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It's the Theology

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 though we still may feel it at times.

Terrorists 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'. This is because some verses are peaceful and some are violent in nature. But unlike the Bible, narrative context is not given to verses, so it can be confusing to know which ones are applicable in which situations. 

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.


Islamic Theology

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

For this reason, I am more troubled by Islamic theology than by Islamic terrorism. They preach a different Jesus ('Isa' in the Qu'ran). This Jesus did not die for sins, did not rise from the grave, and does not save us or make God our Father. Islam does not teach that we need new hearts or that we can be born again. They teach that we must simply choose to submit (the meaning of 'Islam) to the commands of Allah and hope on judgement day he has mercy on us. Sin is not a sickness in Islam, and therefore there is no need of the Cross as a cure.

That theology is far more dangerous than a few explosions. And so is any ideology (secular or religious) that blinds people from the person and work of Jesus.

The bombs are scary. The book is scarier. 

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