My Testimony or How I Was Snatched From The Clutches Of Satan

by Tim Simmons


One Tuesday night in May of 1988, I heard a knock on my apartment door. I was married at the time and my wife was at work. I opened the door. Two men from the local Baptist church were out witnessing door to door and asked if they could come in for a few minutes. I said sure. I didn’t know at the time, but they were following a gospel presentation outline that they had learned from Evangelism Explosion, a sales tactic devised by James Kennedy, then pastor of the Coral Ridge Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

I invited them in and we all sat down in the living room. After a few minutes of leisurely conversation, they eased their way into the gospel presentation and slowly tried to ascertain my eternal disposition by asking me the two diagnostic questions.

“Tim, have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you know for certain that if you were to die today you would go to heaven?” one of them asked. I wasn’t sure. He then proceeded to ask the second diagnostic question. “Tim, suppose that you were to die tonight and stand before God and he were to say to you, ‘Why should I let you into my heaven?’ What would you say?” I didn’t know. I knew there was a right and wrong answer but I also knew that whether I knew the correct answer or not, I would soon be hearing it anyway. I can’t recall exactly what I told them but they deduced by my answers that I was not saved. I, in my present state, was headed straight to hell.

They went into their sales pitch and talked about grace, man’s sinful nature, God’s mercy, God’s justice, Jesus’ death on the cross, faith and provided a Bible verse to back up each claim. I was sweating under the armpits. Emotionally, I was at their mercy. I wanted to do the right thing. Living in the heart of the Bible Belt, the Christian religion was simply assumed to be true and the only question remaining was whether a person was going to do the right thing and believe it. Everything was a given. God, Jesus, it was all assumed to be fact. I was ripe for the picking.

Then they pressed for the close and asked me “Does this make sense to you?” I must have said yes because the next thing I knew was that I was praying the sinner’s prayer in tears. I wanted so much to believe in God and Jesus and the good parts of the Bible. That night, with my head bowed, I embarked upon my Christian voyage by asking Jesus to come into my heart. When the prayer was done, I wiped my eyes and they showed me verses that guaranteed my salvation was set in stone and that I could never lose it. My immediate responsibilities as a member of God’s family were to read my Bible daily, starting in the gospel of John, and go to church each week. With a handshake and smile, they left, knowing that through the power of God’s gospel, another soul had been snatched from the clutches of Satan.

I am embarrassed now to think that I later went door to door with one of those men, peddling the gospel of a Bible I knew little about. I bought the Bible that Tuesday night based on just a handful of verses. Imagine the following scenario. A man goes to a used car dealer, asks to see some cars, the dealer shows him a picture of a one-inch piece of tire tread and says, "Look at that tread, the whole car is in great shape!" and the buyer says, "OK, I'll take it." No one would ever buy a car based on a photograph of a piece of one of the tires, yet, this is being done each and every day by people who buy the whole Bible, give their whole life to one of its characters and base their decision about its truth on just a few select verses while never looking at the other 25,000 plus verses! Peer pressure, sales pressure, guilt trips, lopsided evidence, pervasive regional belief in the Bible, and eternal damnation as an incentive to help make a buying decision are all heaped into the mix and voila! The heathen are suddenly Bible believing members of God’s family.





My Deconversion

Or

How Stella Got Her Senses Back



I am no longer a Christian. I would add a “Thank God!” but God had nothing to do with it. Around 1996, I began to have serious doubts about the Bible and consequently, the whole Christian affair. I have since found so many errors, discrepancies, contradictions, failed prophecies, anachronisms, and scientific errors within the pages of God’s infallible word that I am forced to accept the real truth that these writings are not the inspired, revealed word of God but are the inventions and plagiarisms of imaginative men.

There are probably some Christians reading this who are thinking that I was never really saved to begin with and that is why I have fallen away. They will say that I was like the seed that fell among thorns or I was like the seed that fell by the wayside and sprang up quickly, but having no solid foundation, died after only a short time. These Christians could not be further from the truth. I believed. I believed with all my heart, mind and soul. I went to church every week. I read my Bible. I memorized verses. I prayed. I witnessed door to door. I honestly believed all of it and when problem scriptures came up, I asked for answers. When I got the generic ‘We won’t understand until we get to heaven.’ reply, I then did what every Christian must do to keep their sanity and religion intact and swept the problems under the rug, thinking on them no further.

After about two years, I quit going to the local Baptist church due to several reasons, one of which was that I wanted some real study. A thirty minute sermon based upon a New Testament passage that I had heard a hundred times before was simply not giving me the knowledge I sought and I joined a small house church in Memphis, Tennessee. During the next several years I became more familiar with the Bible and with many of its fundamentalist scholars such as R.C. Sproul, Hank Hannagraf, Norman Geisler, Gleason Archer, and others. I also became more confused. The problems surfaced each time I opened the Bible and none of the scholars could adequately answer many of them and I had issues that I had never even heard addressed by anyone. Doubt had become impossible to avoid and my rug had become a small mountain.

I eventually quit going to the house church and began rereading the Bible starting with Genesis, logging my gripes into my computer. Those gripes grew into a document exceeding one hundred pages. The transition from emotional, froth-at-the-mouth Bible-toter to what I am now took about five years. It wasn’t easy and I didn’t take it lightly. It was very difficult to say goodbye to a large part of my life but I felt that if the truth drew me away from the Bible, so be it. After I had officially changed camps in my own mind, I then began to search the Internet for more information and found that I was not alone in my discovery. Many people had long since found out what I had learned and then some. I am now completely and one hundred percent convinced that Christianity is false. I am no longer a doubting Thomas.

7 comments:

Riddler said...

I was noticing that not once in your entire story did you mention your relationship with Jesus one-on-one. Did you ever know Him in a real way? I am sorry that as you progressed through the entire Bible you did not record the myriad of prophesies fulfilled or the amazing and astounding love of God for a miserably doubting and fault-ridden people. He was the the first to liberate women. He invented forgiveness. He invented sex. He wrote a big book to help us find our way. He knows the number of hairs on your head. He knows all the stars and calls them all by name. He loves you no matter how much you do or don't do. He loves you where you are, how you are, and waits for you to want to know Him more than anything else. He is real and His Word is true. Ask Him your 100 pages of questions if you really want answers. But more important than knowing the answers to a pile of questions is knowing Him personally in such a way as more than a friend and closer than a brother. Heaven is only for those who want to be around God forever anyway. He's not going to make you go there if you don't want to be around Him and His Son and His Holy Spirit. I hope you change your mind and again seek for a REAL relationship with Jesus instead of what everybody else thinks. It doesn't matter what others think, it only matters what you think of Him, and He thinks of you.

Dave8 said...

Hey, Riddler, why don't you send Him to my house, so I can get to know him - all you have to do, is ask in the name of your God and it will be done, right... that is what the Christian Bible says.

boomSLANG said...

Hey, Riddler, riddle me this: What do you and biblegod have in common?

Answer: You are both continually get your a$$es handed to you by cape-donning dudes in leotards.....blue, and Red, respectively.

Although, in Bruce Wayne's defense, it was written into his script. So, I'm curious, what's "God's" excuse?

Astreja said...

Riddler, you are a disgrace to the memory of the fine and funny Frank Gorshin, whom I once had the great pleasure to see in a stand-up comedy club. Them green and purple tights don't fit you at all.

And I noticed you made a few errors in your post, too.

"He was the the first to liberate women."

Um, no. Mesopotamia didn't do too bad a job there. And Viking women had it pretty good till those pesky Christians showed up and wrecked the joint.

"He invented forgiveness."

No; humans did.

"He invented sex."

I think that one belongs to the reptiles, sorry.

"He wrote a big book to help us find our way."

He didn't write diddly-squat; various mortals wrote the various scriptures.

"He is real and His Word is true."

Unsupported assertion. There may have been a historical Jesus, but there is no evidence that he actually came back to life. As a result, if he lived at all he is now quite dead and long, long buried.

As for his word being "true", well, he lied about the Second Coming occurring within the lifetime of his followers. He lied about people being able to do miracles if they had a miniscule amount of faith. Not a trustworthy authority even if the Bible accurately recorded the words of a real person.

Oh, and Boom... Batman wore grey tights and Robin wore fleshtone ones. Dark blue cape and yellow cape, respectively. I watched that show, uh, religiously when I was a much younger Springy Goddess.

(runs to fridge for icepack to stave off nostalgia geek headache)

boomSLANG said...

Oh, and Boom... Batman wore grey tights and Robin wore fleshtone ones.

10-4. But what I meant was that the "Riddler" got his ass kicked by Batman(blue/gray tights), and yet, "God" got His ass kicked by the Devil(Red tights). 'Just my silly, dry humor.

Astreja said...

Reading you loud and clear, Boom! Mea culpa.

(wonders if that diabolical pitchfork is made out of iron, like certain Yahweh-proof chariots...)

AtheistToothFairy said...

Riddler wrote:
Did you ever know Him in a real way?

Riddler (who will never come back),

Because you made a comment to an EIGHT year old testimony, I highly doubt that the OP Tim will be answering you anytime soon, just like I'm fairly sure you'll never be back to answer all of us, right?

However, let's move onto your comments here..

It's simply impossible to know your jesus/god in a "real way".
We can't SEE him, can't HEAR him, can't TOUCH him and certainly can't HUG him.
If you believe you can, then I would suggest in no uncertain terms, that you contact a shrink ASAP.


> I am sorry that as you progressed through the entire Bible you did not record the myriad of prophesies fulfilled

Care to demonstrate any of these so called prophesies to us, hmmmm
I doubt you will, because it's all BS.


> or the amazing and astounding love of God for a miserably doubting and fault-ridden people.

Gosh, you make all kinds of false assertions here and all in one sentence to.

Care to show us why you consider your god to be 'amazing'?
I guess if one desires to make up a myth, one can give it any attribute one desires huh.
Can you prove this so called "astounding love" you cite here....I think NOT.

In WHO's opinion do you consider the human race to be "fault ridden"?
....And, as compared to WHAT exactly....some advanced alien life forms perhaps?

Better yet, why do you feel that humans need to be 'perfect'?
Can't you accept people AS-IS, faults and all?


>He was the the first to liberate women.

You are speaking of the bible god, are you not?
I have to ask, because if you are, then I'd like to know what RARE version of the bible you are reading buster?
Perhaps Batman also wrote a version that I don't know about?


> He invented forgiveness.

Well in that case, your god should learn from his own invention, and forgive us and not send us to burn in hell, right.
Of course, he lovessss us, but we have to burn anyway.
Makes perfect sense.... to a deluded mind that is.


> He invented sex.

Now that is sure news to me.
Are you saying that after Adam and Eve ate the fruit that your god came down to earth and then showed them in person, the fine art of having great sex with each other?
Perhaps he showed Adam just how things are done, which wet his whistle to have sex with a Virgin named Mary later on?
I'm sure it wasn't god's fault that mary got pregnant, right?


> He wrote a big book to help us find our way.

Actually, he did no such thing.
This 'big book' was never written as a 'big book'.
It was done piece-meal and then later put together by a human committee, all without your god being present or having a vote on the matter.

>He knows the number of hairs on your head.

What about all the bald people then?
How do they fit in here?

> He knows all the stars and calls them all by name.

Well that explains it.
I was wondering why jesus is long overdue in his 2nd coming, and now we see he's been very busy naming every single star, throughout every galaxy and possibly, every universe to.
I mean, that has got to take some TIME to do, even for a god, right.

> He loves you no matter how much you do or don't do.

Do you have any evidence that this god loves me?
Yeah, I thought not.


> He loves you where you are, how you are, and waits for you to want to know Him more than anything else.

I have to wonder, do you go around assuring ALL your male friends, that the hot rich lady down the block is madly in love with them?
Unless that hot lady has directly told you that she is mad about one of your friends, then you should not make such assumptions, right.

So how can you make this assumption, that if some god does exists, that he's madly in love with all of us humans?
Where is your evidence for this god love, and please don't bother to cite your bible book, as we (here) already established long ago, that it's nothing but a fairy tale of old.

>He is real and His Word is true.

So you're suggesting that I take YOUR word for this, yes?
Do you also have a bridge to sell me as well....just curious is all?

>Ask Him your 100 pages of questions if you really want answers.

Okay, you have a deal, I will ask him my 100+ pages of questions.
Now, please send me god's email address so I can contact him directly...THANKS.

>But more important than knowing the answers to a pile of questions is knowing Him personally in such a way as more than a friend and closer than a brother.

Oh gezzz, here we have yet another xtian telling me that I have to have sex with jesus...YUCK.
Couldn't you arrange for me to get to know some hot female angel of god's instead, thanks.

> Heaven is only for those who want to be around God forever anyway.

Well, if you are speaking about the god that is contained in the OT, then sorry, I wouldn't want to be in the same galaxy as THAT god.
He's not to be trusted, one iota.
Perhaps your god can design the folks here, our own special heaven instead, okay?
That of course, would be a heaven without you xtians around !!

> He's not going to make you go there if you don't want to be around Him and His Son and His Holy Spirit.

Good thing then, because how long could I stand listening to this 3 part god, talking to himself all day long.
To believe in this trinity god, is a far worse delusion than just simply believing in 'A' god....by a factor of THREE I'd say...LOL.
If you gave up this trinity belief, then you would be 2/3 closer to reality, see?

> I hope you change your mind and again seek for a REAL relationship with Jesus instead of what everybody else thinks. It doesn't matter what others think, it only matters what you think of Him, and He thinks of you.

That is correct, it only matters what I think of him, and I don't think much of something imaginary.
In fact, I have many more thoughts about super hero's of fiction, than I do of your fictional god.

You still have to explain what YOU mean by a 'REAL' relationship with this jesus, because in order for it to be real, jesus would have to SHOW me that he is real, instead of cowering under the his mother's (virgin mary) apron-strings all day long.

Frankly, I don't think he thinks anything of me, or anyone else for that matter.
What he thinks of YOU, is exactly what your sorry excuse-for-a-brain, has formed as the answer to that question; using of course, it's own deluded reasoning.

Okay Riddler, answer this Riddle......
If the part of god that exists in our universe of matter, were to come in contact with a part of god that exists in a universe of anti-matter, would god go BANG and be annihilated?
Heck, maybe it already happened and you just don't know it, YET.


ATF (Who really hates when some HUMAN XTIAN, informs me what they think god wants from me, but in reality, they are beyond clueless)

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