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road to Damascus

A turning point; a life-changing experience. Refers to the Biblical story of Saul, who converts to Christianity (and becomes known as Paul) after he has a vision of Jesus while on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians. That moment was my road to Damascus. Everything changed after that.
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road to Damascus

A sudden, radical change in attitude, perspective, or belief. The term refers to the biblical story of Paul, who converted from Judaism to Christianity while traveling the road to Damascus (Book of Acts, chapter 9). It has long been used figuratively, sometimes put as a road to Damascus moment. For example, “Where gun rights are concerned, a ‘Road to Damascus moment’ occurs when a formerly anti-gun or gun-shy person decides to become a gun owner” (John Pierce, Minneapolis Examiner, August 7, 2009).
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"I can therefore only conclude that after being beaten by Labour in the European elections last year, maybe it wasn't a spoof attempt at sabotage by Lord Callanan of Low Fell but his personal road to Damascus moment.
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It was on the road to Damascus from Jerusalem; allegedly at a place now called Darayya, that something happened to Saul which was to change his life forever.
Since the meeting of the Risen Christ on the road to Damascus, Paul became the Apostle of Nations, many great saints who have shaped the religious history of your country.
''The road to Damascus is a road to peace,'' said Nancy Pelosi on a 2007 visit to Syria as House Speaker.
when Waldo started Paul on the road to Damascus because I had learned it
The latest convert on the road to Damascus is Ed Miliband who apparently offers us humility, now that''s got to be a new word in the political vocabulary.
Left-wing leadership contender John McDonnell - a long-standing opponent of the war - said the "road to Damascus conversion" by Mr Balls and Ed Miliband had come too late.
McDonnell said: "I welcome this road to Damascus conversion from Ed Miliband and Ed Balls, but regret that it is so late in the day.
Pelosi memorably declared that ''the road to Damascus is a road to peace.'' Yet none so far has produced the slightest change in Mr.
On the Road to Damascus, the long awaited solo exhibition of the paintings of June Bartlett, was opened at the Knightsbridge Mathaf Gallery by Syria's ambassador to the UK, HE Sami Khiyami.
The experience was like Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus. I was not looking for Jesus or God but was simply saying to God that I was sorry (I did not even know for sure that God existed).