Susan believes that “all Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16) but not God dictated. This means God inspired the biblical authors yet their words also reflect their personality, context and culture.
Susan attends an evangelical protestant church. Here’s the story of how she came to faith.
How I came to faith
I was thirteen when I decided to start attending church. In retrospect this was bizarre. My family didn’t attend church and I didn’t know anyone who went to church regularly, but my parents sent my brother and me to Sunday school sporadically when we were younger. This was fortunate because it gave me a vague idea of how a church worked.
All too often, people leave churches because they’re bored, but that’s the reason I started going. I wasn’t seeking a spiritual experience. I was simply a lonely teenager with too much time and too little to do. I guess I thought church was a sort of social club where I might make a few friends. It never occurred to me that I could have a relationship with God. It never occurred to me that God was interested in me. It never occurred to me that it would change my life.
I chose to go to the nearest church to my home so I could walk. It happened to be an Anglican church. One Sunday morning in the early 70’s, I turned up at a church service.
Later that year, I went to a youth group camp. The leaders were in their early twenties and attended other churches in the area. I realized there was something different about them. They had something in their lives. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I wanted it. They seemed happy and at peace.
Over the course of the weekend, I understood that it was Jesus. They had him in their lives, and I wanted him in mine. They told me I needed to surrender my life to God. I didn’t think this was a big deal. I didn’t want the life I had, so if God wanted it, well, he could have it. The night after the camp, I knelt beside my bed and asked Jesus to come into my life as Lord and Savior. The simple decision of attending church had led me to this point.
After I became a Christian, my life changed radically. I was so much happier. I understood that God was interested in me, that he loved me, and that Jesus died for my sins. My life had purpose and meaning. I also recognized that it was God who planted the idea of going to church in my heart. God had directed events to draw me to himself from a non-Christian environment. I was amazed that God would do that for me.
I continued going to youth rallies, but when speakers challenged their audience to live a surrendered life, I found it much harder because my life had now become important to me. It was also harder because my understanding of God’s character was so limited. Could God be trusted with this life I now wanted?
In many ways, I still write and speak on the theme of trusting God. To read more about my writing click here.