From Non-Believer to Christian

Kirsten Powers is a columnist for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, as well as a contributor to USA Today and a Democratic commentator at Fox News. Seven years ago, she was also a very happy non-believer who held Christianity in contempt. In a recent article she wrote, “I sometimes hear Christians talk about how terrible life must be for atheists. But… life actually seemed pretty wonderful, filled with opportunity and good conversation and privilege.”

One day though, her world was turned upside down when she started dating a Christian man. He invited her to consider the claims of Christ and although she found Christianity repulsive, she wanted to maintain an open mind. “As he talked, I grew conflicted. On the one hand, I was creeped out. On the other hand, I had enormous respect for him. He is smart, educated, and intellectually curious. I remember thinking, What if this is true, and I’m not even willing to consider it?”

Her boyfriend invited her to a church where a man named Tim Keller was the pastor. In his sermons, Keller would weave in certain aspects that really made her think. “After about eight months of going to hear Keller, I concluded that the weight of evidence was on the side of Christianity. But I didn’t feel any connection to God, and frankly, I was fine with that. I continued to think that people who talked of hearing from God or experiencing God were either delusional or lying. In my most generous moments, I allowed that they were just imagining things that made them feel good.”

Eventually though, through various events, God broke through her resistance. “I’ll never forget standing outside that apartment on the Upper East Side and saying to myself, ‘It’s true. It’s completely true.’ The world looked entirely different, like a veil had been lifted off it. I had not an iota of doubt. I was filled with indescribable joy.”

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