Arnab Talukder’s Testimony
I was born into a conservative family. Looking back, though I hadn’t understood the purpose of my life, I see that God always had a plan for my life.
I grew up among people who encouraged the belief in the existence of a supernatural power and practiced idol worship. As a moderately obedient child, I grew up worshiping idols. I felt that the idols were supreme in authority and were worthy of worship.
As a young boy in school, I learned that the Almighty was the Creator. He could not be created! This teaching was a part of our Moral Science classes in school. Though compelled to worship idols at home, I lost the interest in them. Coercion made me deviate towards atheism.
As an atheist adolescent, I openly challenged the existence of God. Though one of the most boring chapters in science, the theory of evolution gripped my intellect and my pride took over. I topped my school in academics and looked down on everyone. Somewhere in the midst of blinding pride, I noticed my parents’ humility and started becoming humble – a humble atheist!
As a humble atheist, I frequently engaged myself in religious conversations with a school friend, who was a CSI Christian. He never told me anything specific of the hidden treasures of his faith, but I respected Christ out of my respect for my friend. My grandfather taught me that Christ Jesus was an eminent personality, though I never understood His sacrifice, which I thought was foolish. During my childhood, Christ had been one of the two Gods I admired because I felt that God isn’t required to get married!
When my mother was sick in March 2005, Christ revealed Himself to her, and it was then did I try to find out who Christ was. He miraculously healed my mother — who was sick for a long time — and that drew my attention.
After that, my parents, my brother and I accepted Jesus as the Lord of our lives. From there we were guided wonderfully by a very noble pastor from a Charismatic Church.
As a Charismatic Christian, I started learning the Bible. Christ was presented to me as the center of the Bible. My life started changing as I started realizing the small facts about the creative brilliance of God and rapidly the evolutionary atheist died in me. It was here I realized that I was in darkness and that Christ had come to me personally. Christ became “God” for me from simply being “a God.”
It was here I realized that I was in darkness , and now that Christ had come to me personally.Arnab
A year after I became a Christian by heart, a couple of aspects of the faith started bothering me. One aspect was losing control over oneself when the Holy Spirit descends. Another was speaking in tongues. I was taught that Satan did not understand this language and we had to speak and pray in this “divine language.” My confusion was if God was Almighty, why would I speak to him fearing Satan? Doesn’t the Bible place Satan defeated already? These thoughts made me question the pastor and other elders in the church.
Back then, the Book of Revelation was my favorite. I was frequently discouraged from reading this book, being told that plagues would be added or blessings removed if I “added or removed” from this book. Hell became a very troublesome concern for me. I started “fearing” God. Somewhere along the way, the love for God was slowly leaving my heart, and a slave was being born within me.
I followed the counsels of the pastor and kept asking the Holy Spirit to teach me. It was in April 2007 that I came across a video where a prophecy was interpreted and somewhere in my heart I felt that it was accurate. Along with that video, came another one explaining the Sabbath – the forgotten commandment! Those two videos turned my way of looking towards prophecy from following the futurist view to the historicist view.
More diligent research led me to a website which cleared almost all doubts that had risen from misinterpreting the Bible. I now associated myself with the Seventh-Day Remnants. For the next seven years, until March 2015, the Seventh-Day Remnant belief fine-tuned my Biblical knowledge and outlook. I grew sound in prophetic insight. Yet, something much important was missing! I was never happy despite gaining precious Biblical truths.
My pursuit continued until someone from the SDA Central English Church in Bangalore led me towards Seventh-Day Adventism. Up until this point, I considered the Seventh-Day Adventist faith Babylonian, just as the Remnants in my former church portrayed them! I never engaged in fellowship on Sabbaths & instead spent time at home watching sermons.
On 7th March 2015, I decided to visit the Church and see for myself what Adventism was all about. As I entered the building, I was greeted and invited by an elder to join in the Sabbath School study. I was delighted observing the systematic method of Bible study. I realized that I had missed out on a lot and couldn’t afford to miss anymore! I decided to come to Church every week.
After Divine Service that Sabbath, I was introduced to the youth in the church, and we had Bible study. I learned that the Seventh-Day Adventist Church was the chosen movement which God was to use for the latter days.
I learned that the Seventh-Day Adventist Church was the chosen movement which God was to use for the latter days.Arnab
I also learned the most precious message of 1888 – Righteousness by Faith in Christ. This message completely changed my outlook on life. I realized what “love” was and fell in love with Jesus.
On the 8th of August 2015 I decided to stand for Christ along with my parents. I was baptized, and my life has been gradually changing for the better since then.
More than four years have passed in my journey as a Seventh-day Adventist. I would never have known Christ (it is still a daily process), if not for the blessed messages God brought to this church. The Seventh-Day Adventist Central English Church in Bangalore has always given me a sense of belonging and every Sabbath I am drawn to the church to meet the wonderful people there and learn about God.
When I look back at my life, I realize that I was God who had a plan for me and brought me this far!