Recently, in the news, there was much discussion about the knuckle-headed Florida “pastor,” Terry Jones, who thought that burning the Koran would be a wonderful display of his Christian maturity. The vacuousness in Jones’ thinking defies explanation and I think it is the wrong thing to do, not because of any lofty respect I have for the Koran — but for the opposite reason. Instead of burning it, I think we should encourage people to read it.
Christianity is a thinking religion. Despite the accusations brought against it by our “new atheist” friends, Christianity welcomes questions and seeks to provide answers to those who ask about the reason for the hope that we have. We are called to defend the faith intellectually, respectfully and to love our God “with all our mind.” It is therefore un-Christian and anti-evangelistic to insult, rather than persuade, and inflame anger rather than promote a loving dialogue with anyone. On a purely practical note, any action that puts our troops in more danger because it unnecessarily arouses the anger of militant Islamists is also morally indefensible.
Ignoring or dismissing the claims of other religions does nothing to lead those who believe them back to the real Truth. When you read the Koran, you find a striking contrast between it and the Bible. The Koran reads more like a stream on consciousness than a historical account of actual events that took place. It is confusing and disjointed. In addition to that, reading the Koran and its associated texts reveals some interesting facts like the theory of abrogation.
This Islamic doctrine claims states that those parts of the Koran written after 622 AD (when Muhammad returned to Medina) overrule earlier verses. When you read these passages you find that it is the later passages contain the commands to:
- “fight and slay the unbelievers wherever you find them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war” (Surah 9, verse 5) or …
- “Fight those who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, nor So, nor hold that forbidden which has been forbidden by Allah and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of truth (Islam), even if they are of the 40 people of the Book, until they pay the jizya (Islamic tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
So, where we are constantly told that Islam is “a religion of peace,” actually reading it reveals quite the opposite. You will also find Muslims who deny the reality of the theory of abrogation. There is a reason for that — a reason that becomes obvious when you consider a second doctrine that was the impetus for this blog. The theory of abrogation is an obvious concern to non-Muslims, but it is as least something that we can see being used against us. This second doctrine is the insidious one. It is the doctrine of taqiyya (Surah 3, verse 28), which holds that Muslims should not be friends with infidels except as a deception, always with the end goal of converting, subduing, or destroying them.
Taqiyya is what encourages Muslims to use our own system of freedom, liberty and justice against us with the goal of destroying western civilization in general, and American society in particular, from within. When we understand that, and then look around with skeptical eyes at the actions of Muslim leaders, this deception begins to stand out in ways that are hard to miss.
Taqiyya means we should watch what Muslim leaders do, compare it to what they say, and realize that the two exist in radically different universes.