Series 9 - Comparisons Between Islam and Christianity
The Prayer of the Lost
Muhammad did not recognize the lies of Satan. He surrendered himself to Allah, thereby submitting to an evil spirit that had taken the Arabic name for God, binding that name to its face like a mask. Posing as Allah, Satan demands that all Muslims worship him alone and requires the rejection of the crucified Son of God. To those who worship him, he promises blessing, power, riches and lordship over this world as rewards for submitting to him and rejecting God's Son. The Fatiha is an active means of establishing this anti-Christian seizure of power in the hearts of all who pray it. The Lord's Prayer is not as Muslims claim “the Prayer of the Lost“; but rather, the Fatiha itself is. Even though the Fatiha gives an impression of deep religiosity and piety, in actuality it drives Muslims away from Christ's salvation daily, leading them to a frightening and real separation from God.
But Jesus has come to find and save that which was lost. That is why there is the full and free salvation awaiting all Muslims. But every one of them must acknowledge and confess his own fallen nature, ask Jesus for his salvation, willingly renounce Islam, and by faith unite himself to Christ his Redeemer for all eternity. Jesus will then lead him to the Father, so that he can come to know and bow before the true God, confessing with trembling lips: “You are my Father, hallowed by Your name, even through my very life!“
We who by grace have already partaken of this salvation need to comprehend the we form of the Lord's Prayer and purposefully include all Muslims in our prayers, so that as soon as possible they too may become partakers of eternal life, coming to a saving knowledge of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Let us call them one by one to come into the open family of God, and rest in the embracing arms of the Father.
Dear reader, if you have read this book carefully you should examine yourself and test whether or not you have really understood the depths of these two main prayers in Islam and Christianity.
- What does the word al-Fatiha mean?
- How often do faithful Muslims pray the Fatiha daily?
- How can we divide the two prayers into four sections? What is the title of every section?
- Who is Allah in Islam? What is the difference between Allah and our Father in Heaven?
- What does the word Islam mean? To what extent is Islam a religion of adoration?
- To which consequences does the name “Lord of the Worlds“ lead Muslims?
- Why is the day of judgment the climax of Islam?
- How can the name of our Father in heaven be hallowed and sanctified on the earth?
- What does praying “your kingdom come“ mean to you?
- What is the will of your Father in heaven for you and for everyone else?
- What is the difference between the Islamic heavenly requests and the ones in the Lord's Prayer?
- How does a Muslim serve Allah basically and practically?
- What does a Muslim expect from the Lord?
- Which request is not mentioned in the Fatiha?
- Why does Jesus guide the disciples to ask only for one day's bread?
- What does the “we“ form of the Lord's Prayer mean?
- What is the unique request which frees us from all our complexes?
- How do you know that your sins are really forgiven?
- Why does no Muslim have assurance of the forgiveness of his sins?
- What does the “we“ form of the request for forgiveness indicate?
- Do you remember what the little word “as“ in this request practically means?
- Why can a Muslim rarely forgive the trespasses of his enemies? Why is revenge practiced in Islam until today?
- Why could Jesus justify the adulterous woman?
- Why should you forgive everybody everything?
- How will you be able to love your enemy as God loves you?
- What does the straight path in Islam mean?
- Why does the law never justify one who tries to keep it?
- What does “grace“ mean in Islam? What does it mean in the Gospel?
- Upon whom does Allah's wrath rest, according to Muslim scholars?
- Why are Christians considered to be lost ones in the Fatiha?
- What do we mean when we ask our Father in heaven not to lead us into temptation?
- What is the difference between justification and sanctification?
- Why must saved believers ask their heavenly Father to deliver them from the evil one?
- Why did Jesus describe Satan as the evil one?
- Where do you stand in the light of the Lord's Prayer?
- What did you gain from studying this comparison the Fatiha and the Lord's Prayer?
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