There are some religions in the Orient that follow practices that are condemned by Scripture and society. A member of one of them was jailed for robbery and murder which was part of his “faith.” While imprisoned he was visited by a missionary who shared with him the message of salvation. After he accepted Christ, the missionary gave him a Bible which became his dearest possession.
When he appeared before the judge, he testified that he had been brought up to be a worshiper of Kali. As a young child he was taught that if he shed the blood of the victims he robbed he would please Kali – a Hindu goddess – and win her favor. He faithfully practiced his belief in this goddess all of his life. When the judge confronted him with his crime, he broke down and began to weep. After a few moments he was able to speak and with tears streaming down his face told the judge that he had committed many murders – more than he could remember.
“How could you be guilty of enormities like these?” asked the judge. Taking his worn Bible from his pocket and holding it up for the judge to see, he replied,
“Had I but received this Book as a child, this book of Jesus, my Savior whom I now worship, I would not have done such horrible things.”
“Exalt the Lord, our God, and worship at His footstool; He is holy,” proclaims the Psalmist. How sad it is that so many who have His Word in their homes never allow it to enter their hearts and change their lives.
By Michael A. Guido, D.D