Recently on BreakPoint, we wrestled with since God allows healthy disasters. Today, we consider by another side of the problem of evil.
It’s been about two weeks given Nabeel Qureshi, after a year-long battle with stomach cancer, went to be with the Lord.
This shining author, apologist and crony of many of us at the Colson Center was lifted a righteous Muslim. He desired to discuss Christians, whom he mostly found incompetent to urge their beliefs. But it was in college that a associating crony challenged him to examine the claims of Christianity.
Nabeel then encountered a God he’d never expected—a Heavenly Father who desired him and entirely ostensible him since of the work of Jesus Christ.
And as a result, Nabeel embraced a new mission—to share Jesus with as many as possible, generally to Muslims. He wrote books, spoke, debated. He was a walking, articulate instance of that singular form of Christian he finally encountered in college. One that was prepared to give an answer to anyone who asked for the wish that he had found. Our prayers go out for his wife, Michelle, and their immature daughter, Ayah.
Many of us spent the last year praying for Nabeel. Not only since we knew him and desired him, but since of the implausible way he was using the sizeable height that God had postulated him.
At Nabeel’s commemorative service, his coach Ravi Zacharias described the implausible story of his protégé this way: “This abnormally born, abnormally torn, abnormally neglected man is now abnormally gone. Gone at such an early age in life, so what we contend to you is this: He’s not the only one who’s died young.”
When we schooled of Nabeel’s passing, in fact, we immediately suspicion of Blaise Pascal, the shining French mathematician whose dictatorial apologetic work was interrupted by his death at age 39. Why would God concede someone so immature and so successful for the dominion to die?
In the answer, we consider it’s critical to acknowledge both what we can say, and what we can’t say. As my BreakPoint This Week co-host Ed Stetzer put it in the review on last week’s podcast, we don’t know the specific reason God done this decision about Nabeel’s life. Silly platitudes like “God indispensable him some-more than we do” are theologically backwards, and tossing around what we call Romans 8:28 bombs only boot the genuine harm the death of a desired one entails.
And that tells us something we can say, that the universe is, as Neal Plantinga put it, not the way it’s ostensible to be. The detriment that we feel points to that. Death is not only abhorrent, it’s an misconception from the way that life is ostensible to be as God combined it. And we clarity that.
In fact, I’ll simply quote Nabeel here. He wrote, “Jesus is the God of annulment and redemption. He redeemed sinners to life by his death, and he redeemed a pitch of execution by repurposing it for salvation.”
This annulment transforms even death itself, which has been “swallowed up in victory.” Nabeel now knows some-more entirely than any of us the definition of the Apostle Paul’s words: “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” His depart is grief for us, but finish fun for him. He is with the Savior he met years ago while acid for Allah.
We should also remember that human life belongs to God. Our western apparition of control is just that, an illusion. We have no some-more explain on another person’s time here on this earth than we do the own. Whatever years we have are a gift, and the God who numbers the days is the only one who knows how many we have left.
And so like Pascal and Nabeel, we should be men and women on a mission. As Chuck Colson said—“living every day as if it’s [our] last, meaningful by God’s beauty and love, the Savior waits for [us] over the grave.”
Amen. In the meantime, we mourn. But we recommit to “lay aside every weight and run with continuation the race before us,” no matter how prolonged or how brief that race will be.
Why Doesn’t God Always Heal? Nabeel and Others Who Die too Young
As John points out, Nabeel Qureshi’s story is one of many that infer to be a absolute sign for all believers. We should be “on mission” every moment of the lives, just as his own life demonstrated. Check out the resources next to review some-more about Nabeel and his extraordinary testimony.