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Determined to debunk my wife's belief in Jesus.

"I thought this was the end of our marriage. But in the ensuing months, I saw positive changes in her values and character in the way she related to me and the children."

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For most of my life, I was an atheist. I thought the idea of an all loving, all powerful creator of the universe, I thought it was stupid. My background is in journalism and law. I tend to be a skeptical person. I was a legal editor of the Chicago Tribune. So, I needed evidence before I believed anything. One day my wife came up to me. She had been agnostic. She said after a period of spiritual investigation she had decided to become a follower of Jesus Christ. I thought this is the worst possible news that I could get. I thought she was going to turn into some sexually repressed prude that was going to spend all of her time serving the poor on skid row somewhere. I thought this was the end of our marriage. But in the ensuing months, I saw positive changes in her values and character in the way she related to me and the children. It was winsome. It was attractive and it made me want to check things out. So, I went to church one day mainly to try and see if I could get her out of this cult she had gotten involved in. But I heard the message of Jesus articulated for the first time in a way that I could understand it. That forgiveness is a free gift and that Jesus Christ died for our sins that we might spend eternity with Him. I walked out saying I was still an atheist. But also saying that if this is true this has huge implications for my life. So I used my journalism training and legal training to begin an investigation into whether there is any credibility to Christianity or any other world faith system for that matter. I did that for a year and nine months until November 8, 1981. And on that day I realized that in light of the torrent of evidence flowing in the direction of the truth of Christianity, it would require more faith for me to maintain my atheism than to become a Christian. Because to be an atheist I would have to swim upstream against this torrent of evidence pointing toward the truth of Jesus Christ and I couldn’t do that. I was trained in journalism and law to respond to truth. So on that day, I received Jesus Christ as my forgiver and as my leader and just like with my wife, my life began to change over time. My value, my character, the purpose of my life began to be transformed over time in a way that as I look back I can’t imagine staying on the path I was on compared to the adventure and the fulfillment and the joy of following Jesus Christ.

Lee Strobel - Determined to debunk my wife's belief in Jesus.

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