How does the Christian world get the Muslim world to leave Islam and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior?
First I must ask if the presumption stated in the question, by someone who I feel certain is a well-meaning person, is based upon belief or is actually fact? That question, on its own, is worthy of analysis. I lightly brushed upon it below. In this forum let me tackle the question that was actually asked.
The short answer is that you won’t. Not now, not in a hundred years, not ever. Bypassing the argument of why this outcome would even be desirable, let’s take this question apart and answer it from a different direction and see why I come to this conclusion.
On a historical level, we have at least two perspectives. Humankind has existed on Earth for a very long time, and religion has, in some form, apparently been a part of our existence for just as long. From early on the forces of nature, some of which were life sustaining, while others destructive, have amazed and awed us.
Wind, thunder, lightning, floods, rain, and sun are not yet something we can control, and although we now understand them, we still marvel at them. In history, forces of nature were believed to be the manifestations of gods.
Helped and hindered, our advancement from hunter-gatherers to farmers resulted in the formation of towns and civilizations all of which involved us coming together. As we did so, our beliefs evolved. Those beliefs were later supplanted by the religions we have today.
Oddly, the number of organized religions has grown. Instead of people all agreeing on an accepted teaching, they frequently branch off and seek their own path, not accepting what they have heard from others.
Consider just how many major religions there are in the world – there are many, and they are not at all harmonious. If you were to sub-divide each into their different groups, you find that there are 24 different Catholicisms – derived from and including the Roman Catholic Church, and while totally separate, there are also Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Eastern Orthodox – the latter ones formed after the Roman Empire split. There are different Protestant churches- Baptist churches, and Presbyterians, Methodists and Lutherans. There are three major forms of Judaism – Orthodox, Conservative and Reform; Hinayana and Mahayana and Tantrayana Buddhism; Sunni Muslims Shia Muslims, and Sufi Muslims, there are three major forms of Hinduism – Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism, and there are Jains (my apologies at this point to those groups I have not mentioned).
All of these people have in common a belief that is fairly similar to their brethren and sisters– yet different enough because of the strictness of the interpretation of their beliefs, or even the political organization employed in running their cathedrals -churches – synagogues – mosques and temples.
One thing in common though is that ALL of these differences divide people. The fact that they are different meant that those feelings of DIFFERENCE were strong enough for separations to occur.
Three of the major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam all believe in the same God – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and yet some are still willing in some cases to slaughter the other. (Allah, by the way is not a new or separate God of Islam. In their language, it’s their word for God. The name comes from the Arabic word, “Elah”, which means the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – and it is taken from the Old Testament).
Religious beliefs then, are deeply personal. To get all to put aside their differences on a myriad of issues and agree on a single similar belief I believe is inconceivable, UNLESS perhaps there were one, single unifying event that is yet to be.
The second historical perspective comes from the retrospective of analyzing ancient beliefs and customs that are each thousands of years old and separating from those beliefs what modern academic research has been able to learn and determine about each. In some instances there are no written records or evidence of any kind , for example – nothing written about Jesus was created at the historical time of Jesus or in the historical place of Jesus to support any of the beliefs, assertions, customs, or ceremony of that which exists today. Is it controversial? You bet, and very emotional too. That should be the subject of an in-depth discussion at a later time.
What are your thoughts on all of this?
Originally posted 2015-07-09 22:49:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter