Friday, October 3, 2014
From Parma to Milano
I am at 32,000 feet in the EXIT row over Stuttgart, Germany on my way to Oslo. I have had a wonderful time visiting with a brilliant, 22 year-old, Lebanese Muslim that reminded me so much of our Kevin. He was totally winsome with spectacular wisdom and maturity. He studies medicine in Saudi Arabia where he lives with his mother, father and two brothers. He was RIPE for the gospel and was agreeable with my claim concerning “the mystery of godliness.”
On the train, I invited him up to sit with me for the hour and a half from Parma to Milan Centrale. We discussed every apologetic issue imaginable from Natural Materialism to Ethics. We agreed on many principle positions but what he found interesting is this, he believed them because they were Islamic positions regardless of the logic. I explained the “Why” of belief which he found informative and attractive. He said that he had never talked to a Christian who could make sense out their beliefs. I must say, he was a bit overwhelmed and I think if I had a Bible at that moment he would have grabbed it.
Now, I know what some people might be thinking. “Well, he was just being respectful and polite.” I’m sorry but he was greedy for the truth and when he heard it, he was aflame. I have done this long enough to know the difference between accommodation and thrill. I gave him my card and hope to hear from him. Though his father was in another seat behind us, he was quick to introduce us at the end and get a photograph.