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A Personal Testimony - How I became Christian.

Updated on August 25, 2014

Flesh and blood.

Father on left, son on right.
Father on left, son on right. | Source

Fact or Fiction?

My name is James, and I hope you enjoy stories because this is rather long, but... Have you ever heard a story that sounded too good to be true, too crazy to be real?

HubPages did not publish this after I had edited it, so I decided to make a video about my testimony, since this hub was rather lengthy and reading can sometimes get boring. It just so happens that I'm not much of a talker, but I decided I wanted this to be in a video, since text can't convey emotions too well. See it for yourself, not based on what I say, but on the premise that "the bible is true" -- And not just true, but what is real.

The bible is more than just a book of "fairy tales", it is a literal history of the world. So the views contained therein are rather deep when it comes to our origins, such as that of if we were really created, or if this all happened by chance?

Do we doubt what the bible says, because it may be too crazy to be true?

"Yea, hath God said?"

Seeds of doubt, brothers and sisters. Because if the bible is true, and this may sound disgusting, but it has a certain beauty to it... We're all related, literally. This means that we as believers in what the bible says is true, must then agree with it as absolute truth. God is no respecter of persons, and your title, background and skin color mean nothing. It is the absolute standard of truth, and it is comforting to know that we're all related, that we're "in this together" -- Which is the "Christian" mindset.

What is a "Christian" anyway? What makes us think we have the answers? And from where do the answers come from? The bible, correct? Which version? The KJV? ESV? Where are the "original texts", and where do they come from?

I have a lot question, and I think I have answers... But it isn't based on what I think is true, or rather, what I think I wanted to be true. No, if my answers are biblical, then they must agree with the text. Literally.

"But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear." - Matthew ch13 v16.

It is by faith that we see these things, that the bible is a true account of history to the world: A world in rebellion to God.

"Religion" will not save you. You can't hide behind "Well, my pastor says, blah blah blah". It doesn't work that way, it must agree with the text. Period. End of story.

But blessed are your eyes, for the see that it is true, when it says that every man is a liar. There is none righteous, no, not even one of us are righteous enough to enter the Kingdom of God on our own merits.

Great tribulation is coming, and there does not appear to be a rapture any time soon.

"When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him." - Deuteronomy ch18 v22.

There are a lot of false prophets in the world, and they don't represent me or what I believe is true. So if that version is the "real Christianity", and I'm believing a fake version of it, prove me wrong. But don't base your argument against me be based on something John Hagee, Harold Camping or the Roman Catholic Church did or said. They don't represent me, or my beliefs.

If you have questions, I may have answers, and you might not like them. Sorry, but the bible is brutally honest when it comes to these deep problems and things we see on TV going on around us, all over the world.

So why Jesus? Why the bible?

I would like to make more videos, and talk about God, but I don't think anyone wants to listen. I could be wrong, but I will consider making more videos if people have honest questions, and not "railing accusations" based on my faults or failings. Posts containing inappropriate material will be deleted, so fair warning now, all I am asking is for you "keep it clean". That isn't asking much, is it?

God bless.

My testimonial on YouTube.

Just me talking about how I came to believe that the bible is true.

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing that story. It was deeply personal and heartfelt. Good news for all who are lost.

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      shofarcall 4 years ago

      Hi again Ceegan,

      Thank you for sharing your testimony with us. It is what we are called to do. I know so many children of God (myself included) who have not had easy childhoods or upbringings but our God has a way of turning everything to Good. Because He is Good. May God Bless and keep you under His wing.

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      aimer 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony. God will continue to use you in a mighty way for His honor and glory!

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      Sarra Garrett 5 years ago

      Voted Up Awsome and Beautiful. Your Dad was letting you know he is still watching out for you and always will. You and I share a lot of similar paths and more. My dad was a State Trooper for many years, was in the Korean War and I've lost him as well. I have also been homeless but pulled myself back up by the bootstrings. I also have Jesus in my life. Funny (not ha ha funny) but the last time I was homeless I was 30 and ended up joining the Army and seeing combat. It wasn't until then that I accepted Jesus into my life. You are an inspiration!

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      Hello alvairs :)

      "But i continue to have faith in him."

      And that's all He really asks! That is why one of my favorite books in the bible, is the book of Job. He stayed faithful to God, through a horrible period in his life. No matter what, Job never cursed God, but he certainly questioned Him.

      Sometimes, we may not like the answers we get, but we do get answers!

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      Barrington Nixon 5 years ago from Brampton Ontario Canada

      That was a great story Ceegen. I have my share of trials and tribulations. and there are times i wonder if there is really a God. But i continue to have faith in him.

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      ExpectGreatThings,

      That is part of the hope in this message I want to convey: You don't have to feel like it is impossible that God will forgive you. I was a pretty horrible person, before Jesus changed my heart. I'm still not perfect, by any means, but I'm way better off than I was before.

      If I can accept Jesus, and He accepts me, anyone can be saved.

      Thanks for seeing a part of that, I can tell you're pretty perceptive on things like this!

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      ExpectGreatThings 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thank you for being a faithful witness to our Lord and Savior! I appreciate your words. And I appreciate His work in your life. You have definitely had a hard road, but it seems to have made you a stronger person. I hope you will have many more opportunities to share who God is and what He has done in your life.

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      Wow, thanks EA. I think you left me speechless on that one. Didn't expect that, thank you.

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thanks for sharing this awesome testimony. I remember when I got baptized I felt the weight lift off the shoulders and I had such a peace come over me so I know what you mean.

      Maybe one day you can write a hub about that trip from CA to Canada :-). You are a really good writer and I bet it would be a great story! Voted up.

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      Edwinoel Tanglao,

      We're called, as Christians, to support and uplift each other. Some times even the mundane, "Hello, how are you doing today?" is sometimes overlooked in our daily life, and causes us to be callous. I can see that you're not that kind of person, because God has changed you too!

      God bless you.

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      Edwinoel Tanglao 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      God in Jesus inspires, protects, guides, enlightens and blesses those who seek Him by name. And His Name is above all Names, for He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, He is the Lord of All. With Him and in Him, we continue to live even when we die physically. Your dad, so did mine, just went ahead of us, but I know and believe, in Christ, they continue to live. Sometimes, I can feel my dad's presence as I pray, so with my dearly departed son, who's twin brother reminds us in the family of him. Blessings to you in your deep faith in Jesus, Ceegan. Thanks for the follow.

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      (That last message was for FSlovenec. Sorry for the confusion, but the comments section seems to be horribly buggy on hubpages.)

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      Oh hey, I meant to write a little more than just "Thank you very much." lol

      I was really tired at the time, but I didn't want to feel rude. But now I've honestly forgot most of what I wanted to type... But God bless you, sir. Thank you for reading!

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      Thanks you, Seek-n-Find!

      Lots of times, people are afraid to share their testimony. And why? Because people might think we're crazy? The world already thinks that we're talking to invisible people. They just don't understand how personal it really is! We are compelled by Christ to share His message, through us. It changes peoples hearts, it really does.

      God bless ya!

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      Jenna Ditsch 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thank you for sharing James. I think there is so much power in one's testimony. One part of the Bible says that "they overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony." People can talk about philosophies and facts and figures and the argument can go back and forth, back and forth--the most clever person will usually win the argument. But the power of a changed life--who can argue with that? I've had my share of God experiences and it is encounter with the living God that transforms and encourages me. I've studied--I have knowledge and degrees--but until I understood it was about relationship, I had nothing. You have relationship with God--I can hear it in your words through what you've written. That is precious and valuable beyond words. Thanks again for sharing!

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      I've not killed anyone, Mark Knowles. In 7 years of service while on active duty, not once did I even have to pick up my rifle in defense of myself or others.

      I think someone was watching out for me from on high. What do you think?

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      Mark Knowles 5 years ago

      LAWL How may people u dun kilt?

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      Thanks for visiting, Nell. Nice to see you here! :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Wow! amazing story ceegan. I can quite believe it what happened with your dad, and I am so sorry you had to go through that to, yes I totally believe what happened to you when you asked for help, I do believe, I have my own take on it, but its a similar thing, wonderful story, and voted up! nell

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      Thank you to both His princesz and tlmcgaa70, for your kind words and support! I appreciate it :)

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      His princesz 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your personal testimony Ceegen, I am just awe-struck about how God works in our lives. Be glory and honor to Him alone! :)

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      tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

      what a beautiful testimony James. your father sounds like my grandfather was. he was in world war one, doing the radio stuff, but he was so talented, he was a musician, carpenter, painter, chef, spoke multiple languages. i admired that man so deeply. miss him so much. learned so much from him. he was loved by so many. GOD is amazing. there are simply no words that are adequate to describe HIM. the words we have fall utterly short of doing HIM justice. sadly i am called self righteous when i say there was never a time i did not walk with HIM. there was never that enlightening moment for me. sometimes i wonder if i have missed out. but GOD calls HIS children when HE will. for me...mother dedicated me to GOD before i was born. i died when i was 3 and that is when i met JESUS. i felt HIS calling...i remember one day my neighbor came to ask if we wanted to go to church with him, mom was not home but i said yes, i could not say no. i was only 5 or 6 at the time. but i could not deny the feeling i had inside me. my entire life has belonged to GOD. this is not to say i am perfect, GOD knows i make my share of mistakes and have my share of faults. i depend on HIS mercy heavily. but i live to please HIM, by this i mean i live to obey HIM. wow...didnt mean to write a hub here. better stop. totally awesome hub.

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      James 5 years ago from Maine, USA

      Thank you very much, FSlovenec.

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      Frank Slovenec 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Great testimony !!! We are directed to give our testimony to testify what Jesus does in our lives. Thank you for having the courage for the content and the creativity in the writing. I feel like I know your father from this brief hub. Good work!