"You think that Nuh got drunk?"



What to know If your friend read to the end of Genesis 9, he or she may have found its surprising and sad ending...that Nuh's great act of faith ends with drunkenness, nakedness, disgrace, and a curse on his sons. As mentioned above, Muslims are taught that prophets don't sin. For your friend, this record of Nuh's drunkenness and exposure can be seen as proof that this book has been corrupted. If your friend says this, revisit the content available about the "corruption" of the Injil. Pause your reading to discuss. Notice that even after corruption is addressed, your friend may be left with a question: "But why is it in the book?" For many Sunni Muslims in particular, "good" is defined by the behavior of the prophets: the highest goal is to imitate and live according to "sunnah." To assert that prophets not only can sin, but that the holy book contains record of their sin, can be an alarming truth to someone in this worldview. What to say Let your friend wrestle through that tension: If "good" isn't defined by imitation of prophets...how do you know what "good" is? What does God desire? Leave the question open...don't try to rush to answer it. We recommend that both you and your friend keep a journal of questions that are raised, that you'll revisit together as you continue to read. You might also share with your friend that the holy Injil contains many records of what people did...both good and bad, wise and foolish. At times, their behaviors are given to us as examples to follow, as seen in Hebrews 11. At other times, their behaviors can serve as a warning. Ask your friend to consider the life of Nuh again, and consider Ephesians 5:17-18. How do they wish the story had ended? How does God want our own story to end?​

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  be reconciled to God. 

   

[II Corinthians 5:20]

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