Tuesday, October 4, 2011

From Buddha to Christ

David Yonggi Cho (Once Paul Yonggi Cho)
Peter Allen
David (previously called Paul) Yonggi Cho is Senior Pastor of the world's largest
church in Seoul Korea. He was born in 1936 and was raised as a Buddhist.
His early life was a struggle, firstly he lived through the Japanese invasion of Korea
and then the Korean war. He grew up with a tremendous ambition to be famous
and successful because of his povertystricken childhood.
At the age of 19 he was holding down several jobs and was struggling just to
exist.
One afternoon he started vomiting blood. He was diagnosed as having
incurable tuberculosis and was told that his life expectancy was a maximum of
4 months.
Conversion
He went home and cried out to his god Buddha for healing,when this didn't eventuate he denounced his Buddhist faith. He then cried out to the unknown
God. Cho recounts what happened next in his book The Fourth Dimension:
A few days later a high school girl visited me, and began to talk about
Jesus Christ. She told me about Christ's virgin birth, His death on a cross,
His resurrection, and salvation through grace. These stories seemed
nonsense to me. I neither accepted her stories, nor paid much attention to
this ignorant young female. Her departure left me with one emotion: relief.
But the next day she returned. She came again and again, every time
troubling me with stories about the Godman, Jesus. After more than a
week of these visits, I became greatly agitated, and roughly rebuked her.
She did not run away in shame, nor retaliate in anger. She simply knelt
down, and began to pray for me. Large tears rolled down her cheeks,
reflecting a compassion foreign to my well organised and sterile Buddhist
philosophies and rituals.
When I saw her tears, my heart was deeply touched. There was something
different in this young girl. She was not reciting religious stories to me;
she was living what she believed. Through her love and tears I could feel
the presence of God.
'Young lady,' I entreated, 'please don't cry. I am sorry. I know about your
Christian love. Since I am dying I will become a Christian for you.'
Her response was immediate. Her face brightened into a glow, and she
praised God. Shaking hands with me, she gave me her Bible.
'Search the Bible,' she instructed. 'If you read it faithfully you will find the
words of life'

What a marvellous witness this young girl was! Cho never even learned her
name, but through her Cho was saved. Cho read the Bible with a new found zeal
and he came to know Jesus as his own personal Saviour and friend.
Instead of dying within three months, he was out of his deathbed within six months.
After graduating from an Assemblies of God Bible school in 1958 he started his
first church in an old American service tent next to a dump.
He had a burning desire to build the largest church in Korea. Not only did he
achieve this goal, but within 20 years he had built the largest church in the world.

13 comments:

  1. Wow, what an awesome testimony, thanks for sharing Crystal.

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  2. Wow, what a story. And I think it is aslo signifigant that what finally convinced him was not the words, but the tears and the feelings. This showed how Jesus was really in her heart. A GREAT post!!

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  3. MUITO BOM LINDO BLOG, DEIXO O MEU AQUI CASO QUEIRA CONHECER! Eu acredito que Deus criou o homem e deixou o manual de
    instrução, a “BÍBLIA SAGRADA!” A bíblia é a divina revelação da palavra de
    Deus e não produtos enlatados, eu costumo dizer que: “As pessoas precisam
    parar de comer tudo o que dão. E começar a questionar! ” Alguém escuta
    alguma coisa de alguém, e saem falando, sem questionar, sem saber se é
    verdade ou não. As pessoas precisam se perguntar! Será que a minha crença
    esta de acordo com a lei de Deus? Será que a religião que eu nasci sempre
    me falou a verdade? Quando uma pessoa morre pra onde ela vai? Ela volta? A
    bíblia apóia o homossexualismo? Quem não herdara o reino de Deus? O que
    devo saber sobre idolatria, imagens e escultura? O que devo saber sobre o
    único batismo? Será que tem uma seqüência para salvação? A quem eu devo me
    confessar, quem pode me perdoar? Religião salva alguém? Essas e outras
    perguntas e respostas em:
    www.aunicaverdadeemsuapropriabiblia.blogspot.com
    Você pode dizer, eu já sou salvo amém! Vamos atrás de quem não esta, “Se
    você quer se dar bem com o mundo seja hipócrita, mas se você quer se dar
    bem com Deu seja verdadeiro!” divulgue este site, porque: “Eis que vêm
    dias, diz o Senhor Jeová, em que enviarei fome sobre a terra, não fome de
    pão, nem sede de água, mas de ouvir as palavras do Senhor. E irão
    vagabundos de um mar até outro mar, e do norte até ao oriente; correrão por
    toda parte, buscando a palavra do Senhor, e não a acharão." ( Amós cap 8
    ver 11 e 12 )Fale para outras pessoas, por que “O Senhor não retarda a sua
    promessa, ainda que alguns têm por tardia: mas é longânimo para convosco,
    não querendo que alguns se percam, senão que todos venham a arrepender-se.”
    (II Pedro cap. 3 ver 8) e “Que quer que todos os homens se salvem, e venham
    ao conhecimento da verdade.

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  4. That is absolutely awesome!!! Thank you for sharing this with me!!!

    Also I would like to thank you for stopping by my two blogs with your comments, for I'm so thankful to be able to have such wonderful Christian fellowship with a sister in Christ as you!!!

    God's blessings to you and your family!!!

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  5. What a great testimony. The presence of the Holy Spirit ministering to a soul is very powerful and beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing,
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  6. I love seeing or reading about people who had such great beliefs in their first religion and then came to CHRIST! sandie

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  7. Olá amigo, dou-lhe palavra de Deus.
    A homossexualidade? Levítico 20:13
    Um só batismo? Eu acredito que há dois batismos. Um deles é na água quando acreditamos e habita o espírito com você. Atos 2:38. O segundo é o Fogo, eo espírito habita em você. Atos 1:4-8.
    Eu acredito que você, provavelmente, é um crente. Todas as suas respostas são disponibilizadas na Bíblia. Eu sou um crente forte. Eu vi Jesus quando eu estava muito doente e ele veio até mim. Eu tenho sido visitado por mensageiros dos deuses, os seus anjos. Eu acredito totalmente que vivemos uma única vida nesta terra. Por que um pai amoroso, envie-nos de volta a sofrer uma e outra vez?
    Não faz sentido. Quando morremos vamos descobrir com certeza. Eu preferiria estar indo para o céu do que em qualquer outro lugar. Deus os abençoe. Crystal Mary

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  8. I thank you for this post. It gives me so much hope for some of my dear friends.

    Love to you today dear Crystal.

    Lidia

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  9. Amazing story! Amazing grace! And so many are blessed because of a young girl's obedience. Thanks for sharing Crystal Mary. God bless. :)

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  10. Thank you for sharing. It's so amazing to read about Gods grace.

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing story of faith. With God, nothing is impossible. God bless, Lloyd

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  12. Hi Crystal Mary,
    Thank you for sharing this awesome testimony.
    Blessings,
    Ken

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  13. This is a beautiful testimony. I've heard about him and how he teaches people to pray powerfully!

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