Apologist Nabeel Qureshi, Dies Following Battle With Cancer
Nabeel was born in California as a U.S. citizen to Pakistani immigrants who fled religious persecution at the hands of fellow Muslims. His parents were devout members of the peaceful Ahmadi sect of Islam, which differs from orthodox Islam on some minor doctrines but shares with it a belief in the six articles of faith. ‚Ä¶
As a Christian apologist with a special focus on Islam, Nabeel was often introduced as a ‚Äúformer Muslim.‚ÄĚ He felt ambivalence about the label, wondering if he would be forever bound by the life he left.
‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt identify other Christians as ‚Äėformer adulterers,‚Äô ‚Äėformer narcissists,‚ÄĚ etc. I have been made a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), I strive every day to cast off the old self and to put on the new (Ephesians 4:22-24), reflecting the fact that I have been born again from above (John 3:3). I would be thrilled if I never had to talk about Islam again, focusing...
The things - The appropriate reward of the actions of this life. "done in his body." Literally, "the things by or through (őīőĻőĪŐÄ dia) the body." Tyndale renders it: "the works of his body." The idea is, that every man shall receive an appropriate reward for the actions of this life. Observe here: (1) That it is the works done in or through the body; not which the body itself has done. It is the mind, the man that has lived in the body, and acted by it, that is to be judged. (2) it is to be for the deeds of this life; not for what is done after death. People are not to be brought into judgment for what they do after they die. All beyond the grave is either reward or punishment; it is not probation. The destiny is to be settled forever by what is done in this world of probation. (3) it is to be for all the deeds done in the body; for all the thoughts, plans, purposes, words, as well as for all the outward actions of the man. All that has been thought or done must come into review, and man must give an account for all.-A. Barnes on 2 Cor. 5:10 To uphold an ungodly view, to be worldly, to idolize politics, to make excuses for sin, such as murdering babies- all these things are not things God will reward you for Jim L. You MUST be born again.
Geoff wrote: The Lord appoints the day of our birth and our death. It appears this man ran his course well and was faithful to the end. What a great testimony to the Lord and His truth. May we all be likewise faithful in our varied vocations until the Lord comes or calls us to Himself.
Great thought, Ge0ff
1517, I would think all of us may have twinge of regret when we see we could have put more crowns at Christ's feet at the Bema seat judgment.
John MacArthur wrote: Thus, the purpose of the judgment seat of Christ is to examine a Christian's total life. We will be recompensed for the deeds we have done, whether good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10). The term used there refers to a summing up and estimation of the total pattern of a believer's life. This overall focus should keep us from worrying over every stupid thing we've ever done, or thoughtless sin we have committed. It's a time of reward, not punishment.
At the same time, while we won't be condemned for our sins, our present lives do affect what will happen at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
It is never a 'pity' for a saint to die and go to be with his Lord, rather, it is a blessing to be gone from this sin cursed, weary world and step into glory.
The true believer longs to be with Christ, which is FAR better. All the prior comments, with the exception of Jim Lincoln's, are excellent.
Nabeel's prayer, ‚ÄúFather we come before you, trusting you even now for a miracle‚Ä¶God is more than able‚Ä¶Lord we know you are able, please heal, please come through‚Ä¶.but if it should be your sovereign will at the end of the day (not to heal), then I trust you, and I love you anyway."
Praises to no King but Christ Alone, for He saves to the uttermost, for their is no need of a Presit, Christ is our High Presit, undefiled & able to brake the sting of Death. For we are more than conquers, all who are in Christ, bearing good fruits of worthy repentance amen.
Spurgeon;!Depend upon it, your dying hour will be the best hour you have ever known! Your last moment will be your richest moment, better than the day of your birth will be the day of your death. It shall be the beginning of heaven, the rising of a sun that shall go no more down forever!
Nabeel said he has a RC cousin who is a Priest at the Vatican and 'a brother in Christ'. Nabeel spoke well of charismatic deceivers like Joyce Meyer and even himself sought charismatic healing when he knew he had little time left. Apologists who speak well of Rome or who are in any way ecumenical deserve our full scrutiny.
The above contains some links to some troublesome concerns re: Nabeel's ministry, but also a very gracious word regarding Nabeel's passing into glory, trusting His Saviour. Worth reading.
The Lord appoints the day of our birth and our death. It appears this man ran his course well and was faithful to the end. What a great testimony to the Lord and His truth. May we all be likewise faithful in our varied vocations until the Lord comes or calls us to Himself.
August 2001, while a student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Nabeel observed fellow student David Wood reading the Bible in his free time. Nabeel regularly read the Qur‚Äôan, but it struck him as odd to see a Christian reading the Bible on his own.
Nabeel challenged David‚Äôs belief in Christianity, beginning with the charge that the Bible had been corrupted over time. Wood aspired to be a Christian apologist, in debate that lasted for several years. , Nabeel eventually became convinced of the general reliability of the New Testament.
He next raised the objection that Jesus never claimed to be God. After being shown this was untrue, Nabeel challenged David that Jesus had never died on the cross. Again, by being willing to investigate the evidence, Nabeel changed his mind.
It was now two and a half years later, and Nabeel raised the greatest stumbling block for accepting Christianity: how could one man die for another man‚Äôs sins? And how could the one true God be a Trinity? He was now reading the Bible and considering Christ‚Äôs claims for himself, David began to challenge Nabeel‚Äôs confidence- From December 2004 to April 2005, Nabeel experienced three vivid dreams that strongly suggested to him that Christianity is true and that Christ should be followed.