Ten Things Every Christian Should Know About Islam
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5. Islam Is One Of The World’s Largest Religions
Islam was not very well-known in the western world for hundreds of years, but today, largely by immigration, it is growing in North America and Europe. As of October 2009, there are about 1.57 billion Muslims of all ages living in the world today (in more than 200 countries of the world). This represents 23% of an estimated 2009 world population of 6.8 billion people. (per study done by Pew forum).
Increasingly, Christians need to be aware of Islam and, most importantly, how to engage adherents with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are five more things you should be aware of in regards to Islam. The point being not give up on reaching Muslim’s for Christ. Many of them are not satisfied with their religion of works and do’s and don’ts and the heavy burdens of Sharia law.
6. Islamic Practices Can Be Summarized By The Five–Pillars Of Islam.
These comprise the confession of faith (“There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his prophet”), prayer (the ritual prayers said in Arabic five times a day, while facing Mecca and going through the prescribed set of bowings, kneeling and prostrations), alms (taken as a tax in some socially Islamic countries), fasting (the lunar month of Ramadan, during which Muslim believers fast during daylight hours but can eat while it is dark) and pilgrimage (the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, which every Muslim believer should make once in his or her lifetime).
7. The Vast Majority Of Muslims Are Not Terrorists.
In fact, normal Islamic religious law forbids the intentional killing of non-combatants in battle, and it also forbids suicide. It is a small minority view that allows these things, and it is a small minority who engage in terrorist activities.
8. Muslims Can Be Some Of The Friendliest, Most Hospitable People On Earth.
They make great neighbors and great friends. No Christian should be afraid to build a relationship with a Muslim.
9. Muslims Need Salvation Through Jesus Christ.
They are lost exactly like any other non-Christian, neither more nor less than anyone else. Furthermore,
Muslims do come to faith in Jesus Christ. It usually takes time, and extended exposure to the Word of God and the lives of Christians, but more Muslims are coming to faith today than at any point in history.
10. God loves Muslims, and so should we — even those few who are our enemies.
We should love them enough to befriend them, love them enough to make them welcome in our homes and love them enough to share the gospel with them.
When Christ returns to this earth Millions of Muslims will turn to Christ. Their spiritually blinded eyes will be wide opened and they will serve him with all their hearts.
Muslim nations such as Egypt, Iraq, and Iran during the Millennial Age will gladly and devotedly bow the knee to Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 19: 18-24 prophecies:
“In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun.
19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. 21 So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.
Isaiah 27: 13 prophecies:
“In that day the great trumpet will sound. Many who were dying in exile in Assyria and Egypt will return to Jerusalem to worship the LORD on his holy mountain.”
The Best Is Yet To Be!