Friday, July 11, 2008

Five reasons Muslims convert

Some good info here.

A survey of 750 Muslims who converted to Christianity shows five predominant reasons they chose to follow Christ.

  1. The lifestyle of Christians. Former Muslims cited the love that Christians exhibited in their relationships with non-Christians and their treatment of women as equals.

  2. The power of God in answered prayers and healing. Experiences of God's supernatural work—especially important to folk Muslims who have a characteristic concern for power and blessings—increased after their conversions, according to the survey. Often dreams about Jesus were reported.

  3. Dissatisfaction with the type of Islam they had experienced. Many expressed dissatisfaction with the Qur'an, emphasizing God's punishment over his love. Others cited Islamic militancy and the failure of Islamic law to transform society.

  4. The spiritual truth in the Bible. Muslims are generally taught that the Torah, Psalms, and the Gospels are from God, but that they became corrupted. These Christian converts said, however, that the truth of God found in Scripture became compelling for them and key to their understanding of God's character.

  5. Biblical teachings about the love of God. In the Qur'an, God's love is conditional, but God's love for all people was especially eye-opening for Muslims. These converts were moved by the love expressed through the life and teachings of Jesus. The next step for many Muslims was to become part of a fellowship of loving Christians.

The respondents were from 30 countries and 50 ethnic groups. The survey was prepared at Fuller Theological Seminary's School of Intercultural Studies, and reported in Christianity Today.

Muslims are now 21 percent of the world population, increasing from 12 percent in the past 100 years. And the growth rate of Islam is higher than that of Christianity (1.81% per year, compared to 1.23%). Christians still outnumber Muslims, with one-third of the world population naming Christianity as their faith.

In some parts of the world, significant pockets of Muslims are turning to Christ, including North Africa, South Asia, and Indonesia.

—info from J. Dudley Woodbury, Russell G. Shubin, and G. Marks at ChristianityToday.com.

5 Comments:

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Kevin Walker said...

Really good post!

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger Oliver said...

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I'm an atheist and I write for the Mississippi Atheists website at http://msatheists.org. I represent a small group of bloggers promoting secular values, free thought, proper science education, and secular government in the state of Mississippi. I enjoy visiting and writing about churches and religion in our state.

 
At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"god" doesn't exist.
it's like santa claus.... a mith!!

THINK!

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

I think many Muslims could come to Christ if it wasn't for "fear". They are fearful of losing their family status, of being an outcast, and in some parts of the world, they fear for their lives. This fear keeps them from even investigating the claims of Christianity. If it wasn't for the Holy Spirit, I don't think most Muslims would have any chance of coming to know Christ. It's such a blessing to learn of those who have been saved.

 
At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Steve Jolly said...

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