KUMAR – A MUSLIM FROM PAKISTAN
His badge identified him as an Assistant Manager of the restaurant, and his eyes caught our eyes looking at him, so when he finished with those people he stood and looked smilingly at us. Our nod to him drew him to kneel at our booth and greet us. We asked him if he were a Christian, and he responded with a smile, “No, I am a Muslim from Pakistan.”
We explained how we overheard him saying “God” several times and wondered, because we were Christians. This led him to the subject of the religions of the world and the need for peace between them. Kumar seemed such a gentle and kind soul and almost pleadingly suggested that if we could all just respect one another’s differences we could gain peace in the world.
We asked, “What if that could happen and we did gain peace in this world? Would that also give us peace in the next world? If there is a place for the righteous and a place for the unrighteous, which the Bible teaches, then what would decide the fate of men?” He smiled humbly and agreed that this would be a problem.
When we asked him if he believed that there are some things that are
right, and some things that are wrong, he replied, “Yes, certainly!”
Then, pushing just a little bit further we asked him if there was such a
thing as truth. “Of course,” he replied. “Kumar, the various
religions of the world each believe they have the “truth” yet their
beliefs conflict with one another. Can two conflicting views both be
right? Can two opposites each be true?”
Although we had only known Kumar for a few minutes, we couldn’t help but feel a love and compassion for him. He seemed to have such a good spirit, and was so open to what we were saying. This is when Brother Goodwin put his arm around Kumar’s shoulder and said, “Kumar, Jesus said, ‘I am the way the TRUTH and the life. No man cometh unto the father but by me.’ Jesus is the TRUTH, Kumar… You need to come to know Him as your own Savior. He is the only way to Heaven.”
What a sacred moment it was when Brother Goodwin prayed right there for Kumar…with his arm still around his shoulders as he knelt at our table…a manager of this restaurant… prayed that Kumar would come to understand the Gospel and that he would come to receive Jesus Christ as his own Savior and Lord. Kumar smiled and thanked us as we gave him Gospel literature and left.