Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was held captive in an Iranian prison for three and a half years because of his Christian faith, says he witnessed some Christian prisoners turn to Islam to better their situation, while others refused to convert. “During my time in prison, I saw so many religious and political prisoners who started out with very strong faith, thoughts and actions while going through so many changes in their country and world. I saw some Christian who were put in prison because they would not deny their faith and they kept doing their ministry,” Abedini wrote Thursday on Facebook.

“But unfortunately, I saw some of these heroes of the faith weaken through the difficulties and hardships of prison. I heard One of the Christians prayed Namaz Islamic prayer to make his situation easier. Some ended up in a divorce. I saw some political prisoners who started obeying the Intelligence Police of Iran to get free or make their situation easier in prison,” he added. Abedini reflected that “we do not know how strong our faith really is until it is tested.” READ MORE