Logic led me to Christ
When I was a teen, I went through a journey of exploring spiritual thought. I wanted to make sure I was trusting in the right belief system. I appreciated the Christian upbringing of my parents, but I wanted to make sure I was investing my life in something I could know was correct, not just because of the way I was raised.
The first level I was challenged with was the existence of God. Do I need to believe in God? How high was the possibility of a godless existence? Did there have to be a god at all?
Logic and reason led me to the conclusion that there are numerous transcendent values that have to be explored in the spiritual disciplines. Personal qualities such as mercy, forgiveness, honesty, and trustworthiness are transcendent. Ideals like kindness, sacrifice, right and wrong and especially love are all transcendent. The answers to our origins, the answers to the individual purpose and value in life, and the answers to the afterlife are all transcendent — every one of us must look to a source above ourselves for the answers or understanding of these values. This doesn't make these values irrational; rather, reason would tell us that we need to look to an outside source for a full understanding of the human experience; there are authentic spiritual realities that are logically evident.
The second level then was, which spiritual belief is the right one? Which one holds the answers to the universal questions each of us grapple with?
In formulating a spiritual belief, I was able to appreciate the unique fundamental structure that sets following Jesus Christ apart from world religions. John 3:16 alone vividly contrasts the God of the Bible from other belief systems: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." This one verse reveals a God who loves sacrificially, a God who desires a personal connection with his people, a God who gives instead of takes, and a God who offers a certainty of eternal life as a free gift. Becoming a 'Christian' simply means placing one's faith in God's free provision for forgiveness — Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection from the dead — and allowing God to make his connection with you as you submit the direction of your life to him.
The third level was, can this spiritual pursuit make any noticeable difference in my life? Will I notice any difference, like peace or joy or confidence or righteousness?
As I committed my pursuit toward hearing God by reading his word and spending time in praying and calling out to him, I was amazed at how quickly and noticeably God responded. Everything I read in the Bible started to make sense and I could see God's activity in my life. It wasn't every day, but it was often enough that any vestigial doubts were put to rest and I wanted to tell all my friends about how great it was to have God as a part of my life.
I wasn't groomed to be a pastor in high school, but the more I learned, the more I saw how God is able to connect his values in his word to each individual life even today and I wanted to champion Christ to others in the same way I was persuaded. Every day I am more convinced that God reigns in heaven and reaches out to anyone who will turn to him. Christianity makes sense, and it works for anyone who will follow Christ.