This video on YouTube is very interesting… it is titled:
“Muslim and Christian perception of God”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YUvJm2BAtw&session=q3PF0nV_A7lduB13VLAsLeHiyqZMdOWOIvwQ7-jYG5KJUuNsG6xjK-Ufkhe7u19mm8Eh67oPCV1yNm3dCINwD9lBmYNVdnuW-qCYfeYb6YTFFX-lyWUVFNtnknscVkEvRmOYDZyiwjb_qNX1iNU0vxZeKIaTN2qPwetZKZ4HPUcXQIJrLb23vVH1ktZdz6G9tZtrQnCwsQ6cyjXahPMIDZipqKym9x0_MJwD3TMYZbIBepsNfBZDpU07P_AqWXhj-Mpf-DmZfkyxt4KAcFjZnPCeXFnH1dYI_GPIan7GnGl6oOCeaa7pO2JCi0HIuuMY4vJUFAwtE12fKr5krAXyQQ==#
From the time 50-1:30, the basic conversation is:
“Finally, in conclusion then, it seems there are Muslims in this audience who have not accepted Christ, in a Christian sense. And we should take it for granted that they don’t have the Holy Spirit… I don’t think I have the Holy Spirit, and I don’t think my Muslim friends do. All right, so, if we don’t have this Holy Spirit, then we can’t understand anything you are saying about Christ.”
The Protestant pastor responds:
The Muslim repeats: “That’s true.”
And the Muslims continues…
“So our dialogue is not going to be promising for anything… there’s no way you can convert our Muslim friends because they don’t have the Holy Spirit so they can’t understand you. Until they get this Holy Spirit they won’t understand you, and all your preaching here is just in vain…”
After a long pause, the Protestant pastor says
“Unless the Holy Spirit comes…”
The Muslim continues:
“Yes, unless the Holy Spirit comes you are in big trouble.”
This kind of situation makes me wonder how much more respect Muslims would give Christians if they knew the VERY not western roots of the Church of Christ.
For this reason, I bring this topic up to the Oriental Orthodox (who are very presently aware of Islam and its intense persecution against Christians).
When you have a Caucasian American who is part of a Protestant “Christian” group and wants to discuss Christianity with an Arab Muslim(s)… it doesn’t’ take a lot of reasoning to realize that this guy has no actual connection to the original historic Church of Jesus Christ.
God bless this Protestant pastor for his efforts… but at the same time, may God grant there be more actual Orthodox Christians to engage the Islamic world about the TRUE origins of Christianity.
In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit