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09 July 2015

Archbishop visits News UK to speak about life with Jesus

Archbishop visits News UK to speak about life with Jesus

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, spoke at News UK's London headquarters on the 10 anniversary of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London about the "unescapable reality" of having Jesus in his life.  

Addressing the Christian Fellowship of News UK – the publisher of The Times, The Sun, The Sunday Times and the TLS – on 'Why I am a Christian', the Archbishop explained: "Christian faith doesn't hide us from the cruelties of life"- instead, it means that Jesus is there "in the middle of the mess with us".  

He remembered the victims of terrorism, both as a result of the 7/7 bombings and more recently in Tunisia, with prayers and later explained how Christ helps people in tough times, saying: "All of us will experience bereavement, again and again many of us, all of us will experience death. What is the company? Who is the person that will be with us at those last moments?"  

Describing his conversion to Christianity at age 18, he said: "I'm a Christian because Jesus Christ found me and called me, around 40 years ago", arguing that it "makes sense" to him that Jesus rose from the dead.  

However, he also stated that he became a Christian because of Jesus' calling, and because "in Jesus I see the God who didn't say, 'this is how you lot have got to behave and I'm going to watch you and judge you,' but came alongside us and lived in the middle of the absolute foulest mess and himself died unjustly young in great agony and bore all that was wrong in this world on his shoulders".  

"I'm a Christian because in my own experience I've run away and he's met me and yet not been angry with me;when I've failed he's picked me up and healed and strengthened me. 

"That's why I'm a Christian. And that's why, whatever happens, whatever stupid mistakes, I know that even at the end of it all, even if everything else fails, God doesn't, and he will not fail even to the end of my life."