Why should I Look Closer?

A friend of mine often says:

Most people’s understanding of Christianity is actually a misunderstanding.

He’s right.

On my travels as a freelance speaker, I meet many people who have made up their minds about God and Christianity and come to the decision that "it's not for me" without really taking a closer look. 'Never judge a book by its cover', the old saying goes and yet this is done so many times with God and Christianity.

It is an almost obvious thing to say, but it is only when you know what Christianity actually is that you can know what Christianity is not!

Look Closer is here to help you take a closer look at Christianity so that you can have a real understanding of what it's about. I hope you enjoy taking a closer look.

You can try it out

You can try it out

I remember hearing of a chef in a hotel in Switzerland who lost a finger in a meat cutting machine. Suspecting negligence, the insurance company sent one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine out and lost a finger. Not surprisingly, the chef’s claim was approved. It’s only by experiencing God that you know what is claimed is actually true.

A belief is something that you hold; a conviction is something that holds you. If you ever ask a Christian how they know it’s true, you may well hear them say "I just know". Christians don’t simply hold a belief that God is real and that Jesus died for them, they have a conviction. It holds them, they can’t believe anything else.

As human beings, we are prepared to try anything and everything but God. But you’ll never know what God is like unless you try Him. Try it and see for yourself that it works, find out for yourself that God is real, that He loves you and only wants what is best for your life. The Bible says:

Taste and see that Lord is good.

The proof really is in the pudding. Don’t wait until you’re older and less busy, or until your circumstances are better. When I listen to people talking about how they became Christians, they often say, "I wish I hadn’t left it so late". There really is no time like the present.

You can work it out

You can work it out

Mathematician William Shanks spent 15 years of his life completing the calculation of the value of Pi to 707 decimal places. Later research showed that his last 100 digits were incorrect. Even working something out doesn’t guarantee that you will come to the right answer.

You could spend a great deal of time trying to work God and Christianity out and still come to the wrong conclusion. Helpful research involves talking to Christians. Why not go along to church and talk to people, ask them how they discovered God and what it means to them?

Real research involves talking to real people. We can point you in the right direction.

Click one of the logos below to investigate further or email lookcloser@fortythreetrust.com with any questions that you may have.

You can throw it all out

You can throw it all out

I hope that you don’t want to do that. If you feel you can’t become a Christian, identify what is stopping you becoming and seek out answers to the specific questions you have. Keep on looking closer.

If you are prepared to do this, say the following prayer:

Dear God. Thank you that you love me even though I have not loved you. I know I have lived my life my way and have left you out. Forgive me for going my own way and doing my own thing. Thank you that Jesus died on the cross and came back to life to take the punishment for my wrongdoing. I commit my life to you because I now want to live my life your way. I choose today to follow you and your plan for my life. Please help me follow you. Amen.

If you said this prayer and meant it, God has heard it. You may not feel different, but you have started a wonderful journey with God. Keep going - you will see the difference soon.

Please email lookcloser@fortythreetrust.com and I will send you a free booklet called The Journey, which I have written to help you keep going in the right direction after you have made this decision. Make sure you let me know - I would love to hear your story.

Mark Greenwood

Mark Greenwood

        

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