I have heard on interviews and in press from Muslims who work with new converts, that Islam teaches that we are all born Muslim. So, when a Christian converts to Islam, they are referred to as “reverts”.
Question: How do Muslims reconcile the idea that all people are born Muslim with the teaching that the penalty for leaving Islam is death? If, in a Muslim’s eyes, all Christians and Jews were born Muslim, does that not automatically imply that all non-Muslims deserve the punishment for apostasy?
The teaching I am referring to is surah 9:12 which states that a Muslim apostate must be killed.