My Religious Testimony
I have been able to trace my belief in God to an experience that I had
as a pre-teen. I was very much into making model airplanes, and I had
gained a kit of a World War II plane with several movable parts.
the wings moved because of several small parts forming a hinge.
for me, the kit was missing one of those small pieces. Being a bit
in my behavior, I thoroughly counted and recounted the pieces to make
that one was missing; then I searched for the piece here and there
the model kit had been in the house but did not find it. I remember
I did next, but I cannot remember why as my family was not very
nor did they raise me with any specific religious upbringing. I prayed
to God that I would have that missing model piece. After going on a
I came back to check the model kit. Again I counted the pieces for the
hinge and counted an extra one that had not been there before. I
and recounted as meticulously as I had when I thought one might be
God (whoever or whatever he/she was) had answered my prayer. From about
that time on I held it as a fundamental truth that God existed. The
few years were spent using little pieces of knowledge from here and
to try to make sense of God and the universe. I ended up with a very
worldview. But (though I didn't realize it at the time) my first
with God and some of my own intuitive feelings contradicted this view
God. My first experience of prayer, my continued prayers, and my inner
longing to go home (wherever that was) and to be with God--all these
went against the impersonal view of God that results from thinking that
the universe equals God. When I went to college, I attended some
meetings, because they were going to talk about the Book of Revelation.
I was interested in the Book of Revelation because I was interested in
the end of the world. At these meetings, they talked about many things
from the Bible--things about which I had never heard; and at the end of
the meetings I felt impressed to commit myself to serve God and be
As time has gone on, the significance of my decision and my
of the Bible have become clearer. I realize now more than ever before
true religion is not simply a matter of confessing a certain set of
it is a deep and lasting relationship with the Creator of the whole
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