At thirty-five, in Greensboro, NC, I became a Christian. My transformation from Atheism was so sudden, surprising, and dramatic I had to unlearn and relearn almost everything I believed. All my presuppositions changed in a moment. Everything I thought I knew about humankind and God was wrong! The most challenging intellectual struggle I faced was giving up the theory of Evolution. I had been taught Evolution as fact and accepted it because I thought, “My teachers wouldn’t lie to me.” Besides, it made a lot of sense the way it was presented. I knew now that Genesis and the Bible did not fit with what I’d learned in my science classes. As a new believer, I was confronted with the biblical truth of the Genesis account of Creation in direct opposition to the Evolution I loved. It became clear there was no evolution in the first chapters of Genesis.
An intense intellectual conflict developed in my mind. If God created in six literal days, then Evolution could not be true! For the first time, I looked on the other side of the question. “Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?” I read all the books I could find about Biblical Creation: Genesis Flood, The Lie, Scientific Creationism, and many more. It took three years for me to evolve from an Atheistic Evolutionist into a Young Earth Creationist (YEC), passing through day-age, gap theory, and Old Earth. God’s Word and science fit together! God created in six literal days!
This newfound confidence in Scripture spurred me on to study more and more Christian Apologetics. I wanted to be able to explain to unbelievers why Christianity was true. By my fifth year as a Christian, I developed a keen understanding of Biblical Creation, but I grew less inclined to witness as again and again; I confronted questions from unbelievers I couldn’t answer. All those other questions from non-Christians I encountered made me stumble more and more until I began avoiding witnessing for Christ. I tackle this fear of responding to these questions with the personal evangelism strategy in my first book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer,” Jesus often did not answer questions but responded with questions to uncover their presuppositions. This questioning strategy allows you to determine a person’s willingness to hear the Gospel by measuring their spiritual temperature as cold, lukewarm or hot. Then, you can share the Gospel with your testimony, and you still haven’t answered the original question. You intentionally get to the Gospel first after you’ve assessed their receptiveness to the Gospel.
My ministry grew as I taught Biblical Creation to home-school support groups, churches, and Christian schools. I even worked for Answers in Genesis for a short time. My ministry Web page (http://www.sixdaycreation.com) included the ability of visitors to ask questions for which I wrote answers and published them in my second book, “ANSWERS For: “The Hope That Is In You.”
Three Books: 1) “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” 2) ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You. Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s “Hard” Questions” 3) “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead! Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE.” Available at http://www.sixdaycreation.com
Amazon/Kindle short stories written by Charlie Liebert: 1) The Memory Tree. A Gospel Christmas Story. 2) Helene at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls. My Grandmother’s adventures in 1900 Northern Italy. 3) Lost in Yellowstone: Sarah Johanson disappears without a trace. 4) Yellowstone’s Child: “Who am I? Sarah Johanson, Sally Graham, Sally Johnson or Detective Elaine Scott.” NO! She’s Yellowstone’s Child. 5) One Android, 399 lives: 59th Street Terrorist Attack Kills 399. 6) Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation. How my twice Jewish Aunt survived the Holocaust 7) The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf. Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf. A 17th-century German folk tale dramatically illustrated by events in 1921.
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