A proud atheist dedicated himself to science and had no need for God, until he was faced with one question he couldn’t answer.
He thought science had given him all the answers, but this question caused him to rethink everything and forced him to explore a path he thought he’d never go down.
Even more amazing, the answer he found changed his life — and now the former atheist is leading countless others to Christ!
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins spent his life devoted to science.
Thinking science and Christianity were incompatible, he wanted nothing to do with God and proudly took on the label as an atheist.
So he went about his life as a biologist, believing nothing counted unless it could be proven by science.
But still, God continued to pursue him, putting other Christians into his path. Collins dismissed them as “weird” and still held onto his atheist beliefs.
Wanting to learn more about how the human body works, Collins studied medicine which led him down a path he never expected.
Studying diseases, he interacted with terminally-ill patients and watched how they lived their lives. He was dumbfounded at their faith in God and began to wonder how he would act if he were terminally ill, reported Christianity Today.
And then one day, a little old lady changed the entire course of his life.
Collins found himself next to this terminally ill patient — and she asked him a question that left him speechless
Christianity Today reported:
“But one day, she made me really uncomfortable because she told me, ‘Doctor, I have shared my faith with you and you seem to be somebody who cares for me. What do you believe doctor?’” Collins shared. “I don’t think anybody in an honest, open way had really ever asked me that question. I realized I was utterly lacking a response.”
Collins said he felt like he had neglected the most important question that any of us ever really asked: “Is there a God and does that God care about me?”
He wrestled with this question and realized he couldn’t really defend his atheist views.
He ended up meeting with a pastor and reading C.S. Lewis, but still couldn’t make everything gel in his head.
But he kept asking questions, kept exploring, and kept seeking the truth.
And then, finally, one day it happened.
Finally everything crystalized and he “got it” — Collins was able to admit there was a God!
He realized his own sinfulness, and that only God, the creator of the entire universe had the power to draw him in.
Christianity Today continued:
“If there was any opportunity to have a relationship with God that had to be offered up by some kind of a bridge, and I finally understood what Jesus was all about and what the cross was all about,” he said. “It meant that I had heard those people say that Christ died for your sins. I had never gotten that and all of a sudden I did.”
According to Collins, he finally gave his life to Christ during a hike on a dewy morning in the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest over 49 years ago.
“I fell on my knees and I said, ‘I get it. I am yours. I want to be your follower from now until eternity,’” Collins told the audience. “That has never changed since that day.”
A dedicated scientist who was once proud to declare there that was no God was brought to his knees and transformed by God’s grace!
Collins’ transformation shows no human being is “too far gone” for the grace of God to reach him.
While there are many atheists that deny God’s existence, God continues to pursue them. The creation speaks of His glory, so no one is without excuse.
Collins now continues to publicly share his faith even at risk of being shunned by those in the science and medical communities.
Please remember to pray for those who don’t know God and flat out reject Him.
Pray that the Lord will have mercy on those who are lost and put people into their lives to be a constant reminder that God is real, and He is love!
The Christians early on in Collins’ life didn’t shun him — they loved him. It is our love that we show one another that reveals Christ’s love for us. We love, because He first loved us.
If you have atheist friends — don’t give up on them! Continue to pray for them and realize interceding on behalf of others is powerful.
What are your thoughts on Collins’ conversion to Christianity? Do you have any atheist friends in your life? What do you think is the biggest hold-up keeping them from accepting Jesus?
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