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LESSON 5: ISLAM B (Jihad)
- Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” - Luke 23:34
- “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out.” - Q 2:191
- “If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” - Matthew 5:39
- “I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.” - Q 8:12
- “For he who insults you [Muhammad] will be cut off.” - Q 108:3
- “Killing disbelievers is a small matter to us.” - Tabari IX.69
- “Love your enemies and pray those who persecute you.” - Matthew 5:44
Outreach tips for Muslims in the light of Jihad
- Check your sources. Don’t believe everything you hear.
- Always remember: Jesus forbade his followers to respond in kind. Please get a copy of Jesus & Islam if you have not already read this book (written by a Christian and a former Muslim).
- Only a small percentage of Muslims are radically politicized. Keep this in mind.
- Political Islam is little different to political Christianity. The way of force, violence, compulsion, is at completely at odds with what Jesus Christ taught, and how he lived.
- Latch on to the true nature of jihad: striving. While Christianity forbids holy war, we do know something about the struggle to master one’s desires, to shoulder the Cross daily.
- Allah is not the God of the Bible. He is majestically distant, remote, impersonal -- so different to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- "God loves not the unbelievers" (3.25). "God loves not the prodigal" (6.40). He is "an enemy to unbelievers" (6.140). His love is conditional.
- Yet the God of the Bible loves his enemies (think of Jonah and the Ninevites, or passages in Amos, Isaiah, and elsewhere where God tells us his heart breaks for lost).
- One is not made right with God by sincerity. "Better a weak faith in a strong bridge than a strong faith in a weak bridge." That is, sincerity does not create truth.
Suggested article (focusing on ISIS) to help us understand the types of radical Islam.
Next podcast: Sikhism, Shinto, etc