Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.
(1 Peter 4:12)
Sometimes God uses atheists to prove that the Bible is true. One day the secret police came to my house and confiscated many Christian books. I was summoned to appear for investigation the following day. A military prosecutor and four secret police officers questioned me for 10 hours, they then asked me if there was anything else for which I would like to confess, so I said, “Sir, this investigation does not take me by surprise because I knew this would happen. The Lord Jesus Christ told His followers that they would be arrested and suffer if they wanted to follow Him. If I would not be a disciple, would you have arrested me?” They looked at me and said, “No.” “So the Bible is true,” I continued. “This investigation confirms to me the biblical truth, and I am willing to face the consequences; I am willing to pay the price. Your job is to set the price and mine is to pay it with gladness because I love my God – and He will strengthen me to bear this burden. But I also want you to know that He loves you too.” They looked at me, astonished and bewildered. They apologized to me and told me I was free to go home. “We were only doing our job,” they said.
Let us never be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of God for salvation.
Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Click here to sign up for a free monthly newsletter from Open Doors about persecuted Christians.