THIS IS LONG BUT IMPORTANT:::-----JOHN NEWTON::---- SLAVE TRADER TO CHRISTIAN::::::------ He sailed back to England in 1748 aboard the merchant ship Greyhound, which was carrying beeswax and dyer's wood, now referred to as camwood. During this voyage, he experienced a spiritual conversion. The ship encountered a severe storm off the coast of Donegal and almost sank. Newton awoke in the middle of the night and finally called out to God as the ship filled with water. After he called out, the cargo came out and stopped up the hole, and the ship was able to drift to safety. It was this experience which he later marked as the beginnings of his conversion to evangelical Christianity. As the ship sailed home, Newton began to read the Bible and other religious literature. By the time he reached Britain, he had accepted the doctrines of evangelical Christianity. The date was 10 March 1748, an anniversary he marked for the rest of his life. From that point on, he avoided profanity, gambling, and drinking. Although he continued to work in the slave trade, he had gained a considerable amount of sympathy for the slaves. He later said that his true conversion did not happen until some time later: "I cannot consider myself to have been a believer in the full sense of the word, until a considerable time afterwards."
Overactive Schizophrenic minds And corrupt hearts Your claim that there lives were changed for the good is just silly. And You call these people good who massacred thousands of innocent people just because the imaginary sky god told them too. What a bunch of helloba. No wonder monotheism is going down the tubes forever. Reality check 4 u.
Christianity, like all other religions has provided a positive catalyst for those incapable of taking control of their own lives. Those who cannot be their own leaders and make capable decisions supported by their own laurels, rely on it to guide them. A much more important question might be how it has negatively affected the lives of those around them.
A sad, minuscule and anecdotal contribution to well being for the copious, devastating and heart wrenching torrent of suffering wrought by the belief in the Christian doctrine is no victory but a tragedy. How do I account for it? How do I explain it? With regret.
Wonderful question Strawberry!! I'm a prime example of extreme change. I used to be addicted to drugs and alcohol. I also suffered from depression, anxiety and severe PTSD. I asked Christ for help. He showed me the reason I was like this. It was mind blowing. Then He helped me heal. Doctors told me PTSD isn't curable. Guess what? With God EVERYTHING is possible. People can call miracles what ever they want. The fact I even believe is a miracle itself. God does change lives.