transplant, but don’t cut, your roots; an open letter to new Christians

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Recently I found out about an event where some former Muslims turned Christians talked about their experiences and how they became followers of Christ/Isa Al-Masih. When they were asked questions about Islam they chose to focus on some of the negative aspects they found within Islam, they also perpetuated some fear based around Sharia law and Islamic fundamentalism especially in the area of it coming to the United States of America.

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Fundamentalist ideals and views can be found all over, and not solely in religious forms. So to get worked up about the minority in Islam is rather foolish, because focusing on this may lead to fear, and fear is a horrible way to live out one’s life. Sure be proactive, but don’t be foolish.

Also there’s the nature of followers of Islam, they have dreams and ideals for their families and community at large, they have values that benefits all. I have some Muslim friends and I’ve been to the local mosque on more than one occasion and for a while last year I was learning about Islam 101 through the local mosque and I received nothing but love and hospitality. While some skeptics might say they were being nice to me because it was their intention to convert me to Islam, that this was the sole reason why they were being nice, I beg to differ; I used to bullshit others (for many reasons) and I can tell you this, you can’t bullshit a bullshitter (past or present) and the love and hospitality I received at the mosque was genuine.

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So this message is primarily intended by new Christians, and here’s what I have to say. Transplant your roots if you do, but don’t hack away at them. The time you were oriented in another religious direction or even if you had no previous religious direction was not spent in vain. The process I kind of mentally go through in any new situation or direction is examining my past, learning from it, and essentially “eat the meat, spit out the bones”. One of my more recent favorite authors (Ian Morgan Cron) spoke at my church last year and I got the chance to talk to him privately about his book, and how I appreciated it but more to the point I could relate to it. He listened exceedingly well and responded in 3 words:
nothing is wastedin regards to where I’ve been in this life. It stuck deep and it is still something I dwell on, and I recognize this can be placed on pretty much any experience life throws our way. nothing is wasted, there’s always something to learn from and grow on when we transplant our roots.

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So if you’re entering a new job, becoming part of a new religion, or anything else that matter, I hope you’re able to glean from where you’ve come from to become a better you where you’re at with what you’ve gone through and/or where you’ve come from.

~Nathanael~

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One thought on “transplant, but don’t cut, your roots; an open letter to new Christians

  1. May peace and blessing of Almighty God be upon you o my dear sister. In the name of Allah , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
    Thanks to Allah(God) I believe Jesus is son of Mary but not son of God. He is Prophet of God but not God. He was truthful, he didn’t lie. He addressed the messages of His Lord correctly to whom he was sent. He never claimed divinity. He was saying “..Worship my Lord and your Lord”
    I ask you o my dear sister how one can be both servant and master at the same time? How could Jesus be at the same time Lord and Messenger?
    You said he crucified and stayed in grave for 3 days. As you said Jesus is Lord who control the world day and night. If this Lord died, what would this world be? By whom it was controlled? Can you Rethink with clean heart?
    Do you follow Christianity? I expect your short answer is ‘Yes’. You know Christian is a person who follows Jesus. Am I not right?
    The base of religion is believing in only one God Who has the following attributes
    ( 1 )   Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One,’
    (2) Allah, the Eternal Refuge.
    ( 3 )  He neither begets nor is born,
    (4) Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” Al Qur’an 112:1-4
    So if someone says “Jesus is my Lord” ,he is not following Jesus. Because Jesus didn’t order any one to worship him. Rather he was ordering to worship his Lord.

    “They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O Children of Israel, worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.” Al-qur’an 5:72 (Al-maeda: 72)

    You know Jesus was eating, sleeping. do you think if the Controller of the world had slumbered for second, this world would have stood by itself? Human being is weak. Through sleeping and eating he regains his energy. So do you expect this weakness from Almighty God?

    “They have certainly disbelieved who say that Allah is Christ, the son of Mary. Say, “Then who could prevent Allah at all if He had intended to destroy Christ, the son of Mary, or his mother or everyone on the earth?” And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them. He creates what He wills, and Allah is over all things competent.”
    Al-qur’an 5:17 ( Al-maeda :17)

    Really do you believe from your heart one is the same to three; three is same to one?
    “O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.”
    Al-qur’an 4:171(An-Nisa:171)

    If you are truth searcher surely your Lord help you. He Guides you to Straight path. “It is You we worship and You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path -” Al-qur’an 1:5-6 (Al-Fatiha:5-6)
    May Allah guide you o truth searcher.

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