A Message to Muslims

If you are a muslim, let me begin by saying that I would like to be
your friend. We may not agree about everything but we have a lot of points
in common. I myself spent time reading a large portion of an English language
interpretation of the Qu’ran when I was in Turkey. I admire the zeal of
many muslims, and wish that Christians in general were as serious about
following Jesus as many Muslims are about following the teachings of Muhammed,
the founder of Islam.

I encourage you to read the Bible. But first read my short article

The Integrity
of the Bible According to the Qu’ran

which shows strong evidence that the Qu’ran itself  teaches
that the Bible is NOT corrupted.

Further Reading

The Western World is not Christian

What do you mean, the Son of God?

Which “Holy Book” can you trust?

Miracles Today, Because Jesus is Alive

The links in this section below contain the views of others which I
may or may not share. I would value very much if you would write me so
that I could be better informed on Islam.


Six Muslim Beliefs and a Christian’s Response

Muslims who
have turned to Christ

A Personal Message from Michael

Let me begin by saying that historically Muslims could well object to
many things found in the “Christian” world. Just as I would like to understand
where you are coming from, so I want you to understand where I am coming
from.

1. The Western World is not Christian.

No one would deny that Christianity in its various forms has influenced
Western culture and even the world in many ways. You may think that the
majority of North Americans are “Christians”. You see the pornography coming
from Hollywood and other places which Americans give billions to view every
year and you could well be disgusted. This is not Christianity. You may
know that Americans spend many billions of dollars on illegal drugs every
year. This is not Christianity.

Many, many people say they are Christians, but that does not make them
Christians. The cause of Christianity would be greatly advanced if a lot
of these people would tell people to call them “pagans”. For they are certainly
not disciples of Christ. They live for themselves, not for the Lord Jesus
Christ.

Satan tried to destroy Christianity in its early days through persecution.
Hundreds of thousands of Christians were killed for their faith in Christ
but the cause of Christ marched on, and more and more believed in Jesus,
seeing the power in His name
. Then Satan tried another tactic. He joined
the church. For proof of this we need look no further than the Crusades,
in which much evil against Muslim people was done by the Roman Catholic
Church.

The worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and hundreds of “saints” as
well as much foolish superstition has been embraced by millions of Roman
Catholics and Orthodox people. Very few of them understand their own religion,
but they make the claim to be the only historically authentic Christians.
Many Muslims equate Roman Catholics and Orthodox people with “Christians”.
While there are some Christians in these groups, it is by far the minority.
There is a big difference between being “religious” and being a true follower
of Jesus.

I and millions of other true Christians worship ONE GOD. We do not believe
in bowing down to icons and statues and praying to saints, dead or alive.
This God is manifested in three Persons but is still One God. It will do
no good to argue about this now. The real issue is: where is the Living
God who ANSWERS PRAYER? Does He answer with miracles when we pray in Jesus’
name? Look at Christian testimonies on the Internet. You will find out
that He does. Can Islam point to the same results based on following the
teachings of the Koran?

2. We do not believe that Jesus Christ is
the result of the sexual activity of God.

When we talk about Jesus being the Son of God, we don’t mean that God
had a wife and physically fathered a Son. Neither do we mean that there
was a time when part of God – Jesus – did not exist. We mean that Jesus
Christ fully reveals God to us. Jesus is God revealing Himself to us in
human form.

You can know what God is like by studying the Christian Gospels concerning
Jesus Christ. God is compassionate and loving as well as just and righteous.
Christians also believe in hell. However, nowhere does the Bible clearly
teach that God predestines anyone to hell. He has predestined some to Eternal
Life. It doesn’t say about the rest.

The Koran however teaches that Allah is leading all the unbelievers
into deception and ultimately to hell. Can you believe that Allah is right
in deliberately destroying some people? Could you be one of them? In Islam,
you can never know if your good works are enough to get you to Paradise.

3. Whose Word Can You Trust?

The New Testament was written by men who walked and talked with Jesus.
The apostle Paul, who also wrote much of the New Testament, was a violent
persecutor of Christians until Jesus literally knocked him down and revealed
Himself to him. Paul knew Christ as any Christian could know Him, if that
Christian would be as zealous, humble and self-denying as Paul was.

Mohammed, on the other hand, wrote about Jesus 600 years after the events took
place. He was an eyewitness to NOTHING concerning the life of Jesus. Are there
good reasons to trust what Muhammed said about Jesus? Everything depends on
the source of the inspiration that came to Muhammed. Even Muhammed doubted the souce of his inspiration at first. He thought it was a jinn – a demon behind it. Certainly, the accounts of Muhammed’s behavior in the Hadeeth when he got some of his revelations match what we Christians would call the manifestation of demons. I have personal experience with this kind of thing as I have cast out demons and seen some of the things they cause people to do. If we are being asked to entrust our eternal soul to the teaching of a man who claimed to come from God, is it not REASONABLE to thoroughly consider the possibilities, even if it leads to uncomfortable conclusions? Would you buy a house without checking the papers? What care will you give to examining the foundations of the system into which you entrust your eternal destiny? Please check out this article:

The Inspiration of the Qu’ran
a tough look at this controversial issue.

New Agers, whose doctrines are also different to Christianity, have
a lot to say about Jesus. What they say differs from both to Christian
and the Muslim view. Yet they claim it is inspired and feels right to them.
What gives the Koran more credibility on the subject of Jesus than the
writings of new agers, such as “The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ”? The
gospels were written by people who were there at the time.

There is strong evidence that the New Testament has come to us today
basically unchanged. We have manuscripts for the Bible that date from before
the time of Muhammed.  Muslims are exhorted to reject none of God’s
books, but to obey the message of God. How can a muslim do this faithfully?
Consider the following quotes from a reliable translation of the Koran.

“We believe in God, and that which has been sent down on us, and sent
down on Abraham and Ishmael, Isaac and Jacob, and the [Jewish] Tribes,
and in that which was given to Moses and Jesus, and the Prophets, of their
Lord; we make no division between any of them ….”

John Ankerberg and John Weldon in “The Facts on Islam” write:

The Koran claims that Allah is the God who inspired the Old Testament
and the New Testament: “…We gave to Moses the Book and the Salvation,
that haply you should be guided.” Muslims are commanded, “Observe the Torah
and the Gospel … what is revealed to them from Allah.”

Elsewhere, Muslims are told:

    O believers, believe in God and His Messenger [Muhammad]
and the Book He has sent down on His Messenger [ the Koran] and the Book
which He sent down before [the Bible]. Whoso disbelieves in God and His
angels and His Books, and His Messengers, and the Last Day, has surely
gone astray into far error … God will gather the hypocrites and unbelievers
all in Gehenna.”

Arberry’s translation of the Koran also reads in one place, “Those who
disbelieve in God and His Messengers and desire to make a division between
God and His Messengers, and say, “We believe in part, and disbelieve in
part,” desiring to take between this and that a way – those in truth are
the unbelievers; and We have prepared for the unbelievers a humbling chastisement
[in hell].”

Which Muslim can then truly call himself a believer, according to these
verses? To believe the Bible you have to know what you are believing in!
Why would Allah command the believers to believe in a corrupted book?

The evidence for the reliability of the Bible is a big subject. I encourage
you to search the web for yourself. There are some materials on my home
page, also.

I would encourage you to take the time to read my Foundation
Teaching
on Christianity and send me your comments. It will explain
step by step many of the really important issues of the Gospel Message.

4. Jesus Does Miracles Today

I have heard so many reports that Jesus, who both Christians and Muslims
say is alive (but for different reasons) is speaking to many, many Muslim
people in their dreams. This happened to an entire North African village
at one time. Many have now given up everything to turn to Christ.

In Africa, South America and Asia especially, but really all around the world, multitudes are
witnessing the power of the name of Jesus Christ. Miracles are happening.
Blind eyes are opening, cripples are walking, lepers are cleansed, even
the dead are raised. Why can the Imams not produce these feats if they
are the true representatives of God?

5. Are You Ready to Pay for Your Sins?

The Bible message reveals that God will punish sin. You cannot go on
sinning deliberately and get to heaven. (See Hebrews 10:26 and following).
God is certainly going to judge sin.

As a Muslim you will never know if you are good enough for God. Christians
have realised the futility of trying to earn a right place with God by
our own efforts. All of us have debts to God we cannot pay.

But just as I could pay your electricity bill if I have enough money,
so someone else could pay for your sins in your place. This is what Jesus
did for you. The disciples saw that Jesus died on the cross – Muhammed
saw nothing because he wasn’t there. Jesus did it for you to pay for your
sins. Then he rose again.

This was God’s practical mercy. The punishment for sin was still given
– but Jesus took it for you. He could do this because He was sinless and
of such great value in God the Father’s eyes. Do not think that the Christian
message promotes injustice or the idea that you can go on sinning and Christ’s
death alone will assure you a place in heaven no matter what you do.

Christ’s death will do you no good unless you want to come to God and
turn away from your sins. But also, you must believe in Jesus. Those who
don’t do this will go to hell. It doesn’t matter how sincere they
were in other respects. No one else paid the price for your sins but Jesus.
No one rose from the dead like Jesus. The historical and contemporary evidence
is all there.

Pray this prayer: “Dear Jesus, if you are a true prophet of God then
show me if you are also the Saviour of the World. If you are I want you
to save me. Thank you. Amen.”

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I hope you will visit this site again from time to time, as I plan to
constantly update the materials and references as time allows me.

Michael

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