ARTrue Peace of Mind"What if I encounter a fatal accident tomorrow? Will I be reincarnated? Is there heaven and hell?" An atheist finds the answer to her questions as she and her family experience the true presence of God.What if I encounter a fatal accident tomorrow, will I be reincarnated? Is there heaven and hell? Was I simply created through the process of evolution? Sparked by the death of John F. Kennedy Jr., this sister recounts her insecurity over death while she was atheist, but later received peace of mind after finding the truth.
On July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife, and his sister-in-law
went crashing headlong into the Atlantic in a small private plane. News of
their tragic death brought to my mind Ecclesiastes 9:5-6:
For the living
know that they will die;
But the dead know nothing,
And they have no more reward
For the memory of them is forgotten.
love, their hatred, and their
envy have now perished;
Nevermore will they have a share
In anything done under the sun.
Before I accepted
Jesus into my heart, I frequently pondered over the meaning of life. What
if I encounter a fatal accident tomorrow? Will I be reincarnated? Is there
heaven and hell? Was I simply created through the process of evolution?
These questions, which I had no answers to, often worried me.
A Turning Point
I grew up in an
atheist family. As my husband Zion grew up, he and his family were members
of the True Jesus Church. After Zion and I married, we attended church
only once. Whenever there was an evangelical service, my mother-in-law
would always urge us to attend and to seek the truth. Because of our long
work hours we were unwilling to give up valuable rest time, so we always
declined her offer.
When December 1997
rolled around, again my mother-in-law asked us to attend an evangelical
service. At that time we had a fairly long vacation from work, so we
decided to give the services a try because there weas "nothing better
Grace, a close
friend of ours, was attending church for the first time. Not wanting her
to be surprised by the prayer in tongues, Zion and I explained to her what
little we knew about the Holy Spirit.
During the service,
I felt as if the Lord opened our hearts and we absorbed the truth with
Does God Really Exist?
From that point on,
we began seeking the truth. Although Zion had grown up attending church
every Sabbath with his parents, it really had been a weekly routine, and
he had never quite grasped a genuine understanding of the truth.
During the 1998
evangelical services at Baldwin Park church, in his prayer Zion asked the
Lord to allow Grace, my cousin, and me to experience the Holy Spirit if He
truly exists. He dared not ask for the gift for himself, because he felt
that he wasn't yet worthy and hadn't repented fully.
After the prayer,
Zion was surprised to hear the pastor announce that three people had
received the Holy Spirit that night. When he learned that the three were
Grace, my cousin, and I, he was further amazed. God had answered him
exactly as he had requested. He would never again doubt the Lord's
More Added to the Fold
the importance of believing in the Lord Jesus for salvation, I began to be
concerned for my family. Among my three siblings, I thought that my
brother Charlie would have the hardest time accepting Christ. But I
noticed that Charlie listened to his wife Rio, so I thought that if Rio
accepted Christ, there would be hope for Charlie.
I was also concerned
about my grandmother. Not only did she have a hearing problem due to her
age, but she also had been a devout Buddhist all her life. It was
difficult to convey the gospel to her without using a combination of
writing and loud speech. After I finally explained the truth to her, she
was hesitant about giving up her Buddhist beliefs because it had been her
religion for as long as she could remember.
So Grace, Zion, and
I all prayed very diligently for my siblings, Rio, and my grandmother.
Thanks to the Lord, they all accepted Jesus with a simple heart. Rio
received the Holy Spirit shortly after her baptism. My grandmother cleared
her house of the idols she used to worship. Later, my sister Jean and my
brother John accepted the Lord Jesus and were both baptized in the church
after more long prayers asking the Lord to open their hearts.
God listens to our
prayers. We must pray persistently and not give up, just like the
persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8). If you are concerned about your loved ones
and others who have not yet accepted Jesus, you must convince them not
only through example but though prayer. Our abilities are infinitely
minute compared to the almighty Lord. Remember that the Lord hears the
desire of the humble and listens to their cries (Psalm 10:17).
No one knows the
exact moment when we will leave this world and face the judgment of
Christ. John F. Kennedy, Jr. left his house on a happy trip, not knowing
that it would be his last. The Lord gave and took away what he had in this
world. For this reason, we must remain alert and pray for others, like the
five wise virgins who prepared oil and waited for the arrival of the
Bridegroom (Matt 25:1-13).
I thank the Lord
that I was introduced to the True Jesus Church. After understanding the
truth, being baptized, and receiving the Holy Spirit, I have felt true
peace of mind.