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The Use of The Qur'an Makes Muslim Evangelism Go Smooth

I visited a Mulim country. The population of the country is 99.9 % Sunni Muslims. While I was there, I had three unique encounters with Muslims to witness to Muslims using the Qur’an. These encounters tell us how important it is to know the Qur’an in order to reach out to Muslims, whether they are in the USA or in their Islamic homelands.

Encounter One. I was waiting for my flight to my final destination at an airport. Then a number of money changers asked me to change dollars to local currency and were chasing after me. I was trying to avoid them and ended up sitting next to a 30 year-old young lady. She told me that she is studying for her PhD in ecological studies, especially on how to get sufficient drinkable water.

I told her that Jesus is Word of God According to Q. 3:45, Kalimah Allah in Arabic. She agreed and appeared to know something about the Qur’an. Therefore, I proceeded to tell her that God prepared three Qurbans or sacrifices for human race and Jesus was one of them. The 1st one was for Adam and Eve in Q. 7:26, and the 2nd one was for Abraham and his son in Q. 37:107. I shared all these Qur’anic verses with her, using my Qur’an in my smart phone that has both Arabic and English texts. She seemed to accept what I told her. Then I told her that the greatest Qurban came with Jesus in Q. 3:55. I emphasized that Allah or God let Jesus die or killed and lifted up to Him. The verb used is “mutawafeeka” in Arabic, which means separating the soul from the body. She reacted negatively to this and told me that a prophet is never supposed to be killed and told me that Jesus was never killed. So I told her that I do not want to change her religion or change what she thinks but want to plant a seed in her mind to think deeply about what the Qur’an really says instead of what her religious leaders told her. She did not appear to know where in the Qur’an God says Jesus was not killed. So I quoted Q. 4:157 “They did not kill Him, nor crucify Him, though it was made to appear they did.” I told her that this is what God said. If it appeared to Jews that they killed Jesus, then they indeed killed Jesus. But God would not say Jesus was killed, because God knew Jesus would be resurrected in 3 days. God spoke from God’s perspective knowing what would happen to Jesus. But for people, they indeed killed Jesus. That is why in Q 3:55 God let Jesus killed, “Matawafeeka” Jesus. After these explanations, she showed a great interest talking to me, and stayed with me until her flight time and wanted to have continued communications with me through Facebook, etc. Clearly, she opened her heart to me, told me what she thought, appeared to be comfortable talking to me, and wanted to have future communications with me. This could never happen if I tried to use the Bible to convey the same message.

Encounter Two. One evening I was having a discussion with several Muslim friends. One of them told me that Jesus is just a prophet like Muhammad and a man like Adam. So I asked them whether they knew that Jesus is called Kalimah Allah in Q. 3:45 and Jesus made a clay bird and breathed into it and it flew away in Q. 3:49. In other words, Jesus gave life to an in animate clay. And also Jesus performed many miracles. They responded to me that Jesus was able to do so because Allah allowed Jesus to do so. I then asked them whether Jesus was just an ordinary man or extraordinary man. They all said Jesus was an extraordinary man, nevertheless a man. Then I told them about two places that God sends angles or His Spirit in the form of a man. In Q. 6:9, God says that He has to send an angel in the form of a man if people ask God to send an angel as a messenger. In Q. 19:17, God sent His Spirit to Mary in the form of a perfect man. After I showed them these verses, I asked them, “If an angel appears to us in the form of a man, isn’t that man both angel and man at the same time? If God sent His Spirit in the form of a perfect man, isn’t he a man as well as God’s Spirit?” I then told them they are trying make Allah incapable of doing things as Allah supposed to do. In so many places, the Holy Qur’an says that Allah can do anything he wants to do by just saying “Be” or Kun in Arabic. Allah is so powerful. Now I asked them why they are trying to say Allah cannot give human nature and divine nature to Jesus at the same time. Isn’t it degrading Allah? I told them that I agree with them that Jesus is fully a man like Adam, but if Allah wants, Jesus could also have divine nature like an angel or Spirit of God just as the Qur’an says as is possible. They became quiet. I told them that I do not want to change their religion. They may remain Muslim, but read the Qur’an and understand what it says instead of just following what Imams say. I told them Imams are not Allah, but the Qur’an is the words of Allah. I felt that all Muslims present gave me high respect for me, giving me certain authority. I felt that I opened their hearts to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This was only possible because I was preaching the Gospel through the Qur’an. If I were to try with the Bible, they would have condemned me.

Encounter Three. I had another evening with several Muslim friends for fellowship. One of them declared that they do not need the Bible and the Qur’an has everything they need. I challenged them whether they know what the Qur’an says. I told them that their Holy Qur’an says that Muslims should believe in the Qur’an and the Bible to be a true Muslim. I told them that this is repeated 8 times (Q. 2:4, 2:136, 3:3-4, 3:199, 4:60, 4:136, 4:162, 5:59), not just once or twice or three times. I told them that I studied the Qur’an to be able to talk to them better. I do not want them to be Christians, but study both the Qur’an and the Bible as the Holy Qur’an asks them to do. I asked them if they would study the Bible as well as the Qur’an so that they can understand Christians better. All of them in unison replied that they would. I have opened their hearts again using the Qur’an.

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Making use of the scripture of the indigenous people was practiced by Jesus. He was prophecied in the Old Testament, but also He quoted the OT whenever it is applicable. What the Gospel teaches in the New Testament could be explained without taking any quotation of the OT. As a matter of fact, most things in the OT were replaced by the new teachings in the NT. All the Mosaic laws were basically replaced by the Sermon on the Mount. All the rituals were eliminated. What is left over from the OT? The intentions of God giving and revealing the OT to Moses - love of God for man. Then why did Jesus quote from OT so often, and said that He came to fulfill the law and the prophets? The OT, the law, the prophets are the highest authority for Israelites at the time. By quoting these, Jesus was recognized as authority. Not only that, but He was seen as empathizing with the Jews and accepting what they believe. After these preparatory steps are done, He told them truth in love, with nurturing attitude like a nursing mother. Likewise, we can be a lot more powerful if we use the Qur'an when we reach out to Muslims with understanding of the good and the bad of their scriptures and traditions as Jesus did. We can be a lot more powerful if we use the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavd Gita when we reach out to Hindus with understanding of the good and the bad of their scriptures and traditions as Jesus did. We can be a lot more powerful if we use the Buddhist scriptures such as Diamond Sutra, Lotus Sutra, etc. when we reach out to Buddhists with understanding of the good and the bad of their scriptures and traditions as Jesus did. We can be a lot more powerful if we use the Confucian Classics such as Analects, Mencius, the Great Learning, the Doctrine of the Mean when we reach out to Confucian atheist or ethicists with understanding of the good and the bad of their classic books and traditions as Jesus did. In the case of Muslim, this approach has been proven to be very effective. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjUXd4qW9mg and a book by David Garrison, "A Wind In the House of Islam." David Garrison's book proclaims that there is a new trend in 21st century that Muslims become Christians by simply reading the Qur'an alone without a missionary's or any Christians' help. In many Islamic countries, the Qur'an has not been allowed to be translated into their indigenous languages, but in 21st century, the Qur'an in indigenous language start becoming available. Muslims read the Qur'an for the 1st time in their own language and understood what it says, contrary to what their religious teachers have been teaching. This must be the work of God. COTARI simply follow the same process except with a little more systematic approach. Many missionaries in the Islamic countries want to learn the way COTARI teaches in how to use the Qura'n to reach out to Muslims. ...

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We have stated many times on this FB page that use of the Qur'an is powerful in reaching out to Muslims. Some may wonder why Christian missionaries have not used the Qur'an in their work to evangelize Muslims in the Islamic countries. There may be several reasons. (1) The importance of the use of "authority" (authority that the target people believe) in evangelism was not recognized. This is a relatively new research result in social psychology. They did an experiment to demonstrate that authority has a real power in cases like Nazi followers who did a horrible things to Jews. Each individuals are well-educated and very nice human beings. They were under the "authority of Hitler" to do things they would never do on their own. (2) Most Christians do not realize that the Qur'an is the highest authority for Muslims. Christians think that the Bible is the authority. In their head, Christians may think that the Qur'an might be the authority to Muslims, but in their heart the Bible is the only authority. Therefore, they just push the Bible only instead of using the Qur'an. (3) Christians do not know anything about the Qur'an. Therefore they are afraid to use the Qur'an. They also do not ever imagine that the Qur'an could be a useful tool in evangelizing Muslims. (4) Even though some Christian missionaries learn that the Qur'an could be the powerful tool in evangelizing Muslims, it takes a years of serious effort to get familiarized with the Qur'an enough to be useful in their ministry. Most missionaries do not think it is worthwhile to spend years to learn about the Qur'an - some may think it is waste of time. Meanwhile, some missionaries spent more than 30 years in one Islamic country and was never able to convert a single Muslim, according to their confession. THIS TELLS HOW ARROGANT WE CHRISTIANS ARE. The Bible teaches that we should be humble and show such humble example to other people so that they may believe in Jesus Christ. Yet regarding our own faith, we take very exclusive attitude - our religion is the only way and all others are no good. We Christians should repent and learned to be humble. We should have nurturing attitude. Jesus had nurturing attitude (Matt. 23:37) and Paul did also (1 Thess. 2:7). We Christians should try to follow Jesus Christ and Apostle Paul in their attitude in dealing with peoples of other religions. ...

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