Atheist Journalist Lived a ‘Narcissistic, Profane’ Life — Until He Embarked on a Two-Year Investigation Into the Bible That Changed Everything [Video]

Having been a Christian all my life, I can tell you that there is nothing in this world that I have found that gives me greater peace or moves me more than my love for Jesus. That love, that faith has seen me through the darkest of times and pulled me back from the abyss more than once. Lee Strobel’s books are inspirational and they truly come from the heart and soul. My journey was different than his… I needed no interview, no evidence. From the time I could walk, in a family that did not attend church, I gravitated by myself to the Bible and Christianity. It called to me. The struggle makes Strobel’s journey even more incredible and his devotion is humbling.

From TheBlaze:

Journalist and pastor Lee Strobel was once an atheist who rejected any notion of the supernatural, but after spending two years interviewing experts and diving deep into theology, he says he found himself overwhelmed by the evidence for Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection.

Strobel, who converted to Christianity in 1981, leaving behind what he said was a “narcissistic and profane” life, has a new book out titled “The Case for Grace,” which focuses on his belief that God’s grace can profoundly transform lives.

And Strobel told TheBlaze on Tuesday that it’s his own story of going from staunch atheist to passionate Christian that has shown him just how transformational such a conversion experience can be.

Flashing back to 1981, Strobel described being the legal editor for the Chicago Tribune when his wife, Leslie, who was previously an agnostic, became a Christian through a friend who lived in their condo complex.

It was what happened next that left Strobel, at atheist, profoundly intrigued.

“It was the positive changes in her life that made me investigate if religion might be true,” he said. “I began to look into questions — ‘Where does science point? Where does history point? What about Jesus — did he ever claim to be the son of God?’”

Strobel said that the resurrection, though, was the lynch-pin for him. After all, anyone can claim to be the son of God, but Jesus’ other proclamations, he said, upped the ante.

“If Jesus claimed to be son of God, died and then rose from the dead, that’s pretty good evidence he’s telling the truth,” Strobel said. “That’s the ballgame — the resurrection of Jesus.”

And that’s the issue that Strobel, a staunch reporter, spent a lot of time investigating; he didn’t have a book deal at the time and said that he embarked on the journey in an effort to be an “honest reporter” and to dig deeper, based on his curiosity, into some key theological themes.

“I would do research, call people to ask questions,” he said. “I didn’t even keep very good notes.”

When all was said and done, Strobel concluded that Jesus did, indeed, live, claim to be divine and was inevitably executed, with Strobel suddenly finding himself rejecting the notion that it was all “a legend.”

Exploring all available information, Strobel said that it became evident that everyone — even Jesus’ critics — agreed that Christ’s tomb was empty following his crucifixion, though the debate centered on whether he truly came back, or whether the body was stolen.

Observing all of this biblical and outside information about Christ’s life and ministry had a profound impact on Strobel, until one day he realized that the “scales had tipped.”

“On Nov. 8, 1981, I went alone in my room and I thought, ‘I’ve got to get down on paper the evidence that I’ve investigated for these two years,’” he said. “I began to write [and] finally, after many pages, I put down my pen and … I realized it would take more faith to maintain my atheism than become a Christian.”

Strobel said that accepting Christ meant leaving his past behind.

“I believed based on the historical data, but I had to receive this grace — the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life,” he said. “I confessed a lifetime of immorality, a narcissistic, profane life … and I confessed that and I received forgiveness.”

We all sin and we all fall short… but you can be forgiven and repent. I’ve done it my whole life. I’m far, far from perfect. In The Case for Grace you will hear amazing stories of other Christian’s journeys in faith. We are here such a short time and there is so much to learn… finding freedom in leaving those things behind that destroy us uplifts each and every one of us. Finding love and grace in God nourishes the soul and allows us to become far more than we could ever have imagined. No one should travel alone in this life and everyone should have someone waiting for them in the next.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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