Such great news! The Rest of the Muslim Refugee Story: Muslims Meeting Jesus by the Thousands by Eric Metaxas. See our blog below, where we discuss this, but first, a few comments rom the article:
"A Muslim from Iran, Javad didn't know any Christians and didn't own a Bible, though he had heard some Christian satellite radio. Then in 2008 he migrated to Athens, and a roommate asked him to come to an Iranian church. Javad had never heard of such a thing and, curious, he went. There, in a small, unremarkable rented room, he heard the gospel and gladly received Christ.
"Now Javad is sharing the Jesus he met with other Muslim refugees in Greece. Every day he goes to a refugee center, park, or coffee shop to share the good news with Iranian and Afghan refugees. He says that he knows of two or three Muslims each day since he arrived who have trusted in Christ. Working at a refugee center that provides practical aid, Javad says more than 2,000 Muslims at the center have turned to Jesus in the last eight years.
"One young woman from Iran told the German magazine Stern, "I've been looking all my life for peace and happiness, but in Islam, I have not found them." Another convert said the love of Christ made all the difference. "In Islam, we always lived in fear," he said. "Fear God, fear of sin, fear of punishment. But Christ is a God of love."
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Time to rejoice!
The Muslim converts in the story above are lucky; they have discovered Jesus. They have found him in the context of Christianity, and that is a good thing. But few people realize that Jesus was not a Christian - he did not establish the Christian church. That was done through Paul, and the church has made converts for centuries, even though the gospel that is taught through Christianity contains a fairly scanty account of Jesus true message to our world. Nonetheless, we always rejoice when more souls discover Jesus, no matter how that happens.
Jesus' true gospel is a very simple message that was lost early-on because of the astonishing fact of Jesus' resurrection from the grave. And so, the Christian gospel proclaims Jesus as the risen Lord and the sacrificial lamb of God. And faith in this belief secures salvation, according to the Christian church. But in The Urantia Book, we learn that the gospel that Jesus himself taught was far simpler:
132:4.2 Always the burden of his message was: the fact of the heavenly Father's love and the truth of his mercy, coupled with the good news that man is a faith-son of this same God of love.
A religion for everyone
The greatest thing about the religion of Jesus - and about Jesus himself - is that this religion, and this Savior can be embraced no matter what religion you currently belong to. A person can be a very good Muslim, a very good Mormon, a very good Jew...or have no particular religion at all. Jesus and his religion of personal spiritual experience can be enjoyed and understood by anyone who has the desire to know the personal God who lives right within them. Jesus stands above and apart from all earthly religions, including Christianity. His is truly a religion for every man, woman, and child.
As one of the converts said: the love of Christ made all the difference. "In Islam, we always lived in fear," he said. "Fear God, fear of sin, fear of punishment. But Christ is a God of love."
Now, you might even have had those feelings of "fear of God, fear of sin, fear of punishment" too - even in the church where you now belong. But not only is Jesus Christ a God of love, his Father - and your Father in heaven - is also a God of Love. And so, any church or dogma that engenders fear of God and of his punishment is a church that is on the wrong side of the God of love.
The God of love
The Urantia Book contains revelation; and one of the greatest revelations contaned in its pages is the revelation about God. Its teachings reveal to us a God of total love, total forgiveness, total acceptance. AND this God of love is also a personal God - meaning that he is actually a person, just like you and me. His personality is the source for all personality, and he can be known as a person by any other person in the wide universe. The only way for a person to be known is by another person, and that is how God can be known; even though he is invisible, he makes his home within the minds of his children, guiding, leading, and loving them through all the days of our lives.
It is this very fact about God that forever eliminates the need for churches, priests, or any other middleman who presumes to stand between the believer and his/her maker. The authority of tuth for the believer is this very fragment of God who dwells and lives within them.
When Jesus was here on earth, part of his mission was to reveal the God who is invisible to man's mortal eyes. And this he did throughout his life. Jesus always loved - he loved the simmer, he loved the tax-collector, the lawyer,the Samaritan, the Gentile, and the Jew. He loved the children, the women, the sick and the rich. And he said more than once: "He who has seen me has seen the Father."
So, when we see these new converts to Jesus, it's a heartening thing...but it's not all that surprising. Jesus' Spirit of Truth is also extremely active in the hearts of all mankind. It is that good Spirit that was left here on the day of Pentecost who makes available the truth of God for the seekers like the Muslim converts. For now, they will find a home in Christianity, and that is a very good thing. But hopefully, there will come a day when all believers will experience the freedom - the liberation - of the religion of personal spiritual experience, too.
The Urantia Book contains the complete Life and teachings of Jesus in PART IV. We hope that you will take the time to look into it for yourself.