Converting Muslims

April 14, 2008 at 12:30 am (Christianity, Islam, Religion, Religions)

As the confrontation between The West and the Muslim world continues, another battle is raging on.

In The West, Muslims are free to share the message of Islam with anyone who will listen. And they get converts too. Unfortunately, this is not reciprocal: Christians are forbidden in some Muslim states and strongly discouraged in others to teach or preach Christianity to Muslims. Many Christians abide by these rules (a novel idea) because they are in the minority and, for the most part, Christians believe in obeying and following the law even if it is inconvenient.

But Christians in The West are becoming more sophisticated in developing tools with which to share the Gospel with Muslims in The West. As Christians cannot preach to Muslims in their lands, they seek to share the Gospel with those Muslims in The West. Muslims cannot outlaw preaching by Christians to Muslims in The West.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been putting a lot of time, effort, and money in developing literature in the languages of the world with which to share the Gospel. One recent effort along these lines was the complete retranslation of the Book of Mormon into Urdu. This is significant because the vast majority of Urdu-speakers are Muslims. These are efforts that portend a massive effort to share the Gospel with such peoples.

There were stories going around that Pope Benedict XVI will pray at Ground Zero, New York, for the conversion of Muslims to Christianity. I noticed that people would comment online that while this is commendable, this is a bad move as it endangers Christians, particularly Christian leaders, in Muslim lands. Someone offends Muslims and nuns, priests, and Christians are killed by mobbing hordes of Muslims.

(While this may be controversial, I would like to say that any such Christian who dies like this or for such reasons is a martyr. Christianity is built on the foundation of martyrs.)

Pope John Paul II called for a new evangelization. This was taken by most Catholics to refer to bringing lapsed Catholics back into the Church and to bring non-Catholic Christians into the Catholic Church. But increasingly, especially under Pope Benedict XVI, this is turning into promotion of efforts to evangelize non-Christian peoples.



  1. Habiba Khan said,

    this is a pretty interesting article… Hmmm…

  2. aberrant17 said,

    As an atheist I sometimes feel as if I’m sitting outside of the insanity of religion and looking in on it. I wonder what makes people so devoted to something that they cannot see, hear, touch, taste, or even understand. To me it would be the same as if I had created some imaginary being and begun to speak to it, worship it, convince others that not only was it real but it had created us and would one day offer us something better than what we have now. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
    By simply being an atheist (or on a good day an agnostic) I am not without hope. I do hope for something more than what life has given me at this point. For example, I hope to be out of school soon, starting a job, getting married, raising a family. I hope that one day the world can get along. But, as long as people are trying to convert others, as long as one group feels that they are in some way superior to another because the have found the true path to enlightenment, are glorified in God’s name, or their hair and eyes are fair in color, I doubt that everyone will be able to live in peace.
    The fact that religious groups keep trying to save others from themselves is starting to make me die a little on the inside. I don’t understand why they can’t simply accept that not everyone believes what they believe. The world is full of differing opinions and that is what makes humanity interesting! This ability to think for ourselves, to argue and exchange opinions; it is what separates us from animals and instead of trying to change that we should revel in it!
    As a side note, I’d like to point out that every religion has it’s martyrs and none are more special than the other. Perhaps I’m a cynic but to die for a cause like that is pointless for the person who died and a terrible atrocity on the part of the murderer. Not only have they murdered a person, but they’ve killed for a cause that may well be for naught.
    On that note, I’d just like to state that I do respect the opinions and ideas held by religious groups and am myself a pseudo member of a Lutheran congregation (my younger brother is active in the Church and Church activities while I provide transportation and help out with youth group activities though I don’t actively attend Church or even really believe in what is taught).
    If your faith is strong, more power too you! I’m even open to debate and discussion, but when people push their view on me, religious or otherwise, that’s when I get annoyed.

  3. grant czerepak said,

    I’m reading The God Delusion right now and despite my agreeing with Richard Dawkins and being an atheist myself there is something that just doesn’t sit right with me.

    Reading Dawkins’ thesis to differentiate atheism from theism is like reading an attempt by Islam to hate Christianity or Christianity to hate Judaism. Does it really matter whether we have Many, One or Zero Gods if all we feel is contempt for one another? Is Dawkins really doing a service to reason? If we regard reason as just another paradigm are we simply setting the stage for a paradigmatic revolution? One that may be bloody?

    Reason, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are polarizing even now.

  4. parallelsidewalk said,

    Your gang wants to beat their gang, their gang wants to beat your gang. Color me unimpressed. As someone who has been both a Muslim and a (Mormon) Christian in my lifetime and am now neither, I kinda wish you’d both listen to Jesus (who you both claim to follow) and work at those planks in your eyes.

  5. Marianne said,

    to aberrant..everyone has a value system, even atheists…for religious people, this includes a God who provides the values….otherwise, the values are determined by men….

    for the post……I guess anything that would bring understanding to Muslims about non-Muslims is helpful….however, it will be difficult to get any religious material into Pakistan ( where they speak Urdu) since customs will block it.


  6. aberrant17 said,

    To Marianne,
    I agree with the idea of Muslims needing to be educated about the rest of the world to better understand the other people that inhabit this planet. At the same time I’d like to see other people educating themselves on Muslims and other cultures in general. The Muslims don’t have the resources to do that, but people here do but few ever take advantage of that fact.

  7. Marianne said,

    the average muslim goes by what they are told…….TV…internet….they do not religiously study the quran….although they have some idea what it says…they just go about their daily lives…..

    their TV is awful….lots of propaganda….

    the internet is not always friendly towards them, so they develop animosity that way too.

    people have to be honest..but they need to stay in balance…and not condemn everyone for what the terrorists are doing….their religion teaches this..but the average muslim does not care …he wants to be accepted…criticism will drive them toward the terrorists it is really complicated.

  8. learnquranonline1 said,
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    • Who are the Muslims?

    One billion people from a vast range of races, nationalities and cultures across the globe – from the southern Philippines to Nigeria – are united by their common Islamic faith. About 18% live in the Arab world; the world’s largest Muslim community is in Indonesia; substantial parts of Asia and most of Africa are Muslim, while significant minorities are to be found in the Soviet Union, China, North and South America, and Europe.

    • What do Muslims believe?

    Muslims believe in One, Unique, Incomparable God; in the Angels created by Him; in the prophets through whom His revelations were brought to mankind; in the Day of Judgement and individual accountability for actions; in God’s complete authority over human destiny and in life after death. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, peace be upon them. But God’s final message to man, a reconfirmation of the eternal message and a summing-up of all that has gone before was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad through Gabriel.

    • How does someone become a Muslim?

    Simply by saying ‘there is no god apart from God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God.’ By this declaration the believer announces his or her faith in all God’s messengers, and the scriptures they brought.

    • What does ‘Islam’ mean?

    The Arabic word ‘Islam’ simply means ‘submission’, and derives from a word meaning ‘peace’. In a religious context it means complete submission to the will of God. ‘Mohammedanism’ is thus a misnomer because it suggests that Muslims worship Muhammad rather than God. ‘Allah’ is the Arabic name for God, which is used by Arab Muslims and Christians alike.

    • Why does Islam often seem strange?

    Islam may seem exotic or even extreme in the modern world. Perhaps this is because religion does not dominate everyday life in the West today, whereas Muslims have religion always uppermost in their minds, and make no division between secular and sacred. They believe that the Divine Law, the Shari’a, should be taken very seriously, which is why issues related to religion are still so important.
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