Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | February 15, 2010

Did you know…..(Islam)

It is so important for Christians to know something about major religions around the world. Why? It will help you be an effective witness of Christ. Our job as baptized believers is to “go into all the world” spreading the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ. This week will be a short series on some major religions around the world that you should know the basic beliefs in so that when you come across this type of belief system, you can eradicate it with scripture. Sure it’s easy to just witness to other Christian denominations and “member swap”, but is Christ really calling us to just win another Christian soul into church membership? Not so. This semester I am taking an Apologetics class and I told myself that everything I learned, I wanted to present to my readers. This is a report that I wrote myself (no copy and paste lol) and I’ve given credit to all sources. With that said, lets dig deep into the world of Islam.

The history, doctrines, and ethics of Islam are explicitly linked to its founder, a Saudi tradesman who rose to wealth and prominence, Muhammad. He was born in A.D. 570 in Saudi Arabia.

Islam does not mean “peace” in Arabic in the classic sense of the term. Islam means “surrender”. To the Muslim, it evidences his position in the religion. He is willingly surrendered to the rites, rituals, and practices of the religion.

The Five Pillars of Islam summarize this system of conversion:

  • The creed (called kalima) must be recited by the convert, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his final prophet.”
  • Prayers 9salat) must be offered five times a day in a strictly prescribed fashion while facing Mecca.
  • Alms (zakat) equivalent to one-fortieth of one’s income must be given to the cause.
  • Regular fasting (sawn) must take place, especially during the month of Ramadan.
  • A pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) must be made once during the life of a Muslim.

Islam significantly changed the teachings of the Bible including the prophets and stories. Islam declares that Jesus was a prophet but not God, and place their prophet as the final prophet. Islam denies the vicarious atonement of Jesus Christ and grace as the means of salvation. Islam assesses a second-class status to women through polygamy, and eternally as sexual servants (perpetual virgins).  (Caner & Hindson, 2008)

How to win a Muslim to Christ?

Share what God thinks of them. The concept of God as a loving heavenly Father is completely foreign to Muslims. Show them from the Scriptures just how much God loves all people. Share Jeremiah 31:3 where God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Also share the golden text of the Bible, John 3:16—it still works!

Tell them the condition of man. Explain the true meaning of sin in the sense that it is “missing the mark.” It is a failure to live up to God’s perfect standard as found in Matthew 5:48: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Show that we, as humans, cannot save ourselves. We need divine help.

Show them God’s plan for our freedom. There is hope in Christ. We have to help them see that it was indeed Christ who died on the cross. But our hope is in the fact that He rose from the dead. The resurrection of Christ is the best way to show His power over sin. We must show our friends that only through our blessed Savior can sins be forgiven. Show that God has provided a way whereby all sin can be forgiven, and every trace of guilt can be completely removed.

Help them make a commitment. This is where you will learn that it takes time to win a Muslim convert. You have to realize that in an Islamic society, there is no separation of church and state. The law of the Qur’an is the rule of all citizens and to convert to another relation is an act of treason. Therefore, this will be a big step for Muslim believers. Explain that Christianity is not a religion but a relationship through Christ whereby we can know our heavenly Father. Prospects must realize that Christ alone fills the void in their hearts and brings them into relationship with God. (Albert)

I believe Christ and education make the best combination. If you can educate yourself about the beliefs of Islam coupled with using the Holy Spirit’s guidance, you’re sure to plant some serious seeds in the life of any Islamic believer.

Works Cited:

Albert, L. C. (n.d.). Sharing Christ With a Muslim. Retrieved February 14, 2010, from http://www.lifebuilders.to/muslim.pdf

Caner, E., & Hindson, E. (2008). The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics. Eugene: Harvest House Publishers.


Responses

  1. Praise the Lord,

    This was very helpful, thanks for posting.


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