The Antichrist in Muhammad: Praying Never to Know Jesus as Lord
unfortunate Muslim is praying to God in a manner completely contradictory to the will of God.
The Muslim has grasped one half the truth, that "there is one God." (1 Tim. 2:5a). But he or she prays never to find the other part of that truth: that there is only "one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Tim. 2:5b). In short, without knowing it (and in fact, probably thinking exactly the opposite), the Muslim is praying himself or herself into hell by affirmatively rejecting the Lord Jesus who is the only means for getting him or her to Paradise. Thank God, God, in his mercy, will not listen to this latter prayer uttered, most of the time we must assume in charity, in utter ignorance.
But this raises a significant question. How do you preach the way of the Lord Jesus to someone who, a minimum of seventeen times a day, prays not to know the way of the Lord Jesus? That is a very good question, if one difficult to answer.
Muslims are notoriously difficult to convert. As Hilaire Belloc wrote in his book The Great Heresies: "Islam is apparently unconvertible. The missionary efforts made by great Catholic orders which have been occupied in trying to turn Mohammedans into Christians for nearly 400 years have everywhere wholly failed. We have in some places driven the Mohammedan master out and freed his Christian subjects from Mohammedan control, but we have had hardly any effect in converting individual Mohammedans."
In his book Survivals and New Arrivals, Belloc observed: "I think it true to say that Islam is the only spiritual force on earth which Catholicism has found an impregnable fortress. Its votaries are the one religious body conversions from which are insignificant."
There are many reasons for the notorious difficulty in converting Muslims. I might mention some, though the reasons I present are hardly constitute an exhaustive list. And which of those I have listed are the more important is a matter certainly arguable.
First, in Muslim countries, where Islam enjoys the protection of the police power of the state, there are severe legal punishments associated with conversion, even, in some of the more rigorous Islamic countries, the death penalty. This is a huge impediment.
Second, since Islam is more than a religion--it is an entire religious, cultural, economic, social, and political totalitarian scheme--when a Muslim converts he loses everything--family, tribe, social status, and so forth. He is ostracized from kith and kin, he is largely unprotected, and there is no mechanism in Christianity to substitute for that loss.
Third, in Muslim countries, Christians are severely restricted in spreading the Gospel through all sorts of legal and social impediments. These impediments are still found, perhaps not in their total rigor, among Muslims living in Western countries, especially those segregated in ghettos such as the French banlieues in Paris, or Shari'a zones in London, or even in the United States in Dearborn, Michigan. From a young age, Muslims receive only vicious propaganda against Christianity. Rarely do they hear the other side of the story fairly presented.
Fourth, the moral dissipation of Western societies (which the Muslim associates, wrongly, with Christianity) makes them think that their system is morally superior to the secular systems of the West. (Though here they tend to ignore their own dissipation and moral failures.)
Fifth, the West's (particularly American) interference with Islamic nations (e.g., Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan) is often confused with a Christian crusade. This is, in fact, false, for the interests of the secular West generally and secular America in particular are hardly aligned with Christian interests in the region or Christian interests generally. Christians know how anti-Christian their secular governments have become, but Muslims do not seem to separate the two.
A sixth reason I would suggest, however, is found in the Muslim's own prayer regime.
Is it any wonder that Muslims are resistant to Christianity when their supposed prophet inoculated his followers against the truths of the Gospel by having them pray a schizophrenic prayer to God that shuts them out of the Gospel's life?
Objectively measured in the light of Christ, the Muslim is praying to the one God, on the one hand, while praying, on the other hand, that he or she never be found on the only way to that one God: Jesus Christ. Thus, the Muslim is placed in a sort of prayer doldroms, where the prayer up is exactly negated by the prayer down. The Muslim's supposed prophet gave him a sort of pushmi-pullyu kind of prayer, where the prayer to the one God is contradicted in the same breath by a prayer against ...
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Muhammad, antichrist, prayer, salat, conversion, Andrew M. Greenwell
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