He grew up in a Muslim family that was less than rigorous about their faith. When the still small voice of the Lord began to call him he resisted, but ultimately, he could not challenge the beautiful truths he found in Jesus.
“[My family] were Muslims, but never very strict,” Mehdi told World Watch Monitor. “My parents were both teachers and my father had some small businesses aside from that. My father was always busy finding ways to earn more and more money. He always followed Islam, except when it had to do with money; money was more important than religion,” he says.
Like his father, Mehdi also loved money because he thought it would give him friends, respect and satisfaction. He tried to be a good Muslim, but found it difficult.
“Sometimes I would try to say my prayers regularly, but I soon forgot about them or skipped them to sleep in, or have fun with friends,” he notes. “As a Muslim, I often had the feeling that I was failing on so many sides.”
One day he had an unsettling thought: I’m lacking in so many ways. I will not go to heaven anyway. What is the point?
Then one day the still small voice of the Lord called him: Go and find out about Christianity.
Mehdi was startled by this strange thought. Why would he find out about Christianity? He didn’t know any Christians. He heard Christianity was outmoded and Christians were odd people. On top of that, in Iran it was dangerous to be a Christian. Why would he choose the possibility of prison or death when he had a good life?
The unusual thoughts continued, urging him to find out more about Christianity. One day, out of curiosity, he took a bus to a church in a different part of the city.