Born into a Christian-based home, I was told to declare Jesus as Lord and Savior, I was chosen to play baby Jesus in the manger, I was taught to play the flute in the chorus, and I was required to attend Sunday school. I was made active in the church, but because I didn’t know what it was to have a personal relationship with God, church became just a weekly activity for me—just another chore. I didn’t understand the purpose or importance of going, and I would usually fall asleep in the middle of service. Later, in my teen years, and after the 6th grade, I started to lose passion for Christ, and after finding out there were other idols that people worship as gods, other religions, and many denominations of Christianity in itself, I got confused concerning which religion contained the absolute truth. I became skeptic.
My step grandmother had introduced me to a COGIC and a non-denominational church. My mother would regularly attend Baptist churches, her mother and other members of the family were Jehovah’s Witness, and my stepdad had converted to Islam while in prison. It became a battle in my mind as I tried to figure out whether I should pray to Allah, Jehovah or Jesus. My family all tried to get me to believe in and follow their religion, but instead of drawing me closer to God, Satan used this confusion of false doctrine to blind my mind and draw me away from God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). I had gotten in so many religious disputes and debates with my family, that I shunned away from learning about any of their faiths.
Religion was the worst thing to have ever happen to me.
But some time after I got into college, a “SEED” was “PLANTED” when I joined this club on campus called InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and they led me to accept Jesus in my heart. Later, the seed was “WATERED” when I met a sincere Christian friend in the dorms who took me to her church to be baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost, then I was introduced to some Christian rappers such as Flame and Lecrae, found out about the Passion For Christ Movement, and started to attend an Apostolic church. Eventually, the Spirit of God gave the “INCREASE” as he started to witness to my heart and teach me the PURE gospel and the TRUTH about Jesus. (1 Corinthians 3:5-11)
God doesn’t tell different cultures different things to believe. He has told the whole world one thing to believe. All we must do is follow.
“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
“I learned that it isn’t about practicing a religion or being a part of a specific denomination. It’s not about doing works to keep your salavation either because we are saved by grace. It’s about realizing that we are sinners and in need of a savior. It’s about putting our faith in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, and going through him to have a Personal Relationship with God [The Father], with the help of the Holy Spirit. The goal is holiness and the law is love. Jesus is the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, and the ONLY life. No man gets into heaven except through HIM. (John 5:39-40, John 14:6, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:1-14, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 5:7)
I know the truth now. And the truth has set me free and gave me eternal life. I am an EX-Skeptic!