Yoke-Peng Kong was born in Malaysia and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She knows from first-hand experience the evangelistic effectiveness of asking simple questions.

Understanding Genesis was the Key to Confidence

Buddhist origins

I was born in Ipoh, Malaysia into a Buddhist or Taoist family, but I attended a Christian school. At school we had chapel service once a week and I enjoyed singing all the hymns. Everyone at school could recite the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ together and one Australian speaker (forgotten his name) was very impressed with us. I was also very impressed with his talk and had wanted to convert to Christianity at the time. However, my two older brothers talked me out of it and that was the end of it.

When I came to Australia to study in 1975, on looking back, I was really searching but didn’t realize it. I attended Overseas Christian Fellowship meetings on some Fridays and also attended the Swanston Street church where most attendees were Asian. I also attended Baha’i discussion groups at homes which they called ‘firesides’. I have to say, one influencing factor in my acceptance of the Baha’i Faith so readily was that it fitted my own philosophy. I fell into the “false philosophy” that Colossians 2:8 describes,

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” (NIV)

From Baha’i to the Bible

I used to think that there are good and smart people in all religions, so all religions must be true and good. As Baha’i Faith accepts all religions as the truth, it sees no contradiction at all between different religions. In the Baha’i ‘Answers Book’, it was also written that Christ’s resurrection was symbolic. There was no reason for me to doubt what was written there as I have been told that there are Christians who converted to Baha’i Faith. Furthermore, one other Christian student who came to the Baha’i meeting confessed to be totally shaken by what was told to him. Well, that made it even more enticing to me that Baha’is must know what they are talking about since this supposedly devout Christian can be so shaken by what the Baha’is are saying. So, I became a Baha’i in 1976….

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