There are over a billion Muslims in the world. Dialoguing with them is getting more and more important since many of them live in the West. At Speakers Corner in London, many debates take place. Recently a young American lady went to Speakers Corner and debated some Muslim apologists. She probably didn’t know that these were heavyweight apologists who have been doing this for years. Leaving that aside, the way she debated was a perfect example what not to do when debating Muslims.
First of all, it is obvious that this young lady really cares about her faith. She really wants to convince these young Muslim men to reject their faith and embrace Christ. To debate the character of Muhammad will get you absolutely nowhere when debating a Muslim. It’s useless to tell a Muslim:
Hey, you should ditch Islam because Muhammad was a bad bad boy!
Even if she could cite her sources, which she couldn’t, this approach was terrible. These Muslims tore her to shreds. It was painful. She was just exposed as an ignorant Westerner.
Her biggest mistake was bringing up Nabeel Qureshi. This carries about as much weight as when a Muslim brings up Bart Ehrman to a Christian. People aren’t very impressed when an apostate from their faith is quoted as an authority. Again, this will get you absolutely nowhere.
I was recently doing some pro-life work and one of the volunteers was a missionary to Muslims and had been to the Islamic world. We discussed tactics and the most effective ways of communicating. This tactic never came up and for good reason. It’s absolutely worthless. This young lady looks like she’s about 20 and it sounds like she’s just recently come to faith in Jesus. I didn’t expect her to do great, but if you’re a new convert, you need to do research before you go and preach.
If one is debating a Muslim, it’s best not to bring up Muhammad at all. Stick with Jesus Christ and His central place in the Abraham tradition. Keep focusing on Jesus Christ as it is our best weapon against Islam. Use quotes found in the four Gospels. Eventually the Muslims will make the statement and assert that the Bible has been corrupted and at this point, you shift the burden of proof back to them and they’re in trouble. If you know all of the ways they try to maneuver, it is good because they will certainly try.
I could go into more depth but this post is about what not to do. Don’t focus on Muhammad and how bad he was but on the greatness of Jesus Christ. Jesus beats Muhammad any day. We need to use Him!