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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Gospel for Muslims - Introduction


This is a series of posts I am going to do on sharing the Gospel with Muslims. Hopefully, when I'm done, I'll be able to compile the posts into an e-book.
In today's society, Islam is the new Communism. I remember growing up in the 1980's during the Cold War and hearing about threats of nuclear attacks from the Soviet Union. I was in eighth grade when the Berlin Wall fell down. It was just after my ninth grade year when I was able to travel to Russia as a young missionary and share the Gospel openly on the streets. While that may not happen in Islamic countries due to the laws governing conversion out of Islam, there are still things we can to share the Gospel with Muslims. In this series, I aim to present some of the common beliefs of Muslims, some of their objections to Christianity, and how we can share the Gospel with them.
We don't need rhetoric. We need to show them God's love by being Christ's followers. There are those that would have us believe that any Muslim is a potential terrorist, and while that may be so, any Christian may also be a potential terrorist, if you want to go that route. Look at the abortion debate. There are those that have killed in the name of Christ, claiming to be protecting the life of the unborn. And yet, little is said to denounce such acts and then we turn around and suggest that we not allow certain religions to practice in America. This is hypocritical, to say the least, and smacks of Phariseeism.  
Let's get past the eyes of religion and get to the eyes of Jesus and how we can best show the love of Christ to Muslims in our midst. Chances are, you have a mosque or Islamic center in your city. There are a few where I live, one of which serves the needs of international students from places such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait.  Do you still have your American blinders on? You better take them off, because this is going to be a bumpy ride and they might fall off along the way. There is no denying that they have built Islamic centers/mosques in your very town. What can you do about it? I suggest, pray about how you can best reach these people with the Gosple of Christ.
In this series, I will offer up several posts on what Muslims believe and what some of their core doctrines are, such as information about the Qur'an, the 5 pillars, different sects of Islam, and how modern Islamic extremism has come from. In response, I will offer up a way to use the Gospel to counter some of these doctrines and use these doctrines to share the Gospel with them. I don't believe that one cannot use elements of other religions to share the Gospel. There is always a bridge in there somewhere. In Islam, because they are monotheistic, and because there are references to Christianity from within, there are significant elements that we can use to share the Gospel.
Stay tuned for the next installment of this series. You can subscribe to my blog by entering your email in the box in the top right or click the RSS icon to subscribe in your RSS reader.