An Ardent Advocate
of Hinduism (Bengali)
Ardent Advocate of Hinduism (Telugu)
Advocate of Hinduism (Hindi)
My unknown future is secured in the
hands of all mighty God Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Lord.
I, S. R. J., was born in an orthodox Hindu brahmin family and
was lavishly brought up. Born in a Hindu family, I was taught to practice the
Hindu ways of life. Hinduism was flowing in my blood and I had become a strong
and ardent advocate of Hindu religion and its way of life.
My father, a medical doctor by profession, was very religious
and used to take 12 to 15 days vacation in a year, when he would take the entire
family to visit a famous temple or shrine of our country. All my relatives are
committed Hindus, indulging in idol worship.
I have a very good job in a Govt. of India company and a
caring, loving wife and two sons. I was leading a normal, perfectly comfortable
life as a Hindu, never felt shortage of money nor had I any dearth of love and
affection from relatives. However, I used to remain aloof, leading a disturbed
life without any reason as there was nothing to be worried about. I had no
problem either from my official work or from my family i.e. wife or
But, I was more than frustrated inside, broken, torn and was
wandering in search for peace. I traveled from one corner to another to find
true gods and goddesses as Hindus have millions of them. I visited the famous
cave of Amarnath in the North and Tirupathi in South India, but ended in utter
emptiness. I was missing something. I was searching but never found God, who I
was looking for. But to my friends and to my relatives, I was an extra-ordinary
person with all wisdom; but I alone knew what I was. I was respected and
considered to be a highly cultured person in my society. I was truly a
Praise God for His mercy and grace, Who never allows His
children to be lost. It so happened that my wife visited the USA in the year
1993 and stayed with her brother. She was exposed to the Gospel of Christ and
accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and Lord. When she returned to India, much
beyond my expectations, she was a relaxed and changed person. This was a
surprise to me. Right at New Delhi airport, she announced that she had accepted
Jesus as her Saviour and Lord. You can imagine my reaction to this situation as
a Hindu husband. But, I do not remember what really happened then but I accepted
her despite her faith in Christ.
Living in the same house, having two different religious
practices – one trusting in Jesus and another bowing down to hundreds of gods
and goddesses of clay, wood and metal was a difficult and a different situation
Truly speaking, I clearly noticed tremendous transformation in
my wife's life. She had the glow in her appearance and coolness of mind, very
calm. She was very composed and sharing God's Word from the Scriptures without
fear, exhibiting great patience and endurance. In fact, most of the time she had
to face unpleasant situations not only from me but also from most of our
relations. In India you can accept any other religion, you are not looked down.
But if you become a Christian, the Hindus consider that you have committed the
biggest sin. Now, I realize God had a plan for me and my life. Jeremiah, Chapter
29, verse 11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the
My wife's brother who stays in the USA and his Pastor Rev P. G.
Mathew of Grace Valley Christian Centre, Davis, CA visited us in New Delhi in
1994. I noticed my wife was praying, praying quietly for me and our two
sons but I was not inclined to listen, either to Rev P. G. Mathew or to anyone
to speak to me from the Scriptures of the Christians. However, Rev. Mathew never
gave up talking about love of God and salvation of man. Rev Mathew and his wife
Gladys never failed to preach the Gospel of Christ to us, but I and my two sons
were not interested in listening to them.
was not happy with this situation. The prince of this world, the Satan in me
kept on resisting to listen to his preaching and I remained a strong Hindu
Brahmin. At my age of 46 (in 1994), I knew what is right and what is wrong, what
is true and what is false, any change of faith at this stage in life I knew was
not possible. I must admit that I knew nothing about salvation or to be born
again and of eternal life about which Rev. Mathew was speaking. I never believed
that Jesus Christ is the only way and that He is living.
again visited us in 1995 and this time he was sharing the gospel of Christ much
more convincingly. Like an honest person, I would listen to him but never gave
up my Hindu Brahmin ways in worshipping the idols. I cared little to understand
life after death of Christianity as I thought it to be philosophy of a different
religion. Rev. Mathew, an Indian but now lives in the USA, after his departure
sent me cassettes which had sermons he had preached in his church in
Davis, CA, USA. He was convinced that Jesus would do a miracle in my life some
two sons were with us till the end of 1995, and they then went out one for a job
and another for his higher studies. The prayers and petitions of my
brother-in-law, and his Pastor and my wife continued for the three of us. Our
elder son had started showing interest in the Gospel of Christ.
February 1996, Rev. Mathew and his wife and my brother-in-law visited us. Pastor
Mathew preached God's Word to me without taking rest on 5th February 1996.
Praise God, on the night of 5th February ‘96, I experienced a change in me, as
if I was wrestling with the Spirit of God Who was clearing my doubts. I felt, as
if I am being cleansed and purified. I did not know at that time how to wrestle
with God, nor did I know that I was coming closer to Jesus. The person in me -
the Satan - was still pushing me away. This continued for sometime and finally
the will of Jesus prevailed in my life. Satan was defeated and a change in my
life came. I experienced great relief and peace in my heart. I realized that
Jesus has changed my life and I heard Jesus asking me to come to Him and was
telling me “I am the way, the truth and the life. If you are weary and burdened,
come, I will give you rest." The Spirit of the living God was working in my
heart and I realized that I belong to a living God and I am His child. I
confessed Jesus as my Savior and Lord openly, after repenting for my failures,
shortcomings and sins to Jesus. On 6th Feb.'96, Pastor Mathew baptized me.
Immediately after baptism, I felt as though I am a free man without any burden
and I received the peace I was searching for.
Nothing to me is more
precious than Jesus. I am now saved from eternal condemnation. I understand that
because of my sin, Jesus died on the Cross and paid the price for my sin in
shedding His blood on the Cross. I am strongly convinced that nothing of this
world can separate me from the love of Jesus. I understand there is no other god
in heaven and on earth except Jesus Christ, the God incarnate, Who lives and He
lives in me. He is my personal God. Praise God, our two sons have also accepted
Jesus as their Savior and Lord and they are now Christians.
What did I do
to be saved? I repented and believed in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Friends,
you can also be saved, if only you believe in Jesus as Savior. He alone will
grant you peace and joy in the midst of all worries and troubles of life and
will grant you eternal life. His grace is sufficient for me. I am now growing in
the love and grace of God as I trust Him more. This is my testimony. Amen.
S.R.J., Calcutta, India