I grew up in an Islamic setting, surrounded by Muslims. As an adult, I was a typical Muslim, very enthusiastic about my religion and culture. I was proud of my identity. I started a business, but it went bankrupt. I sold everything and left the country. I left my debts behind too.
A Seed that Challenged Me
In my new country I lived with a Westerner. My Arabic friend and I tried to covert him to Islam. One day he asked me: “Do you believe that God is all powerful and that nothing is impossible for Him?” I replied: “Yes, of course!”
He asked, “Would it then be impossible for Him to come to earth and take human form?”
Before I could answer him, somebody came. We had to change the subject. The topic never came up again, but deep in my heart a seed was sown.
Greed Leads to Despair
I started another business and succeeded. But I gambled and made enemies. I fled again to another country. In this country, I sometimes had to sleep in the street and went hungry. I went to the mosque to try to make peace with Allah. But my Muslim brothers turned their backs on me. I thought about committing suicide.
A New Idea and Some New Friends
An acquaintance suggested I look for some Christians. He told me they would help me and even provide a job for me. Despite my attitude against Christianity, I decided to follow my friend’s advice.
One Sunday morning, I found a church in the newspaper and went. Within a few weeks I had made several friends. My bad attitude toward Christians began to change. But I still thought about converting them to Islam.
After visiting the church for awhile, I decided to become a Christian. But on the inside I was still a Muslim and the same old person.
Job as a Janitor
I was looking for a job and the church needed a janitor. The pastor asked me to fill the position. I also lived at the church and began studying the Bible. I thought that if I learned the Bible well, it would be easier to lead my Christian friends to Islam.
Confusion in My Soul
I saw the differences between Christianity and Islam were very deep. These two religions could not be from the same source. I had many doubts. But I decided to find the truth. I fasted for three days in a row and for the first time I asked God to reveal the truth to me.
Speaking Out, Asking for Help
All my life I had been taught, “He [Allah] begets not nor was He begotten” (Qs 112:3). So I needed to know for sure that Jesus was God.
I decided to talk to the pastor. I told him I couldn’t find anywhere in the Bible that talked about Jesus being God or about God being triune. Immediately, he told me to look at John 10:30-33, I John 5:8-12, and I John 5:20. “They [the Jews] replied, ‘We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God’” (Injil, John 10:33).
A couple days later, I decided to renounce Islam and put my faith in Christ. The next morning, I called my pastor and told him about my decision. This time my confession was real.
Christ My Redeemer
If Christ hadn’t saved and protected me, I would be destroyed without hope. He has given me a new and abundant life, full of hope, peace and joy.
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