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Apr 05, 2017 by Will Maule

Chuck Norris: 'Reading The Bible Brought Me Back To Christ'

Chuck Norris is still one of the most recognizable figures in the entertainment industry. The Karate champion turned actor 'tough guy' is also probably the most successful 'meme' figure of all time! Example below:

But what many don't know is that he is also a devout follower of Jesus Christ, and openly talks about his experience as a Christian. "I gave my life to the Lord at 12. I was baptised at 12. Then it grew stronger. And when I got to go to a crusade for Billy Graham, unfortunately a lot of times in the entertainment industry, sometimes you lose sight of what's really important in your life. I lost a marriage because of it," Norris told CBN.

But when he fell away from Jesus, he explains how it was through reading the Bible that he came back to Christ. "I was always angry, and I had a huge hole in my heart. Nothing made me happy. Then I got married to a God-fearing woman, and at home she would read the Bible every morning. After a while she said, "do you want me to read aloud to you?" So I sat down, and she started reading the Bible aloud to me, every morning," Chuck told WND. "Eventually, I said, "Well, let me read it," and so I started to read it aloud to her. And then it was like the Lord said to me "Chuck, it's time to come home. It's been long enough." And now my heart is filled up again."

Chuck also insists that his national martial arts programme is based on Christian principles "The martial arts is a philosophy that is pretty much the principles in the Bible. Even though we can't talk about Jesus, we can talk about what Jesus talks about in the Bible – love, loving your neighbour, being good people. Even though we can't quote Scripture, we can [paraphrase] what Jesus says in the Bible or what the Apostle Paul says or what St. Peter says. We can say that in an indirect way, which we do."

He says that he owes all of his success to the unfathomable grace of God. "Chuck, you're the luckiest guy in the world to be a world karate champion and a movie and TV star." When they say this to me, I kind of smile because luck had nothing to do with it; God had everything to do with it."

And what about the memes that say that Norris himself is mighty enough to cure cancer? Chuck's response is nothing short of remarkable. 

"There was a man whose tears could cure cancer or any other disease, including the real cause of all diseases – sin. His blood did. His name was Jesus, not Chuck Norris. If your soul needs healing, the prescription you need is not Chuck Norris' tears, it's Jesus' blood."



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