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Islam’s View of Sin and Salvation

Reaching Muslims, Part 2

by Rich Wendling and Daniel Shayesteh on October 1, 2011; last featured July 5, 2017 Node provided did not have translations

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Christians should love, not fear, Muslims. If you look under the surface, you’ll see just how hopeless their religion leaves them. By faithfully sharing God’s grace as revealed in His Word, you can watch the light of Christ’s salvation break into their darkened hearts.

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Reaching Muslims Series

Read part 1: Islam’s View of God and His Revelation

In reaction to the many terrorist attacks worldwide, including 9/11, many Westerners consider Muslims to be their enemies. Many hate Muslims and fear any kind of contact with them. But Jesus commands us to react in a different way. The Muslim, like everyone else, is precious to God and needs to be reconciled with Him through Christ. We Christians are commanded to lovingly share the gospel with everyone, regardless of his or her religion.

Part 1 of this series examined the Islamic view of God, the Trinity, and the Bible, along with the Christian response. Now let’s examine the Islamic view of sin and salvation, and look at ways to share the gospel with a Muslim. By learning a few basic truths, any believer can share his or her faith fruitfully with these precious people, whom God loves.

The Role of Presuppositions and Apologetics

The Islamic worldview, as with any belief system, is based on presuppositions that color the way a Muslim understands the evidence for Christianity. By recognizing a Muslim’s presuppositions, the Christian can chip away at Islam’s foundational beliefs. When God opens the Muslim’s eyes to Islam’s shaky foundation, he or she will be more open to the truth of the gospel.

The role of apologetics in evangelizing the Muslim is to reveal the inconsistencies of Islam’s holy book, the Quran, in contrast to the consistent truth of the Bible and Christianity. While Islam fails to explain the human condition or to provide sinners with rock-solid hope for the future, God’s Word abundantly satisfies all these longings through Jesus Christ.

Islam’s View of Man’s Sinful Nature and the Christian Response

Like the Bible, the Quran teaches that people are descendants of Adam and Eve and are imperfect sinners. However, the Quran also teaches that their god, Allah, inspired sin in humankind (Quran 4:88; 7:16–18; 9:51; 14:4; 16:93; 35:8; 57:22; 74:31; 91:7–9). Muslims believe that humans are sinners because Allah has willed it. They have no understanding similar to the Bible’s teaching that humans, not God, caused sin through rebellion against God (Romans 5:12, 5:18–19).

Islam’s View of Salvation and the Christian Response

The Quran’s teachings regarding salvation are inconsistent. On the one hand, the Quran teaches that salvation is based on purification by good deeds (Quran 7:6–9). A Muslim can become righteous through prayer, almsgiving, fasting, and living according to the Quran. Yet the Quran also teaches that Allah has predetermined every person’s destiny, and one’s righteous acts may or may not affect Allah’s decision (Quran 57:22). It teaches that everyone, both the righteous and the unrighteous, will be led into hell by Allah, before the righteous will enter heaven (Quran 19:67–72). Therefore no Muslim can know his or her eternal destiny in this life. Even Muhammad himself was unsure of his salvation (Quran 31:34; 46:9).

Today, whenever Muslims mention the name of Muhammad, they always add the phrase, “Peace be upon him,” because Muhammad’s eternal destiny is uncertain, and the Muslim must ask Allah to be merciful to him. This contradiction between the Quran’s teaching of salvation by works and its teaching of Allah determining salvation, regardless of one’s works, results in Islam being the world’s most uncertain religion regarding salvation.

CONTRAST THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE MUSLIM’S SALVATION WITH THE CERTAINTY OF SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

When sharing his faith with a Muslim, the Christian should contrast the uncertainty of the Muslim’s salvation with the certainty of salvation through Jesus Christ (John 5:24). Contrast the Muslim belief in righteousness through works with the Bible’s teaching that no good work can make a person righteous; it is only through Christ’s righteousness that a person can be saved (Romans 5:21). Contrast the Muslim belief that all will enter hell with the Bible’s teaching that only Satan, the demons, and the unsaved will enter hell (2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 20:15). Contrast the Islamic teaching that salvation is through Allah’s arbitrary choosing and can only be known after death with the Christian hope that the truly repentant heart can be saved by grace through personal faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on the Cross.

Sharing Your Faith With a Muslim

First Peter 3:15 forms the biblical basis for a clear and effective approach to evangelism. Using this verse, this act of sharing the gospel with a Muslim can be broken down into several steps.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. The first priority in any witnessing opportunity is to begin with a right relationship with God. We must begin by recognizing that we cannot reach the Muslim on our own. No matter how well we know the most effective ways to share our faith, unless we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts, words, and actions, our conversation will probably be unproductive. Many Christians have prejudice and fear of Muslims. We must carefully examine our motives and beliefs, and ask God to purify our hearts and attitudes.

. . . and always be ready to give a defense. The next priority for successful witnessing is to prepare by understanding Muslim presuppositions, beliefs, and culture, and understanding ways to make the gospel understandable and relevant to the Muslim. This has been the primary focus of this article series. We need to be aware of barriers that might prevent a Muslim from hearing the gospel (see below), as well as points of contact that can generate interest in the gospel.

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Cultural Mistakes to Avoid When Sharing the Gospel

Be sensitive to potential cultural barriers that may hinder a Muslim from listening to the gospel message:

  • Muslims face ostracism and possible persecution if they accept Christ.
  • Muslims believe the gospel is corrupted and cannot be trusted anymore (see Part 1).
  • Muslims are sure that theirs is the last and perfect religion, superior to Christianity, and it is unwise to follow an imperfect religion like Christianity.
  • Most Muslims do not know their own scriptures. Without assistance they may be unable to compare the Quran and the Bible.
  • Muslims often do not know how highly their own holy book speaks of Jesus and will be amazed.
  • Muslims consider it an insult if people greet them by shaking the left hand, refuse hospitality, speak to the opposite sex, or demean their faith.
  • Do not rush to share your faith. The Christian must earn the right to be heard.
  • Avoid political discussions. Keep the focus on the gospel. Many Muslims equate American politics with Christianity.
  • Both the Bible and the Quran should be treated with the utmost respect. A Muslim is offended when we display a marked-up or damaged Bible, or treat the Bible casually. Don’t place a Bible on the ground.

. . . to everyone who asks you. One difficulty in sharing the gospel with a Muslim is the mistrust between Muslims and Westerners. The best way to overcome this mistrust is to build strong friendships with Muslims based on honesty and love. In Muslim culture, friendship is very important. By building relationships, the Christian can gain an opening to present the gospel in a way the Muslim can hear. As your Muslim friend sees genuine love and honesty in your relationship, he or she may begin asking questions that can open his or her mind and heart to the gospel.

. . . a reason for the hope that is in you. The hope of Christianity is that through Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven and our relationship with God is restored. There are several key blessings of the gospel Muslims need to understand because their religion does not offer anything comparable (the first three concepts are explained in Part 1):

  • We can know God and the truth (Exodus 33:11; Isaiah 40:5; Acts 17:23), but Muslims cannot (Quran 3:7; 7:188). God is unknowable in Islam. Muslims can’t experience God personally, but we can because He wants to be known and “dwells” in the heart of His people (1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:19).
  • We can rest assured in God’s absolute justice, both now and in eternity, but Muslims cannot. If people are crying for God’s peace, justice, and salvation now, why should God ignore their present needs until the afterlife, as Islam teaches? The God of the Bible, in contrast, answers our prayers now and will settle all injustices in the future (1 John 5:14–15; 2 Thessalonians 1:6–10).
  • Through Christ’s grace we are reconciled to God and can wholeheartedly submit to Him on earth, but Muslims cannot. Despite the importance they place on submission, Muslims cannot submit meaningfully to a god who is impersonal and does not reveal himself (see Part 1). You can only submit to someone whom you can know and who is revealed to you.
  • God’s grace gives us a new identity as redeemed beings, but Muslims do not have this privilege (2 Corinthians 5:17). God has saved us to be good in order to be able to do good: in Christ being comes first, not doing (Ephesians 2:10). People must be established in God’s kingdom first before they are able to do good. In Islam (and all other religions) doing comes first in order to become good.
  • We have God in us (Galatians 2:20), but Muslims do not (Quran 42:51). God is accessible through the gospel. In the New Testament the word Immanuel means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). The word us indicates that He seeks personal and intimate fellowship with us.
  • Through the gospel we are reconciled to the God of love and peace and are able to love and have peace, but Muslims are not. God reveals Himself as the great lover of humanity (John 3:16). He reveals that He loves reconciliation and unity (2 Corinthians 5:18). We are united with God and can reflect His love and peace to others through our words and actions.
  • We are saved and have the joy of salvation, but Muslims are missing both (Quran 7:188). Muslims need to discover that salvation must happen in this life rather than in the afterlife (Hebrews 9:27). If being separated from God’s kingdom happens on earth, then salvation (being restored to God’s kingdom) also must happen on earth if it is to bring joy. Similarly in our homes, we want to enjoy love and unity with our loved ones now, and not postpone it for an unknown future. God desires humanity to enjoy love and unity with Him here in this life.

. . . with meekness and fear. Our attitude before God is key to fruitful conversations with Muslims. We cannot be proud or arrogant. Presenting the gospel in a nonthreatening way with straightforward honesty, humility, and respect will allow our Muslim friends to hear our message.

Rich Wendling, a former Answers in Genesis–USA employee, taught science, social studies, and math in public schools for thirteen years.

Daniel Shayesteh, a former radical Muslim, travels wherever possible through his ministry Exodus from Darkness to provide insight into the Quran’s teachings regarding salvation, Adam and Eve, and Christians. He has written numerous books, including Islam and The Son of God.

Additional Resources:

Christ Above All by Daniel Shayesteh

The Difference Is the Son by Daniel Shayesteh

Unveiling Islam by Ergun and Emir Caner

Love Your Muslim Neighbor by Edward Challen

Escape from Darkness DVD by Daniel Shayesteh http://escapefromdarkness.org/

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The Reverend Bruce R. Leonatti, June 23, 20, KBN Studios

 I was born and raised in the Pittsburgh steel town of Duquesne, a town very much like New Castle, back in those days. In High School I played football but we had some pretty good basketball teams, and I still remember we all knew the road to the Championship in Harrisburg was always through New Castle because every year they were Western Pennsylvania winners.

 THE SUSTAINABILITY OF AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

(New Castle, Pennsylvania)

We hear the word Sustainability, a lot these days. Sustainability this, sustainability that, but in terms of our conversations tonight sustainability is the key to the discussion.

Act for America is a National Organization made up of members of local chapters (Such as Act for America, Pittsburgh) who’s primary interest and objective is the protection and preservation of American Communities in the United States under the rights, privileges, freedoms and laws of the United States Constitution.

As such, we whole-heartedly support all American communities, such as New Castle, and the surrounding county and township that are looking for answers to the question of sustainability in these times of social and cultural change.

So, I am here this evening, as a Pastor, Public School teacher, and W. PA Patriot to give you a national perspective on this issue of the sustainability of American Communities, like yours.

So sustainability, what is it in this context, tonight? It is the ability of our local American communities to maintain and continue to use the homegrown resources of the people of their towns for the benefit of the next generations.

Act for America, being a national organization of hundreds of grassroots chapters and 750,000 members from all over our country, have Chapter Leaders, like myself, who are daily kept aware of, and informed of current issues and trends that are now threatening the life-styles and values of American Communities, such as yours.

Therefore, from my experience with Act for America since that infamous day of 9/11, I have come to learn that the greatest threat, today, to the sustainability of our American Communities all across the country is the out side influence of: non-local, state and federal bureaucracies, and privately funded foreign organizations and agencies like the UN that are organizing large-scale international migrations of people into the United States against our laws and not for our community benefit. This is more commonly done through our US State Department in the form of refugee re-settlement programs. Targeting American Communities that have become financially venerable and find themselves where you are today, this evening.

For Example: When a non-PA-resident (Muhammad Asif) or non-profit corporation, becomes a potential buyer of a valuable resource of this community like The Youth Development Center and then never submits to the State of PA a formal written plan for the use of the grounds and building within this community, this forces the local residents to wonder, about that.

What are their plans for a huge million-dollar facility of 145 acres, and 13 buildings, a swimming pool, gymnasium, cafeteria, infirmary, dorms, a school and an athletic field? And considering the size and nature of the facility under discussion here, and also examining the current business model and the experience of HIRA the potential buyer, HIRA has always been a human services provider and not a manufacturing business. The fact that HIRA has only two full time employees Muhammad Asif and Abdul Basit working out of an apartment in Newark, New Jersey, with a total gross business income for the past four year, 9according to the IRS), of $50,000 a year. What plausible plan can they have for New Castle? HIRA does however have experience with the Federal Government, specifically the FCC, in acquiring money grants for their religious based schools. But have they ever manufactured one product. HIRA publicizes themselves as a consulting firm. Is this the business model and business experience needed for sustainability in this American Community of Western Pennsylvania?

Without telling the State or us their plan we are now forced (in defense) to speculate about their plans for us. Based on HIRA’s personnel President and Vice President, based on their alleged experience from their present business and who they say they are as a business model, HIRA may be primed and ready for another plan that I see happening all over our country. A Refugee Re-settlement Center. A refugee resettlement center is a far more foreseeable, and highly more likely an option for HIRA Learning Service of North America, in light of the national current trends of our country of similar organizations.

Therefore, guided by logic, reason and intelligence gathering one obvious conclusion must be considered -a temporary or permanent refugee, family living facility. This is the kind of plan you must be prepared for in your community. But is this very plausible plan for this valuable resource, the Youth Development Center, sustainable for this community in this time in your history? My advice is, NO

NO, especially considering that any private non-prophet organization or business like HIRA can easily become what is called a resettlement “contractor” for the United Nations and the Federal State Department. If so, will they sustain the YDC as a community resource or will a huge financial burden shortly fall on this community. In light of the reality that in one year all federal funding ends for each refugee, the welfare of the refugee then rests singularly on the local community that must then provide for all their needed assistance such as: unemployment benefits, disability benefits, welfare, food stamps, emergence health care, public education, professional language translators, child care and anything else needed for the refugees. Communities through out the USA have found that this is an unsustainable burden that leads to the further break down of the indigenous community, resulting in higher taxes and other numerous economic problems.

Nation wide media news reports, surveys, and government statistical reports from across the country have published facts revealing that all communities with re-settlement refugee facilities have dramatic increases in the crime rates (especially rape), and 80% of these refugees remain on governmental assistance even after 10 years. Despite the political disclaimers, these refugees are not properly vetted when entering settlement in our communities, carry previously eradicated communicable diseases, and 60% of these refugees do not believe in American Laws for American Courts. Also, these refugees from the Middle Eastern Countries have openly expressed a lack of desire to assimilate into our American communities.

And because these refugees are guaranteed a fast track to U.S. citizenship, within two years the demographic voting patterns of communities have quickly shifted in legislative districts having re-settlement centers.

I would like to conclude with a down to earth personal example, of an older lady named Loretta Brady who wrote an article about the refugee resettlement in her town of Utica NY, a town very similar in history to New Castle and Duquesne. She said, “I’m from Utica, a faded industrial town, and now, I must say to myself, my hometown is gone.” “My hometown is gone.”

Sold to a business-oriented owner, The Youth Detention Center could become a valuable self-sustainable, manufacturing; job-creating tax-based asset or it could become an unsustainable drain hole on the already limited recourses of this community.

But with a realistic plan, American Sustainability can Make New Castle Great Again. God Bless you and God Bless the USA

The Reverend Bruce R. Leonatti, June 23, 2017, KBN Studios

 

 

 

After laying abandoned for several years since 2013, the barbwire enclosed, under tunneled, 145-acre, 13 building state-owned property formally housing the Youth Development Center in Shenango Township on June 1st. It has been sold to a Newark, New Jersey based Islamic consulting group called HIRA. The CEO of HIRA Asif Kunwar who lives in an apartment in NJ and with an income of 50,000 per/yr. somehow made two bids on the property. Local businessman Doug Caggiano noted that HIRA’s website has many missing links, and asked where is their money coming from? There were three bids submitted. One bid was from HIRA founded by Muhammad Asif and another bid from Asif Kunwar himself the same individual. Kunwar reportedly placed the minimum bid of $300,000 under his own personal name, but then HIRA placed the winning bid of $400,000 after a Sumner McDanel placed a bid of $305,000. Kunwar signed the bid that he submitted personally, but did not sign the bid that HIRA submitted. Bidding against oneself is illegal in the State bidding process. HIRA was dropped a year ago as a NJ nonprofit because they did not submit financial reports for two years. The property is located in the 10th state legislative district, but State Representative Aaron Bernstine, of Lawrence County is asking questions because he was never informed of the sale. No one can find a proposal of usage for the property by HIRA. Public notification was only once put in the Beaver Times, but never in any of the local newspapers of the property location. The Twp was never informed of the sale. Twp. Commissioner Robert Del Signore is among those who urge the commonwealth to check the legitimacy of the company before selling the property. Rep. Berstine sent a letter to Gov. Wolf on 6/8/17. Lawrence County Commissioners have expressed concern, as they have no information on the identity of the bidder, or what the actual intent is for the property. “We really have no knowledge on who the bidders are, (or) what their plans are,” said County Commissioner Dan Vogler. WILL THIS BECOME A MEGA MOSQUE, A SYRIAN REFUGEE CENTER, OR EVEN AN ISLAMIST TRAINING COMPLEX?

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What this 19-year-old Donald Trump supporter has to say about leaving Islam is eye-opening, and should tell liberals plenty…

This ex-Muslim who identifies herself as a 19 year-old college student, addressing Mr. Trump and revealing how she had “been secretly watching Trump and his speeches for the last few months and agreeing with what he says about Islam.”

“Until yesterday, I had not once removed my hajib in my life while outside. I tried to do it once when I was 10 years old, and my parents grounded me for a week,” she writes.

“Let me tell you something right now, there are no ‘moderate Muslims.’ There are no ‘assimilated Muslims,’” not even her own parents, the young woman continues. “Throughout my life, I have been to three different mosques regularly. Everyone there had some kind of animosity to America. Either they support jihadist actions outright or they refuse to condemn them, or blame Christians and the west.”

“This religion is garbage. You want to know what people at my mosque say to me when I ask them about Trump or about terrorists crossing the border? ‘Don’t speak woman,’” She goes on to state that American Muslims are not thrilled to see that whites aren’t racist when they become accepting of new Muslims entering the country. No, they’re excited that more Muslims are coming in period, and that America will have to be more accepting of the Islamic state.

Muslims don’t want to assimilate, because they know the Left won’t make them. Muslims believe we – Christians, Jews, etc. – should conform to their beliefs.