CONVERSION OF AN ATHIEST

JACK’S JOURNEY

 

This is the true story of a person on his journey through his life. I will call this person Jack for the purpose of this story. The story describes the self-search for meaning in Jack’s life.

 

Jack was born into a church going family but at a point in his young life he became a bit disillusioned and rebellious towards his religious upbringing. He even expressed his own rebellion by regarding religion as a chore and a duty. Jack even stated that he “was very angry with God for not existing”. By the age of 15 Jack proclaimed himself an atheist, but he was an ardent student and developed an interest in the occult at this same time since his studies provided him an opportunity at such studies.

 

Jack was a very accomplished student who obtained three first class degrees at a noted university and developed into a writer. Throughout his life Jack felt a longing he couldn’t quite put his finger on but he knew something was missing. He had experienced sporadic periods of gleefulness followed by melancholy. Some of the friends Jack had met at university (who also had become writers) formed a discussion society to discuss the true meaning of their lives.

CONVERSION

 

One result of the ongoing discussions was that by the age of 29 Jack proclaimed himself a theist. He believed there was a god, but he was not sure what god in which he believed. The discussion group continued between Jack and his friends and collogues. Jack found himself drawn in a mysterious direction.  Jack himself described this process as “being dragged kicking and screaming back to Christianity”. He described the process as a totally logical process and denied any emotional involvement.

 

On September 19,1931 Jack and his friends were taking a nighttime stroll and discussing myths which continued throughout the night until the morning. During the journey one of his friends told Jack “Myths are God’s way of preparing the ground for the Christian story”. The friend continued, “The stories of resurrection throughout history are precursors of Jesus’ true resurrection”.

 

Jack finally realized that his sporadic moments of glee had been pointers, reminding him that he was made for another World. He reinterpreted them as a longing for Heaven, for God, and for joy.

WHO IS JACK

Remember I earlier said this is a true story. The obvious question is who is Jack? You might know Jack best through one of his works “The Chronicles of Narnia ”. Yes Jack is the author best known as C. S. Lewis. Clive Staples Lewis proclaimed his name was Jack on the day of his third birthday. One of the friends he discussed with was J. R. R. Tolkien who was the friend who Jack talked with through the night of his conversion .

The above description of Jack's journey is instructive and inspirational.

Comments 18 comments

mikeq107 7 years ago

Great one Tom :0)

Keep them coming!!!!

Mike


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Thank you mikeq for being my first guest and commenter. I truly love the story of C. S, Lewis.


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas

This is an awesome story. I had not heard this before. Your story was quite visual for me. You know I see movies in my head when I read. Forgive the reference to two of my own articles. Loved this story. God has a way of drawing us back to him in the end.


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Thank you Smirles for your complimentary commentary. I accept your compliment with true humilty. I am glad I was able to aid your visualization of the inspirational story of C. S. Lewis. I first heard of this story several years ago on The History Channel.


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States

I loved this hub. The first half of the story sounded like my personal story. The ending was then a surprise and I loved it. You are a tricky one! I really enjoyed this hub. Thanks so much.


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pamela I felt the same way about the story as you. I believe we all have our own personal journeys through life and this story is not atipical of our own return to the faith of our youth.

It's like completing a circle of life and living to our ultimate destiny. Most often after a yearning search we find we had the simple truth in our childhood.

Thank you for your comment and for sharing your feelings.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

You told the story very well, brother. I guessed it was C.S. by the end of the second paragraph—but only because I have all of his non-fiction books. One of my favorite writers of all time. And you are one of my favorite Hubbers! Thanks for this piece.


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

James I thank you for your compimentary comment. I remember the first time I heard the story of C. S. Lewis. I was both amazed and overwhelmed. His journey back to Chist was an inspiration to me. That was my reason for wanting to share his story. You are very welcome brother.


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

nice information. thanks for share about this topic.


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

praseto, thank you for your visit and for your kind comment.


lifecoachlive 6 years ago

Great article! It is hard to see how someone can remain an athiest if they take a look at all the evidence with an open mind. It is an amazing story! Thanks for taking the time to share this hub!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

lifecoach,

I completely agree with your comment. God is readily appearant in His creation. I believe it takes a hardened heart to close ones mind to the point that God's presence is not observed.

Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments.


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Maraiya Storm 6 years ago from Prescott, Arizona

Thanks for talking about C.S. Lewis. He was amazing. I already knew about his atheism and conversion to Christianity through watching a biographical movie about him on TBN. Reading your hub makes me want to read C.S. Lewis' book(s) that talk about how he decided to become a Christian.

C.S. Lewis is also a terrific novelist; and his fantasy mystical novel, "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe," is one of my all-time favorite stories that contains a powerful message for humankind.

I was at first drawn to your C.S. Lewis hub because I am particularly concerned about how many people nowadays are atheists, and I am concerned as to how anyone could get through to them that atheism is not the truth. I have tried to interact with a number of atheists online, providing them with what I considered to be great, convincing answers; yet, I found that 100% of them could not be convinced to believe in God or Jesus.

I find that the main reason why people are atheists, or are on the verge of losing their faith in God, is because of one simple question: "If there is such a powerful, loving God, then why does he allow so much cruelty, torture and suffering in the world, and why doesn't he just protect people from it and stop the Devil entirely?" Most atheists will not accept any viable answer to this question. They just believe that if there is a God, he should be doing more about the suffering and the evil in the world. They have trouble accepting the concept that God allows evil and suffering because it is the way we grow, develop discernment and better choices, learn how the Devil works, and become closer to God.

Perhaps if we read some nonfiction books and autobiographical texts by C.S. Lewis, then we will know better how to go about convincing the atheists. Even though I watched the movie about C.S. Lewis, I still should read his book about his life. You are reminding me that I need to do this.

I think that some of the atheists and agnostics might become convinced about God and Christianity if they were to listen to the numerous, constant, absolutely amazing testimonials on TBN from so many people who have been healed and properly guided by God and Jesus.

I cannot convince the atheists myself, so I refer them to TBN. I would also recommend to the atheists and agnostics that they read about C.S. Lewis' conversion to Christianity.

C.S. Lewis is just one good example of how God uses Christian writers to help heal people's souls. We are so blessed to be able to write and share God's truth with people! And there are so many ways to share what we have learned...through novels, autobiographies, nonfiction books, articles, short stories, poems, etc. And we can have so much fun writing it, too!

I absolutely love C.S. Lewis!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Maraiya Storm,

I have only had success with converting one athiest. He was my son-in law. I didn't argue on the merits. I just asked "What do you have to lose by believing in Jesus and God? If you believe and it's not true you're back where you started, but if it is true and you don't believe WOW you've got a lot of trouble!!!!!!!"


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Maraiya Storm 6 years ago from Prescott, Arizona

That's very interesting! I'll have to remember that one! I think that perhaps you shifted him from atheist to agnostic and then into a sort of shaky, skeptical Christian...or, did he eventually become a very strong believer? Was it definitely proven to him, and how? Did he experience some miracles or the presence of Jesus?


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Maraiya Storm,

I never try to judge the strength of another's belief. I just asked him to read the testaments of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Not in the entire versions just the words written in red ink, Jesus own words. He started reading in November 2004 and then by Easter of 2005 I witnessed his babtism along with his three children (my grandchildren). :)


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Hannah Ministries 6 years ago

Jusr today I used a quote of lewis to make a HUB! Tremendous testimony! Loved it.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Hannah Ministries,

Lewis has an inspirational story. He used his intelect to come to Jesus, and then he fully committed his soul.

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