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Was there a defining moment in your life, as far as your religious faith/intellectual beliefs?

Did you have a moment that made everything crystal clear for you, regardless of what your belief, be it religious, non-religious, or intellectual? Was there a time that settled for you all of the things you use to define questions of faith and how they pertain to life?

If so, what was the defining moment for you? Do you feel that it was a spiritual awakening or an intellectual resolution? Was it prompted from within; that is to say, on your own volition, or do you feel it was an external communication that brought clarity to you?

Your considerate answers are most appreciated.
Me? I’ve had no defining moment.

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Eagle Woman
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I just wrote a testimony of my coming to believe in Christ that was a novelette. I did not submit it because of the length. When I remember that time of my life, I am like the woman at the well, when after talking to Jesus, she managed to spread the news of the Man who gave words of life through a whole village. I came to believe by asking a God that I did not know, and was of the opinion might not even exist to reveal himself to me. I did not know of any sinners prayer, and… Read more »

Michael B
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Michael B

There was not one big defining moment for my faith. But when I was about 12, I was watching a Billy Graham Revival on TV and Mr. Graham really spoke to my heart. I’d already believed in God. At the end of the show, Mr. Graham, as he always does, asked people to commit to Christ. Many heeded his call and walked down to the front of the stadium. In my parent’s living room, alone, that was the moment I really committed to Christ. And I’ve never looked back. The rest of my life has been made up of countless… Read more »

Pat Shepherd
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Pat Shepherd

My defining moment came in 2000 when I was diagnosed with a level 4 Malignant Melanoma! I rededicated my life to Christ! Thy will be done…..

Somewhat Enlightened
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Somewhat Enlightened

I do not know which defining moment you can take, Or conversely perhaps, that I can explain. When I was in grade 2, I was walking past the Roman Catholic Church, and the choir was there practicing for Christmas mass, and it was in Latin, and High Mass. I do not attend that church. I am Ukrainian Catholic, but such is my fate to have to be entwined with such an enigmatic religion. Anyway, I was sure, that when I wasn’t looking, there was a giant angel standing beside the church. I felt more than I was to hear that… Read more »

Tony
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Tony

I may be talking a load of **** but I feel if you had this experience alone then accept it, and as long as you have your believe whatever it is, follow YOUR GODS moral codes and I dont think you will go wrong in life. If you got this experience in a group of God Botheres then I think it is hypnosis I have seen many people go down what I feel is the wrong path with these brain washers. And yes !!! I have had an experiance and would like to share it but maybe no-one would believe… Read more »

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Tuberoot

I hoped that there was a God. I at the same time, hoped that I wouldn’t leave too much of a mess, or made people too sad when I killed myself. So I was a suicidal Agnostic. The night I prayed the ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ and gave myself to God, His Spirit wasn’t shy about letting me know that God is real. And then the vision came, and the demon that haunted me since I was 8 years old was taken from me. I was 24 at the time. So yes, it was rather defining. I would have been dead if… Read more »

Jeanette_Benedicta
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Jeanette_Benedicta

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For me, it was when I became Benedictine and began living the Benedictine Spirituality/Holy Rule. I’m only a novice oblate yet but have learned tremendous things thru God that have turned what I have left of my life around. And I thank him for the new found closeness I feel to Him as well.

Benedicite,
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panglosswasright
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panglosswasright

The moment I realized that I was connected to everyone else and they were connected to me. Therefore my purpose in life was to help others, nothing more. It was from within myself that I realized it.

Bad Buddhist
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Bad Buddhist

This is simple for me… the first time I meditated and could actually ‘see’ my thoughts and emotions.

Until then I was like most people, in love with my ‘thoughts’ and content thinking (wrongly) that this is who I was… my waterfall of ongoing thoughts and emotions.

I have read close to a thousand books, I thought I was pretty smart, but *nothing* compared to that moment of realization that most of these thoughts were keeping me from the well of love deep inside of me.

liberty11235
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liberty11235

The Catholic Church always told the followers that Priests received a calling from God. When it was discovered that priests had been molesting children for decades it was a choice between. God is a very sick deity or non-existent. I chose non-existence.

Jeff E
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Jeff E

I was 30 years old and cruising through life. I was an alcoholic and drinking with friends one night when I had this overwhelming feeling in my heart that I was doing wrong. After struggling with this feeling all night, I asked God what should I do and He said give your life to me, and I did. I then read the Qur’an and the Bible and found hope for my life there.

st_louis_cardsfan
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st_louis_cardsfan

Yes!!!! When I discovered what Dispensationalism was and how fooled I was by this horrible theology. It made me learn and appreciate the Bible more.

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No points needed

Well,i know i’ll get thumbs down,but i don’t care.Clarification came to me when my pops passed away 3 months ago,i now NO longer believe in miracles,because either God takes you at his time or he doesn’t,no matter how many times you pray,or the faith you have,it is ALL up to God in what happens.

C. L. Richardson
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C. L. Richardson

Definitely external.. Jesus made himself known to me in the most personal of ways. Have you ever felt his presence around and over you? It’s unlike anything you can imagine. And when he goes so far as to lead a stranger to prophesy over you and confirm things in your life that you’ve never even spoken of, it really puts the cherry on the sundae for ya.

nnatindahat
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nnatindahat

im not a religious person, but i was saved by God, and i have never doubted his existance since, and i dont care how may “thumbs down” i get, good luck to you all.

patisallano
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patisallano

For me it was the logic of the psychological practise of Buddhism.