More than 30 years ago, former atheist David Ireland was just like any other nonbeliever — disinterested in God and far removed from faith. But in 1982, while completing his first degree in mechanical engineering at age 20, he found Christ.
“I remember the day. It was July 6, 1982, at 10 p.m. I sat on the edge of my dormitory bed and I said ‘God, if you’re real, change me.’ And he did. From that moment on I started sharing my faith with others and started living for Jesus,” recalled Ireland during an interview with The Christian Post about his latest book, The Weapon of Prayer: Maximize Your Greatest Strategy Against the Enemy.
Three decades later the Queens native, who has authored nearly two dozen books, is still deep in his walk as he now leads Christ Church, a thriving 8,000-member multi-site and multiracial congregation in northern New Jersey.
Ireland said that as a former atheist he understands nonbelievers and doesn’t take it personally when they question God because, according to him, they do so because they’re really just searching for greater meaning and purpose in their own lives.
“[Atheists] are right in my ballpark, so to speak, because that’s where I was, so I don’t take it personal,” he said. “I questioned the existence of God often times as a point of arguing because I was searching myself, so my argument was a defense mechanism.
“I didn’t want to let you know that I was searching and just put on my poker face and would argue with you and try to poke holes into your philosophy,” he continued. “But what I was really looking for was answers. So I see that very much in people when they ask me questions and when they say things that oftentimes show that they are atheist or agnostics or they’re just doubting everything. They’re really searching and looking for answers.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post