Do Everything In Love

1 Corinth 13

Heaven gained a great Christian apologist on Saturday.  Nabeel Quershi was called home after his yearlong battle with stomach cancer.

Apologetics comes from the Greek word ἀπολογία meaning “verbal defense” or “speech in defense”.   Apologists defend objections using historical evidence.

I first read about Nabeel’s life in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity.  Nabeel was brought up in a very loving and deeply religious Muslim family, memorizing the Qur’an by the age of five.  His family trained him in apologetics so Nabeel could defend Islam and disprove other religions.

I reread excerpts from this book to my husband after I learned about Nabeel’s passing.  I forgot how much I enjoyed reading about the lighthearted teasing between Nabeel and David Wood.  As students at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, the two intellectuals became good friends.  When Nabeel challenged David’s Christian beliefs, their discussions eventually led Nabeel to dig deeper into the history of Islam.  I could feel the love in their friendship and discussions.  Not anger, not hatred, not arrogance.  Love.  

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One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  John 13:34-35

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When Nabeel found about his stage IV stomach cancer, he vlogged to keep people informed of his progress.  This was his last vlog.

Norma McCorvey, who was Jane Roe in “Roe v. Wade” was Won by Love.  Nabeel Qureshi was also won by love.  As Christians, love needs to be our motivation in EVERYTHING that we do!  May we all pray not only for Nabeel’s wife and daughter, but also for his many family members who are Muslim.  

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