Our Lord Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost (Lk. 19:10). We as His followers are left here for now to do His work in seeking and saving the lost. The harvest truly is plentiful (Mt. 9:37).
Muslims believe Muhammad is God’s/Allah’s final prophet and all need to listen to God’s final word. There are about 1.5 billion souls who are Islamic, making up about 23.4% of the world’s population. It is estimated that 2.5 million Muslims live in the United States today. It is said that this religion is the fastest growing religion. A study has observed that in the year 2000 there were 1,209 mosques in America; by 2010 they increased to 2,106 mosques, a growth of 74%.
Thus, we need to prepare ourselves to teach them the whole counsel of God. We must prepare ourselves to help them understand the error of their ways and that Jesus alone represents the way, and the truth, and the life before the one true living God (Jn. 14:6).
To help us relate to our religious neighbors be they Islamic or otherwise, we need to begin by helping them see us and our Christ as a loving people (1 Cor. 13), representing a loving God (1 Jn. 4:8). We love our neighbors (Mt. 22:39) and our enemies (Mt. 5:44), and our love is evidenced in sharing Christ with others. Our language is to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). As Christians we believe a militant love is stronger than a militant fear or hate. In speaking with someone of another religion we need to do our best to understand their perspective. Our ignorance or prejudice will not bring a soul to Christ.
Both Christians and Muslims understand there is but one God. The Quran and the Bible have different definitions of God. We can begin at this point to compare our understandings of the one God. We want to be educators of the God of the Bible, not argumentative. As disciples of Christ we must show our unwavering allegiance to Christ as the Son of Man. Christ as the Son of God is a blasphemous idea to both Muslims and Jews; we must show them Scriptures that this concept, though difficult, is true. God has highly exalted Jesus and given Him a “name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Phil. 2:9-10). Sin is the issue for all humans. How does God deal with our problem? Our God wants to be gracious and merciful and explains to us how He can be both just in forgiving of sins. We are saved by faith submitting God’s will. Muslims have a works plan of salvation and then are unsure about Allah’s mercy. Allah’s mercy is spoken of over 150 times but never specifically granted to man.
God will be a righteous Judge and express His wrath on all who have not resolved their sin issue with the sacrificial blood of Christ. We believe God will carry out the perfect judgment against sinners when Judgment Day comes. Our work now is to bring Muslims to Christ. Like us, they also need a Savior.