About Daniel Shayesteh

Dr Daniel was born into a Muslim family in Northern Iran. He became a radical Muslim leader and teacher of Islam in the militant Free Islamic Revolutionary Movement, closely supporting Ayatollah Khomeini. However, after falling out of favor with Khomeini’s political group, he escaped to Turkey where there began an amazing journey to faith in Jesus Christ.

Daniel's mission is to help others understand and lovingly respond to those who do not know Christ. He is also deeply concerned for the future of Western societies, their loss of confidence in Judeo-Christian values, and their persistent naivete about the implications of the world-wide Islamic revival.

Who Can Care for the World and Maintain Order in It?

Do people from diverse nations care for each other? Do they know the chapters of each others’ lives and beliefs? Have they discovered the hidden barriers among themselves in order to work out the solution and remove the barriers? If yes, to what extend? If not, why not?

Do they know where the world is heading to? Are they happy with what the world is? If not, do they have any goal for the well being of the world? What values and channel have they discovered to be the best in order to remove their unsatisfaction and lead the world to a better future? Are they interested to contribute toward the well being of the world?

Do they know whether or not their ideas and beliefs are able to avoid dictatorship and conflict amongst nations and lead them to a peaceful relationship? Do they have peace-making values in their beliefs that can create willingness in them for the enforcement of peace in the world? Do they know that misunderstanding and misinterpretations sometimes lead to hostility and bloodshed?

Do they believe in real change that leads to high achievement? Do they know that through understanding they can create and generate better ideas? Do they know that understanding enhances creativity in every level of life? Do they know that there is capacity in each person to achieve the best value and thereby make a glorious change in their lives and relationship with others? Are they willing to exert high levels of effort towards understanding and change?

Do they know the real meaning of democracy and freedom? Do they know that the freedom of one is not at the expense of others? Have they ever been able to make time and come out from their personal zones and evaluate their beliefs globally with other ideas and beliefs? Do they know whether or not they have a universal value to accept every member of human race no matter of their beliefs, races, nationalities, etc.?

One reason for peoples’ disinterest in contributing genuine efforts for the well being of others and the world is their lack of knowledge. They do not feel obligated for understanding the chapters of each others’ lives and beliefs. However, the case is different with Christians. Christians are called to understand, discover the real meaning of freedom, taste it, and thereby maintain order in the world. The Bible says;

When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order (Prov.28:2).

Choose…knowledge rather than choice gold…I have understanding and power (Prov.8:10).

Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now… you know God (Gal. 4:8-9).

He will punish those who do not know God…They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed (2Thes.1:9-10b).

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-32).

Without understanding, we will not be able to lead nations to peace for the world and to the eternal peace. We need to take this issue more seriously than ever in this modern era of 'globalization' that has brought people from diverse nations together. EFD has committed itself to this ministry; to wake up the churches in Australia and the world to learn on how simply to address the eye opening words of Christ to the consciences of people from other nations and prepare them to have peace in their hearts and to contribute for maintaining a peaceful order in the world.

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