Manchester Islamic Centre

Why did Christians not become Muslims?

Considering the supremacy of Islam, why didn’t Christians become Muslims?

Regarding the reasons for non-acceptance of Islam by the followers of other religions, several points can be raised. Like these possibilities:

1. Many Christians, like followers of other heavenly religions, are unaware of this fact that they should follow the next divine prophet. Or there is an option for her as the Prophet of Islam as the next prophet. In fact, due to deviations and distortions in Christian sources, there is a false belief among many Christians that Jesus Christ will return again, and as a result, until the time of Christ’s return, they have no idea of the existence of a new religion and prophet.

The signs of the appearance of Jesus Christ in the end times or the verses announcing the second coming of Christ are repeatedly mentioned in the Christian Bible; For example, in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 13, verse 6, and also in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 21, verse 8, where Jesus says: “Many will come in my name, they will say that I am the Christ, but do not follow them”

The Bible says about the future of the world: Jesus said to her disciples: Be careful that no one misleads you! Many will come in my name, they will say I am the Christ and they will mislead many, you will hear wars and news of wars, do not worry, because all this must happen, but the end is not yet, nation to nation, kingdom to kingdom. They will fight. Famines, plagues, earthquakes will appear; But all this is the beginning of pain.” (1)

It is clear that when such verses are interpreted as the return of Christ and this belief is promoted among the definite beliefs of Christians, the masses of people in the Christian community have no motivation to study and refer to possible future prophets and reflect on miracles and proofs of truth or Their claims are not false.

2- Some may be aware of the truth of Islam, but they are unwilling to accept it due to stubbornness; The Qur’an has clearly said about this category of people in the Qur’an:

« الَّذينَ آتَيْناهُمُ الْكِتابَ يَعْرِفُونَهُ كَما يَعْرِفُونَ أَبْناءَهُمْ وَ إِنَّ فَريقاً مِنْهُمْ لَيَكْتُمُونَ الْحَقَّ وَ هُمْ يَعْلَمُون (2) Those to whom We gave the Holy Book know him [the Prophet] like their own children (but) some of them knowingly hide the truth! »

This verse shows that some of the People of the Book and followers of other religions during the time of the Messenger of God also correctly knew the truth and prophethood of that Prophet and they saw the signs of the prophet of the end of time in him, but at the same time knowingly and out of stubbornness. And Lajaj were afraid of this belief and did not believe in that Prophet. The same rule can also apply today, and it is natural that when someone has believed in an opinion for years and has thought and acted based on the correctness of that opinion for generations, she cannot give up that opinion easily.

3- Some people, despite believing in the truth of Islam, believe that following each of the divine prophets and becoming religious to each of the divine religions is a means of salvation; This opinion is the same as religious pluralism.

The idea of religious pluralism has a long history. But in the decaderecent events in the Christian world and with the explanation of a scientist named “John“Hick” was raised and developed as Beck’s theory. She sawShe saw that there are many non-Christians who have become pureand harmless peopleunder the influence of other religions,‌so let’s not say thatChrist is God and only through her.You can reach heaven! Because if only a group of Christians will go to heaven, then what about the good deeds of otherscan it be?

She states: “Religions are totalities that have multi-dimensional forms in the field of religious experience, beliefs, scriptures, rituals, ways of life, etc., but all of them are formed in proportion to the impact that ultimate essence has on human life.” (3)

For this reason, pluralistic thinking is popular all over the world, especially in the Christian world, and it is clear that with such an idea, a person does not see any need to change his religion, even if the truth, value, and heavenly nature of the new religion are taken for granted.

4- Of course, the majority of people in Christian societies have generally set their life routines in such a way that they do not seek to find the right religion and do not consider efforts in this field necessary and useful, but instead of entering this field and involving the mind and They live an abstinent life; These people tend to follow their fathers and mothers to the religion of their ancestors and they are used to what they believe and they are not willing to enter this field because of the possible consequences in research and change of religion.

5- This point should also not be overlooked that the propaganda that is going on against Islam and Muslims today, such as Islam being presented as a religion of sword, terror, violence and thoughtlessness, is also one of the important factors in turning the people of other religions in Reflection is about Islam and of course other factors such as the cultural, social, economic and political weakness of Muslims can also play a role in this issue.

subscripts :

1. The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 5, the Gospel of Mark, chapter 13, verse 6, and the Gospel of Luke, chapter 21, verse 8.

2. Al-Baqarah (2) verse 146.

3. Marafet magazine, vol. 23, p. 71, an interview with John Hick and Seyed Hossein Nasr