I can't believe that it has already been 6 years since the 9/11 attacks. I remember where I was, and I am sure you do as well, when I heard about the towers. Why don't we hear more Muslim clerics saying we are a peaceful, loving religion? Why don't we hear more Muslim clerics denouncing these or any terror attack that takes place in the world today? What does the Koran ( alternately, Quran) say about loving Christians or other religions? Does the Koran promote terror on those who don't believe in Allah?
Listen to the following verses from the Koran:
8:12 "When you Lord revealed the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. I will strike off their heads and strike off the finger tips of them."
3:151 "We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they set up against Allah for which He has sent down no authority, and their abode is the fire, and evil is the abode of the unjust."
59:2 "But Allah came to them whence they did not expect, and cast terror into their hearts; they demolished their houses with their own hands and the hands of the believes; therefore take a lesson, O you who have eyes!"
58:5 Those who resist Allah and His Messenger will be crumbled to dust, as were those before them; for we have already sent down clear signs and the unbelievers will have a humiliating penalty."
9:29: "Fight those who do not believe in Allah."
9:123 "O you who believe! Fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness and know that Allah is with those who guard."
4:74 "Therefore let those fight in the way of Allah, who sells this world's life for the hereafter; and whoever fights in the way of Allah, then be he slain or victorious, We shall grant him a mighty reward."
9:5 "Then when the forbidden moths are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem."
5.51. " O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever against you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people." ( I could have mentioned other verses but for the sake and length of this post I will not do so.)
When I preached in a prison, it was the fastest growing religion among violent inmates. It is also one of the fastest growing religions in the world today? Why?
You don't have to change. You're violent. That's okay. We will take you like you are if you will believe in Allah or ?.......... Suffer like those Christians in Sudan. How about taking hostages and make a deal with South Korea that no Christian missionaries will be sent into Afganistan.
As a Chrisitan minister I would denounce any act of violence or act of terror done in the name of God or His son Jesus Christ (ie: bombing abortion clinics to the Crusades or any "Holy War").
The Bible tells us in 1 John 4:16 that "God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in Him."
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but save the world through him."
Jesus tells us in Luke 6:27, "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If some strikies you on one cheek, turn to him the other also."
The center of Christianity is love. Jesus himself gives to us commands based on love found in Matthew 22:37-40 as it reads, "Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments."
So, on 9/11 let us as Christians let the world know who we are by showing our love to the world. Let our love overflow into our hearts, lives, homes, cars, workplace, stores, neighborhood, in the projects, to the homeless, across the border. May God's love and grace overflow and be made known. Let's remember the lives of those loving others.
So, can you love a Muslim?
God change our hearts.
What do you think?
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