~ Robert Bowman has started a series on Nabeel Quereshi titled: Learning from a Failed Experiment: Nabeel Qureshi and Healing
What I just linked to is the first post in at least 9 posts. I am slowly reading them one by one. I was going to comment on one, and started to, but my comment was getting too big, so I have decided to post it here instead. In the meantime, I would urge people to go there and read the whole series. I think the whole subject is very important.
Anyway, here is my would be comment to post #1:
I am glad to have found this series. This is because I never quite finished processing Nabeel Qureshi’s passing away. I thought for sure that he would make it and was taken aback when he did not. There were various reasons why I thought that he would live. Here are some of them:
(1) Knowing that tens of thousands of people were praying for him. Just look at his vlog numbers
(2) Knowing that Christians all over the world were praying and fasting for him. Again just look at the youtube comments – they came from everywhere
(3) Knowing not only that tens of thousands were praying for him, but so also were a galaxy of prominent Christians like Ravi Z, W.L. Craig, etc.
(4) Knowing the impact that he had – we need people like him,
(5) Seeing the gifts that he had – surely these would continue to be put to good use
(6) Considering the uncharitable way in which some Muslims might interpret his death – and this already seemed to be starting up online.
(7) – (N) And many more… esp. theological & scriptural and the obvious – his family.
I hope to continue to process it all by way of your series. Thanks!
That all said, my comments on the list above. I have realized since that
(1)-(3) would mean that God is a respecter of persons. What of a Christian in a hostile country, who only knows a handful of fellow believers? Will his prayers for healing go unanswered because he does not know thousands upon thousands of other believers or the top brass in the West?
As regards (4) & (5) – These were fair to bring up in prayer. Hezekiah implicitly laid claim to the same, when he prayed for an extension on his life. However its no guarantee.
As regards (6) – Now looking at fall out – by in large nothing happened. Yes, there will always be uncharitable characters on the net who will say all sorts of things, but by in large its either been fine or something negative that petered out pretty fast.
As regards (7)-(N), I will keep reading Bowman’s posts as the days go by and hopefully put more things things together that I never have quite been able to.