I may be revealing my naive world view here, but I am feeling compelled to share some thoughts.
I was raised Catholic. I never had a relationship with Jesus. I believed that if I was a good enough person I would be going to Heaven.
I have seen a few blogs over the past few years about people who have converted to Catholicism. And some about people who have converted to Protestant. And some about people who have converted to Muslim. And about people who have converted to Judaism. And even some about people who have converted from Catholicism to Judaism.
It seems that a lot of religions have people who convert to them, and conversely, convert from them. I mean, most of us know someone who was once Catholic right?
I consider myself ‘saved’. This means that I realized I am a sinner (if you never realize you are a sinner you never recognize your need for a Savior), repented from my sins (was willing to turn from sin towards Jesus), and chose to receive* Christ.
*To truly receive is to trust in and depend on Jesus Christ alone to be the Lord of our lives here and now and our Savior for all eternity. It means more then knowledge (the devil knows about Jesus and trembles). It takes more than agreement that the knowledge we have is accurate (the devil agrees that Jesus is Lord). What is takes is to trust in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life. The requirements for eternal life are not based on what you can do but on what Jesus Christ has done. He stands ready to exchange His perfection for your imperfection. (Hank Hanegraaff)
And according to Jesus Christ, those who realize they are sinners, repent of their sins, and receive Him as Savior and Lord are “born again” (John 3:3) spiritually.
Heres the thing…
I have never heard of anyone converting from being Saved.
I seriously haven’t. Have you?
Is the reason I have never heard of it because once someone understands the Truth and significance of being saved, there is nothing to convert from?
In a world where people are constantly jumping into the next best religion with the cutest and suavest new pastor or the one that builds the biggest most beautiful churches or the one that seems to have the most power, thats a pretty awesome realization.
In that precious moment of me giving my life over to Him, I was permanently converted into one of God’s chosen children.
John 5:24 assures us that “he who believes…has eternal life”
“Life does not begin when we die but when we embrace the Savior who died in our place. As our physical birth cannot be undone, so too our spiritual birth can never be undone.” (Hanegraaff)
I don’t know about anyone else, but I LOVE that my faith in God is un-convertable. I love that what I believe and what I live is not based on doctrine or baptism or my actions (scary thought!) or someone else telling me I can go to Heaven (or hell for that matter…have you met the greeters at Walmart?) or by sacraments.
But in all fairness, I would like to know where (if) I am wrong here. Cause I tend to be wrong a lot and sometimes need some good, honest, and God fearing friends to set me straight!
So tell me, what do you think about ‘conversions of faith’?