I’m a Christian in Australia, raised in the independent Baptist movement, and currently attending a small baptist church. I work in Information Technology for a job (20+ years). I accepted Jesus at a young age ( 4 or 5 perhaps, but exact age unknown but remember making a simple child-like decision to ‘ask Jesus into my heart’), and then ‘made sure of my faith’ at several youth camps at around 15, and again during the years of 18-25 (where you separate from your parents and complete becoming an adult) continued to make the faith my own, rather than my parents faith. I’m in my 40s now, and as each day passes I realize that without the completed work of Jesus Christ on the cross, I would be hopelessly lost. I need Him every day.
I did the Introduction course of RZIM because I wanted to be able to share the message of Jesus Christ in a post-Christian culture. I had a fairly in depth discussion with an atheist online about 6 months before I did the course, which was the motivation to learn more. If Christianity can’t stand up to the hard questions that the atheists throw at it, then I wanted to know about it. Honestly, I found the course really heavy going and am still trying to deal with it.
Before I enrolled in the course, I had read most of John Lennox’s books in refuting the new atheists, loved the gentle and disarming way in which John Lennox debated Richard Dawkins in the 2009 debate, and my favorite book is ‘Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism’, and also enjoyed the ‘Determined to Believe’ book, and am looking forward to the new one about the life of Joseph when it is released. .
I have also enjoyed many Ravi Zacharius messages on youtube. I’ve managed to get through ‘Jesus among other gods’ recently, and next on my list is ‘Jesus among secular gods’.
I’m trying to learn to be more like Jesus each day, and learn the compassion quite clearly shown by the RZIM team. I liked how it was clearly shown that we need to ask questions gently, and with a starting point of compassion, of a persons worldview in order to have time to think about it and not just for the sake of argument.
Thank you for this ministry - and to all who are able to answer the really hard questions, but in a loving way.