Daily Archives: August 1, 2012
1. Address the Source – not the Person.
Our problem is not with the individual Muslim, but rather it is with the Qur’an and the Prophet.
If you are engaging a Muslim about Islam you don’t want the Muslim to get the impression that you have a problem with him or her personally. We need to be very specific about what we have a problem with. We do NOT have a problem with Muslims personally but rather we question Islamic scriptures and the prophet Mohammad. We wish to give a critical analysis of these two and if they are true and sound, they should be able to stand up to critical examination. (Now Muslims are not going to like this or be comfortable with this. They are taught to NEVER question the Qur’an or the Prophet. They are to be obedient and with blind faith accept it.)
We are moving the offense from the LIVE PERSON – the Muslim, to a book and person of history. This kind of analysis has been performed many times on the Bible and Christ. If we put both under the microscope, we can see which one comes out on top.
I am often asked by Christians in Churches, “How do I speak to Muslims about the truth without initiating an argument?”
Here is my approach. Often I will ask Muslims this question, “Have you ever given a Christian an opportunity to open the Bible and explain it to you?” “If you ever have doubt whether the truth is in Islam, or just have some questions, would you give me that opportunity?” “I am not going to say I am right and you are wrong, you can examine it for yourself and make up your own mind.”
2. Moving the Muslim to the Bible.
If we are going to compare the scriptures of Islam we have to compare it with something. That has to be the scriptures of Christianity. Doing this will get the Muslim into the Bible to read it and study it with us. This is a major accomplishment and if we succeed in this, God can perform his mighty work in changing their heart. Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” It is the Power of God’s word that changes hearts.
We can’t send missionaries to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan, Yemen and so on, but the Saudis, the Iranians, the Yemenis and Sudanese have come here. The mission field is moving into our neighborhood and there is nothing stopping us from taking the Gospel to them here.
3. Identify the Scriptural Muslim
Using the term ‘scriptural’ Islam can be stepped down to the Muslim, a scriptural Muslim. You can identify a scriptural Muslim by whether they bear the real face of Islam in their life, those who don’t will fall short. This will cause many Muslims to reflect upon themselves and they will begin to ask themselfs why they are not a true scriptural Muslim. It places doubt in their hearts which can cause them to search for real truth.
Those who are ‘scriptural’ Muslims are the dangerous ones. They are the ones that believe Allah’s command to rid the world of Evil – the Kafirs which would be you and me, the infidels.