Post Tagged as ‘Islam’

Presenting the Gospel to Muslims: Key Biblical Concepts

In engaging Muslims with the good news of who Jesus is and what He has done on behalf of sinners, it is helpful to have some background information about the Islamic faith, but it is crucial to understand sound biblical doctrine. Specific Bible teachings that the Christian must understand and be able to present to his or her Muslim friends are: the Trinity, the Person of Christ, the Cross, the Trustworthiness of Scripture, and the Imputed Righteousness of Christ. The Trinity Muslims may misunderstand the Christian affirmation of the Trinity, thinking that Christians affirm three gods. Christians must be very […]

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Islam: The Five Pillars

Islamic piety is commonly understood in terms of five practices, which are referred to as “pillars” of the Muslim religion. The “pillars” are: 1. Confession; 2. Prayers; 3. Fasting; 4. Alms; 5. Pilgrimage. Confession (shahada): The basic Islamic confession of faith may be translated: “There is no God but God, and Muhammad is the Apostle of God.” By saying this confession in Arabic, with faith, a person becomes a Muslim. Many Muslims believe that saying the shahada with faith- along with an atom’s worth of good works- is a sufficient basis for a person to (eventually) gain entrance to Heaven, […]

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A Selection from Dr. James R. White’s What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an

[The entire following post is an excerpt from a crucial portion of Dr. James R. White’s book What Every Christian Need to Know About the Qur’an (Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2013), 185-186.] Every Christian should read and understand [Surah 5:47] “Let the People of the Gospel judge by that which Allah had revealed therein. Whoever judges not by that which Allah has revealed; such are the corrupt.” Here the Ahl al-Injil [“People of the Gospel”] are addressed directly, given a command right in the text: “judge by that which Allah had revealed therein.” Therein, in the Arabic, refers to […]

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Muslim Apologetics: Does God Preserve His Word?

The Qur’an declares: “No change can there be in the words of Allah” (10:64); “No one can change His words” (18:27); “There is nothing that can change His words.” (6:115) On what basis, then, do Muslim apologists constantly repeat the charge that the Bible- which they acknowledge as originally coming from God- has been corrupted? When mentioning this quandary on Facebook, my friend Jeremy Sells helpfully noted: They [that is, the Muslim apologists with whom Jeremy has interacted] claim there was a gospel given to Jesus that was not corrupt or corruptible that speaks of Muhammad. This gospel (which is […]

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Islam: Five Core Beliefs

In his book Breaking the Islam Code, J.D. Greear helpfully points out that the core beliefs of Islam can be accurately summarized into five points of doctrine: monotheism, prophets/apostles, angels and demons [actually, “jinns” is a more accurate term than “demons”], holy writings, and final judgment. Monotheism “Monotheism” must be understood in three ways: God alone is Creator and Lord, God alone is worthy of worship, and God alone possesses divine attributes (the “omnis,” etc.). Prophets/Apostles As far as I can tell “prophet” (nabi) and “apostle” (rasul) are used interchangeably in Islam. (Muslims refer to Muhammad as both “Prophet” and […]

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