Image via Wikipedia“I used to believe in nothing. Then someone told me that God created humans, Earth, etc. I got to thinking that the power behind created things must be good” -- Yun Lan Zhang, Chinese-Canadian Christian.
Many Chinese in China are coming to Christ. And some make their way to Canada. They make great Christians, because they know about suffering.
I like the way Ms Zhang put this. She heard something about God and thought about what she had heard. She reasoned that the power behind created things must be good. Coming to faith often entails something closer to intuition than dry rational calculation. And it rarely if ever involves the empirical certainty atheists demand. But how God rewards the heart which inclines itself to Him! I believe that when she thought to herself "the power behind created things must be good" that the Holy Spirit was helping her at that moment.
My own conversion followed a similar process of thinking about things, and, as I look back, I can see that the Holy Spirit was guiding me. Christian theologians have long recognized this, and have a term for it. It is called "prevenient grace".
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.
And that's the way the grateful Ball bounces.