Read the Whole Bible for Heaven’s Sake

The Quran instructs them to kill the infidels. The question is, which ones will step up and be fully obedient to their prophet? We don’t know….

This was my comment on a friend’s post that we need to be careful about trusting Muslims.

A person responded by defending Islam. She defined “infidel” as those physically attacking and killing Muslims, and even validated the terrorist attacks by stating that the Quran advocates “self defense.” She also, as unbelievers are wont to do, critically referenced stoning in the Bible. The following is my response. I was informed afterward that she didn’t read it because it was too long, but she continued to defend Islam. Hopefully you can make it all the way through!

Thanks for engaging in this conversation. I understand that there are mixed messages out there and it can be confusing. I hope my words will clarify some things for you.

By definition, an infidel is “a person who does not believe in religion or who adheres to a religion other than one’s own.” Yes, other Muslims have died in the attacks, but bombs and mass shootings aren’t very differentiating. Self defense? They attack and maim and murder people (men, women, and children) who are just eating at restaurants, going to work, watching a concert, driving down the road, walking down a street, and riding on airplanes. Remember 9/11? How was that self defense?

As for your reference to stoning in the Bible, I kindly suggest you read the whole Bible. But first know this: “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” (1 Corinthians 2:14) If you approach the Bible critically and just read it piecemeal without a desire to understand it and to know the living God, you could even deduce that Jesus was a donkey thief. (Matthew 21:21-22) But if you approach the Word of God with a heart and mind that is truly seeking to know Him, you will find that He is holy and just and beautiful and forgiving and perfect. (O taste and see that the Lord is good…Psalm 34:8)

Unbelievers are quick to point out the Old Testament stonings, but forget to mention Jesus’ coming to earth to die on the cross for the sins of the world. For my sin. And for your sin. Sin separates us from the perfect, holy God (see verses below). In the Old Testament, one punishment for sin was stoning. Sin had to be punished. But Jesus came and fulfilled the Old Testament completely. Sin still has to be punished, so those who reject Christ will be punished eternally in hell. But those who surrender to Christ and accept His gift of salvation get to wear His pure white robe of righteousness, escape punishment for sin, and spend eternity in Heaven with Him. In Islam, followers are encouraged to strap bombs to themselves and blow up innocent people in order to enter their reward of paradise with 72 virgins. In Christianity, followers are instructed to lay down their lives by serving others and living holy lives. It is a glaring contrast.

Here is an excerpt from one of my blog posts with some Scriptures to help you:

Are you going to Heaven when you die? If you have not confessed your sins, repented, and received Christ’s free gift of salvation, you aren’t. But know this verse: “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.” (Psalm 86:5 NAS)

And these:

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

Romans 5:8

Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10:13

I encourage you to look up these verses for yourself in an accurate translation, write them down, pray, and talk to a pastor from a Bible teaching church. If you have come to salvation, welcome to the family of God. You are in for the ride of your life!

If you would like to read other posts, you can find my blog here: wordsbeyondme.wordpress.com

In His grace,

Janice

Janice Powell 2015

 

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