Saul hated Christians. He hated them because they were serving this man named Jesus who Saul thought was committing blasphemy. Saul admitted to beating and imprisoning professed Christians.

But something happened to him on the road to Damascus.

From that day on, he became one of the most famous proclaimers of the good news of Christ.

This is what he wrote after that experience:

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Randy Ingermanson wrote a Sci-Fi novel called Trangression where a rogue physicist goes back in time to kill the apostle Paul. If he could eliminate Paul, then he could wipe out Christianity–just like Paul wanted to do before his radical conversion.

The truth is, persecuting Christians has the opposite affect.

2 Timothy 3

12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

13But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

(Unfortunately, a sad truth  here in the United States of America)

But this is what Paul said about his own persecutions:

2 Corinthians 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Romans 5:3
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;