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Having grown up in a traditional Jewish family with several relatives who had suffered "in the name of Jesus" during the Holocaust, it's no surprise that Karen Faith Heller wasn't too keen on Christianity.
"Jesus is okay for everybody else, but we have God," was the familiar family refrain. As an adult, however, Karen Faith strayed from her orthodox Jewish roots, steeping herself in Siddha Yoga, Buddhism, and other Eastern traditions. She was searching for the things that united all religions-all religions except Christianity, that is.
Karen Faith's path toward enlightenment took a bit of a detour about twelve years ago when she met a woman named Anne Holland. Despite Anne's outspokenness about her Christian faith, they soon became friends. Anne also served as a mentor to Karen Faith, helping to guide her career.
About two years ago, Anne invited Karen Faith to an executive outreach event, this time at a baseball game in Phoenix. Of all the people Anne invited, Karen Faith counted herself as the least likely to accept Christ. And yet, she couldn't help but be impressed by the Christian business people she met there.
When they returned home, Anne invited Karen Faith to attend a Bible study at her church. She agreed to go, along with her business partner Raoul Garcia. After a few weeks, Raoul confronted Karen Faith about her poor attitude toward Christ.
She pledged to change her attitude, and it wasn't long before she was getting a lot out of the Bible studies and diving into the truth of Jesus Christ.
Later that year, Anne invited Karen Faith to travel to New Zealand to do a business planning session. (By this time, Anne was on the Board of CogMotion, a software technology firm Karen Faith and Raoul owned.) Karen Faith liked the idea so, together with some of their business associates, they took off.
About three days into the trip, Anne wanted to go to church, so she found one nearby that they could attend. At the close of the sermon, the pastor asked the congregation to close their eyes. Then he invited anyone who wanted to accept Christ to raise his or her hand. It was at this point that Karen Faith finally decided to give Christianity a try. Still not entirely sure what she was getting into, she was brought up to the front and congratulated by the entire congregation for her decision.
Not content to merely make a statement of faith, Karen Faith also wanted to get baptized. She and Anne arranged to have it done in the hot tub at the bed and breakfast in which they were staying. When Karen Faith came out of the water, the first thing she saw was Anne crying.
It wasn't until Karen Faith got back to Dallas that the guilt hit. By accepting Christ, she felt she had betrayed her family, her faith, and her heritage. In her heart, she believed she had done the right thing, but her conscience wouldn't leave her alone. Then Karen Faith met a woman whose father was a Messianic Jew. Perhaps he could help, she said.
The woman offered to send her some books that could answer her many questions.
When Karen Faith received the books in the mail, she devoured them immediately.
Eager to learn more, Karen Faith got in contact with a local Messianic Temple. Tears filled her eyes when she saw the people dressed in traditional Jewish clothing and singing praise songs to Yeshua (Jesus). Finally, the gap between her Jewish heritage and her newfound faith in Christ had been bridged.
Karen Faith has not looked back since. Jesus is front and center in everything she does, including the way she and Raoul run their businesses. (In addition to CogMotion, they also own WayCoolPeople, Inc. an executive search firm.)
Has your religious tradition hindered you from accepting Jesus? Perhaps it's time you reconsidered his claims in light of your tradition. If you would like to accept Jesus as your Messiah, we encourage you to pray the following:
Is it the desire of your heart to make this prayer yours?
If yes, pray now and according to his promise, Jesus Christ will come into your life.