I was brought up in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic schools.Â Up until the age of 16 I accepted the teachings of the Church. However in my last year at school I started toÂ question the teachings, which to me did not seem to coincide with the teachings of the bible. As I was toldÂ that the only true Church was the Catholic Church and that the bible was the word of God, and it seemed toÂ me that teachings of the two were not the same then I gave away any belief in God, and for the next 15Â years would describe myself not as an atheist but an agnostic (Which means that I did not know if there wasÂ I was brought up in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic schools. Up until the age of 16 IÂ accepted the teachings of the Church. However in my last year at school I started to question the teachings,Â which to me did not seem to coincide with the teachings of the bible. As I was told that the only true ChurchÂ was the Catholic Church and that the bible was the word of God, and it seemed to me that teachings of theÂ two were not the same then I gave away any belief in God, and for the next 15 years would describe myselfÂ not as an atheist but an agnostic (Which means that I did not know if there was a God or not).Â My wife and I got married and we raised a family. We arrived in Australia from England in 1979 toÂ start a new life in a new country. Some friends that we made in Australia became Christians and proceededÂ to tell my wife and me about their conversion, and I was not in the least bit interested in what they had toÂ say. However my wife was and it became a source of conflict in the home.Â I set out to prove them that what they saying was not true, and so I bought a bible from a secondÂ hand shop and set out to show them that what they were saying and what the bible was saying is not theÂ same and interestingly I tried to use the teachings that I was brought up with in the Catholic Church. (TheÂ same teachings that I was brought up with and had rejected at 16, because it was all that I knew).Â However what I found that what our friends were saying matched up with what the Bible says.Â I kept the Bible in my car, because I did not want my wife to see that I was reading it. So when I hadÂ the opportunity I would go into my car and read. The more that I read about Jesus in the gospels ofÂ Matthew, Mark, Luke and John the more that I was convicted in my heart that I wanted to become aÂ Christian and follow Jesus and that I needed to be baptised and to receive the Holy Spirit.Â I went for the first time to the Church that our friends went to and at the end of the meeting,Â unbeknown to my wife I was asked if I wanted to get baptised and I said yes.Â I was then baptised and when I sat up in the baptism tank I received the Holy Spirit and I spoke inÂ tongues and it was a powerful sign to me that I had received the Holy Spirit in the same manner asÂ Christians in the early Church did. I can be precise about the time that I was baptised and had received theÂ Holy Spirit; it was 5.15 pm on the 21st of February 1982Â That was thirty three years ago and Jesus has become uppermost in my life and I could not imagine.Â The scriptures talk not only about the time that Jesus was on the earth just over two thousandÂ years ago when He came in the form of a man, but it also talks about the day that He is going to return againÂ as a King and to put an end to all of the corruption and sin that is in the world now. That is the day that I amÂ looking forward to with great anticipation.
Brought up religious, but then he found God.
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