why i believe
When I was 12 years old I was exposed to pornography (oh how sad that its common at that age now) and I started then having sexual thoughts about both men and women. At the young age of 15 I had my first sexual encounter with a boy a few years older than myself. For the next few years we met up a number of times. When I graduated High School I joined the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of bootcamp I was sent to Pensacola to train in Avionics. While in Pensacola I had another sexual encounter with a guy in Aircrew training. A shipmate in my barracks, one day, invited me to come with him to a baptist church out in town. I did. I had grown up Catholic, not really being "religious". I learned things I never knew about Jesus, and what the bible says about "certain things" through that church. Though someone had me say the "sinners prayer" and la de da, I still continued on my current path. After Pensacola I stopped by home for a couple weeks, having my first encounter with a female. I arrived at the first duty station in KBAY Hawaii. While in KBAY someone brought me to the United Pentecostal Church, where I worshiped for 8 years. Through those 8 years, 3 of which were there in Hawaii, I met and slept with numerous men. When I moved to Norfolk I had a "regular partner". I ended up getting engaged to a girl in my church in Norfolk, but that shortly ended once she found out that I had sexual interest in men.
I moved to Chicago. I met a young lady by the name of Emily. We are now married. Through the time I was dating her, she witnessed to me, I got into the Bible, and understood that I have to secure my identity in Christ. To this day I am happily married, and have not had any sort of thought towards any male, because Christ took it out of me.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.