I’m Donald McIntyre, a member of Liberty Church since October of 2022.
I used to be born in Costa Rica and raised in Argentina. These are Catholic international locations so I used to be raised as a Catholic, went to catechism, and thru all of the rituals akin to baptism at beginning, first communion, affirmation, and many others.
Nevertheless I used to be all the time a non-believer atheist. All my life I’ve believed in purpose and science to find fact. I all the time actively sought fact by studying books, scientific articles, and searching for data continuously to see if I might keep on the frontier of information. For me it was only a matter of time and analysis till man would work out issues.
Since roughly 2016 I’ve been a part of an e mail group with buddies who’re scientists and work within the blockchain business (I work within the blockchain business). Though I’m not a scientist, I’m an energetic member of this group and we focus on all issues pertaining to physics, chemistry, biology, historical past, anthropology, pc science, faith, and many others. In a approach, we’re all looking for fact continuously.
One of many members of the group is probably the most rigorous by way of the scientific technique, however on the similar time he’s a really sturdy Christian. This was a contradiction in my thoughts as, for me, to be an individual who believes in science and purpose should imply to reject faith and any notions of “God” or the supernatural. For me all these items have been myths.
When the COVID disaster began in 2020 we have been very engaged within the group attempting to determine the reality concerning the virus and its potential penalties. In March of 2020 we have been alarmed by the prospects and have been aligned with authorities measures. Nevertheless, after just a few weeks of doing our analysis and modeling eventualities we had already realized that it was a chilly, that each one authorities measures have been ineffective, that the individuals who wanted safety have been solely the aged, that society ought to stay open, and that every part was an train in management and coercion by governments and worldwide companies. After all the riots incited on the time and the contradicting orders to politically favored and disfavored teams was particularly maddening.
My perception in “the science” and “purpose” collapsed. I might now see the collusion between business, academia, and authorities. And, the generalized assault on Western Tradition.
From then on I grew to become a skeptical particular person, conscious of how we had all been manipulated for thus lengthy.
Within the meantime, whereas locked up in my residence, in our e mail group we began to debate why some cultures have been extra profitable than others. For me America has all the time been probably the most wonderful and profitable nation within the historical past of man.
Nevertheless, our evaluation and analysis didn’t give us many solutions, so I began to dig deeper into the query “Why Is America so profitable?”.
I went peeling the layers. Learning American historical past, its nationwide group, the structure, its ancestry, cultural influences, its founding, and many others. However, I didn’t discover any “secret sauce”.
Sooner or later I spotted that beneath the Structure was frequent legislation, and customary legislation was primarily based on the Bible. I had additionally recognized from earlier historic analysis that America was largely colonized by protestant Christians escaping non secular oppression within the UK and Europe.
So, with the concept that Christianity was the supply of this advantage and greatness of America I began to review Christianity. First I studied the lifetime of Jesus from an atheist historic perspective. Then I studied the historical past of the Church and the construction of the Bible. Then, I studied the lifetime of Peter and Paul. Nevertheless, I didn’t discover the supply or the factor that will make America so completely different and distinctive. So, at this level I needed to begin studying the Bible to see if I discovered something or any reply.
As a result of in line with “students”, I had learn that the E-book of Mark was the primary one written chronologically, I searched and located a video with an English actor who learn the E-book of Mark in St. Paul’s Cathedral and began listening to it. Once I completed listening to it, I began watching a video of the E-book of Matthew learn by the identical actor. This was roughly in August of 2022. I used to be 54 years outdated.
I believe I used to be solely originally of the video of the E-book of Matthew that in the future in August of 2022 I stated “God?”. I used to be alone in my condominium. This was the second I used to be born once more as I had lastly discovered fact.
Therefore, I can verify that John 3:3 is true:
Jesus answered and stated to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, except one is born once more, he can not see the dominion of God.”