Astrophysicist’s Testimony Encourages Parents of Prodigals

**Today’s blog is an excerpt from the testimony of a scientist who was an atheist. I hope you find it encouraging to see how God worked in her life. You may have no clear view of it right now, but He’s busy working in your son or daughter’s life, too.

don't fix me“I was born in the U.S., but grew up in Canada. My parents were socialists and political activists who thought British Columbia would be a better place for us to live, since it had the only socialist government in North America at the time. My parents were also atheists, though they eschewed that label in favor of “agnostic.” They were kind, loving, and moral, but religion played no part in my life. Instead, my childhood revolved around education, particularly science…

I grew up with no religion. In retrospect, it’s amazing that for the first 25 years of my life, I met only three people who identified as Christian. My view of Christianity was negative from an early age, and by the time I was in my twenties, I was actively hostile toward Christianity.

In my mid-twenties, I moved to the United States to go to university and to prepare for a life devoted to science… Objectivism appealed to me, because of the belief that my life was my own, and that I could make of it what I wanted. It seemed like a strong, logical philosophy…As I began to experience life as an independent adult, I started to find Objectivism a barren and sterile philosophy…

Looking back, I realized a lot of this was the unconscious absorption of the general hostility toward Christianity that is common in places like Canada and Europe; my hostility certainly wasn’t based on actually knowing anything about Christianity. I had come to believe that Christianity made people weak and foolish; I thought it was philosophically trivial. I was ignorant not only of the Bible, but also of the deep philosophy of Christianity and the scientific discoveries that shed new light on the origins of the universe and life on Earth…

I began to focus all of my energy on my studies, and became very dedicated to my physics and math courses. I joined campus clubs, started to make friends, and, for the first time in my life, I was meeting Christians. They weren’t like Objectivists—they were joyous and content. And, they were smart, too. I was astonished to find that my physics professors, whom I admired, were Christian. Their personal example began to have an influence on me, and I found myself growing less hostile to Christianity…

I started to sense an underlying order to the universe. Without knowing it, I was awakening to what Psalm 19 tells usstars2 so clearly, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”… as I walked across my college campus I stopped in my tracks when it hit me—I believed in God! I was so happy; it was like a weight had been lifted from my heart.

I realized that most of the pain I’d experienced in my life was of my own making…God had used it to make me wiser and more compassionate. It was a great relief to discover that there was a reason for suffering, and that it was because God was loving and just. God could not be perfectly just unless I—just like everyone else—was made to suffer for the bad things I’d done…

Intellectually, I knew the Bible to be true, and as a person of intellect, I had to accept it as truth, even if I didn’t feel it. That’s what faith is. As C. S. Lewis said, it is accepting something you know to be true in spite of your emotions. So, I converted. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior…

I love my career as an astrophysicist. I can’t think of anything I would rather do than study the workings of the universe, and I realize now that my lifelong fascination with space has really been an intense longing for a connection with God (“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” [Romans 1:20])…

When I was in the process of becoming a believer, two things drew me to Godthe overwhelming evidence of his involvement in the physical world and his perfect justice.

restorationJesus triumphed over temptation, sin, and death. If we choose to accept the gift of salvation, we are reconciled to God: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whomsoever believes in Him should not perish but have life everlasting.” (John 3:16)”

**I pray that reading this testimony has given you increased hope for your child. I wonder what He’s using to draw them to Himself?

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