Friday, March 20, 2015

Four Ways to view Muslims: Which one is easiest to relate to?

Men sharing tea in Biblical Pisidian Antioch, Turkey.
There are many sides to the debate raging across the West: 'What is the best way to view Muslims?"

Here is my summary of the various interpretations. See which one is most akin to your present world view point.

1. How to understand Muslims from the perspective 'of the Qur'an'.

2. How to understand Muslims from the perspective 'of the Media'.

3. How to understand Muslims from the perspective of 'Culture'.

4. How to understand Muslims from "God's Perspective'.

Which understanding most closely matches these words?

"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the Kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

Bedouin young men,cousins in desert tent, Wadi Rum, Jordan
"All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following  its desires and thoughts.
"Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath, But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been save.

"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

"For it is by grace that you have been saved - through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:1-10 NIV)

(Thanks to Emad Botros for this outline, a small portion of his insightful presentations.)


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