[quote="captainmike, post:1, topic:309747"]
the new testament contains many beautiful, inspirational, and profound teachings and stories. sometimes, they bring tears to my eyes just hearing them. if i need to give examples, i can do so, but everybody who's read the scriptures knows what i'm talking about.
where are the beautiful, inspirational, and profound teachings in the koran? let's see some of them. then, let's compare them with the new testament passages and ask ourselves these questions:
- which passages are more beautiful, inspirational and profound?
- which teachings--Jesus' or Mohammed's--are more likely the teachings of God?
- after comparing the teachings of Jesus with the teachings of Mohammed, which of them would you rather follow?
my contention is simple:
give a person full access to both muslim and Christian scriptures, churches, and spiritual leaders, and the vast majority of people would choose Christianity. sadly, most Muslims never get to do that comparison or make that choice.
Unfortunately, such a comparison would do nothing without the work of the Holy Spirit. You can't "convince" someone to Christianity. Someone will always find something subjective or shallow to cling onto. Muslims will try to find passages in the Quran they find "more beautiful, inspirational and profound." Muslims will claim that Mohammad's teachings sound more likely to be from God. Muslims will claim they'd rather follow Mohammad. Try talking to Muslims and witnessing to them from the scriptures, and you'll discover what willful ignorance looks like.
Keep in mind I'm not saying all that to be mean, but that's unfortunately the sad truth. Without the regeneration of the heart, your best and grandest "comparison" would mean absolutely nothing. "Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error" (1 Jo 4:6). Think of the Jews, who have Moses and the prophets read at their synagogues, but as the apostle Paul wrote: "Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed" (2 Co 3:15-16).
The best thing to do is: 1) witness to your Muslim friends and acquaintances; 2) pray for them.
[quote="BlueEyedLady, post:2, topic:309747"]
I actually know a lot of Muslim converts from Christianity, but no Christians who converted from Islam.
I won't speak for your own personal experience, but a good friend of mine is a Turkish gentleman who was a former Muslim and now belongs to the Eastern Orthodox Church. I know of other gentlemen (not counting Ergun Caner for obvious reasons) who were former Muslims and now converts to Christianity.