This was a comment I wrote in response to an Atheist on another blog, where I write as a Contributor. I don’t know why I went so deep into it today… but I thank God I did. Here’s part one of my testimony, slightly edited from the original comment.
Peter’s question was how can someone know which religion is correct.
There’s no formula, Peter. If you’re truly seeking God and to know the Truth, He will reveal it to you. I’ll tell you a little about my experience.
God used a member of the International Church of God (ICOC) to convict me of my sin once and for all… so that I gave my life with no turning back on the 10th of Feb 2002… at a completely different Church, Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC).
Afterwards, the Mormons visited me to tell me about Joseph Smith. I was very new in the faith then, and praying for more truth to grow and get grounded. I could have easily believed and followed them. But I told them I’d pray about it, because it seemed inconsistent to what I’d learned about Jesus from the Bible.
While at a service one Sunday at KICC, I was still waiting for God to answer my question. He did. Not through the Pastor, but through a passage in the Bible that He opened my eyes to see – about the Devil and his servants coming as angels of light to deceive (2 Cor 11:13-15). You may say it was a coincidence, but it was like God said to me, that’s the answer you asked after and joy filled me.
I returned their Book to them and that was it.
But God also opened my eyes about the Church, when I saw how they treated the poor and how they continually went on about ‘prosperity’. When the Pastor declared he’d devote the year to a prosperity gospel ‘claiming what you haven’t sown’ or something like that, I left KICC and never returned.
After that… I became very on fire and zealous for God and was still searching for somewhere to belong. I wanted to obey Jesus and preach the gospel so I started proselyting on my own. It was then that I meet the Jesus Christians (a Christian sect, which has pretty much disbanded now). They are mostly known for their literal interpretation of Jesus’ commands, particularly to sell your possessions and give to the poor, and that no man can serve God and money. That was a journey of my life I both love and regret. I love it because of the many ways I grew as a Christian and got to learn so much about God and the Bible. But I also got to see the pride and weakness of men. It was also there that I made a life changing decision I would later regret. The story of my time with the group and how I eventually left them is for another day.
However, while I was with them, we spent a lot of time evangelizing on the streets and I met people of other faiths. The strongest opponents were Muslim, who were also great evangelists. I took their Koran to read it.
I kept an opened mind, but it really wasn’t making much sense to me. It also contradicted the Bible in so many ways and taught that Jesus was just a prophet, and that Mohammed was the last prophet. I knew immediately that it wasn’t true. As I read, the words of Jesus came to me… “If you continue in my teaching, then you are truly my disciples. Then you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free” (John 8:31-32).
It was all the confirmation I needed to know that to follow Islam was to discontinue following the teachings of Christ. And as Jesus Himself said that anyone who comes after Him is a thief (John 10:7-10), it stands to reason that if I truly believe Jesus, then Islam must be a lie.
That’s how God settled my mind and heart on all those things. The Bible says we can test every doctrine to discern the Truth (1 John 4:1). I’ve read up on other faiths. Jesus is truly the only way (John 14:6). But I pray God reveals that to you, Himself.
God bless you, and thanks for being the first person to get me to share that publicly. Have a great day!
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