Question: Did you become a Christian in 1976?

Answer: Yes, in Springtime. I told them at L’Abri that I wanted to stay there because of my friend. They said, „You can be a student, but to be a student, we would like you to say that it is possible that Christianity is true?“ I said yes, because I didn’t exactly understand what they meant by Christianity, and the idea of God was very familar to me. But as a Zen Buddhist I didn’t believe that God was absolute. I believed in God, but my question was, „What is behind God? What is the contaxt of God?“
So I became a student, and I studied for about three months, mainly Francis Schaeffer’s lectures on the book of Romans. I had lots of conversaitons, discussions, and then one evening I was upstairs in the chalet where I lived. I was reading Escape From Reason and I remember looking up from the book, and the whole universe changed focus. Not shape, but focus. It just shifted slightly. It was not particularly connected with what I was reading. I literally looked up from the book, and ths shift took place. It was like getting different contact lenses. I saw reality as fundamentally personal. So when I looked at the Alps, I saw that they had been created by a Personal Creator, and they looked slightly different.
Before this happened, other people had to work hard with my questions. I was asking questions like, „Is the non-personal necessarily sub-personal?“ and „Couldn’t there be a super-personal non-personal from which personality proceeds?“ One way that God worked in my life was to play a sound loop in my head. When I was in college, I sang in the opera „The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan, and one of my lines was; „Who are you who ask this question?“ This line began to play almost continuously in my head at L’Abri, and I realized I should take the question seriously. So I asked myself, „Who is asking these questions?“ After a while, I realized that the Buddhist answer is:“ „Asking is.“ But the Christian answer is: „I am asking.“ The „I“ who is in Christ is eternal. That pinpointed the difference, and I began to realize that I had no memory of myself that did not involve asking questions. I began to see that the Christian salvation was more comprehensive, because it saved my questions. That began to move me toward Chrisianiity. Ellis H. Potter