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Damascus road experience (Acts 9:18)

Picture description: Paul on the road to Damascus
Picture copyright: V. Gilbert and Arlisle F. Beers

bible verse

“Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized.”


In modern day usage, a Damascus road experience or conversion refers to a sudden change on a serious issue such as changing political views, a major career change or converting to another religion.

origin and application

Paul the apostle was born of a Roman background. Paul was a Pharisee who persecuted Jesus’ disciples until one day, God revealed to him in a bright light on his way to Damascus, capital of present-day Syria. He was blinded by a strong light for three days until he met a disciple named Ananias who was sent by God to place his hands on Paul. He was converted to follow Christ afterwards.


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