By Carol Lim
Lee Strobel, former Legal Editor of the Chicago Tribune, shared his journey from being a skeptical, investigative, hard-hearted journalist and Aetheist to becoming a Christian. This Sunday morning, Strobel was the guest speaker at packed worship services at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida. Strobel is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. His books include The Case for Christ and newly published, The Case for Easter.
When he worked for the Chicago Tribune as its legal editor, Strobel said he lived a self-destructive, hedonistic life. For some journalists, alcohol is part of it…and he tried it, too.
“Everything let me down. Nothing lived up to the hype,” Strobel said. His wife, Leslie, an Agnostic, became a Christian and he began to see positive changes in her life. She invited him to church. Strobel went and heard a sermon on basic Christianity. However, he was still skeptical, not ready to take the leap of faith. So, Strobel spent the next 2 years to investigate and look for evidence that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, was executed and died on the cross and of the resurrection 3 days later.
“Did Jesus return from the dead?” Strobel asked. During his research and investigation, Strobel accepted the evidence in the New Testament of the Bible.
“How do I know what really happened?” he asked. Strobel found more than 1 credible source and corroborating events from the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the first four books of the New Testament.
There’s also is evidence of the empty tomb after Pontius Pilate sentenced Jesus to die by cruxifiction.
“Jesus’s enemies admitted the tomb was empty when they explained his disciples took away Jesus’s body. Bad cover story then. Bad cover story now,” Strobel said.
“We’re lucky if we have 2 sources in history to confirm a fact,” Strobel said.
“There is an avalanche of historical data. We have 9 ancient sources that confirm the resurrection of Jesus,” Strobel said.
After a 2-year investigation, Strobel wrote down what he found on a yellow pad and read a verse a Christian friend gave him.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, (even) to those who believe in His name.”
—John 1:12 (NASB)
Strobel believed the historical evidence and realized he also needed to accept Jesus’ gift of eternal life. So, as the legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, Strobel confessed his sin to Jesus and became a child of God. Strobel’s life changed in all aspects– his morals, values, as a parent, husband and journalist. His young daughter and son noticed the change in their father and became Christians, too. During those 2 years, Leslie Strobel gave up hope for her husband, but continued praying for him.
“God changed my family. If you don’t believe in Christ, check Him out. You owe it to yourself to check it out. Investigate it.” Strobel says.
“Know you are reconciled with God and have eternal life. God will hear you.” Strobel said.
Strobel’s message series, “Reasonable Faith in an Uncertain World,” are posted online at http://www.calvary.us