Witnessing to Muslims
The consistency of God's revelation
In the Muslim mind, God has established three religions over the course of history: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Muslims believe that He first sent Moses to establish Judaism, but because the Jews were a stiff-necked, disobedient people He scattered them all over the world and sent Jesus, the Son of Mary, to establish Christianity. By the 5th century, however, Christianity had become so corrupt that God sent Mohammad to establish Islam, His last and final revelation. Muslims believe that Islam includes both Judaism and Christianity and they say that even Abraham was a Muslim. IN their mind, Islam is everything and everything is Islam. What we need to explain to the Muslims - and it is not an easy task - is that God was consistent in His revelation and will continue to be so until the end.
God's primary purpose was not to establish a religion; religions are man-made. Rather, he desired to establish a personal relationship between Himself and man. This is the message of the entire Gospel. The first two chapters in the Bible speak about creation, including that of man and woman. In the third, we read about the fall of man into sin. From the fourth chapter of Genesis through the end of the book of Revelation the primary message of God's Word is that of Salvation.
There is a very important passage in Genesis chapter 3, verses 14 and 15 is which God confronts Adam and Eve regarding their sin:
And the Lord God said to the serpent, 'Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life; 'And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.'
Take time to explain this passage. * Muslims already believe in the story of Adam and Eve, the creation and the fall. They also believe that Satan appeared in the shape of a serpent and tried to seduce the woman to eat from the fruit, that she succumbed to temptation and ate, and then gave some of the fruit to her husband to eat. The key point here, however, is God's promise: "... the seed of the woman shall bruise the head of Satan." If you ask a Muslim, "Who form the time of Adam and Eve until today was indeed only born from a woman and not the union of a man and a woman?", they will say "Jesus". They know this and believe it. Explain who the seed of the woman is, and also God's promise - that from the seed of the woman He would destroy Satan and redeem man. Explain that this promise, given the moment man fell into sin, was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
You can also show how the prophets pointed their prophecies toward the coming of Christ. His coming was, from the beginning, part of God's plan:
Isaiah 7:14 "Behold, the virgin shall be found with child and bear a son, and she will call his name Emmanuel."
Isaiah 9:6 "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, and the government will rest on his shoulders; and his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."
Mathew 1:23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which translated means, 'God with us'."
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