I thought that all of these religions seemed pointless, but if any of them were right then Christianity certainly was not. The whole story of why God would come down to die and then come back to life didn't make any sense. However, by the time I got to be in my early 20's I came to realize that science, modern liberal thought, pop culture, etc... didn't really offer satisfactory answers about any questions of real importance, so I started looking into various religions and philosophies. For example I read several different books, and I went to a Hindu temple a couple of times to see what it was like. (My favorite memory from that was giving a ride to this old redneck hitchhiker afterwards while I still had some red dye and rice stuck to the middle of my forehead. Anywho...)
When I was in grad school I started going to a Bible study with some fellow grad students. I think that is essentially what changed my life. It wasn't anything I learned from the Bible though (we were studying Exodus which doesn't directly have to do with core Christian theology). What affected me is that all of the Christians there had a genuine sense of peace, joy, and contentment about them. Ultimately there are a lot of interesting sounding ideas out there that sound good on paper, but what was convincing to me was something that actually finding something that worked in practice. A couple of weeks after going to the Bible study I knelt down before going to bed one night and devoted my life to God (and Jesus). I felt an immediate transformation inside of me which was totally unexpected. After that I started reading the Bible privately a lot, and eventually I realized that according to scripture what happened to me was supposed to happen exactly like that.
My commitment to my faith is stronger than my commitment to anything else. I tried proselytizing several times shortly after being newly converted. Generally what I found is that people who are already seeking after God appreciate whatever guidance you can give them, while people who aren't just get really pissed at you.To both,
How strong is your commitment to Atheism/Religion? Would you ever try or have you ever tried to convince another of agreeing to your point of view?