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Paul’s letter to the Galatians, chapter 1, verses 10-14
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. 11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

The heart of Christian faith: Jesus as the Son of God who died for our sins, according to Islam, these are delusions from Paul the heretic. A revoker, a lier, who pretended to have suddenly seen the light. The Islam has no respect for Paul. According to Muslims, he perverted true faith.

However, Paul does have the right papers. His doctrine is not from himself, neither from a stranger, but he was filled with the Holy Spirit. Being a practicing Jew he strictly followed the shari’a of his ancestors. He was fanatical like a mujahid (jihadfighter) when he persecuted Christ’s church, as far as Damascus. But the Lord crossed his path and grabbed him. Like a flash of lightning by clear heavens he converted from extremist persecutor of the church to a devoted preacher of the gospel (Acts 9).

Nearly unbelievable. And the content of his preachings are almost as wonderful as the story about the preacher. Muslims are proud that the Islam is a logical religion. I on the other hand praise God that his ways are higher than our ways (Is. 55:9). A miracle was needed to save us. “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). Whose idea was that again? What I affirmed is fully revelation. A gift from heaven.

It is a miracle when a muslim converts to Christian faith, but miracles happen. Look at Paul!
Psalm to sing/read: psalm 87.
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