I was born in a Christian family and I thought I was going to be a Christian for the rest of my life.
But then something bad happened to my family when I was in high school that no one expected.
I asked God to fix that bad thing but He didn’t answer me.
I asked God to reverse the negative effects of that situation but it just got worse.
As a result, I believed that everything my parents, church, and Bible taught me about God was false!
Here’s my story of how I went from a being a Christian, to being an atheist, to being an entirely new person altogether.
So what did you think of my story?
Let me know in the comments below because I’d love to hear your feedback.
Thanks for sharing your story Peter, loved to hear how God spoke to you.
Thanks so much Cathy, I appreciate it 😊
Great testimony. My youngest son also became atheist in college. 🙁 As I help others through my online ministry I pray God will open his heart and mind. – Jo
Amen Jo. As you can see from my testimony, God got a hold of my heart after a period of 8 years. So just be patient.
If you’d like, you can share his name here in the comments and readers will also be praying for him.
Hi Mr. G, I heard your testimony today and as a Born Again Believer over 2 years now I appreciate hearing other people’s life experiences leading to salvation.
This is the true supernatural stuff I long to hear!! God had plans for you all along!! He knew you probably weren’t going to respond to just having those convicting questions said directly to you in Santa Monica as this may have been too pushy to hear at the time. But God truly knew what you needed to hear (ie. “Did you receive your million dollars today?” ) Plus The gal who passed out this tract used complete discernment of The Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. PRAISE TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER!! Plus you got follow up from God!! C’MON, this is awesome stuff!!
God also showed through you that He allowed you to experience suffering leading to the fleshly need for worldly desires to try to fill the void. Yet when you became truly poor in Spirit, He convicted you of what is needed for true contentment in your life.
I started listening to your sermons after my salvation and appreciate how real
May God’s blessings be with you and your family!!
Thanks so much, Bird, for your kind words. I truly appreciate everything. Our heavenly Father truly has such a deep and profound way of working in our lives.
May God richly bless you 💗
thank you so much. my testimony attached. How gracious and merciful is our God.My Testimony
When I was about 7 years of age I can remember looking at the brick wall at the back of our house and thinking ” when I die I cant just turn into some inanimate object like a brick. I have to go somewhere. Like even if I did turn into a brick like thing I would be inside the brick looking out! ( you know how little children think) so even though I couldn’t explain it I knew I had an eternal soul even then. From as early as I can remember I always just believed in the existence of God.
When I was about 12 years of age I had an accident on my bicycle which should have killed me but I came out of it with just a badly bruised knee. It was about 8pm and I was riding down an incredibly steep hill going flat out with no light on. A sports car came up the hill on the wrong side of the road and I hit it head on. I just clipped my knee on the low roof of the sports car and when sailing through the air for what must have been about 20 metres! Just after I hit the car I curled up into a ball and at that moment I thought I was in this really nice place with clouds around me in a warm bed just looking down at myself summersaulting through the air. Just as I hit the road I came back into myself and finished rolling down the hill. I got up off the ground and just limped home. The bicycle was unrecognisable, just a bunch of bits of twisted metal. The driver of the car was pretty shocked as he thought he had killed me and was amazed to see me walk up the hill. I understood from this experience a lot more that I had a soul although I didn’t know it was called that.
The years went by and one night when I was in the Navy on my way to Vietnam, I was invited into a coffee shop on a Sunday evening by a Christian group. They told me the Gospel etc and I prayed a sinners prayer along with a couple of mates, but nothing happened, I just returned to my old ways. Another time I saw a Billy Graham program on TV and said the sinners prayer but again nothing happened.
” If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation…” but I definitely wasn’t a new creation.
I had been married for a couple of years and we had a son by now. I enjoyed my sin and quiet often got totally stoned from grass and hash with a mate. I didn’t care about my young family much. I was working in a factory at that time and in order to get a better job I decided to go to Night School ( we call it TAFE here) and get a basic education we call the School Certificate ( most 16 year olds get this) I had dropped out of school at the age of 15 mainly because of a bully who was always bashing me up and just making life miserable for me. Just as a side note, the Lord graciously overruled all of this and I later finished the school certificate with several A passes and then later the Leaving certificate and I finished a degree at Uni.
So while I was going to Night School I kept on smoking dope with my mate Alan, don’t know how I thought I would pass doing this. Towards the end of the year I attended the Science class which was held on a Thursday evening. Our class was made up of students who had dropped out of school or couldn’t attend for various reasons. The ages were anywhere from 17 to 57 years of age.
A young girl student asked the science teacher ” is it true that we evolved from monkeys”? He answered no it isn’t, and went on to give his testimony as he was a Christian. He had been heavily involved in witchcraft and satanic things when he was going through teachers college. He described how through the help of a Minister that he was set free and gave his life to Jesus. The lesson that night really turned into a general religious discussion with students asking all sorts of questions. I put my hand up and said ” yes, everyone needs to believe in something”
I went home that night with the question running through my mind, ” Well WHO do you believe in?, yourself.? Look where it has gotten you! I didn’t know it then but my wife had had enough of me and was planning to pack up and leave me the very next day! (Can you see from all this what an absolutely marvellous and gracious Saviour we have!) That night I fully realised that I had a soul and that it was eternal. That I was a guilty sinner and that I was deserving of every punishment God would rightly throw at me, I deserved to go to Hell.
These thoughts rolled around my head that evening.
I went to bed as normal and about 3am I sort of woke up and had the strangest experience. I literally felt that I was falling into a black bottomless hole, I wasn’t dreaming this, I felt it. I could feel the weightlessness of my body, kind of like when an aeroplane drops in an air pocket. I believed that I was dying and going to Hell. I remember crying and saying to God please forgive me for all that I have done and save me. Just then I felt a huge hand surround me and lift me up into this very bright and glorious light. I felt as though something inside me had left and instead this wonderful peace and joy filled and overflowed in my heart. I was so happy I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry or shout out. I went back to sleep after a while. When I awoke I knew that I was a totally different person and that Jesus had forgiven me all my sins. If I died that day I knew 100% I was going to be with Him in heaven. Suddenly all those things about God and the Angels and the Bible I knew were all true. My wife said I heard you crying, what happened and I told her.
That morning my friend Alan picked me up for work at the factory as usual and said, ” Geoff, I have arranged to by some really good acid (LSD) are you interested. I said ” No Alan, that’s all finished now. Last night I repented of my sins and gave my life to Christ, I am not doing that anymore.” I can still picture it today, His jaw dropped and almost fell off along with a look of total amazement. I can remember walking to Church later that week and walking underneath a beautiful flowering crab apple tree and now seeing it and all creation as Gods amazing creations and work, in a way I never had before.
He has been so faithful to me throughout all these years, even though I have failed Him many times. But He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, indeed I have learned that the Gospel is not just for the repentant sinner but its for the Christian every day of our lives, we are to constantly repent and believe the Gospel that He has paid the full price for all our sins. Knowing the Lord Jesus is the greatest thing and the only important thing that can happen to a person. Indeed I had now become a new creation.
Wow Geoff, you have such an amazing testimony! Thank you so much for sharing it with us here at Not Ashamed of the Gospel. So how long ago has it been since you got saved?
Thanks peter, 8th august 1974.and i thank and praise Him for it every day.
What a wonderful testimony. That truly was an amazing visitation from God with the voice in your head and the million dollar bill, and then having God explain it all to you. Wow. I finally believe in Christ at 68 years old, but now I’m having a terrible issue, I would accept any help or prayer from you or anyone. I feel that Christ came into my life after asking Him many times, and finally when things started to really change for me I had a problem. I felt like Christ was guiding me to love more, I felt the love, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, I started to want to go to church, etc. and then satin reminded me of something I’ve always had a hang up with and that is: How can God be fair, if He somehow expects everyone to see the light, especially if they’re involved deeply in another religion, in the jungle, or just ticked off at everything and everyone, or else they go to hell. I know that the Bible says, lean not unto your own understanding, My thoughts aren’t your thoughts, and Christ Himself said that the Father is a fair master. The problem with me is, I was that guy above that I’m talking about. I was brought up with Christian Science, that to me is not really Biblical. I was the doubting Thomas, that most of my life just couldn’t seem to believe in the saving Christ, so now that He literally came to me in a vision, i believe and told me to tell my friend who was into Christian Science who ended up dying 2 months later. Now I believe Christ is real. but, I’m still having a terrible issue with the fact Hell is so horrible and even my roommate thinks everything came from aliens. How can God put such a huge decision in our mortal hands, at the time, especially when we are really immortal. I’m not giving up on this, but honestly, I just can’t seem to find peace with God on these issues. I just hope I haven’t committed the unforgivable sin. Open to any advice or prayer, Sincerely, Marc Trainor
Hi Mark, if I understand your question correctly, it’s basically, “How can God send people to hell if they have never heard the gospel, live in the jungle, or are from a different religion?”
Is that correct?
John 10:28-30 King James Version (KJV)
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.
Read and re read this passage prayerfully and fully grasp the wonderful truth contained in it. No man is able to pluck you from His hand.
Hope this helps.
If you get the time, a text version of your testimony would be very helpful as well.
Sure, I actually already wrote a text version of my testimony a few years ago. Here’s the link https://notashamedofthegospel.com/testimony/peterguirguis
I’m greatly amazed by your story, my dear brother in Christ. Thank you so much. I really love listening to wonderful testimonies about how our very loving Almighty God and Father through Jesus Christ speaks to us by His Holy Spirit. How great and awesome our God is for making us worthy, righteous and holy by the saving power of the Blood of Jesus! And yes, He speaks to me as well.
I was guilty of sin that I couldn’t even lift up my head to praise and worship Him as my churchmates did so our Good Lord spoke to me audibly, “I have made you whole.” By His grace, I smiled and at once I found myself praising and worshiping Him with all my mind, heart and soul!
So true is His Word that who the Lord sets free is free indeed!
Nothing can separate us from the love of our God!
Glory to His HOLY NAME!
Relative to your story, my dear brother I need to tell the whole world, too that our living God speaks to us in many ways. He speaks audibly for we, His children got spiritual ears; He also speaks through the clouds, flowers, leaves etc; He speaks through people; He answers questions in dreams; and He talks directly to us when we read the Bible for His Word is living and active!
In 2011, during the Libyan war as my two friends and I were asleep on the rooftop around 6:00am the Lord woke me up. As I was between the dreamworld and reality, for the second time He woke me up but this time telling me to look at the clouds so I opened my eyes widely. There they were…the loving words of God to me…I ❤ u…written on the sky via clouds! So thoughtful and loving is our Lord God Almighty for saying, “I love you.” on my birthday. This happened on July 20, 2011.
In 2012, I met a guy at a Methodist Church in Tripoli, Libya. While lying on my bed peacefully, I thought of him nicely with a beautiful smile on my face. At once the Lord cut it by telling me in English, “He is not your husband.” I got startled so I replied, “Lord, I’m just thinking of him.”
Of course, He knew exactly that this man would propose for marriage which I declined because I believed in His words to me. I got 2 friends who love both Jesus and Satan and they said, “Yes, he’s not your husband now but he’ll be your husband later.”
This guy and I clicked together that had not God forewarned me, I could have married him so I prayed to the Lord to send him to USA and He sent him in 2013. He’s in California and I got included in the list of teachers for Los Angeles Unified School District. Early this year, he proposed marriage again. My family likes him for me but I trust the Lord so for the nth time, I rejected his proposal. This is because in 2014, as I thought of my 2 children’s future for I left my million pesos in Libya (God commanded me to go back to the Philippines.), the Lord spoke deeply in Kapampangan, my native language and as translated He asked me, “Don’t you think that I would not bless you so abundantly for obeying Me?” I got stunned!
Shalom, my dear brother Marc Trainor.
Have peace and live in peace with our Creator!
Truly, we are all saved by God’s mercy and grace and redeemed by the Lamb’s Blood.
Our Almighty God and Father loves us all however, we must accept the TRUTH. Without Jesus Christ, no one can go to heaven so our task is to work with our Lord. God has given us work to do that is, snatch others from the fires of hell. We, His children have assigned tasks: preach, teach, testify, evangelize, pray, give, feed, visit, protect, defend, provide, encourage, persuade, sow, cast out demons, and so many things to do. Besides, we all have been instructed to pray unceasingly. Our God hears and answers our prayers. He has not stopped working with us and for us. All we need to do is to cast all our cares to Jesus Christ from whom alone comes PEACE.
I do love you with God’s love❤in my heart!
I wish that more people who read think and grow rich could hear your story. I have a friend who is practicing the law of attraction principles set out in think and grow rich, and as a Christian I could immediately sense the mixing of ideologies from different religions in these teachings. It’s definitely not of God. As this person is very dear to me I have been praying for God to reveal the truth to him. But its hard to not argue when you’re fighting for someone else in the spiritual realm, but the lies of the enemy has such a hold on them. I’m so glad to hear how God rescued you from the greed of money to a fulfilled life.
Hi.. I’m from tamilnadu , india. Now I’m Christian to athiest may be.. I’m little confused.. Im watched your testimony video. Like you I’m also so long to God by some big incidents happen in my life. I have so many questions. I want to repent but I can’t. I’m very unbeliever. Blessed is who believe unseen but I’m not believe even it is seen. That is my problem. My number one question is why astrology happen to believers even they believe in Jesus then where is Gods plan in our life? Is God allowed us to happen things as told in our horoscope. In my life The big incident happen. My grandma hindu she saw our horoscope. Astrologers say going to happen your sister mentally disturbed. But we are not believe because we are pray to Jesus. We believe that no one happen like that. But unfortunately after one year my sister mentally affected. Now it’s 7 years but my sister not cure. We can’t marriage my sister. I love jesus I wish to he is only God. And I ask to him please prove me astrology is wrong. No matter what bad or good thing happened to me as your wish. But i can’t accept things happen as astrology. Because he is God. He plan our life. But why astrology happen? It’s make me very depression,lonely I’ll lose peace, strength, etc. I have all but I feel like nothing. I wish to again I repent to my Jesus and sung about my jesus with all my heart but I couldn’t. Can you please help
Good that you still have your sister; God took my husband. And like you, I couldn’t bring myself to praise, thank and worship Him who is true. With this, I implored the Holy Spirit to remove all thoughts about my husband from my mind and my heart which He did instantly that I found myself in love, peace and joy praising, thanking, adoring and worshiping Him! From that time onwards, God has let me see the great beauty of the supernatural giving me signs, wonders and miracles…all because of Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, who was, who is and who is to come. HalleluJAH!