I am aware that people might think I'm crazy due to some of what I'm saying in this post. I don't care because I've seen this stuff firsthand and it's true. I'm not posting to start some debate, either. I don't want to get into a theological or apologetics debate or anything. I just want to tell you what I've experienced. It is difficult to convince people that the Bible is without internal or external contradiction (although I believe it myself), but I believe based on personal experience, not based on the reliability of the Bible. After trying to defend the Bible and my beliefs for months, I think it's as good a time as any to share some personal experiences.
This past week has been spring break at my school. I went with 600 other college students on a mission trip to south Texas, very close to the border. Crazy things happened. Guys, I don't know how to say it, but to say that miracles happen. I personally witnessed a guy's leg get physically healed (and heard several other stories the week from people who I trust with my life). I also personally saw five people come to Christ, and after praying for the Holy Spirit to come and fill them (like they did in the Bible), the people would say they felt "weird," "different," or "excited." One lady even said she felt "caliente" after being praying for a filling of the Spirit. I heard similar stories from friends all week.
And we shared the Gospel wherever we went, and many people came to know Christ. That's not to say we didn't face rejection, but even our bus drivers to and from home and the Subway workers on our dinner stop on the way back came to know Christ. There was no discrimination or specific group of people that were more receptive. Hispanics, blacks, whites, rich, poor, bus drivers, college students, children, adults, etc. They all came to know Christ and I heard crazy stories about people of all sort. After a week in which I experienced the power and love of God in such a tangible way, I don't know what to say but it's real. Having said that, I wonder how many of y'all have heard the Gospel. There might be fewer people on a Religion Board who haven't heard it, but I was surprised at how many people, especially in Texas, had not heard the Gospel.