In answering these common questions Muslims have about Christianity, it must be remembered that theological arguments will not save a person. Each person must make a personal decision of faith: To believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and His work of salvation for them. A Muslim has no assurance of salvation – only the unsure hope of having done more good deeds than bad deeds. He must be shown that a person can be assured of salvation by receiving God’s grace through faith in Christ. Obedience to the Jaw or other religious rituals and regulations will never be sufficient for salvation.
Practical Guidelines For Sharing With Muslims
- Befriend them and show love and respect to them (this can take a long time). Above all, be Christ like, and remember that it is the kindness of God that leads to repentance (Rom 2:4). Do not be critical or disrespectful of Islam, the Qu’ran or Mohammed.
- As friendship develops, offer to pray for them or for the needs of their family if they will permit it. The power of God at work in their situation will be a mighty testimony indeed!
- Meet individually with them. People will more easily voice their doubts and questions in a less public setting. Do not argue with them; instead, help them think about the truth by using questions or parables from the Bible (such as God’s unconditional love shown in the parable of the Prodigal Son [Luke 15:11- 32]).
- Be thoroughly familiar with your Bible and cite specific passages from it often to support what you are saying. Also, be somewhat familiar with the Qu’ran in order to understand a Muslim better and to show respect.
- Handle your Bible carefully and treat it with the utmost respect. Do not put it on the floor or even lower it below your waist; do not write in your Bible in front of a Muslim; such actions are considered disrespectful according to the Muslim way of thinking.
- Always point a Muslim to Jesus. It is critical that a Muslim (or anyone else) understand that Christianity is not a religion; it is a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
- Be patient, yet persistent. Do not invite them to church until you think they are ready to respond. If you do take them to a church service, explain to them beforehand what to expect and how to interpret the things they will see.
- Be prayerful. Trust the Holy Spirit to bring conviction to them (John 16:5-15) and to reveal to them the truth of Who Jesus is (John 15:26; 16:14). Let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you as to what to say and when to say it; or even when to be silent and listen.
Remember: A Muslim is a person with the same needs, fears, desires, pride and failures as any other person. He or she is a person whom God loved so much that He sent His Son to die for him or her. So treat them in a way that is a living demonstration of Christ, the hope of glory, living in you!