Good reasons for belief

Yoke-Peng Kong
Yoke-Peng Kong's decision to believe the Bible was not merely emotional

All religions have intelligent people so all must be equally true, Yoke-Peng Kong thought, until she was challenged to look closer at them.

From a young age Yoke-Peng had been exposed to many different belief systems.

She learnt Buddhism and Taoism from her parents, attended a Christian school in Malaysia, then later joined the Baha'i faith while studying in Australia.

The Baha'i faith, she learned, "accepts all religions as the truth, it sees no contradiction at all between different religions".

Yoke-Peng diluted the Bible's exclusive claim that Jesus rose from the dead by believing it was a symbolic resurrection.

The evidence she had for this counter-claim was that she had heard of Christians who had converted to the Baha'i faith.

She persisted in this belief for 30 years until a friend invited her to church during a difficult phase in her life and she began studying the Bible.

"I read the Bible from start to end for myself as I wanted to be an informed enquirer," she recalls.

After reading the Bible and several helpful meetings with the pastor, where her questions were answered, she became convinced that Christ's resurrection was not symbolic at all.

She also acknowledged that the arrogance of "two supposedly devout Christian girls" in high school were the reason she had rejected Jesus.

At the time she recalls, "I vowed not to be a Christian because I equated arrogance to Christianity."

She asked the pastor, "Can I convert (trust in Jesus) without calling myself a Christian because I would not want to be in the same boat as those two girls?"

“Genesis is not nonsense...
I can accept
the Bible intellectually
as well as spiritually”
"The pastor prayed for me to forgive them and, after that, reflecting on them didn't affect me anymore."

Yoke-Peng then believed in the historical truth that Jesus died and rose again to forgive all her sins.

Following her decision for Jesus she recalls an atheistic friend asked if she accepted "the nonsense in Genesis".

She began to wonder if her decision to trust Jesus and the Bible was for merely emotional reasons as she did not know how to respond to this objection.

Her Bible study group attended a talk by a Creation Ministries International speaker, which she recalls had "thrilling" information.

She learned that all people make judgments about 'millions of years' using unverifiable assumptions about the universe's history that cannot be tested empirically by objective experiments.

Therefore a scientist can only interpret data through their philosophical lens, presupposing that the Bible is not true or that there is no God and the universe is billions of years old.

"I was so thrilled to learn how to view things from a Biblical perspective," Yoke-Peng says.

As she attended more talks, read books and magazines, her enthusiasm for the Bible as God's Word grew.

"My faith and confidence in Christianity has now grown to the point where I do not feel intimidated by any claimed objections to Christianity at all," she explains.

"In fact I like to bring up the subject and instigate a discussion.

"Now, I can accept the Bible intellectually as well as spiritually. I don't have to shy away from non-believers."

There is so much information, especially online, about the Bible and science, she adds, that "I have yet to find a non-believer whose reasons for objections are not covered."

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