Can you remember before you were saved?

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  1. TexasSky

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    Some of the debates in other threads got my mind to wandering back to the days before I came to know Christ.

    Things that drew me nearer to Christ, and things that made me think Christianity was a big fat lie.

    That lead to thoughts of life before Christ and life after Christ.

    I'm not asking you to share details, though you can if you feel lead to, but - CAN you remember "before and after" Christ in your life?
     
  2. exscentric

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    Let's see, since salvation is based on a logical decision of the conscious mind, wouldn't anyone that is saved remember before salvation :)

    Since I was 17 or so, yes, I remember, not that I really want to, I wasn't any prize :)
     
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    I wrote my testimony for a resume recently. I relived wasted years. Years of drinking and drugging. Years of loss. Thank God for His Grace
     
  4. Rachel

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    Yes, it wasn't THAT long ago for me. [​IMG] Almost 6 yrs now.

    Ok, very short version.....
    Before Christ I was a complete heathen that didn't desire God or anything about Him, like talking to Him, reading/studing HIs Word, worshipping Him, praising Him, being thankful for Him or anything. I didn't love Him.

    After Christ all that changed! I want to live for Him. I love Him very much. He has changed me in so many ways already, in my thoughts and actions. What a difference. It's wild!

    I used to think I was a Christian just because I believed in God and I was a so called 'good' person. I wondered what line I had to cross before I would go to hell, crazy things like that. I finally realized I was a sinner on my way to hell, that I needed a Savior. I didn't ever remember accepting Christ and what He had done for me or cried out for forgiveness of my sins. So I finally understood after praying countless times that it 'took' the first time I meant it. LOL I was on my own really trying to figure it all out, what a mess! Oh well, God helped me.

    Everyday I Praise Him and thank Him for being so AWESOME!! I know He is with me no matter what, Praise His HOLY name! [​IMG]

    God Bless,
    Rachel
     
  5. Marcia

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    Yes, I remember, it was only 14 1/2 yrs. ago and I was definitely at a "mature" age. [​IMG]

    Not only was I not a Christian but I was anti-Christian -- wrote articles against Christianity, spoke against it, etc. I remember one 3-part article was about how Christ was the avatar of the Piscen Age. I said Jesus was not coming back in the clouds or sky, but had come back via films. I was talking about "The Last Temptation of Christ."

    I was an astrologer, follower of Eastern religions, and practiced occult arts. I've posted it before, but for those who may want to read it, here is my testimony:
    http://cana.userworld.com/cana_spiritualjourney.html
     
  6. TexasSky

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    Thanks everyone.

    I think its important for Christians to remember what it was like before. For one thing, we can all use a reminder of what He did for us, but also - so we can find better ways to witness.
     
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    I was saved when I was 22. I am 37 now, so, yes, I remember it very well.

    I was raised pagan, a child of evolution and science. Christianity was the biggest joke ever known to man. I was into Dungeons and Dragons, Magic:The Gathering, Vampire:The Masquerade, dabbling in the occult.

    It took a lot for God to get my attention, but He got it. 'Nuff said.

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
  8. Mike McK

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    I was always sympathetic to religion and the idea that there was a sovereign God and I was always "the good kid", anyway, so it wasn't really that much of a shock when I became a Christian.

    The biggest things that changed was that I quit smoking so much pot (I say "so much", as opposed to any because I did smoke pot for a long while even after I became a Christian) and my ahem, recreational habits with the opposite sex changed.
     
  9. dianetavegia

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    I've avoided this thread but since Mike spoke up, felt I could share.

    I was raised in a Christian home with Christian grandparents and in church at 2 weeks old. I was raised in Sunday School, Training Union, Sunbeams, G.A.'a, VBS and we attended Wednesday night and Sunday night services. Since I was raised knowing what was right and wrong, I didn't 'change' a lot after accepting Christ as my personal Savior at the age of 8 nor did I stray as a teen.

    I was VERY blessed to have had wonderful Sunday School teachers and a great preacher (Dr. Bob Barker, FBC Chickasaw, Ala.) who started me off on the right path.
     
  10. TexasSky

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    Diane,

    I think you have a wonderful testimony (so do all of you), and I am glad you shared.
     
  11. dale kesterson

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    It, what life was like before I was saved, is beginning to fade. I was thinking about that a while ago myself. I grew up "christian" making decisions and "rededicating" myself quite a few times. Did search for the truth quite often at conferences and revivals and it helped me walk straight for a few days or weeks (sorta). My life was nothing you would call seriously depraved, but love was not there without some kind of emotional uplifting or whatnot. I was very self-conscious. One day, when driving home from a Cowboys game, a friend told me his sister-in-law would move "when God showed her it was the right time" in a sarcastic tone that ridiculed Chrisianity. That moment two things struck me; First, He did not see me as a person who sought God's guidance, and secondly, I wasn't. After that I simply quit trying, quit going to church, quit everything Christian and just became a secular "good" person. One Sunday, maybe a year later, I picked up the Bible to check something out and did not put it down again. Began to read everything I could with the strongest desire for His Word I had ever had. Prayed all the time, read countless theological books. I had not idea what happened to me because it was nothing I had ever been known before. I fell in love with Christ and it scared my wife half to death. She would peek in my room at me surrounded by books with a quizical look. I wouldn't blame her if she had said to me, "Okay, enough, where is my husband". I wasn't anything like I was before. It has been years now, and I do look back once and a while and think about what my spirit was like back then. I think it is important I do once in a while to remind myself Who saved me and how my own efforts failed.

    "How sweet it was when grace appeared the hour I first believed."
     

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