David’s father was the local village Imam and held a strict Muslim regime in the family’s home. Like many young Muslim boys, when David turned 10, his father sent him to the local Islamic school where he was carefully instructed in the Koran and Islamic rituals until he turned 16.
Even at the Islamic school the boys in David’s class were taught that there are three holy books apart from the Koran; the Torah, the Gospel and the Psalms. However, the teachers only taught from the Koran. At 13, David prayed that he might find these other holy books. When he finally finished school, he began his search in earnest.
I think that is a very significant statement. It explains a lot of what goes on in both the secular and religious worlds.
It also reveals why so many within the church, people who would profess to being Christians, are so easily led into error and so resistant to recognise it.
How much of a thirst for meaning and truth (especially the latter) do we have? I believe that if we DO thirst for truth, if we genuinely desire it, then God will reveal the truth to us.
Many times I’ve heard questions about those who don’t get the opportunity to hear about Jesus and His gospel – is it fair of God to condemn them for something they’ve never been made aware of. I think David’s example and his observation of people’s attitudes to truth provide a potential answer to this question.
God will get the gospel to those who DO thirst for meaning and truth. God will provide a way for all genuine truth seekers to be made aware of Jesus – THE Truth.*
*In scripture we see examples of this including Phillip being directed to the place where he’d meet the Ethiopian eunuch; and Peter’s vision that led him to seek out Cornelius.