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A Muslims reflections on Easter

27 April, 2003 12:13 PM

This is a really interesting reflection on Easter from Karen who converted to Islam 9 years ago from Christianity.

thanks to Islam4Real for the link



It's hard to know what to say. I wonder if, before coming to Islam, she knew and understood what Christianity is all about - because by her own admission "I was nominally a Christian, I attended church on certain holidays (like Easter) but although I enjoyed the pageantry of the church service it left me unaffected and hollow, usually".

Of course, I know nothing of her journey beyond this post I've just read and so it's pointless to speculate. But Christianity as I know it is to be in a loving relationship with God as Father, and it doesn't sound like she knew (or experienced) that at all. Perhaps if someone had explained Christianity to her like Islam was explained to her, she might not have felt the need to convert? (Not to disparage her faith or her conversion, because I'm sure her faith is real and in any case, faith is not an easily explainable thing)

Also, there are always two sides to apologetics (and I'm sure if we wanted to we could debate back and forth endlessly) - which is why belief always ultimately boils down to the issue of faith, faith in one or the other. I would be interested to know whether she has read any Christian apologetics, whether she's read any rebuttals to those points she listed from the book What Did Jesus Really Say; and if she has, what she thought of them...

irene » 27 April, 2003 7:30 PM

>> "belief always ultimately boils down to the issue of faith"

It's an interesting issue about how the concept of faith relates to logic. An experience of God versus a knowledge.

What makes a person develop faith? Can Christianity be explained rationally to a non-believer to the point where they begin to develop a relationship with God themself? Is this logically explaination an optional secondary (or necessary requirement) to God's involvement in their heart?

Where do other religions fit in? People develop a faith with equally as much conviction in a different god? Have we Christians not had an experience with their 'God'?

Is there an absolute truth? Or is it up to each person to develop their own faith?

Diddle » 28 April, 2003 2:52 PM

No, this woman has obviously come into contact with the Satanic to have the wool pulled over her eyes like this. There is only one truth and that is in Jesus Christ. No other ways. All other religions are of the Devil.

Greg » 28 April, 2003 3:25 PM

>> Can Christianity be explained rationally to a non-believer to the point where they begin to develop a relationship with God themself?

I don't think so. Relationships and logic don't really go together. There is no logic to a relationship - we never do choose our friends on a rational, well-thought-out basis.

What I was trying to get at here was that she didn't realise that Christianity is to have a relationship with God. Therefore, the void was not filled, the desire for meaning was unsatisfied. When someone came along and explained Islam to her and it seemed to fill that emptiness, she believed in it and faith was born.

I think faith does have to be based on a certain amount of knowledge. I'm learning that my faith is based on God's character, not His actions. Hence I can trust Him because I know He is Love and He always purposes good for me. Now, if I did not know this, I would not be able to trust Him or be secure in Him, and it would be much harder (if not impossible) to have faith.

irene » 28 April, 2003 8:02 PM

I said similar (I am angry) words about Roman Catholicism after discovering the Jesus was real. I was really angry at being lied to too.

But in my case I went from lies to truth, bless God.


adrian » 28 April, 2003 9:41 PM

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