CONVERSION OF AN ATHIEST
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.
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.