26 Dec Spiritual growth-seventh heaven
Over the next few years, I studied with focused intent Jewish views on the character of God, suffering, and evil. After comparing Jewish and Christian concepts related to sin, grace, and atonement, I studied the reliability of the Bible, the Incarnation, the Resurrection, and issues related to biblical interpretation.
My subsequent epiphany merged both cognitive understanding and direct inner experience. I worked through reservations by praying, reflecting, and assimilating small increments of faith at a time. A too-sudden conversion would have assaulted my psyche like a giant wrecking ball. Though the insights came gradually—some scarcely apprehended and others denied, over the next increment of time, they conquered my being with stellar, steadfast force. I experienced complete transformation and a reorientation of my soul.