@CarsonWeitnauer, I am tight for time but I read your post and love the question and then was inspired by @Dave_Kenny reply. By the way, I believe that it was it was @Helen_Tan that mentioned a YouTube talk by J. Warner Wallace that was excellent. It was called, “Why Jesus” and was about 2 hours long but it was riveting, I’d encourage for anyone who hasn’t seen it, to view it.
Onto the question as to why I am a Christian.
I’m not Scriptural when I say this but the Proverb that speaks of training a child in the ways of the Lord did not apply to me but I was actually grateful because when I came to know Jesus, I knew that it wasn’t because I was told it was true, but rather, I came to personally know that He was and is the Truth.I don’t wish to offend anyone, but I was raised in a Catholic home but in my home, the issue was Catholicism but it had nothing to do with Jesus. Scripture was only required reading as a punishment. I lived a block away from the church and, as it was left always open, as a teenager, I would sit in the dark church and want to know who God was.
The Lord was faithful to me and He coordinated life to work together to coming to know Him. I met my wife to be when she was 17 years old and she was a believer, I loved talking about what was true and she brought up Jesus. Shortly after this, I decided to travel to all 48 continental states for college credit, only to be issued after the trip if my profs thought that it was duly earned.
It was the early 70’s so I could hitchhike and it was a time of the Jesus revolution. In addition to this, Nancy, my wife-to be, gave me a Good News for Modern Man Bible. I asked her why I would want to read what only served as penance? The Bible, along with deep conversations along my journey, coupled with the varied beauty of my country that I discovered was the work of a Creator, all came together and Jesus met me…Particularly, the Scriptures spoke to me profoundly. I knew I had found the Truth. All of the other worldviews, that I had no background to, struck me as off. I was even at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City and, being alone, I was constantly being “ministered” to… Yet, with no knowledge of the Bible, Mormonism just didn’t sit right with me.
Even before I knew Him, the Holy Spirit was ministering to me because I wanted to know the Truth, Wanting to know truth is a perquisite to discovering it. Just because I know that I know that I know Jesus is the Way, Truth and Life does not make for a good defense of it, Yet, it is imperative that I know it personally to be the Truth before I can tell others about it.
Believe me, this is the cliff note version of my story. More followed that tested my belief but it only underscored the truth,