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Chapter 6: Evidences That Demand A Verdict - The conversion of Saul

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1. The conversion of Saul.

How could we explain the conversion of Saul, the fanatic Jew who became the apostle Paul, the great advocate of Christianity?

The only explanation of his conversion is his personal encounter with the risen and ascended Christ on the Damascus road.

When he was presented to King Agrippa to examine his case, Paul said to King Agrippa:

I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, at midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision (Acts 26:9-19).
Paul wrote to Timothy:
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief (I Timothy 1:12-15 - NKJ).

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-1 #9 Peter K 2017-09-05 13:38
Muslims insult Jesus all the time by saying he was just a prophet and that he is not God. Then Muslims insult Christians by saying that the Gospels have been changed. Now that shows that Muslims do not believe that our God is Almighty. As our Almighty God will with ease ensure that no simple human can change his word. So Muslims are blasphemers as well. I wonder how they explain that on Judgement day.
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+3 #8 Neeraj 2017-08-23 07:52
Jesus Christ is One & Only Real God
Amen
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+2 #7 cheryl Baghernejad 2017-06-03 09:45
James 2 You believe there is one God.Good! Even the demons believe that-and shudder.
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+3 #6 Dawn King 2016-07-26 19:23
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. Revelation 22:18
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+5 #5 Karaz Bishara 2015-09-15 23:16
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
Galatians 1:8
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-6 #4 Adam Hassan 2015-08-25 14:40
"And We have sent down to you the Book in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and rectifying it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you..."
[al-Qur'aan, Surat al-Maa'idah, 5:48]

May Allah guide those of you who are sincere to the truth.
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+20 #3 Eliana 2014-11-17 13:16
For your own sake please read SEEKING ALLAH FOUND JESUS. The new Testament was written by Peter, Paul, John, James, followers of Jesus says this research... written 30 years after Jesus Crucifiction. Q'ran was written 200 years after Mohammed's death and 800 years after Jesus's crucifiction. May God turn you to him and His truth. Your religion is false. Mohammed was a general social and military reformer who heard of the religion of the Jews and Christians. When Islam is defeated and Jesus rdturns in Glory, I hope to see you among those greeting Him. Please turn to the one and true God and turn away from Satan. God truly loves you and please for God research and accept Jesus as the true Messiah Ashua that He is. Amen.
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#2 Karaz Bishara 2014-10-23 22:09
Sara,
We do not believe that God had a son, either! Jesus is called the "Son of God" because it shows exactly what and who He is like - God Himself. Arabs are called "Sons of the Desert" but we all know the desert did not get married to a woman and birth a race of people. Just as "son of the desert" identifies what a desert-dweller looks like, acts like, etc... so "Son of God" identifies Jesus Christ as being the very image and picture of God. Read the words of Jesus in the Injeel or New Testament of the Bible and you will see that Jesus says He and the Father (God) are ONE - He is saying that He is, in fact, God! You can find this in John chapter 14. As a last note, we do not worship idols and we believe that salvation is for every person on the whole earth!
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-6 #1 Sara 2013-10-01 04:46
haha! What a highly un-nuanced article. I was reading everything nicely, until the beating of the wives made me laugh out loud. I beg to differ with you sir. Islam did bring something new to the table. The pristine, pure monotheism, open to all of humanity, that cannot be found in other faiths today (we do not believe God had a son, or is an idol or that religion is exclusive to a chosen few).

And you did in fact misquote the Quran, in your interpretation. But let me ask you this - why would Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who was also an illiterate man, admonish himself in his own book? No! He did not! This verse has an "if" clause, and is hypothetical. Read the context.

And yes, I do encourage your readers to read about Islam and make their own judgments. As for me, I cannot read more about your faith, because of the way you describe mine. I would never do that to yours. And may God guide us all to knowledge.
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