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The Devilish Dilemma of Doubt (3 of 4)
Series: Get Over It
Does anyone know who Kirsten Powers is? (A few hands went up).
Kirsten is a columnist for USA Today, and Newsweek and a contributor to Fox News. Some time back she told of her transition from being an atheist to believing in Christ. She explained that at one time no one she knew was a Christian, all of her friends were New York liberals and if they ever spoke of Christianity, they spoke with disdain at the ignorance and foolishness of people who wasted their time going to church.
Someone once asked her if there were any deal breakers in dating for her. She had replied: ''Just nobody who is religious.'' But then she began dating a Christian. And somewhere along in their relationship he asked her if she believed that Jesus was her Savior. She was quite blunt: ''No.''
Then he asked her: ''Do you think you could keep an open mind about it?''
Well, of course. ''I'm very open-minded!'' Even though I wasn't at all. I derided Christians as anti-intellectual bigots who were too weak to face the reality that there is no rhyme or reason to the world. I had found this man's church attendance an oddity to overlook, not a point in his favor.
As he talked, I grew conflicted. On the one hand, I was creeped out. On the other hand, I had enormous respect for him. He is smart, educated, and intellectually curious. I remember thinking, What if this is true, and I'm not even willing to consider it?
She started going to church with him and found the sermons shook her faith in her atheism. After a while her life went through some rocky times and a friend suggested she go to a specific Bible Study in an apartment in New York. She said ''I remember walking into the Bible study. I had a knot in my stomach. In my mind, only weirdoes and zealots went to Bible studies. I don't remember what was said that day. All I know is that when I left, everything had changed. I'll never forget stan ...
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