The religions of the world, with the exception of Christianity, teach salvation by works. They teach in order to be accepted by God one must do more good works than bad works. As one Muslim explained it, “If I’m driving my car and drive through a stop sign, then I stop twice at the next stop sign.”
There is a story that explains the difference between the World’s religions and Christianity. A man fell into a pit and could not get out. Buddha passed by, looked at the man and said, “Poor fellow. You were foolish to get into such a mess. I’m sorry that I can do nothing to help you.” And Buddha walked on. Shortly Mohammed passed by. He said, “I am sorry I can’t help you out of the pit, but if you ever get out I may be able to give you some advice which will keep you from falling in again.” And Mohammad walked on. Then Jesus of Nazareth passed by. He said nothing, but got down into the pit and lifted the man out. The point is this: Jesus does for us what we, or anyone else, cannot do for ourselves.
Since the terrible events in France many have attempted to say that all religions have been involved in senseless atrocities, and thus the religion of Islam cannot be counted as guilty for last week’s events.
Is it fair to say that all religions have been involved with atrocities? No! It is not fair to judge any religion by the immoral acts perform under the name of that religion. However, it is fair to look at the theology a religion teaches and judge that religion by its teachings. For instance one can look into history and find atrocities that were said to be done in the name of Christianity. However, I defy anyone to find those atrocities conforming in any way to the teachings of Jesus. I even defy anyone to find me a single unkind or harsh word Jesus ever spoke to a sinner. Search the manifestos of Jesus and judge Christianity by His teachings, and not by the violence done in its name. One must conclude: Not Guilty.
Now hold Islam to the same scrutiny. Study Islam’s theology and then compare it to the atrocities that have been committed in its name. One must conclude: Guilty.
Jesus, what a difference,
We all cringed at the news of an Islamic madman killing a journalist last week. The murder claimed to be killing in the name of Allah. Interesting how what he said compares to what God teaches in the book of Proverbs, “All who hate Me [God] love death” (8:36).
These murders, plural for there have been countless others, point out that the god of Islam offers neither grace nor mercy. Because Allah has neither, the Islamist must kill, spill blood, and plunge the knife. Their barbarity is all to prove they love their god enough. Here is where Islam falls short: Since their god has neither grace nor mercy, then the Islamist can never hope to receiver grace or mercy themselves.
Thomas Aquinas said, “The soul in grace is so seductive that it surpasses the beauty of all created things.” Today in the Middle-East, from Turkey to Morocco and beyond, there is a great amount of turmoil, and it is all because of Islam. Should the Christian be terrorized? No! Should the Christian see opportunity? Yes!
Grace and Mercy,