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More restrictive version of the question:

Has the Christian God ever revealed Himself to someone who had never heard of Him before? By this I mean someone who never heard about the Bible, who never heard about Jesus, who never saw a picture of Jesus or the cross or anything related to Christianity. In other words, someone who was completely ignorant in every way, shape and form regarding the Christian faith. Has anyone in such a condition had an encounter with the Christian God that led them to convert to Christianity?

Less restrictive version of the question:

If the requirements above are too demanding, answers addressing less restrictive versions of the question are welcome as well. For example, in today's world it's probably very unlikely to find people who have never heard of Christianity, but it would still be interesting to know about cases where someone, who was barely aware of Christianity's existence and never took it seriously, for some reason received a divine revelation of a very specific passage in the Bible that they didn't even know existed, or had an unexpected experience with the Holy Spirit (like Cornelius in Acts 10) even though they didn't even know that the Holy Spirit was a thing, etc. Essentially, any type of experience in which the individual had no prior knowledge about it and the experience itself only makes (the most) sense under a Christian worldview.

Note: I'm looking for extra-biblical examples, of course.

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  • Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. That mormon discussion is possibly worth of an answer (or chatroom), not something for comments – Peter Turner Jul 22 at 14:12
  • Would you accept the case of bilocation of someone who preached the Gospel in foreign lands? Upvoted due the pure difficulty in getting an accurate response! – Ken Graham Jul 22 at 15:33
  • @KenGraham - I'm not completely sure if I understand what you mean. Can you explain a bit further? It would be an answer to the more restrictive version of the question? – Spirit Realm Investigator Jul 22 at 16:06
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Many Muslims are converted due to spiritual visions of either Mary or Jesus. I would think that they fit the second set of criteria. They are aware of Christianity, but often have very incorrect understandings of our basic doctrines, especially in Muslim-majority nations. They definitely don't take Christianity seriously.

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  • True, I have read some, but they all had previously knowledge of Christianity beforehand. – Ken Graham Jul 22 at 15:31
  • The original question had a secondary version that allowed for tangential knowledge of Christianity. Which is necessary, as the vast majority of written accounts of conversion to Christianity throughout history are going to be in the context of a people already aware that the religion exists. Middle Eastern Muslims probably don't have a very deep understanding of Christianity, though, just as Western Christians don't have a very deep understanding of Islam. – jaredad7 Jul 22 at 18:49

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