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How to challenge your Muslim contacts

Islam is currently enjoying a revival in many parts of the world. Certainly it is intent on establishing itself as the principal religion in Western nations. So Christians need to be well prepared to challenge its claims, and this excellent book will give you all the information and help you could possibly need. It is Answering Islam: The Crescent In Light Of The Cross by Norman L. Geisler & Abdul Saleeb (Baker, 2002, ISBN 0–8010–6430–9).

This is no lightweight volume. Its 300 pages are solid with facts about Islam, followed by well-argued and fully-documented responses to its claims. The book comes in three parts. Part 1 summarises the basic doctrines of orthodox Islam. Part 2 provides a Christian response to those basics. And Part 3 moves to a positive defence of the Christian perspective. There are also half a dozen helpful appendices on such topics as the various Muslim sects and the fraught question of Islam and violence.

Users of Logos Bible Software (www.logos.com) can buy the book to add to their digital library and benefit from the program’s advantages, like simply hovering over a Bible reference to bring up the full text of that reference in a pop-up.

Love is not missing from the attributes of God in the Qur’an, as some suppose…  However, ‘God does not love the unbelievers’ (Sura 3:32).  (p29)

A Muslim accepts all the prophets previous to Muhammad without discrimination. Thus, ‘he believes that all those prophets…were Muslims, and that their religion was Islam, the only true universal religion of God.’  (p54)

According to the Qur’an Jesus was merely a human being who was chosen by God as a prophet and sent for the guidance of the people of Israel.  (p63)

There are diverse, and sometimes contradictory, attitudes held by various Muslim groups regarding the importance of the person of Muhammad. These attitudes range from considering him as merely an upright human being who became the recipient of divine revelation, to a semi-divine and almost eternal being.  (p85)

The Qur’an generally appears as the speech of God, who mostly speaks in the first person plural (‘We’)… Predicated on this style of direct divine address, Muslims believe that the New Testament and much of the Old Testament are thereby disqualified from being God’s Word.  (p95)

According to the Qur’anic imagery, the divine judicial process is carried out by the means of a scale (mizan), which is used for balancing the individual’s good deeds against the bad deeds.  (p119)

There is no assurance of salvation in Islam.  (p128)

It is because of this uncompromising emphasis on God’s absolute unity that the greatest of all sins in Islam is the sin of shirk, or assigning partners to God.  (p136)

Contrary to a popular misunderstanding, especially among Christians, Allah is a God of mercy.  (p137)

In the media, Muhammad is often given titles like ‘Savior of the World’ and ‘Lord of the Universe.’ The popular deification of Muhammad, who violently opposed any such idolatry, only shows the theological bankruptcy of the Muslim view of God—a God so distant and so unknowable that devotees must make contact with something they can understand, even to the extent of deifying the very prophet who condemned such idolatry.  (p145)

Muhammad received a revelation from God that a man should have no more than four wives at one time, yet he had many more. A Muslim defender of Muhammad, writing in The Prophet of Islam as the Ideal Husband, admitted that he had fifteen wives! Yet he told others they could have only four wives. How can someone be a perfect moral example for the whole human race and not even live by one of the basic laws he laid down as from God?  (p176)

For most Muslims, by far the most impressive evidence for the supernatural nature of the Qur’an has been that it ‘is wonderfully arranged, and marvelously composed, and so exalted in its literary elegance as to be beyond what any mere creature could attain.’  (p186)

It was only after Muhammad began to use the sword in defense of Islam that it grew more rapidly—scarcely a convincing proof of its divine origin.  (p208)

Just as it is wrong-headed for Christians to twist verses in the Qur’an to teach the deity of Christ, likewise it is misdirected for Muslims to distort verses of the Bible to deny the deity of Christ.  (p268)

Most Muslims do not believe Jesus died on the cross, and none believe he paid the penalty for the sins of the world there. Further, while Islam teaches the resurrection of Christ, it is usually only viewed as part of the general resurrection on the last day… In fact, almost no Muslim scholars believe that Christ was crucified at all and those that do have been condemned as heretical.  (p279)

Islam is divided into two basic sects, Sunni and Shi’ite. The Sunnis are by far and away the largest group, comprising about 80 percent of all Muslims. These sects arose originally over the political dispute as to who should be the first Caliph or successor to Muhammad.  (p294)

While many Muslims are peace-loving, nonetheless, those who commit acts of violence and terror in the name of God can find ample justification for their actions, based on the teachings of the Qur’an and the sayings and examples from prophet Muhammad himself!...  The minority groups in Islam who resort to violence are not an aberration to Islam but in fact can legitimately claim to be working within the basic parameters of Islamic Jihad.  (P318)

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