‘Abel’ tells of the journey he made along the road to knowing God 

I always believed God existed

I was born and grew up in a Muslim family. I always believed in the existence of God, but I knew Islam couldn’t help me to approach God. I saw many wrong things in Islam practised in my country that didn’t have anything to do with God’s will or ways.

I didn’t have a chance to feel close to God all that time. So I put all my effort into the things of this world. I worked hard to provide a good and prosperous life for myself and my family and I was  in a good position financially and socially until the time that trouble came into my life.

I lost everything

The problem was so serious that I had to leave my country with my family. When I came to the UK, I was completely desperate. I felt really low and I had lost everything in my life.

Coming to a strange country with unfamiliar language and seeing my family in that unsettled condition; I was really under pressure and stress. Then one of my friends suggested to me to go to Church. I attended some of the meetings and listened to the pastor for some weeks and after that I began to have a special peace in my mind.

The road ahead

I found the road that I was looking for in my life to approach God, was ending up here. It was the only way to approach God. The more I studied and listened, the more I was sure that this is the only way I could come to know God and have a loving relationship with Him.

In John 10: 9 I read that Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

The day I truly trusted Jesus Christ

After a while, one of my friends who was an Egyptian Muslim invited me to their home. I started to talk to them about Jesus Christ as the only saviour of the world. It made them very angry with me and they even started to shout at me. They asked me to shut my mouth and not to talk anymore. But at that moment I had a desire in my heart to defend the rightness of Jesus Christ. I told them that I also had been wrong about Jesus, just like them and I had been living in darkness, but that  I now knew things about Jesus Christ that are really amazing.

It was there that I gave all my soul to the Lord Jesus Christ and put my faith in the living Lord, Jesus Christ, and believed in Jesus Christ as the only way to approach God.  I was happy that I have found my way and also I confessed that I was a sinner. In 1 John 1: 8-9; “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I realised Christ died for my sin

I was sorry and ashamed of my sins with all my heart and really astonished how the only Son of God went to the cross and died for our sins. In another part of the gospel, in John1:29, the prophet John the Baptist said, ”Behold! The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

I was not the same person anymore and I have been transformed to a new person.  The world and all its luxuries are not attractive to me anymore and now I am seeking life for the things God says are important.