Dear Muslim Readers,
Some of you may be asking the question, “Are you trying to convert Muslims into “Christians” through this blog?” (That is, “Are you trying to convert me?”)
Now that is a big question. No, that is a HUGE question and a very legitmate one!
Let me answer your question beginning with a question of my own:
What does the word “Christian” mean to you as a Muslim?
I know that to some Muslims around the world, the words “Christian” or “Christianity” can mean a lot of things. Things such as words from the list below:
American television preachers who blindly and unconditionally support Israel at the expense of the Palestinians
American foreign policy
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Movies that blaspheme Muhammad or the Qur’an.
If the list above comes to your mind when you hear the words “Christian” or “Christianity,” we have a lot of misunderstandings to clear up – a lot of misunderstandings. (Maybe we can’t clear up these misunderstandings. Maybe we have to use different terms.)
But. . .back to the original question: “Am I trying to convert Muslims into “Christians”? If you define “Christian” and “Christianity” by the list above, the answer is an emphatic and unequivocal “NO!”
What I do want for you – my Muslim reader – is what I want for everyone (I truly mean EVERYONE). I want every person walking on the earth to follow Jesus. Much more importantly, that is what Jesus wants. That is what he said over and over as he walked the earth.
I may get in trouble with some of my non-Muslim readers, but let me make a strong statement to you – my Muslim readers – here:
I don’t see anywhere in the words of Jesus in the Injeel – in the New Testament of the Bible – that you have to be or become a “Christian” to go to Heaven (Paradise). What I do see very clearly and very strongly in Jesus’ words is that you have to follow him. You have to give him your life – completely, unreservedly, wholeheartedly. You have to love him more than any person, goal, or dream.
You have to believe in him (his uniqueness) and his sacrifice for your sins (his work on your behalf).
“. . .unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24 in the Injeel)
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” (John 10:9 in the Injeel)
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11 in the Injeel)
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26 in the Injeel)
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 in the Injeel)
I believe with all my heart that your relationship - or lack of relationship – with Jesus will determine your eternal destiny.
So no, I am not trying to convert you to a religion.
I just want for you what I want for myself. What I want for everyone.
I just want you to follow Jesus so you can be changed from the inside out by Jesus himself living in you instead from the outside in by trying to perfectly obey endless rules and rituals (something none of us can do).
I want you to follow Jesus so you can be forgiven of all your sins.
So you won’t have to fear Hellfire.
So you can live with Jesus forever in Heaven.
It’s not about conversion to a religion.
Not at all. That’s not what this blog is about. It’s not what I am about.
It’s about Jesus.
Just. . .following. . .Jesus.