Answering Islam - A Christian-Muslim dialog

  • Reflections on aurora borealis and the solar eclipse

    Not long after witnessing the awe-inspiring solar eclipse millions of people across the world were able to gaze at stunningly beautiful displays of aurora borealis. Are not these splendid scenes pointing to the artistry of a wise creator as celebrated by King David in Psalm 19:1? “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Yes, God is seeking our admiration, adoration and true worship. He is the cosmic designer who reveals his plan for the new heavens and new earth. The capital city, the new Jerusalem, will be adorned with a fantastically colorful array of beautiful jewels, a preview of how God's kingdom is far more beautiful than anything we've ever seen. (Revelation 21:19-21)
  • Insights from the solar eclipse

    I witnessed the total eclipse recently and was deeply moved at seeing the admiration of many onlookers who exclaimed, “Aaah, awesome.” This soul-stirring experience called to mind a psalm of King David, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” I also pondered descriptions which compare Jesus to the sun's brilliant radiance. (Revelation 1:16; Acts 26:13; Matthew 17:2) Is it coincidental that Jesus' death on the cross occurred “about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock? The light from the sun was gone.” (Lk 23:44) Such an unnatural, if haunting, darkness might bring to mind the frightening reactions of both Muslims and Hindus when they experience a solar eclipse. But for Christians who acknowledge that a solar eclipse reflects God's handiwork, such unique phenomena inspire us to praise him.
  • Sermon illustrations for the modern world

    Most Sundays Christians meet at church and hear a sermon. They may also attend a Bible study group at someone's home during the week. At these meetings, Christian teachers teach the Bible, Christian beliefs and conduct, and how to live in a world of opposing ideas. Often, they use illustrations or examples to help apply and make their points clearer. I am sure you can remember a particular story a preacher included in his sermon or maybe you are a Christian teacher who has done this yourself. As we now live in a world with an increasing Islamic presence it is important for Christian teachers to teach Christians how Christianity is different to Islam and how the Gospel speaks to Islam. This can be done by knowing the right illustrations and examples to use, but what are these illustrations and examples?

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