  “A Conversation With Anton and Testimonial To The True Power of Jesus Christ”

What follows are answers to a post by “Anton”.  I have copied his post and edited the post to appear as a conversation between Anton and me.  Note that the content of Anton’s post were not altered by my editing, at least not intentionally.

 

You can see Anton’s original post here:  https://mylordisjesus.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/atheism-science-higgs-boson-and-the-godhead/#comment-1017

Anton: Sorry for my delay, and as I told Ged, this is unfortunately how it goes for me.

John: That’s quite all right Anton, we all have lives, and I can quite understand how delays, even long ones, can develop.

Anton: I have a couple of questions for you. What kind of church did you grow up in?

John: I grew up in a Methodist Church. In fact, my Father, a carpenter who helped to build the church building, and my Mother, were founding members.

I attended that church from as early as I can remember, probably about 4, until I made it quite clear to my parents that I wanted nothing more to do with the church, at the age of 12 or 13. The problem was, they weren’t telling me anything I wanted to hear, it was all just a bunch of meaningless ritual. I thought it was worthless at the time, and my opinion of the ritual hasn’t changed, it is still worthless as far as I am concerned.

Anton: How was it different from your faith now?

John: The only things I knew then were the stories of the Bible, the rituals that I mentioned already, and the preaching of the Pastor, telling me how I needed tobe a better person and such. There was never any mention of The Gospel of Jesus Christ, no mention that Jesus is a living person that I could have a relationship with, and no mention that I was a sinner in need of salvation, all things that I consider to be of primary importance today.

Anton: How were you confronted with “the living Lord Jesus”?

John: In high school and in my years of “higher education” I learned to think analytically and pursued a well-paying and highly technical career path. Even in my early years I considered myself successful. I was able to provide myself with pretty much anything I wanted, and in my youth that ended up being partying, which meant alcohol and drug consumption, and relationships with women. I was involved in that lifestyle for over 10 years. I wasn’t hurting anyone, and I felt justified in what I was doing. After all, I was doing just as I pleased.

The only problem was, I was not happy. My solution was, of course, to immerse myself more and more in my chosen lifestyle. But that was no good either. You see, I was beginning to become convicted of my actions. I knew, from my early training, that adultery and fornication were sins. I knew that lying was a sin, and if you’ve ever been involved in drug use, you are probably familiar with how easily one lies when it suits him or her. I also was in heavy rebellion against my parents, and I knew that my behavior was not at all honoring to them.

I did not know it then, but it was Jesus who was convicting me, and I was not able to escape His conviction. I was on a downward spiral, and when I reached the bottom, Jesus was there. I was at a point in my life where I did not want to live it any longer. I was not suicidal, but I desperately wanted to change my behavior, and was trapped!

And it was then that Jesus showed me the way out. Jesus showed me that He died for my sins, those that were in the past, and those yet in the future. He showed me that all I needed to do was to admit my need for a Savior, and to trust in the sacrifice He had made on my behalf , His death on the cross, He died for me, taking the punishment I deserved.

Anton: How was this relationship missing in those early years?

John: In my earlier encounter with church, I knew only a religion, a dead religion that had no ability to give life. What I learned much later had nothing to do with religion, or even with church, but with a relationship with Jesus. Note that this relationship only began after He revealed Himself to me.

Anton: What do you mean Jesus confronted you with “His Life”?

John: See above

Anton: What do you mean by “heart knowledge”?

John: As I am sure you are aware, the reality of Jesus’ existence is not something that can be proven objectively. One either believes that He lives, or he does not. I, through the interactions I have had with Him am thoroughly convinced that He lives, even though I have not seen Him. I have “heard” His voice many times in prayer and He has communicated with me in many ways. How can it be that I would believe He is real without any evidence? One might well ask me another question: “How can you be sure this Anton fellow exists, without any real evidence?”. And my answer would be the same, “Perhaps you have not proof that Anton exists, but I know in my heart that he is real.”.

So, you see? Many things in our lives we know by faith, from the mundane to the supernatural. Think about it some time, and you might surprise yourself how much faith you have that various things are true.

Anton: Sorry, but I have intention on beginning to seek Jesus no more than I intend to seek Heracles or Thor. I already sought Him, didn’t find him, and realized that was because, like Heracles and Thor, there is no Him.

Best,

Anton.

John: I understand your position entirely, and I will not ask that you seek Him. Always keep in mind though, I never sought Him either. The fact of the matter is, Jesus was the furthest thing from my mind, but He sought me, and found me.

Perhaps one day He will seek you out as well. My prayer is that if that day comes that your heart will be open to His prompting.

My best wishes,

John

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December 27, 2012 - Posted by | Atheism, Christian, Forgiveness, God's Grace | , , , , , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Hi John,

    I pray all is well with you. My mind had been on you for about weeks now, therefore, i decided to drop a note to say hello and to let you know that I am praying for you and your ministry. I know without a doubt, John, that God has called you for such a times as this.

    Continue to keep the faith. Do not get weary in well doing for in due season you SHALL reap a harvest.

    God bless my brother and I love ya.

    Debra

    Comment by Minister Aiken | February 9, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Debra,

      Thanks so much for stopping by, for your prayers, and for your words of encouragement. Circumstances have kept me away from blogging for the most part, but not away from ministry or from the Christian life. I continue to seek ways in which I can serve Him better and love those around me with His love.

      I appreciate you so much, may the Lord bless you in every way.

      God bless,
      John

      Comment by johnconstitution | February 12, 2013 | Reply

      • Thank you John for such a beautiful and warm response.

        May the love of God, peace of God, Healing of God that surpasses all understanding be with you and your minsitry forever.

        God bless and I love you my brother in Christ!

        Debra

        Comment by Minister Aiken | February 12, 2013 | Reply

  2. This is a wonderful post. Followed it to the end and it sound’s very familiar. But what I like the most is your concluding response. The Bible says that we did not choose Him but He chose us. And like the Shepherd He’s the one who searches and finds us, the lost Sheep of His pen.

    Comment by tsaone gontse | January 23, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi,

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your comments. And your observation about The Shepherd is right on.

      As the Bible says, we are lost, and each has gone his own way. We did not come to Christ out of our own brilliance or good sense. If it were up to us, we would remain lost eternally. Therefore, I can only express eternal thanks and gratitude to the One who sought me out, even while I was living in Sin against the very One who sought me.

      Thanks be to God Who in His Love rescued me from an eternity without Him.

      God bless you always,
      John

      Comment by johnconstitution | January 23, 2013 | Reply

  3. One of Anton’s comments was:

    Anton: Sorry, but I have intention on beginning to seek Jesus no more than I intend to seek Heracles or Thor. I already sought Him, didn’t find him, and realized that was because, like Heracles and Thor, there is no Him.

    That’s an interesting perspective, roughly equivalent to saying, “I was given directions to a restaurant downtown, drove down there, didn’t find it even after looking, and then realized, like the fountain of youth and El Dorado, the restaurant doesn’t exist. The person who thinks it does is either imagining things or is intentionally trying to mislead me.

    Comment by johnconstitution | January 16, 2013 | Reply

    • What Anton doesn’t realize (I can tell from his questions) is that he is indeed seeking something. He sounds a lot like Agrippa telling Paul “almost you’ve persuaded me” Any further conversation with him since this post?

      Comment by libslayer2013 | August 28, 2013 | Reply


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