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Was Dr. Yahya A.R. Lehmann a Christian when he became a Muslim?

1. Introduction
Dr. Yahya A.R. Lehmann has studied philosophy and theology. He was also a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. However, being a member of a Christian organization doesn’t mean you are certain about eternal life in heaven. Every person has to make a decision to accept the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ and to surrender the soul to God. Lehmann had not made this decision and he tried to fill the emptiness of his soul by the study of ancient texts.

2. How he became a Muslim
He did only believe that Jesus Christ was a prophet in the Jewish tradition: “who called his followers back onto the right religious way of the Jewish prophets and patriarchs of old, like Abraham, surrendering themselves to the one and only God”. Lehmann did not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. For Lehmann, the faith in Jesus Christ was reduced to acceptance or no-acceptance of the doctrine of the Trinity: “The triune deity as professed by Christian dogma, in which I had been raised from childhood and which in later years of ecclesiastical studies I have been specially trained to proclaim”. Because he did not trust about the forgiveness of his sins, he could not live by grace. He tried salvation by doing good works for the Supreme Being. Therefore the step from his personal faith to Islam was not difficult. Islam teaches involvement in doing good works for salvation and acceptance of a higher being and prophets is enough to become a Muslim. He accepted Islam and became a Muslim after a trip to the Middle-East.

3. Conclusion
Dr. Yahya A.R. Lehmann was never a Christian. There is hope of him. When he accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior he still can be saved before his death:

“Look, I stand at the door, and knock, if anybody hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will feast with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).