A missionary encounter

missionary encounter

My first visit

As I enter the small room, I could see that it was very much a holy man’s world.  I could see a frail little figure sitting on a mat in the corner, cobwebs fluttering above his head.  An ancient glass-fronted bookcase, layered with dust, was stacked with yellowed volumes of Islamic traditions.

In front of the old man sat the preacher from the central mosque, probably the second most influential man among the 14,000 Muslims who compose the community.  On each side of him sat another elder.  collectively, these four men act as the religious conscience of the whole town.

There were two other men, younger, one of whom I had met at the airport one day.  We had talked about Islam, and I had presented him with the claims of Christ.  I had also given him five New Testaments, one each for him and his companions.

It was to my advantage that I could speak their dialect, especially to the elders.  When asked if I was a Muslim, I replied that I had read the Qur’an.  After a little more verbal fencing I inquired about the history of their ancient town.

I learned that Islam had taken hold there in the seventeenth century when a pagan chief became a Muslim.  This had little effect on the country people who continued to practice traditional religion.   This is still true, but today 80 to 90 percent of the townspeople are Muslims.  I asked a few more questions and withdrew.  There would be another day.

My second visit

As I talked with the younger men,  I realized that they were concerned about their roles in the community.  Seven highly esteemed men of the faith had died the year before, and the younger ones missed their leadership.  They wanted my opinion about the Qur’an.  Is it adequate to meet the needs of modern man?

My third visit

This was not like the pleasant give-and-take discussion we had before.  It started right out as an anti-Christian, anti-American tirade.

I let things cool down, and then asked, “Since we are all children of Adam and Eve, who of us is without sin?

The preacher turned to the Qur’an and read a passage which said that Muslims should not discuss their religion with Christians.

I kept on.  Since Muhammad said the Gospel of Jesus was good, I queried, should they not read it?  Also, Muhammad referred a number of times to the Old Testament Scriptures.  Should they not read them, too?  And what about the prophetic Scriptures?

Then I noticed a magazine in the old man’s hand.  there was an article in it with a call from the Ayatollah Khomeini to the Muslim world for a holy war against Christians and the West.  I assumed it came from the same source as the anti-Christian posters on the public library bulletin board.

Despite the magazine, the preacher requested a New Testament in his language; the old man himself wanted to know more about prophecies concerning Egypt and Israel.  It was a trying two hours, but the door is still open.  I need to go back.

About evanlaar1922

Have you ever noticed how many special ways God refers to us, His dear children? He calls us His beloved sons and daughters, the righteous, children of the kingdom, His anointed, royal priesthood, the faithful in Christ, His temple, His friends, and so many other loving names that speaks to who we are in Him. Also in many cases, the names we are given at birth have both biblical and heavenly identities tied into them. Our Heavenly Father who watches over us daily has created the ideal path for each of us to take to travel the journey of life, just as a father will make plans for his own child by putting things in place at a very early age for education, health, graduation, and marriage. God has predestined and equipped each of us to carry out a specific purpose that will create the design He desires to be in place for His kingdom to be effective in the earth.
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8 Responses to A missionary encounter

  1. You say a pagan chief became a Muslim but did you also talk about the many pagan elements which many christians took in their religion, certainly those who take Jesus also to be God?

    The majority of Cristians, perhaps also theones you belong to, have created a new God by not accepting that a man could be truthfull to the Only One God. Jesus could sin but never did and he offered his whole body for humankind. Thanks to him we are saved, and we shold br gratefull and show our grattitude by accepting Jesus for whom and what he is.

    • evanlaar1922 says:

      and he is only a man and not God or am i reading that wrong?

      • You are reading that correctly.

        According to the Bible, which Christians consider to be the Word of God, Jesus is the son of God, born out of the young girl Miriam/Mary/Maria. It was a Jewish man of flesh and blood who could be seen by many, was tempted more than once and really died. God, who can not be seen by man or they would die, can not be tempted and can not sin, so did also not tell lies when He said about this man when he was baptised by his nephew: “This is my only begotten beloved son.” Jesus is the son of God but not a “god the son” (a whole difference.)

        Jesus really died. God can not die and would have proven nor gained anything by faking His death.

      • evanlaar1922 says:

        wish I had the space to share with you otherwise – I would invite you to connect with me personally via email and look forward to a more extensive conversation – evanlaar1922@gmail.com

  2. Like many Christians do not know their Holy Scriptures and have a wrong picture about what Christianity is, lots of Muslim do not know their holy books and are blinded by their own denomination not accepting other Muslim groups as being part of the Islamic world.

  3. The same as in Christendom in the Muslim world there are many who have taken on pagan rituals, not in accordance with what is written in the holy books.

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