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It's the Theology

Thank you to those of you who contacted me after the recent terrorist attack outside of Parliament and asked about the well-being of my family and I. We’re alive! We live north of London and were many miles from the tragic incident.

Those who live in North America may have the impression that Europe is completely overrun by violent, Islamists posing as refugees. But this is an exaggerated perspective. Most Muslims I know were here with their families long before the crisis in Syria and are moderate and peace-loving in their views. 

That’s not to say there are no violent radicals here in Europe – there certainly are. I don't want to minimise the trouble that some Europeans have experienced by poorly planned immigration policies. But violence is not the norm in my experience. 

If you have no Muslims among your friends, I would encourage you to try and make some.


I want to remind my Christian friends about priorities. It is understandable that secular people – whose joy is in this world – fear radical Islam. For those of us whose life is hidden with Christ in eternity, such fear is unnecessary and only reveals our own unbelief and worldliness.

Terrorists cannot change the death rate. It’s still one per person. At most, they simply make death more unpredictable and take our loved ones at unexpected times. But the ultimate tragedy of humanity is not that we lose loved ones when we least expect it – it’s that we lose them in the first place. The goodbye we must one day make to all our loved ones is inevitable.

It's debated between radical and moderate Muslims to what degree the Qu'ran encourages violence towards 'infidels'. But it's definite that the Qu'ran denies the hope of Christ's resurrection. Islam teaches that Jesus (Isa) was a mere prophet who was never crucified and who therefore never rose with saving power from death. 

This is why we must give ourselves to proclaiming the resurrection of Christ with fresh boldness and compassion. It's Christ alone that can save. If you have him, you no longer wet yourself at the thought of being murdered by a terrorist.

I am concerned about the veils of both Western secularism and Islam that blind the people around me. The disease of sin is killing them and neither ideology can save from death or hell.

I am far more troubled by Islamic theology than I am by Islamic terrorism.

You should be too. 


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