The Christian-Muslim Debate Was Awesome

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   10/21/2012

ST. CLOUD -- Last night Dr. Masih was superb in explaining all sixteen verses that Mr. Andzenge challenged him with.

The Christian-Muslim Debate was held last night at SCSU Atwood Center Voyager Room with Mr. Farooq Kaase Andzenge (Muslim) and Dr. Masih (Christian)

Mr. Andzenge is the Imam of the St. Cloud Mosque, which is located by SCSU.

The first thing I learned was that Mr. Andzenge challenged Dr. Masih five months ago with sixteen bible passages that he believed referred to the Prophet Mohammad. 

By doing so Mr. Andzenge was attempting to prove that the prophet Mohammad was indeed a prophet send by God after the prophet Jesus Christ and therefore the Prophet Mohammad’s writings in the Qur’an would have greater importance and would be a more complete revelation than the bible.

But it didn’t go his way, because Dr. Masih did his homework and presented the unmatchable biblical response to every single verse, explaining them within the bible.  There was no doubt that the bible in its entirety supports the claims of Christianity – namely that Jesus is the Son of God and was the last prophet sent to the Jews.

“Last of all, he sent his son to them. 'They will respect my son,' he said.” – Matthew 21:37

It was a great opportunity to learn how Islam explains away the clear teaching of the bible while holding on to the idea that they believe in Christ, at least as a prophet.

During questions and answer time, Mr. Andzenge was asked about the bible passage where Jesus says “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and he responded by saying “we agree” and went on to say that Jesus was referring to God and as a prophet was sent to declare these things just as the prophet Mohammed was sent to declare.  

Therefore both Jesus and Prophet Mohammad would say the same thing.  I thought that was a very clever way to dodge the first part of that verse, but he didn’t address the second part that says, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

By the end of the night, it was clear to me that Mr. Andzenge believes that Islamist and Christians believe in the same God, and Christians stop short with the complete revelation of God with the teachings of Jesus.  Christians are missing the greater revelation that was given by the next prophet sent from God, prophet Mohammad. 

But that is not the case.  Allah the God of Islam in the Qur’an and the God of the Bible are clearly not the same person, and we have written about the many differences.

Another interesting part of the debate was when Mr. Andzenge made the claim that when Jesus was talking about how the Holy Spirit would come as the Comforter after Jesus went to heaven, that Jesus was really talking about the prophet Mohammad.

I had never heard this argument before, but Dr. Masih brought up so many reasons why the Holy Spirit could not be the prophet Mohammad in that passage that there was no way to defend it.

You see, Islam needs Jesus to be talking about Mohammad otherwise it leaves unanswered questions. 

Muslims don’t believe in the trinity, which is why they don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God or that God has a third person, the Holy Spirit.  So because the prophet Mohammad came after Jesus, then Jesus must have been talking about him rather than the Holy Spirit.  If Jesus was indeed talking about the Holy Spirit, the third person of God, than it would also be true that Jesus is the second - the Son of God – as Jesus claimed to be.

In Closing

In the closing arguments, Mr. Andzenge had little response to Dr. Masih‘s plethora of scripture that uncovered the true meaning of all sixteen verses that he was challenged with.  Mr. Andzenge was trying to show that Christianity ignores the evidence for Prophet Mohammad and therefore Christians believe against the evidence – which is irrational – or blind faith.

But Dr. Masih proved the opposite; that scripture reveals a different story, that all the prophets of the old testimony were sent to the Jews, of which Jesus was the last.  Dr. Marish revealed to the audience that not one of the sixteen verses that Mr. Andzenge claimed were about the prophet Mohammad.

In closing Mr. Andzenge wanted to say that we should not believe against the evidence or have blind faith, but that our faith should follow the evidence which points to Mohammad, but he couldn’t say that because Dr. Masih clearly demonstrated that the evidence pointed to Christianity, so he said, “Muslims know that this refers to Mohammad” and “not everyone will believe, but it is our job to present the faith”. 

In other words, it appears that the evidence reveals Christianity is the truth, but we must put our faith in Mohammad regardless.  This is irrational – or blind faith.

I think Mr. Andzenge was genuinely surprised that Dr. Masih spent so much time finding the true meaning of all sixteen verses. 

Mr. Andzenge is clearly very intelligent and seems to hold his followers’ attention with his intellectual advantage and the silence of Christians who usually do not respond to his claims and are unwilling to invest the time to answer his questions.  

This could be seen in the challenge he left to the audience when Mr. Andzenge said, “Go and ask your ministers to explain your questions, and if they cannot, come talk to a Muslim that can.” (paraphrase)

In this, he makes a very good point, because he is saying if Christianity is the truth, then where are your leaders that can explain the hard questions?  Why can’t they answer your questions? 

This is a good point, because Christians need to spend time understanding the scripture, preparing to give an answer to everyone that asks for the reasoning behind why we believe Jesus is the Son of God.  This is what Paul told us.

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” - 1 Peter 3:15        

Great Opportunity

This debate was a great opportunity for evangelism. Dr. Masih presented the revelation of Christ as the Son of God, send to earth by his father in heaven to die for the sins of men that believe on him.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

Hundreds of people that were in attendance had probably never heard this before. Dr. Masih‘s diligent study of the Word of God enabled this event to take place and many to hear the gospel.  Praise the Lord for all that heard this message.

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