Does the Koran Really Say That?

Posted by Larry Miller on November 15, 2011 under Why | Be the First to Comment

Most Christians have really read little of their own Bible, so expecting them to be familiar with so-called holy books of other faiths is somewhat of a stretch. N.J. Dawood gave us an English translation of the Koran so that we might have a better understanding of the religion that drives some to violence. Admittedly the following quotes do not present a complete picture of Islam… nothing a few paragraphs in length could do that. It should, however show that there are areas of concern and prompt further study.

“Slay them wherever you find them…Idolatry is worse than carnage…Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme.” (Surah 2:190-)

“Believers, do not make friends with any but your own people…They desire nothing but your ruin….You believe in the entire Book…When they meet you they say: ‘We, too, are believers.’ But when alone, they bite their finger-tips with rage.” (Surah 3:118, 119)

“Forbidden to you are…married women, except those you own as slaves.” (Surah 4:20-, 24-)

“Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)

“Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]…until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” (Surah 9:27-)

“Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them.” (Surah 9:121-)

Mohammed said, “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, none has the right to be worshiped but Allah”. (Al Bukhari vol. 4:196)

As with the word of the living God, it is possible to take things out of context and make the appear to be something they are not. I do not believe that these quotes misrepresent the intent of the original writer, however I would add two caveats. The first being that these are not the entire counsel of the Islamic holy book. The second is that, just as with the Church, there can be emphasis on one aspect of the entire teaching over another.

An example of this would be that some bodies have a heavy emphasis on God’s grace while others would emphasize God’s holiness. The truth is that a comprehensive view of our Creator is one that recognizes both grace and holiness to achieve a complete picture.

Some mosques have a clear jihadist bent and others appear to actually be the religion of peace that they claim to be. The peaceful coexistent image of Islam is based on the portions of their book that instruct them to live at peace with each other. They are instructed to live at peace with the rest of the world only until their numbers and influence increase to the point where it can be bent into submission to their distant and uninvolved god.

They have a works based system where they attempt to stay on the good side of Allah. The faith based mindset of most Christians permits many of us to be less concerned with pleasing a God who is infinitely forgiving. The concept of forgiveness is correct, but, unfortunately, we don’t dedicate as much of our effort to pleasing Him. This is not done to earn our place in eternity, but out of gratitude… but sometimes, we don’t really seem that grateful.

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