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Was Gary Miller a Christian before he became a Muslim?

Gary Miller has been educated in the Roman Catholic school system in the roaring sixties of the 20th century. He studied theology at the University of the Jesuits and became a priest. After that, he received a university degree as doctor in mathematics from the University of Toronto. In 1977, Gary Miller started to discover inconsistencies in the Bible. Then he read the Qur’an. He thought it was full of contradictions, and false statements, but he experienced it was not below the level of the Bible. Somehow, he started to believe that the Qur’an is a supernatural revelation. In 1978 he became a Muslim and called himself Abdul-Ahad. He went to Saudi Arabia to work at the Oil and Minerals University and started to promote Islam. Was Gary Miller really a Christian before he became a Muslim?

1. He had no faith that Jesus had power to forgive his sins

As a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, Gary Miller had to minister the communion, including the words of Jesus: “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28). However speaking such powerful words and having faith in it, are two different things. Gary had no faith that Jesus has divine power to forgive sins. He doubted that he is God. He asked other priests about the divinity of Jesus Christ and didn’t believe in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. He came with questions like: “Who is Jesus’ father?” He was also confused about the identity of Jesus Christ and asked people [1]: “Do you mean that God Almighty married Mary and conceived Jesus?”. Those questions mean he didn’t believe in the foundation of Christian faith, including forgiveness of sins by the blood of Jesus Christ.

2. He never had certainty to go to heaven

On a meeting [2], a Christian asked Gary Miller: “I was just curious how does a Muslim, how does he know that he has eternal life, what does a Muslim believe once he dies in sin?” Gary answered that he doesn’t know what will happen at Judgment Day. He believes that nobody is able to know for sure he will go to heaven. This is a typical statement about someone what doesn’t believe that Jesus Christ died for his sin: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life” (John 3:36), what millions of Christians today have experienced. Gary is convinced that it’s a matter of being perfectly honest with yourself and you need to make the right intentions. However, for a human being it is impossible to know what are “good intentions”, seen with the eyes of God. A mortal soul will never have complete knowledge of God Almighty. Only through revelation in Jesus Christ a human being is capable having divine knowledge [3].

3. Conclusion

Gary Miller was never a Christian. He did not believe in the forgiveness of Jesus Christ and was never certain about going to heaven. By becoming a Muslim he only confirmed his faith in a higher power and moral rules in life.

Notes

1. Gary Miller, Muslim World League, http://en.themwl.org/hence-they-embraced-islam-dr-abdulwahid-omar-gary-miller.
2. What The Gospels Mean to Muslims, http://www.quransearch.com/miller.htm.
3. Hendrikus Berkhof, Sierd Woudstra, Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Study of the Faith, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, 2002, 23.