Guest / Limited Access /
Page 3 of 3

On May 9, 2010, at that church, I was baptized. I wanted to understand the Bible, and many people told me to start with the Book of John. I would read verses and think, Yes, all of this happened to me. This is not just writing, this is not just reading—this is my life on the page. This is true. I am the one lost sheep whom he went out to find.

When I see how good God is, how powerful and close is his Son Jesus Christ who died for me, how this made sense of all my pain and my hate and helped me understand how to forgive myself and others once and for all—often my Bible is wet from my tears. In Jesus I could understand all blame, and all forgiveness. "I saved you," Jesus said. Now, I understand.

Majid John (not his full name) lives with his family in Virginia. In 2011 he received a permanent visa to stay in the United States. Kate Harris is executive director of the Washington Institute.

From Issue:
May
More from this IssueMay 2013
Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedWhy Boko Haram and ISIS Target Women
Why Boko Haram and ISIS Target Women
The oldest way to spread a religion is not to evangelize people; it’s to create new ones.
TrendingJosh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Apologizes, Resigns after Reports of Molesting 5 Young Girls
Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Apologizes, Resigns after Reports of Molesting 5 Young Girls
Police investigated sexual assaults in 2006, but no charges were brought against Duggar. TLC pulls program from its lineup.
Editor's PickShould Christians Confront Mormon Missionaries When They Knock on the Front Door?
Should Christians Confront Mormon Missionaries When They Knock on the Front Door?
Three views.
Comments
Leer en españolView this article in Reader Mode
Christianity Today
Forgiving Iran