Season: 7 Episode: 094
Laura Z Powell, an Islam specialist with Women in Apologetics shares what the recent atrocities in Afghanistan actually mean for women, young girls, and Christians. As someone who has visited Afghanistan, she knows firsthand what life is going to be like after 20 years of progress toward Christianity and women in education. As a result, she shares what every Christian in America must know and what we can do about it once the media moves on.
“Ideas have consequences.”
“Muslims are not allowed to be friends with Christians because we are the worst of creatures.”
“In Islam, there is no concept of humans having been created in the image of God; a person’s value is only in their ability to follow the teachings of Islam.”
“Christians need to know what they believe and why they believe it.”
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Laura Zifer Powell is a Christian apologist and the founder of An Affair with Reason. Since graduating from Duke University in 1998 and from Denver Seminary in 2004, she has ministered in over twenty countries on five continents. Her considerable experience in ministering to Muslim women around the world has given her a unique voice in the world of apologetics as an Islam specialist. She has melded her passion for truth with her heart for women to become a strong voice for leading Muslim women out of darkness and into a renewed hope in Jesus Christ. Her writing can be found at AnAffairWithReason.com, and her new course, Islam Foundations, will be released this May at WomenInApologetics.com. This course equips Christians to effectively challenge Islam and to defend Christianity to Muslims.
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What was your reaction once you found out the Taliban took over the area? We see what’s going on in Afghanistan on TV, but I’m not sure we know the extent of the situation. Being that you’ve visited the area, can you tell us about the culture of Afghanistan pre 9/11/01 and what it’s been with the presence of American soldiers?
Again, you were on my podcast to talk about Islam a few months ago and that is the religion of the Middle East. How does Islam and the reign of the Taliban change what life has been like over there for the last 20 years?
In light of American presence the last 20 years, have Christians been able to openly practice their faith in Afghanistan? Or what does the Taliban takeover mean for Christians and what’s the word coming out of that area for Christians currently?
I’ve seen a lot of Americans mention the change this is going to have on women and I’ve seen videos (not sure how accurate they are) of little girls being taken from their homes and forced to marry these men. Is this a realistic picture of what is actually taking place over there?
Finally, other than prayer, what can we do as fellow believers for the people in Afghanistan? We often watch and feel hopeless and I don’t want this to be just another news story that goes away after a week.