If you receive an email from a Carolyn Kauffman, don't fall for it. She isn't being malicious but she was dishonest about her intentions. She's emailed me and one other well known Muslimah Blogger so it's probable she's emailed others.
At first she seems genuinely curious about Islam. Here's here first Email:
My name is Carolyn and I'm from Australia. I recently found your blog and it was very interesting to read it. You are a very good writer, and I appreciate your strong convictions and your stand for what you believe as the Truth in a world that is falling apart. Although I am not Muslim, I have many similar values.I am interested in Islam and in people who believe in it...I have been studying it for a few months, and I'd love to hear from you personally, if you have time. I am a follower of Jesus and I would love to hear your opinion on Him, how you view Him, etc. If you don't mind me asking questions--I have a few specific things that I'm wondering about. Have you been a Muslim all your life or are you a convert? Also, how does it work...like right now, do you have assurance that Allah has forgiven your sins and that you are saved? Do you know for sure that you are going to heaven? I am very curious...because I have studied Islam some, but I would enjoy interacting with Muslims more and learning more of what they believe.I hope to hear from you soon. Hope you don't mind if I have lots of questions or things to say. :) Thank you! Carolyn Kauffman
The second time, she's pretty obviously proselytizing and you can read for yourself:
You can see that she's already preaching and quoting scripture. She also says she hopes I don't mind all the questions. What questions? Saying that it's sad that I don't have the assurance of Heaven, etc. How offensive. Sorry Carolyn, I know you believe it to be your duty to "save" us but, no thanks. :)Hi Mona,Thanks so much for getting back to me! I'm excited to "meet" someone that I can ask questions to, talk to, etc.When you talk about Jesus not being the son of God, are you talking a physical son?. As followers of Jesus, we do not believe that He was the physical son of God, and that he was actually born out of a physical relationship between God and Mary. Rather, the Spirit of God gave her the power to conceive. His was a supernatural birth...and was not a result of a physical relationship. The "son of God" is actually a metaphorical term and represents the relationship between Jesus and God (maybe the term Ibnu's Sabil [son of the road-traveller] would be a good comparison to what I'm talking about). Jesus is as the servant of God--and was sent to the earth to offer salvation to mankind--to make us "sons of God" as well! He died as a sacrifice for our sins, was buried and rose again, and today He is living! We serve a living God and we can have a relationship with Him! I think that is so exciting. I'm not sure if this makes sense or not....Wow....I think it's so sad that you can't know for sure that you are saved, that you are forgiven for sins, and that you will have eternal life! I know that I am going to heaven, because Jesus has forgiven me, and He is the king of my life!! There are some beautiful verses in the Bible that tell us:1John 5:11-15 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.This is only one of many verses that give us this assurance. Another one is in Acts. Acts 10:43 --To him (Jesus) all the prophets give witness, that through his name everyone who has faith in him will have forgiveness of sins.I think it's so beautiful that we can have this assurance of salvation--and it's found through Jesus. He said in John 14:6: "I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me." Of course I'm curious to hear your perspective on this as well.I hope you don't mind all these questions....this email got longer than what I was expecting. :) Thanks Mona! Have a great day--Carolyn