I was raised Christian, went to summer camps and so on. I was actually born-again earlier the same year I ended up converting to Islam and was reading the bible regularly. I joined the US military as soon as I turned 17 that year, went to basic training in the summer, after 9/11 was on the Muslim hating bandwagon, and then while browsing the internet for anti-Muslim reasons I stumbled (alhamdulillah) upon some real dawah sites like www.islam-guide.com and others in December.
When I first read about Islam and the belief in the prophets, authenticity of the Quran, story of Salman al-Farsi and such I was so surprised at what I didn’t know that I would wake up and start reading then fall asleep that night still reading. I had some previous issues on Christian inconsistencies especially the early Christian sects, authenticity, changes in dogma, and so on.
During that week of reading I told myself that when I felt like being closer to God the only option was grab a Bible because that’s what I was raised with, but if I wanted to truly be a Christian I had to “choose” it over something else. I read Islam to disprove it but the truth won me over by the will and mercy of Allah. I also had waswas (whispers) just before converting that “you’re white, you can’t be Muslim” and “you’re young and about to go to college, worry about religion later” etc.
Alhamdulillah I became Muslim a day before the New Year but couldn’t find a masjid so did the shahadah in my bedroom and announced it to 4-5 Muslims in an online chatroom. I knew history, proofs of prophethood, the truth/divinity/authenticity of the Quran but nothing else when I converted but learned steadily over time and haven’t stopped learning and confirming that choice was right ever since then.
In Christianity whenever I learned something or had questions it often led to more doubts and you’re told to “just have faith” through the contradictions and errors. While in Islam you find the opposite – you only find perfection and the more you learn and gain knowledge the more it equally increases you in faith. Alhamdulillah for Islam, Allah’s true religion.