by Tim Temple
The first thing that got my attention was the fulfilled prophecies in the Bible. (See
http://www.100prophecies.org/). That gave me the understanding that the Bible has a supernatural quality to it; it wasn't cooked by earnest but dishonest people.
I understood that long range prophecies would be ruined by self-serving people
if they were too specific.
I read about Jesus in the Bible and was surprised at how much the world goes
by his sayings without giving him credit. I recognized that here was a man
worth following. But he required all or nothing when it came to following
him. After much thought, I raised my right hand and said, "I'll do
it." Then I started trying out his promises and found they worked!
When I learned to pray for things, I started praying for coincidences to happen and they did, beyond random statistical chance. I prayed for people and they were healed. I prayed for people on the other end of town, keeping track of date & time. They were healed at that date & time. I have prayed for hundreds of people for a wide variety of problems and seen a significant percentage of people healed or significantly improved. About 80% of the people I pray for with arthritis are healed, regardless of what treatments they have had prior to that. About 50% of the cancer patients I have prayed for have 50% or more of the cancer gone the next time they see the doctor. Jesus is alive and well on planet earth! More scientific, controlled studies have been done here:
or see here: http://www.christianhealingmin.org/newsletter/archives/physical_healing/research.php
I have a personal relationship with God, where we have conversations together. Unlike "hearing voices", The Voice of the Lord is 100% accurate 100% of the time. He just doesn't tell me everything. One of my favorite techniques for mental healing is just asking Jesus to speak truth to a person in the midst of a traumatic memory. He always does something different, but always effectively
heals the trauma.
The person doesn't even have to be a Christian.
I have had to deal with aliens called demons. They have more spiritual
capabilities than us. However, they know who Jesus Christ of Nazareth is
-- and can be ordered around by His conferred authority. The Bible says so
and I have done so.
As for the Old Testament -- the book of Genesis particularly -- I accept it
on the basis that Jesus my Lord and example respected it. Since I am not
trying to be a Jew, I don't worry about all that. Yes, there were
dinosaurs at one time. The world could be very old -- or not. I
So, regardless of all the wrangling among Christians, all the harassment by unbelievers, all the times troubles still can come my way, I am solid in my foundation in Christ.
Joe Eszterhas, the writer of many dark novels, became a Christian in
2001. He was healed of throat cancer and healed even of the surgery that
had been done: http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080823/NEWS10/808230343