Two learned men, one a Christian the other a Muslim, decide to sit down and have a discussion. The discussion helped both sides to better understand each other’s point of view, not for the sake of compromising either side, but to better comprehend that person’s reasons for believing like they do.
Of course, this type of thing is anathema to the discernment blogger era of professing Christianity. It’s like they’re taken aback that Dr. James White actually wants to treat a Muslim like an image bearer instead of a potential member of a terrorist organization.
You would think that Christians of all people would be able to understand that there are many doctrines that are disagreed upon within the realm of orthodoxy. So, when a Muslim disagrees with the interpretation of a text that is popularly seen as violent, hateful, or bigoted in any way, we should hear them out, it’s their book, not ours. The last thing on my mind is to think if they disagree with me they’re lying.
What about the Mosaic law that calls for the death of people for certain things? Not only do Christians disagree on which laws apply and when, they disagree on the purposes and use. Yet, would you think it was fair if someone quoted a random verse from the old testament talking about the death penalty for say blasphemy and accuse you of wanting to do that to anyone you could if you had the chance? Even better, I have a personal example of what I’m talking about.
I had someone quote this verse to me saying that Jesus taught violence
“But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” (Luke 19:27 KJV)
Now, the average Christian will instantly see this as taken out of context. The Scriptures say Jesus is speaking in a parable here.(verse 11) So, this would be the equivalent of me calling Stephen King a murderer for all the dead people in his novels.
I think some Christians can get mixed up and misrepresent the Qu’ran, especially if we are just googling “evil verses in the Qu’ran” instead of doing our own research. We Christians, especially us of the Reformed variety, value context, so we should treat other religion’s holy books the same in that regard.
I want to know what the Qu’ran actually says, what the author’s intention was, and why my Muslim friend believes it’s claims. I’m not interested in fear-mongering or accusing them of lying, unless of course there is proof that they are.
It’s interesting to see the narrative change, one moment they’re lying, yet when the Muslims say Dr. White is helping Islam’s cause, they’re suddenly not lying. Awfully convenient that the Muslim is only telling the truth when you agree with him. They’re probably saying that because that’s what people with opposite positions do. If you know anything about religion or politics, you will know that is just rhetoric.
A couple of clarifications so you know where I stand. I think there are some verses in the Qu’ran that are exegetically indefensible, that are just either plain out wrong or evil.
However, I think we should address this Taqiyya thing as a innocent until proven guilty situation. I’m sure you could show me examples of someone admitting to do it, or you’ve have someone do it before. The issue is not that it happens, it’s that because it happens, you assume it always happens.
We should read sources from Islamic scholars because when we can understand the best they have to offer, we will be better equipped to handle objections. Under that Burka is an image-bearer who wants to believe in a creator. They were probably raised that way, all their family and most of their friends probably believe the same thing. Religion can mean a whole lot to people, and while obviously the Bible will offend them (1 Corinthians 2:14), we shouldn’t add to the offense with our rhetoric.
We should destroy arguments, not people. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
If you’ve made it through this article without calling me a heretic inter-faith islam sympathizer apostate, congratulations. Also, buy Dr. White’s book “What every Christian needs to know about the Qu’ran” for a highly informative summation of the very important differences between Islam and Christianity and why it matters.