"Yusuf was right to accept his fate."

What to know Qadar is the Islamic doctrine of fate. Distinct from both Biblical concept of sovereignty and even predestination, Qadar expands to include heretical claims: that God is the author not only of good, but also evil. Often considered the sixth pillar of Islam, Qadar is a doctrine that affects all other Islamic doctrines. When combined with the name "Al-Macker" (the Deceiver, one of the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah), all other claims of Islam come into question. That is: If God is the author of evil, and God is described as a Deceiver (alternate translation, "The Schemer", including even "causing it to appear as if Jesus was crucified"...), how do we know if He's telling us the truth? How do we know if He's scheming against us? Deceiving us? Similarly, if God isn't bound to Truth...what rest or reassurance can a Muslim take from anything Islam says? What to say

If your friend sees Qadar in the life of Yusuf, pause to ask what they mean. Discuss the difference between redeeming an act of evil (that is: God's ability to use what man intended for evil for good) and causing evil.

Read 1 John 1:5 together, along with 1 John 4:7-8 and James 1:13-15. What does the holy Injeel teach about God? Meditate on these passages together, and worship God for his goodness together in prayer. Note: If your friend is reading about Yusuf after having heard the Gospel, pause to recognize the parallel between these stories. Yusuf recognized that what man had intended for evil, God had intended for good, for the saving of many lives. But he spoke from a limited perspective, not knowing the fullness of God's purpose in bringing his family to Egypt. In freeing Yacob's descendants from their coming slavery and oppression, God was about to provide mankind with one of the greatest metaphors of the Bible...Jesus as the Passover Lamb. Read 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 together. Yusuf had peace, trusting in God's purposes and plans, even though his ability to see was limited (he words appear to be a reference to the physical lives that were saved from famine.) But Jesus, whose perspective is complete, never saw "in part", but saw fully. Knowing the will of God, he described his coming surrender to the evil plans of men in clear words. Read Matthew 20:17-19 together. What man had intended for evil, God used for good...for the saving of many lives. If God opens the door, ask your friend if they believe this.

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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