June 3, 2016
Did you hear that Miss USA Rima Fakih converted to the Christian faith from Islam? … There are some good, very good, things happening in the Muslim world.
First, not all Muslims hate Christians — far from it. … In January, 200 international Muslim leaders released the Marrakesh Declaration, which calls for Muslim-majority nations to protect the freedom of religious minorities, including Christians. Earlier this month, another 300 Muslim leaders from about 30 countries gathered in Indonesia to denounce extremism. …[See: Jewish community enjoys ‘safe space’ in Morocco, June 1.]
For the last several years, researchers have noted what happens when Muslims meet Christ — huge numbers of them are becoming followers of Jesus. According to some researchers, the number of Muslims who have switched allegiance from Muhammad to Christ has skyrocketed … to as many as 16 million worldwide today. That includes roughly 470,000 right here in the U. S., including Rima Fakih.
J. Dudley Woodberry, a noted Christian scholar of Islam, cites five reasons Muslims are deciding for Christ:
- the lifestyle of Christians;
- the power of God in answered prayers and healing;
- dissatisfaction with the type of Islam they have experienced;
- the spiritual truth in the Bible; and
- biblical teachings about the love of God.
Some of these things we can control; others are up to God alone. For instance, there are reports that Jesus is appearing to many Muslims in dreams and visions, especially to those who have little access to the Bible or Christians. …
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