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Sharing with our Muslim brothers…the Good News

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I was involved in a Christian – Muslim dialogue on the University of Houston’s campus a few weeks ago and I got a chance to speak to some Muslims about the Good News.  Afterwards, they had many questions about Jesus and how he could be the sacrifice for their sins.  They really couldn’t understand why somebody else would dare to pay for something that they did.  We didn’t even really talk about Islam and the Koran — just Jesus and his claim to be God and his sacrifice for our sins.  Here are some notes from that talk:

 

I bring you greetings from Our Lord and Liberator Jesus Christ.  To my Muslim brothers, As-Salaam-Alaikum.  To my Jewish brothers, Shalom.  To all the rest of my kinfolk, WHAT UP!!  I want to present to you God’s redemptive work in 4 acts:  

Creation

God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and completely self-sufficient, for his own glory, created the universe, as we know it. He created space, the stars, the planets, our solar system, the moon, and planet earth. On planet earth he created animals, plants, landforms, continents, mountains, and every living thing. His most glorious creation was Man and Woman. He created everything and then called it good! (Gen 1).

Fall

But our first father, Adam, chose to disobey God or “sin”, by not following God’s express command. (Gen 3:6) God’s promise to Adam was that in the day that they disobeyed him that they would be eternally separated from him. Adam’s sin brought misery and pain into the world. Much of what you see in the world is a result of Adam’s sin. Not only did Adam’s sin cause the chaos in which we see, we as his children have inherited his sinful nature. Although because of Adam’s sin, we have all been condemned, we too have committed sin against God and must pay an eternal price for that sin. Romans (3:23, 5:12, 6:23). Moreover, the world is suffering from the sinful mistakes of man. (Gen 3:17, Romans 8:23) Where there was order, there is now chaos. Where there was harmony, there is now dissonance. Where there was peace, there is now war. Where there was life, there is now death.

The big issue revolves around God himself. God is supremely righteous, holy, and just! (Psalm 145:17) A just God must reward good and punish evil. (Romans 1:18) Since the standard is 100% righteousness and we have sinned, even if ever so slightly, without an intervention we are destined punished eternally in hell. (James 2:10) Our disobedience towards God has caused Him extreme displeasure. Out of God’s justice he must punish our evil.

Redemption

Here is the Good News. Although God is holy and just, out of his mercy and love for us, He sent Jesus the divine Son of God who took on his shoulders the sins of the world and the punishment that went with it. (Romans 5:6, 2 Cor. 5:21) God punished Jesus, ultimately killing him on the cross for the sins of the world. This had to happen so that God’s supreme justice could be vindicated and shown to the world. (Romans 3:21-26) Christianity revolves around this killing of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary right outside of Jerusalem. Miraculously, Jesus was resurrected from the dead showing the world that he had won victory over his enemies, beat death, and died for the sins of the world.

Those men and women who choose to accept Jesus as their substitutionary sacrifice for their sins and follow Him as Lord will be guaranteed eternal life. This is the very heart of what it means to be a Christian – confessing our sins and believing in Jesus death, burial, and resurrection for those sins. (Romans 10:9)

Restoration

Jesus in redeeming humanity also will ultimately redeem the rest of creation. Jesus is coming back and will rule on this earth with his followers as part of the glorious kingdom of God. Things will be different, there will not be suffering, war, or poverty, but everything will be set a right. (Isaiah 11) Those who place their faith will rule and reign with him forever. (Rev. 5:9-10)

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  1. t. sheree
    April 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Good stuff. Is there video, or will there be more dialogues in the future?

    Also, can you further explain what this means, particularly the “rest of creation” part?:
    Jesus in redeeming humanity also will ultimately redeem the rest of creation.

    • May 11, 2009 at 8:10 pm

      Isaiah 11, Romans 8:18-25, and other passages, speak about God redeeming creation and making a new heaven and new earth where there will be peace between men. In the garden, creation was in perfect harmony and Adam was giving stewardship and dominion over the land. After Adam sinned, the ground (earth) was cursed and he lost total dominion over creation. (Genesis 3:17). Famine, war, global warming, natural disasters, are all byproducts of sinful humanity. Romans 8 tells us that the creation is groaning and waiting for God’s people to be completely revealed and glorified in Jesus. When Jesus comes back everything will be made right including his creation. I am probably not fully explaining this so feel free to ask more questions.

  2. May 12, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    hey bro,
    I don’t think man has lost dominion over the earth, he still is to rule over it and multiple. Creation after the fall is now dying and corrupted. Global warming is a man made myth as well. In essence, all moan for restoration (the return of Christ) including the creation as Paul writes in Romans.
    Blessings!

    • May 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      Man had total dominion over creation including the animals and such. In fact he named every living thing on the planet. When sin enters into the picture, he loses that. (When was the last time you pet a lion or stuck your hand in a cobra’s nest?)

      Isaiah 11:6-9
      6The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

      7And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

      8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

      9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

      When Jesus returns we will then be restored to what humanity is supposed to be. Until then, you will see war, rumours war, earthquakes in various places. We lost dominion when sin entered in through the first Adam, we regain it through the Second Adam. (Romans 5:12:21). An example of what is to come is presented in Matthew 4 and Luke 4 when Jesus is in the wilderness with the wild beasts and they do not bother him. Along with it being a picture of Jesus overcoming temptation it is also the archetype for what will be in the future when we rule and reign with Jesus.

  3. May 12, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Naming the animals shows man’s dominion (a God given role) over them -same today, no?

    Man (Adam) also named his wife. Authority and responsiblity come with God’s ordained roles, even before the fall.

    Man has not lost dominion over creation; it was made for him for God’s puposes. Sin does not mean man has lost the “dominion” to put his hand in a lions mouth; rather the animals and all of creation are now under a fallen state – all creation awaits reconcilation with their creator.

    Man never had anything that God had not given him – including authority and responsiblities. That is not void because of sin and was present before the fall.

    Earthquakes etc… are now part of the fallen creation; “global warming” non-sense is philoshophical – in that it creates a false idea man has control over the earth and not God.

    Isaiah speaks of a future peace, even among animals all enmity (including man against man) will disappear in the future kingdom as Christ will rule.

    • May 12, 2009 at 8:58 pm

      Um, i usually don’t argue with people and their theology, but read the curse of genesis 3:16-17 in conjunction with Romans 8:18-21 closely. Again, if you think sin and the resulting curse has not lessened man’s ability to fulfill the command that God gave him so be it, I will not argue. I just disagree with you and I think your own body disagrees with you. 🙂 It is only through the Spirit of God that man can fulfill the will of God and not fulfill the desire of the flesh. Humanity has a whole has rejected God and therefore has rejected God’s purpose. Isaiah, deals with a future peace that Christ will bring in and his people will take part of. All will be like it was in the garden. Essentially, we will go back to “Eden.” Sin has marred our humanity, we are less than humans and treat each other as less than humans. It is in Jesus that we are truly human. It is in Jesus that we are put back into our regal state and God. It is in Jesus that our authority, dignity, and the character of love is restored in humanity. As far as global warming, if you don’t agree that it happens that’s fine. My preoccupation is with the gospel of Jesus. I try not to get caught up in hobby horses, polticial causes and such, and don’t argue for any ideology. Read some more of my posts and you will see.

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