"The older I get the less I know 'for sure.' My theory is that I only know a couple things for sure. I know Jesus is my friend- in fact, my best friend. I believe He is coming back some day. No idea when, and I don't like it when people say 'soon.' My job as a believer is to share what he has done for me and offer people the keys for the peace I have found. The peace is not in any one church with 'the truth,' for there are many. I believe God made us relationship people and put a need in us for a relationship with Him and with those around us. The only way to have that peace in my opinions is to know Him!
I was raised SDA and educated from first grade through two years of college in SDA schools. I never left the church and never quit going, but I was as dead inside as those that did. I had what I call my conversion at about forty doing the three things Morris Vendon recommends after hearing Lee Vendon at camp meeting. It changed my life and how I felt about everything.
The three things are as follows: read New Testament with desire to know Him in an easy to read translation. NLT is my choice. Two, pray to know him and listen. Ask Him to come into your heart. And three, share what that does to you. It changes you in my experience and improves your relationships around you. It enables you to love those around you- which is my job. Easy to love those that treat me well. More difficult to love the SOB that stole my lemonade!
I used to think those that did not believe like me just had not studied enough. That's what I was raised believing, but once out in the world I found there where a lot of people that believed different who had studied way more. I used to hate witnessing because what I was really trying to do was convince and argue that SDA was 'the way.' I still go to an SDA church mostly, but I also enjoy a Christian church few miles away that has services Saturday evening. Now I love to witness. My job is to share Him and the peace that He gives me. The job of conviction is the Holy Spirit's, not mine. When you realize that and realize it really is all about Him, it changes everything."