Letter: ISU alumnus glad he asked a Christian in 1966

On a recent visit to the campus, I noticed an article in your paper entitled “Ask an Atheist.” I am happy that when I was a student at Iowa State in 1966, and had a question about life, I asked a Christian instead. I asked him why Jesus Christ had to die for us — why couldn’t God just accept us as we are?

His answer led to a total transformation of my life for the better. He explained that God is holy, righteous and just, and that all people are defiled by sin, which prevents us from entering God’s presence. God’s solution was to send his son Jesus to live a perfect life and die as a sacrifice for the whole world.

We could obtain forgiveness and salvation by receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior, by faith in him. As a result of that explanation, I committed my life to the Lord Jesus. It was the best decision I ever made. I’m glad I asked a Christian.