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.

Desire for the Best That Is In Everybody

Every person in the world desires to have the best of everything. This does not mean that everybody knows what the best is, but they are created in a way to desire the best.

People do not wish to spend their money, which is sometimes saved with much difficulty, to purchase a faulty car; neither do they wish to have an unkind husband or wife when building a family. No ideology, belief, or even organizational culture was made with the intention of attaining bad and faulty things. Many beliefs have not been helpful to their followers, but their authors never intended, in my opinion, to deliver bad beliefs to their followers. The reason that these beliefs did not work well was not because of their authors’ desires, but because of their inability to design them in the context of a holistic life, enabling their followers to seek and find the best. That’s why their lack of knowledge could become very costly.

We are created in a way to desire and give higher priority to the best of everything deep in our hearts. However, to put this desire into practice in a beneficial way we need to establish the highest standard within us which can give us the power of evaluation and of decision making for the best. It is not only to desire the best, but also to have a sound principle whereby to choose the best.  

This is where faith in Christ supersedes all other beliefs in the world. There is a wide gap between the desire of people’s hearts and the process of attaining that desire in other beliefs. People desire to have peace within their relationships and in society, but their beliefs have not offered them principles which can take them to such a destination. They seek confidence about their future and design their lives based on such a desire, and yet their beliefs never offer them such a confidence about their future.

That’s why we, as the followers of Jesus Christ, can stand in that gap and share our eternal hope with others. Such desire motivates a search for answers; it opens hearts and makes them available for conversations in search of Truth. We can help lead them to the Truth that quenches every thirst. Sometimes it only takes a simple question to grab their attention and engage them in continued conversations with us. Questions such as:

  1. What do you desire to achieve in the future?
  2. Do you need to have a reason for your achievements and life?
  3. Do you think everybody knows the truth needed for achieving the best of everything? 
  4. Do you believe that people have the capacity and capability to understand the truth?
  5. How is the truth best understood? Do we need to evaluate beliefs and see how truthful they are? 
  6. Do you believe that people need to understand each other’s beliefs so that by communicating with one another they might discover the truth?
  7. Do you think that everybody should embrace the truth? 

Questions such as these stimulate thought and bring about opportunities to encourage people to believe that they are capable to discover the truth and realize their God given potential. Of course, it helps to know their worldviews in order to be able to help them to understand that they will not be able to reach their goals because of the short comings in their beliefs.

The desire for the best is the greatest witness from God which He placed in the hearts of people. Christian evangelism becomes influential when it helps people to understand that they won’t be able to have the best unless they know and follow the Author of the best first and foremost. Jesus said:
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6: 33, MKJV)   
Jesus is bringing forth the meaning that faith in God will captivate us entirely, make us the members of God’s household and ready our hearts and minds for what He has destined for each of us.

This is the reason that all other beliefs are not able to help their followers to reach the best. The conviction in atheism about the best is nothing but the force of nature, meaning that whatever happens is it, nothing more, nothing less. Therefore, we cannot compare one belief with another and categorize it as wrong or right according to atheism. In other words, there is no best to desire; everything that happens is the best in its time.

The predominant belief in the contemporary West does not distinguish or recognize a difference between good and bad, right and wrong, thus paralyzing people from maintaining a good conscience in order to understand the perfect nature of the truth and march ahead by knowledge for the embodiment of their desires. In Islam also, people need to approach their desires in the context of Islamic authoritarianism where the desires of the leader comes first. What can tyranny offer people in the pursuit of their desires? Desire without freedom will remain captive in the mind and heart, something unrealized, a mere theory.

These beliefs not only limit people’s strengths in search of the Truth, but also lay a great load on their shoulders and further push them to move towards an unknown future. But faith in Christ is different. By coming to Christ and embracing His standard, people will be freed from the obstacles of their beliefs and fall into the secure hands of Christ who paves the road for them to achieve the best and rest in it eternally. Christ says:
Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11: 28, MKJV)

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