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Once an Atheist, Theology Professor Says She’s Grateful the Gospel Gives Her a New Life

Our relationship with God won’t change, just like water will always be wet, and fire will always be hot. Our spiritual beliefs might change, but we will always be children of God, whether we believe it or not. That’s what happened to a professor who once professed she’s an atheist, and she’s now a respectable seminary professor in Texas.

Dr. Hongyi Yang is an assistant professor in Fort Worth’s Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She teaches systematic theology for the women’s studies program.

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I was an atheist and feminist,” but now she is a Systematic Theologian! Meet Dr. Hongyi Yang, one of my brightest and godliest PhD supervisees and now a colleague in Christian mission and theological education through ⁦@SWBTS⁩ ⁦@SBCCP⁩. https://t.co/U1NQlfp6B1

The professor grew up in Southwest China, where people were taught that there’s no God. She relocated to the Lone Star state in 2000 as an exchange student, and only in that year she first ever read a bible. She only knows one Christian before coming to America.

The professor said she was an atheist when she came to the U.S. She stated, “I believed that there was no God who could save us and that we must strive for success by our ability, diligence, and luck.”

In Texas, there are lots of churches and Christians, and it’s a cultural shock for her. She felt contempt towards Christianity. She said, “I also mocked Christianity. I thought it is so humiliating to worship a God who was crucified on a cross.”

However, the professor’s heart has changed in the last days of the year 2000 when she attended an evangelistic meeting. The two speakers of the conference changed her spiritual perspective drastically. She felt that God exist, and the Lord is within her heart. On the last day of the gathering, she promised to become the servant of Jesus.

Hongyi said her eyes were opened by the gentle and bright love of God, especially that she never experienced that kind of love before. She expressed, “I surely know that there is indeed a God, and I am experiencing His love. Life is not meaningless anymore because there is this God.”

Hongyi finally got baptized on Easter Sunday 2001. Two of her friends who came to witness her baptismal became Christians later on. It’s been 19 years since her conversion.

Today Hongyi reflects on her life, and she’s grateful the Gospel changed her and is using her to help people remember we need Jesus.

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