The Bible Was My Lifeline

I just finished this book, and Lord willing, I will write more on this book later, but below is a powerful excerpt from Nabeel Qureshi’s excellent book, “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus”.

I will make a few comments before the re-blog from “The Reformed Reader”.

Several things struck me:
1. The genuine friendship that David Wood made with Nabeel and how that was a major factor in getting him to read the Scriptures in context and also how a true friendship of showing true Christian love is key in evangelism.
2. That Nabeel admitted when he was a Muslim he only knew the verses in the Bible that Muslim apologists were using and he was reading them in their materials. When he started the reading the Bible verse by verse in context, that is when the word of God started really having an impact on his soul.
3. What a pivilege Nabeel had to have meet Dr. Mike Licona and Dr. Gary Habermas and they were able to refute the Islamic polemics against the New Testament and refute the Muslim (and Ahmadi) arguments against the death of Christ on the cross. (Surah 4:157)
4. While the dreams were vivid and amazing (especially the one of the Cricket eating the Iquana (meaning: Christianity eating Islam); they seem to confirm experiencially for him what he was studying as he studied both the Bible; and the problems he found in Islam when he read the Ahadith (traditions of Muhammad, plural of Hadith) and Sira (the life of the prophet Muhammad), and Islamic commentaries for himself.   He found a lot of problems with Islam in the traditions of Muhammad (Hadith) and other Islamic sources.  He had a lot of the word of God (The Bible) rolling around inside his mind and soul that the dreams were seemingly icing on the cake. But the cake was the Scriptures and David’s friendship.  The Scriptures are the real spiritual power, read and studied in their context.  The Holy Spirit uses His word to work on people’s mind and heart and brings conviction and new life.  The genuine friendship of David Wood broke down the cultural and relational barriers that exist that keep Muslims from taking an honest and open look at the Bible.  See my previous article on “More Than Dreams”.

Addendum:

David Waltz also has a good intro with helpful links to this book. (Note especially the link to where Nabeel Qureshi explains how he understands the Ahmadiye Sect of Islam.)

The Reformed Reader

I could not set this book down: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi.  It’s an autobiography of a Pakistani-American man’s leaving Islam to follow Jesus.  Qureshi’s journey was (is!) a long, hard, thought-filled, prayer-filled, journey into the Christian family.  The book is well written, respectful of Muslims, a testimony to Jesus the Son of God, and it strengthened my faith in the truths of Scripture.

There are many excellent parts of this book; here’s one section that has stuck with me.  He wrote it after several years of agonizing over the teaching of Islam and the teaching of Christianity.  His past foundation was crumbling, his world was turning upside down, so he put the Bible and the Quran next to each other.  He first opened the Quran:

“[I was] frantically flipping from page to page, hoping for something, anything that would comfort me.  There was nothing there for…

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About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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