From Islam to Christ

One of those interviewed on this short video suggests that conversions may not be genuine. He claims the refugees can see that “conversion” opens up advantages to them in the countries where they are seeking asylum.


I’ve heard such claims before. A friend of mine has often told me about Muslim refugees in his own country, who responded to the gospel, took what help they needed, and then turned their back as soon as their lives had become established in their new country and didn’t need the help any more.

He is therefore very sceptical about the likelihood of Muslims genuinely turning to Christ in the west


Firstly I’d like to acknowledge that it’s possible that some people from Muslim backgrounds could abuse the hospitality of Christians – why should they be any different from any other cultural group? People from all backgrounds are capable of taking advantage of others, but should that prevent us from helping? (Matt 5:40-42)


Secondly, converts from all backgrounds are capable of abandoning once professed faith in Jesus. I look back at the youth groups I attended in my early Christian life, knowing that the majority of those Christian youth fell away. Does that mean we should be suspicious of the commitment of all young people? (Mark 4)


Thirdly, when people fall away (whether former Muslims or local teens), would it be profitable to examine ourselves instead of examining their motives? What kind of commitment to Christ have they been seeing in us? Have we been fitting witnesses? What have our demonstrated attitudes been like? Have they seen the love of Christ? Do they see someone who really loves Jesus? Do they see someone who really loves others?

Consider what Muslims are expected to leave and move towards. How does our demonstrated devotion to God compare to a person, who has seen it as normal to openly pray five times a day; who has very conservative views of morality and decency? Does our westernised Christianity match their expectations of devotion to God? Does it exceed them? Or does it fall short?



2 thoughts on “From Islam to Christ

  1. I ran across this today. I’m sharing it to illustrate complexity rather than stereotyping.
    God, defined as a supreme being, the ultimate ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority. As a child born into a Muslim family, that explanation sounded legitimate enough. Natural instinct was to be a Muslim too because as African children we were taught our elders had all the answers, well that worked for a while for me.

    My first dilemma started after ……

  2. Marleen,
    I feel that the blog post in your link illustrates the confusion that can be caused through both false religion and bad theology. When the example shown by a religion’s followers is the only means by which someone comes to understand that religion, a bad “witness” can discourage someone from seeking the potential truth of that religion for themselves.

    Then, unable to discount the idea of God altogether, they resolve their spiritual conflict by adopting vague amorphous ideas of God and God’s existence.

    It’s a confusion I can understand, having experienced a decade and a half of spiritual crisis that started in the late 1980s. During that time I found a description of a character in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children perfectly described me:

    “unable to worship a God in whose existence he could not wholly disbelieve.”

    It was a state of uncomfortable tension only resolved when I eventually took the time to put aside the preconceptions I’d learned during a decade of church membership, to start out again, this time seeking the truth for myself instead of merely accepting what others said.

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