Bruce StanleyTestimonies

“I became disillusioned with the world in my early teen years. I was actually sad and depressed, but no one knew. 

At 22 I flew from my home in the UK, to Australia, for a working holiday, where I met my husband. To cut a long story short, we eventually married and had our first child Rebecca. The first few years were very lonely, so the invitation to the Eastwood Anglican playgroup was very exciting. After much persuasion from a friend there I agreed to attend an investigating Christianity course that the ministers wife was promoting each week. I was convinced Christianity was a religion of blind faith, where nothing could be known for sure. Little did I know what laid ahead. I aired all my doubts and asked all the difficult questions, and to my great surprise received sensible and reasonable answers, based on facts and evidence! I got hooked on investigating everything; creation, evolution, how the bible was written and copied, as well as how we can have confidence that the bible is God’s true message to us. Scientific, historical and logic based facts accumulated, increasing the statistical probability of the bibles’ claim to be the true knowledge of God. This was not wishful thinking. I later came to know that there is even great evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, the clincher came after this lengthy study period in seeing how Jesus fulfils loads of Old Testament prophecies perfectly. One of these prophecies is now one of my favourite bible verses. It clearly points to the crucifixion of Jesus but was written down over 600 years before Jesus was even born. Isaiah 53:4-5 says “surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed.”

From depression, suicidal thoughts and pushing God aside, much peace and joy has come in knowing the love of God which is real; my life has changed for the better.

Since becoming a Christian, it hasn’t been a straight and easy road, but 20 years of God’s undeserved favour has grown my faith and given me a better knowledge of my God. He is the rock of my life!”