I guess to understand why I am a Muslim I have to first ask myself why did I become a Christian? I know and understand the truth that we are here on this earth for no other purpose than to worship God the Creator of the Universe.
Everything we do in life revolves around this one truth… in fact the Bible says “what soever you eat or drink, or whatever you do.. do it all to the glory of God.”
My life therefore is mine for one reason only to worship and live for God in my marriage, in my family and in my work.
When I realized this as a little girl, I started attending Church and I accepted everything taught to me because it was for me the way to worship and live for God in this world.
Nothing else mattered… only Him. So when I thought I was going to work overseas in a mission hospital with no thought of marriage.. it was easy to do, because the promise was that God would be a husband to me.
My whole desire was to hear His words to me on judgement Day.. “well done good and faithful servant.” enter in to the joy of my presence.
I’ve long been concerned about the focus on Jesus in the church. When I led services I tried to focus on worship of God. When I prayed, yes I prayed in Jesus name, as I was commanded, but my prayers were never addressing the Holy Spirit or Jesus… but always God my Heavenly Father.
As a Christian and working with a christian organization, my focus was to bring people into a relationship with God. I wanted them to know Him as I did. I wanted them to know in their inner most being the reality of God as their everything.
Then I was introduced to Islam. Complete submission to the will of God, leading to peace with God.
As a Christian I had been taught that the Old Testament pointed to Christ’s coming. Yet, I began to find Jews who were so full of obedience to their Jewish roots and they did not read the Old Testament as I had been taught to believe and they had good reasons not to.
At the council of Nicea the books chosen to form the NT were all those that agreed with Trinitariasm even though many were in use at l that time that did not agree with it. They were equally accepted as God’s word until Nicea.
I looked at the Christian church and asked.. if Christianity is the only way, why is the Church not strong and thriving and why when we share the Gospel as openly and as strongly and bathed in as much prayer as I have in the past 5 years.. we not see people coming to faith?
I was left with one conclusion.. for every thing I had said against Islam particularly, there was a million OT reasons why Islam was saying things that had been told to the generations before Christianity. God’s word in the Bible, in the Quran and in the Jewish Scriptures all says one things “God’ word will remain forever.”
If this is so, then why do we have such a change? God told the Israelites they would be blessed for obedience and punished for disobedience. He promised all the OT prophets that if His people humbled themselves and prayed and turned from their wicked ways they would receive His forgiveness and salvation.
Suddenly the Church is saying that there needs to be blood atonement, and they constantly refer to a few verses in the OT all of which can be translated differently and understood differently depending on translation and on interpretation.
As Christians we think very little of living a life that glorifies God. We live in a Christian faith that teaches health wealth and prosperity doctrines. That ignores the fact Christ said that the Peace makers would see God, yet do not speak out against the atrocities in the world that are so often the cause of more “terrorism” than that publically called terrorism.
In submitting to God through Islam, I am simply saying “I want my whole life to reflect His will. I want to worship Him with my whole being 24 hours a day. I want to show the world, that saying I am worshipping God, isn’t about having a belief that someone else has paid the penalty for my sin… it’s about me standing before my Creator on the day of Judgement and having to give an account to Him.. something even those who do believe in the atonement will not escape.
Why not be a Submitted Christian? because to do that would be to worship God as Trinity… or at least to make Christ what He is not.. God. He Himself said that the we are to obey the teachings of His God.
Hell is never taught in Christianity anymore.. yet Christ spoke more about it than He did about other things.
We cannot afford to live on this life earth and forget that the day of accounting is ahead.. Islam simply acknowledges we will all face that accounting and Islam calls us to live a life now that takes it into account.
Islam is not terrorism. Islam is simply saying live on this earth as if God Himself were amongst us.. every prayer, every action every word, should be an acknowledgement of His right to control our lives and demand our obedience to His written law and His spoken law.
As Christ said in the sermon on the mount.. “Let your light so shine before men they will see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
May that be true in my life, for that is the reason I am a Muslim… that God may be glorified in my life.