Question to Christian Nurses

  1. If any of the nurses who are Christians(born-again or not) and especially older nurses(because I'd want to hear what someone who is experienced in the world would say) want to respond, I have a question that I've always wanted to ask.

    What in your life made you become a Christian? What was the turning point where you said, "NOW I will do this and not look back ever again?"

    I know that this is a sensitive topic and if you read my posts, you'd know I'm not a Christian but I'm really not asking this to be a troll. I think troll means someone who likes to see people getting angry and arguing just for the sake of getting angry and arguing and nothing else. I don't want to do this and I don't want to mess with anyone's head, emotions, or faith.

    Personally, I'm at a point in my life where I need some kind of grounding; maybe this is what faith is for, maybe not. I never could just choose one thing and say, YES. I just really wanted to know if anyone could share what the turning point or situation was in your particular lives was that made you decide to believe?
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  3. by   dianah
    Susanna, I'm not ignoring you, just pondering how to answer your question. I didn't have a blinding light or a sudden "Aha!" experience, so am taking time to think about what you've asked. Will probably post more in the next few days. Thanks. -- Diana
  4. by   Jay-Jay
    I don't normally go public with stuff as personal as this, but, here goes!

    I grew up in a Christian home, went to Sunday school or church nearly every Sunday. However, there comes a point in every child's life when they have to make the faith their own. Do I believe as my parents believe? Is this right for me?

    That point came for me when I was 13 years old. We were studying David Wilkerson's The Cross and the Switchblade in pre-confirmation class. It was the first time I'd read of miracles happening, and prayers being answered outside of the Bible. It blew me away! Wow!

    One night, after having put the book aside and turned out my light, I said, "Okay God, I really want to know you in the way Rev. David Wilkerson knows you. Make yourself real to me, show yourself to me!"

    I can't really put into words what happened after that. It was sort of a Moses and the burning bush experience. I was up half the night, weeping tears of joy. My prayer had indeed been answered.

    I did drift away from the church during my late teens and twenties, but in His own time, when I needed him most, the Lord drew me back again. If I hadn't had that experience at the age of 13, it never would have happened.
  5. by   abundantjoy07
    [color=#d9b31c][color=#d9b31c]i am from a christian family, however i started to believe for myself, and not just because it's what my family said to do, when i was in high school. i can't really say when or where or why...but the one thing i do know is that i don't want to be anything else but chrisitian...it's just a part of me...it's who i am. i'd be so lost without christ in my life... i couldn't even begin to imagine what it would be like for me.
    [color=#d9b31c]when i graduated from high school i decided to go to a christian university which has strengthened my faith. in either case, most people i've met who are christian don't have that one awe inspiring, earth shaking moment that changes them. it's something that happens within and through prayer...it usually isn't overnight...but everyone is different.
    [color=#d9b31c]being a christian is amazing. it doesn't mean being perfect or holier than the next person (contrary to popular belief). it does however mean being safe, saved, and secure in the promises and blessings of christ.
    Last edit by abundantjoy07 on Jul 5, '04 : Reason: typo
  6. by   DG5
    I am also thinking about your post and will post later. There is a thirst for something more in your post. That is a wonderful place to start.
  7. by   presC.
    hi babyrn_06,
    what a blessing to read your post! yeah, being christian is cool and wonderful experience. day by day we're under HIS grace. Thirst for more of HIM. He will fill you with HIS love.
  8. by   Ted
    I've been around "religion" for all of my life. My father is an Episcopal priest. I'm currently an active Lutheran; have been for 20+ years. This absolutely does not mean a thing except to me. I've given religion lots and lots and lots of thought.

    Through out my years of attending many, many Sunday services, prayer groups, Bible studies, counseling, 12-step meetings, college courses, marriage, eating, sleeping, playing the piano, composing music, directing church choirs, reading books, watching television, working, talking to friends, bulletin board debates, star gazing and walking along ocean sea shores -- in other words, living life -- I have come to the following conclusion: There is a difference between Religion and Spirituality. (I've said this on more than one post in more than one thread on more than one bulletin board.) It's a concept that has brought a lot of freedom to my life, believe it or not. Basically, I'm a person who needs to "see the evidence". There are moments when I "see" no god or no diety at all anywhere. And there are moments when I can't imagine life without some kind of creator or "higher power". And there a moments when I feel peace. And there are moments when fear has a strangle hold of my being.

    I have come to the conclusion that religion -- all religions -- are man-made. This includes Christianity. Does this mean that Jesus never walked on this Earth? No. Not necessarily. But in my eyes, the ONLY proof that Jesus might have existed is found in a book called the "Bible" (more specifically, the "New Testiment") which has many translations, retold, recopied and rewritten by many different people throughout the centuries. From a historical point of view, there are more books providing evidence that Aristotle or Homer or Plato existed than books providing evidence for the existance of Jesus Christ. THAT says something to me. Add that to the fact that even 2000 years later, Christians are becoming more splintered and divided than united over who Jesus was back then. That also says something to me.

    But I was born into a Christian household. Believe it or not, I'm at peace with that. Christianity is my religion with Lutheranism my denomination (although I consider myself more of an ecumenicalist). Values and morals that I hold dear to my heart are based on what I've learned from the Christian religion.

    Still, I am keenly aware that I could have easily been born into a Jewish household or a Muslim household or a Buddist household or a Hindu household. Anyone of us could have, I believe. And within each different religion there exists splintering and division over THEIR theology, THIER dogmas and THIER morals. Religion. Human kind's attempt to understand dieties, morals, life and death. Man-made.

    Spirituality. Different story. To me, spirituality is simply finding that peace within one's self; a kind of self-actualization. It also involves peace with one's relationship to the world; an acceptance of a interconnectiveness between self and others, self and the environment, self and "other than self". Spirituality may or may not involve a god or diety or higher power. Spirituality, to me, involves honest introspection. Spirituality is acceptance. It is peace. And to me it involves love.

    Now, at one point in my life, I experienced a "realization" that I am not alone. (I experienced more than one "realization", actually.) I believe that this "realization" is some kind of higher power; that it is some kind of "creator of all things". And I have grown to believe that this "higher power" is love-focused. At this point in time in my life, I see no need to further define this "higher power". In my mind, this "higher power" could easily be someone's "Jesus" or "Buddha" or Hindu diety or Allah. Or not! But to me, it's a loving power, other than myself, that helps me find that inward peace that I so crave.

    Let me share to you one "realization" moment. I was sitting in a church listening to members of the Boston Sympany Orchestra play a Bach's chorale. Each note played by each musician intertwined with eachother in such a manner that brought tears to my eyes. This peaceful swirling of notes resonating within my ears and within my heart was in itself proof that there was a "creator of all things"; and that this "creator of all things" existed in Bach; and that this "creator of all things" existed in each of the musicians" and that this "creator of all things" existed within me providing a peace so rarely experienced by myself at that time in my life. For a moment's time, things seemed to make sense. For a moment's time, I accepted life as I knew it back then; I accepted death; I accepted great joy; I accepted profound sorrow. For a moment's time. . . . I Accepted and I found this "loving peace".

    Some people would call this "moment" some kind of surge in brain activity and/or a rise in some kind of hormonal levels. And if they believe that??? That's just fine with me. Because it could very well have "just" been a brief rise in the "natural opiate" levels in my brain. (I don't remember the more scientific term. :imbar)

    But boy, what a wonderful and memoriable rush!

    Another "realization" moment can easily be reproduced when I listen to Stephen Sondheim's musical, Into the Woods. To my musical ears, intellectual mind and soul-searching heart, this "show" is profound on many, many levels. (I could go on for paragraphs and explain why this is so! ). But to me, Sondheim's Into the Woods also gives example (at least to me) of a "higher power". This "higher power" worked though Sondheim who worked through his music and lyrics to share to me a "moment" of peaceful acceptance to both life and death.

    So, to me, Spirituality does involve a "higher power". It doesn't have to, though. I find this "higher power" through living life. More intensely, I find this "higher power" through well-created music. And I'm grateful for these "realization moments"!!

    I've rambled on long enough. . . .

    I hope you find whatever it is you're looking for. I'm sure that when you get down to it, everyone's story of their god and their religion is unique. I'm sure that your story is and will be too.

    Peace!

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on Jul 5, '04
  9. by   karenG
    actually Ted, I think you have said pretty much what I would say. if I have to lean towards to any religion then its wicca. Religion seems to me to be splintered and used by many for their own ends.. after all, most wars are fought over religion. Its a very emotive subject......... and I'm sure some-one will flame me!

    Karen
  10. by   Ted
    Quote from karenG
    actually Ted, I think you have said pretty much what I would say. if I have to lean towards to any religion then its wicca. Religion seems to me to be splintered and used by many for their own ends.. after all, most wars are fought over religion. Its a very emotive subject......... and I'm sure some-one will flame me!

    Karen
    This seems to be more of a sharing type of thread. Not a "debating" type of thread. There shouldn't be any flames thrown here by anyone. Hopefully!

    But you're correct. Religion is a very emotional subject for most people. And it's understandable too. For most people, they're born and they die practicing their religion. Just wish religion wasn't so lethal sometimes. . . .

    Let the sharing continue. . . .

    Ted
  11. by   Energizer Bunny
    I want to think on this as well and come back at a later time (when I have more time) to read all the threads. I am also anxious to see what Fran has to say....that wonderful woman will have much to share, I am sure.

    Now this is something to ponder about while I sit in class.........
  12. by   lady_jezebel
    Ted, I absolutely love & identify with what you wrote.
  13. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from susanna
    Personally, I'm at a point in my life where I need some kind of grounding; maybe this is what faith is for, maybe not. I never could just choose one thing and say, YES. I just really wanted to know if anyone could share what the turning point or situation was in your particular lives was that made you decide to believe?
    It started by my doing just what you are doing -- questioning, wondering, needing something else.

    I started sorta just having conversations with God, very honest -- I don't know You, I don't believe in You, show me. Send me the right people to talk to. Change my heart. I'd share with 'Whatever You are' exactly where you are at, what problems you have. Be willing to 'hear'.

    Your best bet is to see if you know a few Christian women and asking these kinds of questions, maybe attending church with them. Try reading John in the Bible which will give you a good overview of what we believe.

    I sure didn't swallow the whole thing hook line and sinker -- it was a very gradual process for me.
    Last edit by Liddle Noodnik on Jul 5, '04
  14. by   Love-A-Nurse
    with my father being a minister, i was made to go to church and sunday school. you know what, i am glad i was. i had heard about him through my family, and others but at the age of 12, i wanted to know him for myself. yes, i have strayed away, but i can't stay away. this journey is hard, but i feel so worth it.

    i can't begin to tell you how i feel when i hear the reading or preaching of the scriptures, calmness/excitement, come to mind. i realize as i get "older" in him, i keep my faith and believe in his word because i am a sinner and want to live with him after death.

    he is a just and loving god. i thank him for jesus and the holy spirit, too. i dare not impose my faith upon anyone else, but i will take every opportunity to praise him no matter where i am.

    thanks for this thread and the opportunity to share with others and to learn from others, too.

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