Pat
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Fall River Mills, CA
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Religion:
    Non-Denominational Evangelical Christian
    Gender:
    Male
    Two men carrying Bibles knocked on my door. They told me that Jesus died on the cross paying for all my sins, that He was buried for three days and then rose from the dead, alive forevermore. They told me that if I believed that, God would save me and that I would be "born again”. I had never heard the term "born again" before, so I asked them what it meant. They opened their Bibles and shared the account from John, chapter 3, of an extremely religious, Jewish priest’s encounter with Jesus, and how Jesus told him "ye must be born again". The two men then asked me if I had been "born again". I said "No. I'm a Catholic". They responded, "So what? God says in the Bible that you must be born again in order to go to heaven, not belong to a certain religious denomination." I'd never heard these things before and expressed my doubts. They continued, saying, "If what we are telling you is false, and you don't believe it, you have lost nothing. But if what we are telling you is true, and you don't believe it, you will lose everything and spend eternity in hell." They then asked me if I'd ever read the Bible. I responded that I never had, so they challenged me to read the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to see for myself if what they were telling me was true. They told me to pray before reading the Bible and ask God to show me the truth. I felt that what they were saying was worth my time so I told them I would, and then they left.


    I took their challenge, more out of my rebellious attitude to prove these religious nuts wrong, rather than a desire to change anything. So in defiance, (not really expecting God to be so personal) I prayed, "God, if you are as big as they say you are, you prove it. If you want me to know and do something other than what I’m doing and believing now, you show me." Over the next several weeks, I continued reading the New Testament. I prayed that same prayer each reading session, “prove it, show me”. Early one morning, I awoke not being able to go back to sleep. I got up deciding to read where I had last left off, which was the beginning of John chapter 3. As I finished reading John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” I dropped to my knees under heavy conviction of my sins and lost state and cried out; "God, I know I can't save myself and I must be born again. Please save me!" I arose from my knees a new creation because I had simply believed what God spoke to me in my spirit from the Bible. I knew I had somehow been changed. That happened 43 years ago, and my life has never been the same.
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