My Story

I grew up as an Arab Sunni Muslim in the city of Baghdad, Iraq, in the 1980’s during the Iraq-Iran war. I remember Iranian airplanes bombing the city. Sounds of bomb explosions and the air raid whistles became something of a daily routine to me.

A question kept bothering me for quite some time. What will happen to me if one of these bombs fell on me and I died now? What happens after death? As a Muslim I knew there was a Day of Judgment and an afterlife either in hell or paradise, and I wanted to be sure that I would end up in paradise. Consumed with this question, I began researching on my own, investigating Islamic books available to me in our family library and later in the public library connected to a nearby mosque.

Islamic Dawah (propagation) was forbidden in Iraq during the 80’s. The secular Baath party did not encourage religious activities. Sunni mosques had little attendance in usual times of prayers except at the time of Friday noon prayer when it became fully occupied by worshipers.

Through my research, as well as talking with the mosque Imam (cleric) and some other Muslim elders who were committed to the faith, I learned the answer to my question: In order to end up in paradise, rather than hell, one must submit to Allah (from which the Arabic word Islam is derived) and obey his commands.

I understood the concept of the Mizan (weighing scale) at the Day of Judgment by which all mankind must give account of what they did in their lifetime and will be judged accordingly. Each person will stand in front of Allah and will be asked what he or she did in their life. Good deeds will be weighed against the bad deeds on this balance scale. Whether a person will go to heaven or hell depends on which side is heavier, i.e. according to the weight of their deeds.

No one can know where he or she will end up because nobody is able to measure how many good deeds one has versus bad deeds. Therefore, there is no assurance of salvation in this method. The only assurance of salvation is in being granted the rank of a Shaheed (martyr) by offering one’s own blood through death for Allah’s sake in a conflict (Jihad). Allah promises that this person will be granted paradise.

God has bought from the believers their selves and their possessions against the gift of Paradise; they fight in the way of God; they kill, and are killed; that is a promise binding upon God in the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Koran; and who fulfils his covenant truer than God? So rejoice in the bargain you have made with Him; that is the mighty triumph. Quran 9:111

Because I was young and did not yet see a way to join a fight in the cause of Allah, I decided to go the other way – through good deeds. So I kept the five prayers, struggling at sunrise to wake up early to pray Qiyaam Al-Layl (praying during the night) followed by a Gama’a (group) Fajer (sunrise) prayer in the mosque. I prayed most of my prayers in the mosque, though I could not at noon since I had to be in school and there was no group prayer at the school.

I fasted as much as I was able to and I gave what I could give. I imitated prophet Muhammad in everything – in his dress, in his habits. I just wanted to be like the early Sahaba (companions) of the prophet.

Despite the hostility of the Baath party towards religious people during the 80’s, both Sunni or Shiite, I considered it a Jihad for the sake of Allah to put myself in danger and try to talk to my peers (who were teenagers) about repenting from their disobedience against Allah and becoming good Muslims. Some of them joined me, and a small group of us young men went to the mosque frequently and met there. We started brainstorming other ways to accumulate more merits and good deeds in order to go to paradise after we die. We tried to lead unorthodox Muslims (heretics as we believed) like the Shiite (and I do not mean to offend them now, but that was what we believed as Sunnis) to the true Sunna (path) of prophet Muhammad.

Being the book worm among the group, I started researching other Islamic sects and learning how they came into existence and how they differ from Sunnis. Of course I focused on the Shiites, but reading about the sects and cults in the Islamic books was thrilling to me and it provided new ideas and information that I had never seen before. We succeeded in winning at least two Shiite students who joined our group and became Sunnis.

I have to admit that my attempts in bringing non-committed Muslims to repentance, heretic Muslims to the strait path, and non-Muslims to the religion of truth (Islam) were mostly selfish. I understood that each time I would guide someone to Allah I received a big reward from Allah in addition to a kind of commission for whatever good deeds this person would do later in his/her life. I was trying to make my good deed side of the balance-scale heavier than that of my bad deeds so that I could go to paradise.

Someone in the group invited us to watch a video of a debate between Ahmed Deedat and Jimmy Swaggart. It was actually dubbed in Arabic. We were thrilled and excited because of Deedat’s victory over the Christian pastor, and we wanted to invite Christians to Islam too.

I found materials about Christianity in the public library of the mosque. All of them were from Muslim perspectives. None of them were from a Christian perspective. I will never forget how I was disgusted by the Bible while reading Mustafa Mahmoud‘s book “The Torah” as he revealed the sexual sins of plenty of people whom we Muslims considered prophets or holy. One example is Lot with whom his daughters laid when he was drunk.

We started our assaults and caused damage to the Iraqi traditional Christian peers (mostly Catholic and Orthodox). We launched arguments against their faith they were not prepared to answer. This caught the attention of one of the local priests. The priest wanted to build confidence in the hearts of these young men that their faith is valid, so he invited us to dialogue with him in front of the doubting young Christian men.

I went to this meeting thinking I was the hero of Islam, that I was the Deedat of Iraq. I was convinced there would be no answers to the questions I had prepared. You can imagine how shocked, angry and humiliated I was when this priest gave me simple answers to what I considered non-answerable questions.

That man did not care about making us Christians, he was simply a shepherd who cared for his sheep. I could not forget the victory smiles on the faces of my Christian peers whom I had thought were close to becoming Muslims. I also could not forget the disappointment on the faces of my Muslim friends who, with their looks, accused me of being incompetent and no match for the priest. Humiliated, I went back home angry. In the next few days I started to analyze what went wrong. I discovered the error I made. I had never read anything Christian from a Christian perspective to prepare me to answer that priest. I did not even have a Bible!

My motto for the next few years was know your enemies. So I went on a tough quest to obtain Christian materials written by Christians. My first task was a Bible. It was a difficult search, but after a whole year of trying to find one, I was finally able to get an Arabic Bible from outside of Iraq. I started listening to Arabic Christian radio stations and read the Bible and the few Christian books I had.

After a while, I came to the realization that if I was born a Christian and had these explanations of my faith (as weak as I thought they might be), I might never convert to Islam. I would have been dogmatically brain-washed by the church, family and Christian peers.This also echoed in my thoughts the other way around; a series of “what if” questions was unleashed:

Why do I believe Islam to be the true religion? Maybe I am also dogmatic like these Christians I am trying to convert, and I believe in Islam just because I was born a Muslim?!

How do I know Islam to be the true religion? Is it because the Quran had been revealed to Muhammad? But nobody saw the angel coming down on Muhammad! It is a testimony of just one man!

I put myself in the shoes of the people of Mecca. What if a man came to me today and told me he is a prophet? Why would I believe him and forsake my birth religion? Just because he said so? What is his proof? A text that he says he received from Allah through an angel? So, what is great about this text? Yes, it is pretty, but when was beauty an evidence for the truth? Maybe I should consider Da Vinci to be a prophet, too, since he drew the most beautiful picture in the world? Beside these thoughts, I knew from studying the history of Islam and the cults that there were other people — Al-Mutanabbi, for example — who claimed to be prophets and said they could bring something better than the Quran. One piece of evidence that someone could make something like the Quran was the Shiite claim of missing chapters in the Quran, such as Surat Al-Wilaya and Surat Al-Nurain.

My search for external evidences of Muhammad’s prophethood failed. To believe in Islam, one has to believe in Muhammad’s revelation. But that is something that cannot be proved by using logical deduction. Bewildered and frightened, I asked the question, What if I had been born Christian? How would I have converted to the true religion of Islam so that I would not go to hell? Yes, non-Muslims will go to hell because the Quran says:

Whoso desires another religion than Islam, it shall not be accepted of him; in the next world he shall be among the losers. Quran 3:85

So how I could be saved? Muslims will say “read the Quran and you will know it is true.” However, this is not the case. How can one know it is true? Because of its beautiful style? What if I do not speak Arabic? Then I will see no beauty and I will not convert!

My “what if” questions continued to grow. I struggled further with the Quran as verses jumped at me, making me more insecure.

Whoever shall withdraw from the admonition of the Merciful, we will chain a devil unto him; and he shall be his inseparable companion. Quran 43:36

Well, does that mean because of my sincere quest for truth and to be sure of my salvation at the Day of Judgment that Allah is unhappy with me and chained to me to a devil to wrestle with? What great help, Allah! Thanks!

My Islamic dilemma with the Christian concept of Jesus having two natures, divine and human started to vanish as I realized that it is a mistake to compare Jesus to Muhammad or consider Him just a regular man. Actually we should compare Jesus to the Quran since “both” of them (as I believed then) were Allah’s word.

… The Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, is but the apostle of God and His Word, which He cast into Mary and a spirit from Him… Quran 4:171

As a Muslim, I believed that the Quran (Allah’s word) is divine because it’s Allah’s speech, and in the same time, it is human as it is recited in Arabic, a human language. So, if Allah’s word, the Quran is divine and human, the other word of Allah (Jesus) should be divine and human too.

I also started to understand the Christian concept of God incarnated in human form. The Quran (the divine word of Allah as I believed then) is incarnated in a human language which is written by ink on a paper we call Mus’haf (the book which contains the Quran). So, then it is also possible for Allah’s word in Christ to incarnate in flesh and blood in the body of Jesus. (read my article “Jesus and the Quran“)

Moreover, being on the quest to prove Muhammad’s prophethood to myself, I ended up having many doubts that he was really a prophet. I even went after the claim in the Quran that he was mentioned in the Torah and the Injeel (Gospel) and I could not find him anywhere. Of course, I had to come to the conclusion that the Christians and the Jews corrupted their scripture (the Bible) to hide the prophecies about Muhammad in their scriptures as Islam taught me.

That also did not settle well with me. Does that mean people are mightier than God? If he is able to protect the Quran and preserve it; why then, is he not able to protect the revelations that came before the Quran? (read my article “Is the Quran Preserved?“)

Also, why on earth would someone do something like that? To corrupt God’s word! These are religious people. Would they really change God’s word because they didn’t want a certain prophet to come? There would certainly have been believers among them who will expose such a scheme and preserve for us some original documents? Who wants to go against God? Only a few might assume such a task, but not almost EVERYONE.

Also, when were these scriptures omitted or corrupted? It definitely was fine at the early stage of Muhammad prophethood, as he refer to them to be authentic.

And how do they make you a judge and they have the Taurat wherein is Allah’s judgment? Yet they turn back after that, and these are not the believers. Quran 5:43

So, it was authentic at some time during Muhammad’s life! (read my article “Is the Bible Corrupted?“)

The Jews and the Christians (who did not like each other at the time of Muhammad) had to come together to corrupt their scripture! I can not imagine all the leaders from both camps coming together in a universal conference and bring in all scriptures (both Jewish and Christian) from all around the world to change it and omit the prophecies about Muhammad and then sent all these thousands of scriptures back where they came from!

This is simply impossible even by modern day standards. This is a huge logistical task we today can not fulfill perfectly given all the technological advancements we have. Something should go wrong.

I felt like I am breaking with Muhammad and could no longer have faith in his message. Another Quranic verse jumped to mind and did not settle well with me,

But whoso makes a breach with the Messenger after the guidance has become clear to him and follows a way other than the believers’, him We shall turn over to what he has turned to and We shall roast him in hell – an evil homecoming! Quran 4:115

So, it is my fault because I was trying to have reasonable faith that I ended up in such a dilemma. It is not the devil Allah chained to me who caused me to get to this point of unbelief. Worse, it is Allah who mislead me to the unbelief,

… Verily, God leads astray whom He pleases and guides whom He pleases; … Quran 35:8

I talked to Allah for the last time saying to him, “if you guide whom you want and mislead whom you want, you know what, you cannot send me to hell, because I was just a puppet in your hand”.

Getting my courage together I cried to the true God of the universe, “reveal yourself to me please, I cannot find you on my own”.

Strangely, I woke up next day, alive. I had a dream while sleeping which comforted me and cut my last tie with Islam. As a result, I had no desire to perform Islamic prayer and I had peace about not being a Muslim anymore.

Relieved, I started my own quest to find the truth. This time with no blindfold of dogmatic faith, but a sincere heart which is thirsty and lost.

Reading the Bible again was a joy. This time, I started to see it differently, as a real authentic document. Even what I considered mistakes became a testimony to its authenticity, because if anyone did really alter it, he should covered up what is considered an error.

I saw the sin of the prophets as it is. They are human and they are sinners, chosen to be a vessel for God, but that does not mean they are perfect. Nobody is perfect but God.

Jesus intrigued me as He always did in the past. When I was a Muslim, I had the most admiration to Him. I always had these “satanic” thoughts – as I believed they are when I was a Muslim – about Jesus.

Why was Jesus born from a virgin mother? Why is He sinless? Why did He not die? Why is He still living up in heaven? Why did He do all of these miracles? Why is He so special?

I was bewildered by the agreement between the Quran and the Gospel that Jesus was born from a virgin mother. Why did He have no father? I recalled the Islamic answer,

Verily, Jesus is as Adam in the sight of God. He created him of dust: He then said to him, “Be” – and he was. Quran 3:59

So, Jesus is like Adam! Hmm. There is only one thing making Jesus similar to Adam. They both did not have a father, but definitely Jesus is the opposite of Adam in everything else.

Adam lived in paradise, he was sinless and immortal then (he did not have to die) until he disobeyed God commandment and ate from the forbidden tree and was expelled from paradise to earth (Quran 20:115-123).

Though the Quran suggested that Allah forgave Adam, we cannot say that Adam is sinless. He is now “forgiven” not “sinless”. Living on earth, Adam did not enjoy his previous privilege in paradise, immortality. Adam now DIES.

It was clear to me, that Adam had been expelled from paradise was not the only punishment for his disobedience, he received an extra punishment: DEATH.

As children of Adam, we all die like him. In a way, we inherited death from him; in other words, we inherited Adam’s punishment.

Since God is just, we should not be punished for something we did not do; indeed none of us is capable to avoid sin. All of us have sin, one way or another. My conclusion was: we inherited the ability of sin or the nature of sin from Adam; therefore we received the just punishment of death just like him. (read my article “Adam’s Sin“)

But just as by one man’s sin, death entered into mankind, is it possible that through one man’s sinlessness we could be restored back to eternal life in paradise?

The only sinless man like Adam is Jesus. He is the second and last Adam who never sinned. He indeed could restore us back to eternal life in paradise, if we believed in Him and followed Him.

I found that God’s Word in the Bible taught this concept. I was astonished and marveled as I gazed on texts talking about this exact concept. Read: Romans 5:12-21 and 1 Corinthians 15:20-22,45 to find for yourself.

For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19

For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

It made sense, Jesus had to be born not from the seed of Adam so that He does not inherit the ability of sin and the punishment of death from Adam. That way He became the last sinless Adam who could restore believers back into eternity with God in paradise.

Well, I guess you know what happened after I found this truth. I simply followed the only sinless man who came from heaven and returned back to heaven believing that He will bring me into His place in heaven after I die. I followed Jesus and confessed Him to be my only Lord and my only Savior.

Now, it is your turn. Do you want to have assurance of entering into paradise after you die? You do not have to earn it on your own through good deeds. There is a price you are going to pay though. You will now be the slave of Jesus who bought you with an expensive price to be His own. You will have to follow Him every day.

As the first Adam transgressed and caused us all to die like him because of his sin of disobedience, so the last Adam (Jesus) restores those who believe and follow Him through His obedience and sinlessness into eternal life in paradise. You just need to believe that He is your Lord and Savior and follow Him until the end. Will you do that? (read my article “First and Second Adam“)

I pray for you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, that you will be saved. My God’s Spirit guide you to the truth. Be blessed.

20 Comments

  1. Awesome testimony! Pray God the Father will surround you with His protection and you will be a voice to your people. Keep the faith brother in Christ. I love your people too.

  2. I don’t want to confuse you, but you don’t have to believe in anything – you’re a prisoner of religion – you don’t have to figure anything out – you don’t have to do anything but go live your life – God will take care of you no matter where you are or what you do, he’s very wise and very kind, and doesn’t want you to worry all the time, so stop worrying what is and what isn’t. If the Koran had all the answers, you wouldn’t be looking for them would you? The only answer the Koran has is “do what this guy tells you to do and don’t ask questions or we’ll kill you.” What is that supposed to be? If God wants you to know something, he’ll tell you himself. Until then, go live and enjoy your life – away from the Muslim community. Break free.

  3. I praise the Lord for you, my brother in Christ! I gives me much joy that you have found Jesus! I am a teacher at a public high school that has a high percentage of Muslim students. I have talked to many of them concerning Christ, but I have seen little or no fruit. It breaks my heart. I am glad to see that God always has a remnant that believes.

  4. Thank you for your story of confusion and search for The Truth, The Life, The Way! And Praise The Almighty Creator you found HIM! I am praying for you…and my Muslim friends…

  5. Your story is inspiring. I have great respect for you as a humble man in search of truth. There is one thing that you might want to consider. Adam had the prospect of living forever as a perfect human, as you correctly said, the punishment for sin was death, so when he died he went back to the ground. He ceased to exist (Gen 3:19, Ecclesiastes 9:5,10). Also, there was never a mention of him ending up in a hellfire. That wouldn’t be just, since there is no sin that merits eternal torment. Had he not sinned, he would be alive today. It wasn’t God’s purpose for humans to live in heaven, angels were created prior to humans and they populate heaven. God’s purpose hasn’t changed. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, God will accomplish his original purpose of populating the earth with perfect humans (Gen 1:28). He will resurrect billions of righteous and unrighteous (Acts 24:15) who will then have the opportunity to gain eternal life right here on earth during Christ’s 1000 year reign (Rev 20:2-4, 21:1-4). Nowhere in the Bible will you see the term “immortal soul”, that’s a teaching that originated in ancient Babylon and was promulgated by the Egyptians and Greeks. Yes, death is an enemy (1 Cor 15:25,26) but soon God will eliminate it (Isa 25:8). I look forward to living forever on a paradise earth as God originally intended. (Psalm 37: 10,11,29). Thanks again for sharing your story, I wish you all the best.

  6. I still don’t understand. I spoken with some Jews; they say that they reject St.Paul’s teaching that Jesus died for all our sins because it does not match up with the Tanach.

    The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them. Ezekiel 18:20

    What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous? Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in his sight; how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks injustice like water! Job 15: 14-16

    So I can’t understand how you have the confidence to dismiss Muhammad (pbuh) for St.Paul, who gave a new (innovated?) significance to the death (perceived or not) of Jesus.

    As for the other theological issues (Allah’s qadr and justice) – I don’t get it why it is a problem, after I read through a couple of explanations. Where can I find material that refutes the claim of the Jews.

    • The Jews reject Jesus for a simple reason, Jesus claim to be the Son of God and that is blasphemy. Jews failed to understand their rituals on sacrifices on their sanctuary. In their sanctuary they practice offerings of lamb, goat, dove for the the atonement of their sin. This ceremonial practices are but the type of the antitype which point to the death of Jesus Christ. The blood of the lambs cannot atone the sin of an individual even if you sacrifce million of lambs but the blood of the Son of God is fully enough for the sins of man. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a hope for a fallen human race, that on these acts man can return to God again from the fall Adam and Eve incurred at the beginning and when the second coming comes, people who believe in Christ will have ressurection also.

    • It seems the Jews forgot to mention to you about atonement. Recall the idea of life for life, eye for an eye from the Torah? Why do you think the prophets all the way back to Adam sacrificed unblemished animals? These animal sacrifices were symbolic of the coming true Lamb of God, Jesus Christ – a willing and perfect sacrifice, who takes away the sins of the world.

      I have confidence to dismiss Muhammad, the perfect man according to the Muslims, because he was imperfect, unlike Jesus Christ, who is perfect.

    • We must read passages in their proper context.

      For example, the verses of Job 15:14-16 are NOT God’s words to Job, but the accurate recording of Eliphaz the Temanite’s reply to Job. Eliphaz was attempting to provide a reasonable answer for Job’s undeserved suffering.

      Sometimes in God’s Word, the Holy Bible, the lies and false opinions of mere men and fallen angels are recorded.

      The passage in Ezekiel 18:20 deals with personal deeds of righteousness and wickedness and how they cannot be attributed to other family members who were not personally responsible for enacting particular deeds, whether good or evil. If a father or any other family member is characterized as an evil person because of their evil deeds, other family members, such as his son, should not be punished for his father’s evil deeds. Every individual is only accountable for their own personal sins, and their other family members should not be punished for the sins of their fathers or other members.

      Moreover, If you choose a life of sin, you will die an eternal death; if you choose a life of righteousness, you shall surely have eternal life.

      How do we attain this eternal life through righteousness even though we don’t deserve it from God’s perspective? The righteousness unto eternal life is through faith in the God-Man Jesus Who paid for our sins as our Substitute.

      1 Peter 3:18 –

      “For Messiah (Jesus) also died for our sins once for all, the Just (Jesus) for the unjust (us)….”

      1 Peter 2:24 –

      “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”

      The Tanach (Old Covenant) addresses the same point that our righteousness is acquired through faith in God:

      Genesis 15:6 –

      “And he (Abram, who later became Abraham) believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”

      Abraham’s works alone did not earn God’s favor, but because Abraham believed God and acted upon his trust in God is what was accounted to Abraham as righteousness. Again, Abraham’s faith in God was accounted to Abraham as righteousness.

      Also, the coming New Covenant was first revealed in the Old.

      Jeremiah 31:31-32 –

      ” ‘Behold the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,’ declares the Lord.”

      It is the same in the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant)

      Ephesians 2:8-9 –

      “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

      To clarify, we must compare two different perspectives:

      One perspective deals with ‘men-to-men’ relationships, and the other perspective deals with the ‘God-to-men’ relationships.

      The Apostle James (half brother of Jesus) used the first perspective as his theme in his New Testament epistle:

      James’ focus was from a ‘men-to-men’ perspective. James’ perspective could be summarized as follows:

      ‘You say you believe that Jesus saved you from eternal damnation, the fires of Hell? Prove it! Show us that you worship and love Jesus, and that you believe that He saved you by showing us how Jesus changed you from within! Yes, show us how Jesus changed your soul, your heart and your mind! Show us by your external righteous deeds and not by mere words!’

      James 1:22 –

      “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”

      James 2:17 –

      “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”

      James 2:26 –

      “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

      The Apostle Paul’s focus was from a ‘God-to-men’ perspective. Paul’s perspective could be summarized as follows:

      ‘Your good works by itself cannot save you from the eternal damnation you (and all men) deserve. Salvation is attainable from God only as a gift; we cannot earn His favor. Therefore, if men are to be saved, it must be by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Jesus alone.’

      Again, read Ephesians 2:8-9.

      Isaiah 53:6 –

      “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him (Jesus, the God-Man).”

      Psalms 14:2-3 –

      “The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there are any who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

      Romans 3:21-23 –

      “But now apart from the Torah (Law of God) the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Torah and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus the Messiah for all those who believe; for there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

      John 14:6 –

      “Jesus said to him, ‘I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ ”

      Acts 4:8-12 –

      “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers and elders of the people, if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you , and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Jesus the Messiah the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead – by this Name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the Stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the very corner Stone. And there is no salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”

  7. Hi! Thank you for your story. I am a Chinese Christian and by my background, God was faraway and more an idea or thought or even a force or a thing than a Person. So I always hoped to be taught about the mysterious Abrahamic religions by an insider. Their exclusiveness is very foreign to my Chinese mind. There is only one thing I would like to point out and that is on another article on this site, whether by you or by someone else I do not know where the author was offended by a video about Muhammad. I have seen part of that video. The author seems to think the video is made by Christians because it is made in the USA. I disagree. I went to the USA myself and certainly not every American is a Christian. I believe the group who made the video are using a tactic similar to atheistic philosophers and writers who attack Mohammad to attack all religions in general and attacking christianity in particular by saying Christians are as deceived as the muslims portrayed. I have seen articles saying because terrorists die for Islam, Christians are no better because there were once crusaders who they consider the same breed of zealots fighting for the other side. Of course, I don’t believe these arguments.

  8. Wonderful testimony, thank you for sharing! I think one of the biggest problems is the lies that the Catholic/Orthodox/Coptic church throw in there- Muslims see that and think that is ‘Christianity’ and when they talk to us ‘Protestants’, for lack of a better term, they get really confused. You have made many things more clear for me, thank you!

    • If you read the testimony again, the priest who set the OP on the path to Christianity was a Catholic/Orthodox priest.

      Perhaps you too should early seek out the truth before dismissing Catholics/Orthodox/Coptics as liars.

      Acts 9:3 As Saul drew near to Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” 5“Who are You, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied

  9. There is a 7th and last prophet….all truths, no religion…seek

    BEAM

    Peace in wisdom

    Meditation is better than prayer.

    Relieved, I started my own quest to find the truth. This time with no blindfold of dogmatic faith, but a sincere heart which is thirsty and lost.

  10. it was quite lengthy but you made your point to enter in heaven without breaking a sweat. because christ already sacrifice himself to save you and others.that means no mater what happened as long as you believe in christ you will not be question in the after life,so you has no accountability of being good or evil seems too easy isn’t it.but brother faith gives power to do good and stop evil so we be worthy of heaven.not to promote the idea of non accountability. I dont mind you being Christian,because they too go to heaven after doing good deeds.but I have problem with the idea of arrival of god on earth and then prove to people.hey I am god worship me and I can save you. I born of a virgin i have superpowers so whorship me.are you listening I said I am a god so worship me. alright I an going to sacrifice myself to save you Children.would now anyone want be saved.sorry to say your idealistic god seems too helpless and week.

  11. Thanks for this wonderful testimony, I have so many Muslim friends, some wanted to convert but the fear of parents and peers got them Whining

    I’d definitely paste them this link, I hope this bring them to Christ Jesus

    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

    Your brother from Nigeria.

  12. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and through following and obeying the Bible have discovered that God really loves and wants to interact with his creation daily. I get on my knees and spend time with the Lord each day. “Be still and KNOW that I am God.” He strengthens and prepares me each time for my daily ministry. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. When we humble ourselves daily before the Lord our faith will grow and we will be strengthened spiritually to minister as the Lord leads. My nearness to our Lord grows with each encounter and I often meet him in the joy of other believers who respond to his love in my heart for them. When Jesus asked the disciples in the garden of gethsemane “Couldn’t you just tarry one hour?” it is a wonderful goal to be exceeded when possible. Ministering to others is effortless when we first allow God to prepare us. “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” All of YOUR WORKS are going to be tried… When we are still before the Lord each day then our works/service in this world will be successful.

  13. Brother, your article really inspired me a lot. Though born into a christian family and raised in the Islamic part of my country with some family members being moslems. Though my parents were never devoted Christians and I grow up double minded and ask my self so many questions without any research but reading your article has really impact some inspiration in me, may God bless you.

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