Archive for Evangelism To Muslims
The following is a transcript of a 6 minute audio on the subject from DesiringGod.org. The audio could not be posted here but is available at this link.
The following is an edited transcription of the audio.
How are Yahweh and Allah different?
God has the right to kill anybody he wants. In fact, he is responsible for all death. “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
We don’t own our lives. God owns our lives. He made them, and he has the right to do with them as he pleases.
The question becomes: When he uses a human to kill another human, what are we to think?
There is an overlap between the way Muslims think about God and the way Christians think about God in the Old Testament. Clearly God appointed that Joshua would go into the promised land and destroy the inhabitants. And the reason he commanded it, as stated in Deuteronomy 9:4, is that they were greatly wicked:
Do not say in your heart, after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you, “It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land,” whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you.
Even back in Genesis, when God promised the land to Abraham, he said that his offspring would first go down to Egypt and spend 400 years there because the iniquity of the Amorites was not yet complete (15:13-16).
So God was giving more and more time, and the pagans in the land were filling up more and more sin in resistance to God’s common grace. Then the time came for their judgment, and he used the people of Israel to judge them by appointing them to go in to kill.
That is what I believe, and if the Muslims agree that Allah has worked that way too, then I acknowledge the overlap.
The difference now is that, with the coming of Jesus Christ, God does not relate to people like that anymore. Back then the people of God were a theocratic, ethnic, and political entity. Today they are not. With the coming of Jesus Christ, the Kingdom has been taken away from the people of Israel and given to a people bearing its fruits, namely, the Church.
The Church is a people gathered from all tongues, tribes, peoples, and nations. Jesus Christ himself has borne our sins, and he sends us out to preach a gospel of grace and of the forgiveness of sins, based on his death. What unites us now are not our political and ethnic realities but, rather, our faith in Jesus Christ.
So we’re not building an earthly kingdom. We’re not protecting an ethnic entity. In the name of a crucified Savior we are gathering people from all nations, a people who are called to love their enemies and even die for them.
Christians now spread the gospel by suffering and dying, not by killing. So a change has happened. And there’s the big difference.
Muslims don’t have a savior. They don’t have Christ. They don’t have a means of forgiveness. They simply have an authoritative God who says, “Do this and don’t do that.” And they just have to wait until judgment day to see whether they have been good enough to enter heaven. And they still believe that their God can authorize his people to kill infidels.
So today there is a huge difference between Christianity—as Christ has defined it for us—and Islam. Not only do they not have a savior, they neither have a God who calls them to suffer and die and spend themselves in sacrifice for the lost.
Pilate asked Jesus, “So then you are a king?,” and he responded, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my disciples would have been fighting” (John 18:36). That is huge to me, because it says that we don’t fight to establish God’s kingdom. We do not take up arms.
Bullets and bombs is not how Christianity spreads. And the reason for that is that Christianity is a faith where people must put their belief in Jesus without coercion. You can’t put a gun to somebody’s head or a sword to their throat and make them a Christian. Islam, however, as I understand it, believes that you can subdue people and make them do the Five Pillars. If they are outwardly willing to do them, then they qualify.
Christianity is a radically different thing. We have to voluntarily renounce sin and embrace Jesus as our substitute sacrifice and substitute righteousness. And when we do that, we are justified and given an eternal inheritance in heaven. And it is out of that hope that we lay our lives down for other people and spread the gospel that way, not by killing.
Are Yahweh and Allah the same deity? by Mark Dever
This video very briefly explains why Yahweh and Allah are not the same deities.
Scripture declares that Jesus said He shared honor and Glory with The Father before Abraham and Creation. He also repeatedly and explicitly stated that He and The Father are one. Despite Muslim claims that they worship the God of the Bible, John Piper explains in this short video that they do not worship him because Jesus said if you do not love honer and worship Him, you do not honor The Father.
This is a really good teaching series on Islam by David Robertson of TheCrescentOrTheCross.com and the HUGE LetTruthSpeak Youtube channel. David is a former atheist who said “I never thought I would be teaching in a Christian Church, much less teaching on Islam”. But after over 4 years and an estimated 10.000 hours studying Islam, he is now teaching the following class on Islam at his church – and doing a real good job at it. Right now (as of 4-21-12) there is a little over four hours of classroom time video but David says the class still has a long way to go and he will be uploading a new classroom session to his YouTube Channel every week or so. You can SUB to his YouTube channel or come back to this blogpost because I will be adding the new videos to this playlist as soon as David uploads them. ENJOY!!!
(to browse the videos, click play and then the playlist button on the left)
(H/T to RadicalTruth.net) Having watched dozens of Christian-Muslim Aplologetics debates, I found this handbook on the topic very informative. Written in 1999, it shows that most of the arguments (if you can call them that) that Muslims use have not changed much since then. If fact as Gilchrist shows, many of the modern day Muslim arguments have been refuted and recycled for centuries. This E-Book is a MUST READ. Read it and you can see clearly every-time a Muslim apologist is peeing on your leg and telling you it is raining. And you’ll also learn how to respond. CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR THIS AWESOME RESOURCE!
This is a 2 hour audio of Joe Carey’s (from Radicaltruth.net) 16 hour learning course on Islam called Apologetics To Islam. Even though the larger course crams allot into the 16 hours, Joe does a pretty good job of covering the highlights here in 2 hours. If you like this you will love the full course HERE.
This real nice two page tri-fold brochure on Islam by RadicalTruth.net will give you the knowledge to be able to put a Muslim on the defensive instead of on the attack. Ask these questions and you’ll get a display of Cognitive Dissonance in return. Click on the link below!
SEE THE THE REST OF OUR COLLECTION OF FLYERS, BROCHURES AND BOOKLETS ON ISLAM HERE