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Subject – The Christian Church – Reaching Out To Muslims With the Message and Love of Christ – Comparing Christianity and Islam – Part 6
- Drawn from my Book – “Escape to a world of understanding – Antidote to hate against Muslims, Christians and people everywhere” – now in 14 languages in e-books and paperback via link
Sunday, 5th of May 2019
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NUGGETS OF WISDOM
“Listening is not understanding the words of the questions asked, listening is understanding why the question was asked in the first place.”
“The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase in knowledge; secondly, to enable us deliver that knowledge to others.”
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding”
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Key verses for Today:
Isaiah 11:1-3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Righteous Reign of the Branch
11 Then a Shoot (the Messiah) will spring from the stock of Jesse [David’s father],
And a Branch from his roots will bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and strength,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the [reverential and obedient] fear of the Lord—
And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make decisions by what His ears hear;
Proverbs 4:5-7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“Get [skillful and godly] wisdom! Acquire understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation]!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
“Do not turn away from her (Wisdom) and she will guard and protect you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.
“The beginning of wisdom is: Get [skillful and godly] wisdom [it is preeminent]!
And with all your acquiring, get understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation].
Proverbs 16:15-17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
In the light of the king’s face is life,
And his favor is like a cloud bringing the spring rain.
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
The highway of the upright turns away and departs from evil;
He who guards his way protects his life (soul).
Dear brethren, welcome to our fifth series which is meant to equip the Church of Jesus Christ to reach out to Muslims with the message and love of Christ. These series will clear up some misconceptions about Islam so you are better prepared to engage them for Christ by helping them to discover Christ for themselves. Today, we are comparing the two
Comparing Christianity and Islam – Very Quick Part Review
Christianity: God is One in Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Islam: Allah is One; he has no Son. The Holy Spirit does not exist.
Christianity: All Biblical scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true. Abiding by its unchanging words brings peace of mind and heart.
Islam: Jews and Christians corrupted the Bible by removing verses that foretold Muhammad’s coming and adding verses to establish Jesus’ divinity.
Christianity: The Bible was canonized in AD 325, some 300 years before Islam was founded. No Muslims existed or could have existed at that time.
Islam: All biblical prophets were Muslims, including Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus. Adam was a Muslim.
Christianity: God is personal.
Islam: Allah is unknowable.
Christianity: God loves all people, including Muslims. Allah and God cannot possibly be one and the same.
Islam: Allah hates apostates and blasphemers. Allah and God are one and the same.
Christianity: God says there will be no liars in heaven. (Revelation 21:8)
Islam: Allah says that if a Muslim feels threatened it may be necessary to lie, break treaties or deny their faith. (Qur’an 8:58; 16:106)
Christianity: God commands all people to love him and love one another, even their enemies.
Islam: Allah commands Muslims to “Fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere; but if they cease, verily Allah sees all that they do.” (Qur’an 8:39)
Christianity: Jesus said, “Stop judging others, and you will not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1)
Islam: Allah gives Muslims the ability and authority to judge between men. (Qur’an 4:105; 5:49)
Christianity: “…at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
Islam: Jesus was a prophet. He was not divine. Jesus will bow to Muhammad on Judgment Day. (Qur’an 5:73-75)
Christianity: Jesus said, “If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.”
Islam: Muhammad told Islam’s followers to practice retribution; take an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Christianity: In heaven, there will be no more sorrow, no more tears, and no more illness, decay or death. All who enter therein will experience God’s peace, love and joy.
Islam: In paradise, Muslim men are promised gardens, thrones, delicious foods, wine, and virgins of like age created for their eternal pleasure.
Christianity: Jesus says, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
Islam: Allah said, “Fight until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there is faith in Allah altogether and everywhere.” (Qur’an 8:39; 9:5)
More are available from our book – Escape to a world of understanding.
Conclusion and prayer.
Wisdom is key and understanding is better but how do you understand without knowledge? In this series, we have brought you knowledge. Knowledge will help us understand so that when we apply the knowledge in concrete steps, we would have displayed wisdom with an understanding heart. All three must work hand in glove – Knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
What we see and what we hear is a small part of the story. With understanding, we gain a better worldview and we are better prepared and able to deal wisely as we engage with humanity. May the Lord help us to reflect Him in Knowledge, in Wisdom and in Understanding in Jesus name. Amen
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