Googling God

January 24, 2012

Where do you go when you have questions about your faith? While many people check out a church or talk to friends, some people run to the internet when they have questions. That’s why Keynote continues to create tools that help people who are searching for God online find the answers they need. We were thrilled to hear about a student named Taryn, who came to Christ through a Google search. Taryn recently shared her story at a winter conference for college students put on by Cru. Here’s a bit of her story:

Jesus hadn’t always intrigued Taryn. She had a great life growing up in Orange County with her Jewish mom and culturally Christian dad and saw no need for God. It wasn’t until high school that she even became curious about Him.

“In high school, I found myself in a group of friends that included what I like to call a ‘super Christian’. She was everything I imagined a Christian to be: super into church, never said a cuss word…and I couldn’t stand her. But, oddly enough, over time we became best friends. She never invited me to church, but she started bringing some of our other non-Christian friends to church and they actually really loved it, which made me feel like I was missing out. Even though there were Christians around me, I still knew absolutely nothing about it because no one was telling me anything.”

So when she heard that one of her friends had “accepted Christ”, it grabbed her attention.

“That was the night, 6 years ago; I was lying in my bed and decided to Google ‘how to accept Christ.’ Thank God that I was sent to a legit site that explained the gospel to me and taught me the basics of what I needed to know. It taught me that there was sin in my life but that Jesus wiped it clean! It showed me that good circumstances will always come and go, but he will be the only constant joy that is offered in this world. They were all things I had never heard of before. I accepted Christ that night in my bed and from there began my walk with this mysterious Jesus.”

From then on, every morning before school, Taryn took out her laptop and went through an online devotional. She didn’t know exactly where to go to learn more about Jesus, but the internet had helped her once before, so she figured it would help her again. She even began blogging about her relationship with Jesus. And God used her blog to help one of her friends pursue Him.

“I am so thankful that God used and continues to use the internet in my life to show me that he can use anything to bring me closer to him. If it weren’t for that silly Google search engine, I might not have known how to begin the best journey possible with the God who is better than we can even know.”

When it comes to looking online for answers to faith questions, Taryn isn’t alone. (a website Keynote partners very closely with that is devoted to answering questions college students are asking about Christianity) receives over 200,000 visitors a month. Students like Taryn are the reason Keynote strives to develop digital resources like God Tools, MissionHub and Not only do we want to reach people who are searching online for the answers to their questions about Jesus, but we also want to make it easier for people to share their faith in online spaces. Join us in praying that more students like Taryn will find Christ as they search online for the answers to their questions.

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