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My Strategy For Answering Islam

allahToday I want to give you tips on how to answer the issues of Islam.

Tip One – Speak the truth in love.

As Christians we are commanded to love our enemy and to speak the truth in love. The Bible says we are to give no offense that the ministry be not blamed. This doesn’t mean that the message is not offensive, it means don’t be offensive in the manner in which you deliver the message. The Gospel message is offensive to man because because it tells man that he is a sinner and deserves God’s wrath. There is nothing in man that deserves Heaven and there is nothing he can do to earn favor with God. Man must cry out to God for mercy.

When we speak truth about Islam we must do it in love. The Bible tells us that it is a false religion. God warned us that there will be false prophets and told us to speak out against them. We are told that anyone, including an angel from Heaven tells us something different we are not to listen to them.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8

Anyone who preaches a message that is different from what we find in Scripture is accursed. This is exactly what Islam claims to do. It claims that the Prophet Muhammad received a message from and “angel from Heaven.” The message this “angel” gave to Muhammad is the exact opposite from what we find the the Bible.

When we speak against the message of Islam, let’s do in in love. I often say, “you are seldom persuasive when you are abrasive.” To bring someone to the truth you must not only appeal to their logic, you must also appeal to their heart.

Tip Two – Make a logical case

We live in a day where we are told there are no absolutes. We are told there is nothing absolutely right and nothing absolutely wrong. We are told that all beliefs can be equal, that we can’t say that one religion is better than another religion. Who are we to say our way is right?

The Bible tells us that Jesus said His way is exclusive.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

The Bible tells us that there are absolutes. There are things that are evil and there are things that are good.

When we deal with Islam we must make the logical appeal that when something is evil, no matter what form it comes in, you cannot make exceptions.

When I explain Islam I often go back to Hitler. Very few people in our day would be so deluded to say that Hitler was a good man. Few would say that Nazism is a good form of government, who are we to say that it is wrong?

As we study Islam we see many similarities between Islam and the Fascist style of government of Hitler. If Hitler did what he did in the name of a god, would it be less evil? Of course not.

Evil is evil and if a person can’t admit what Hitler and Nazism did is evil you are trying to communicate with someone who is incapable of reason. The best thing to do is walk away from him. Sadly there are some people like this and we should not waste our time with them.

If you frame your argument this way; Islam is an ideology that masquerades as a religion, that pretends to be a religion, you will makes some good arguments. This is exactly what Islam is. Muhammad was not just starting a new religion, he was building an empire. The laws of Islam not only deal with how people worship a god and build a theology, they also govern every aspect of the lives of those who follow them.

Islam is a plan of government, a political plan. It sets up economic rules, an educational system, a military philosophy, a system of government, a legal court system, and so forth. Islam doesn’t just lay out rules on how to worship, pray, fast, and other religious exercises, it is a government of itself.

Tip Three – Divide and Conquer

First we divide the people from the religion. We don’t speak against Muslims, I speak against Islam. We should not hate Muslims, we should love them. This love should make us want to bring them to the truth of the Gospel. I don’t want them to remain in darkness. When we don’t separate the Muslim from the religion we are seen as attacking people. This will result in being called bigots, hate mongers, etc.

We need to argue the merits of an ideology. We are testing the truthfulness of ideas, of religious beliefs, not attacking people.

Secondly we divide the religion from the Shariah, the government part of Islam.

Tip Four – Use their own words against them

Their own words, the Qur’an, the Suna. These speak volumes and show Islam for what it really is. If people who love liberty understand what is in Islamic law I am convinced that they will not want to be ruled by it and will not want it in their country.

Tip Five  – Quote your sources

Quote people who are an authority on the issue being discussed. As individuals, most of you are not authorities on Islam so they will say, who are you to tell us anything. Care enough about Muslims to find reliable and credible sources you can quote to validate what you are saying. There is no authority greater than their own words. Quote their scholars. When you do this you cease to be an issue and their scholars become the issue. You will find much helpful information on this site.

Let me close today by saying you are not going to win everyone. Some people just don’t want to know the truth. There are some who say, “My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts.”

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