What evidence proves the falseness of the Muslim faith? -- Mitchell, Boston, Massachusetts

Rather than aim to demonstrate the error of other religions, denominations, or sects, Christians are called to proclaim the truth and let their light shine. The positive focus will draw others to Christ much more than a negative demonstration of the ignorance and lostness of those who do not know God. Still, there is an important place in faith-building apologetics for studying other systems of beliefs, and I sense in your question a searching for answers, for boundaries, and perhaps for an ability to build a bridge with outsiders.

Since your question is about Islam, let me make a couple of recommendations. First, read the Qur'an. It is only 4/5 the length of the N.T., and this will help you understand where Muslims are coming from. (I would probably not aim to read the Qur'an if you have not completely read the Bible at least once or twice; keep those priorities straight!) As you read the Qur'an, you'll easily notice the confusion when it comes to O.T. and N.T. events. Second, I would like to recommend the best book I have ever read on Islam, Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb's Answering Islam: The Crescent in the Light of the Cross (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993). You may also enjoy my book Jesus & Islam (2008), co-authored with a brother in Christ who used to be a Muslim.

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