“Many people may ask, ‘How is it possible for an Afghan man to become a Christian?'” says Soroush*, who was once bent on violence and vengeance. Now a pastor, Soroush shared his testimony on the SAT-7 PARS live programme Signal.

“I grew up in Afghanistan during the war, and come from a Muslim background,” Soroush explains. “As I got older, I always had God on my mind; I prayed five times a day and read the Quran. I wanted to know God and I wanted to know the truth, but I never found peace.

“Eventually I decided to join the army in Afghanistan,” Soroush adds. “I wanted to fight Daesh, the Taliban, or anyone really. But it didn’t work out. God didn’t want me to kill anyone. I often went to sleep at night in tears, asking God for peace.”

 

ON THE PATH TO VENGEANCE
“Then my sister was killed tragically when she was set on fire, and this completely broke me. I wanted to kill the person responsible for her murder. Vengeance runs in the blood of Afghans,” Soroush explains. “We are driven to get justice by any means.”

 

AN ALTERNATIVE PATH THROUGH CHRIST
“A very dear friend approached me when he saw me weeping and mourning. ‘Soroush,’ he said, ‘I can’t do anything for you except for one thing. I have a Gospel which I can give to you. Read it. Really read it.'”

“Finally, I decided to open the Gospel and began to read. Words and sentences began to jump out at me, like ‘Forgive, that you may be forgiven,’ and ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only Son for you.’ These verses touched my heart.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE GOSPEL
“I was able to contact a pastor and speak to him. I told him, ‘I want to understand what I read about forgiving that I might be forgiven. The Bible said I should forgive my enemies too. What is that all about?’

“The pastor said to me, ‘Do you know that while you were a sinner, He gave His life for you so that you would have life?’ This left me speechless, and I decided to join the church, where I saw people worshipping God freely and with no go-between. I sensed peace as I listened to the messages and finally began to smile and laugh.

“When I realised I was smiling, I asked the pastor a simple question. ‘Can I become one of you?’

“‘You need to put your faith in the name of Jesus, pray for salvation, and give your heart to Christ, and you will find His peace in you. The Spirit of the Lord will live in you,’ the pastor said.

“Then and there I prayed, and I was smiling all the way home. That was the first night that I had peace as I went to sleep. The next day I woke up with a sense of well-being and joyfully called my family.”

 

A LIFE TRANSFORMED
“I told my family that I forgave the person who killed my sister. They asked me ‘How?’, and I told them about Jesus and how He has said that we must forgive our enemies who harm us. No one could believe what I was saying. The Soroush they knew, who was bent on vengeance and revenge, was transformed to such a degree that even I was surprised.

“When I became a Christian, many who were dear to me shunned me, but my thoughts were, ‘Even if the whole world shuns me, I will not be upset, for I have found something of far greater value. I have come to know the truth and have seen what Jesus did in my life.'”

*Name changed for security reasons.
(The original story was shortened.)

Source: SAT-7

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