westerners have a distorted idea of the character of
Islam. The primary reason for this negative perception
is the concept of Jihad.
to the Koran, Jihad means to strive for a better way
of life. In Islamic thinking, Jihad should not be confused
with Holy War; the latter does not exist in Islam. The
term "Holy War" refers to the Christian invasions
during the Crusades. Not only in peace but also in war,
Islam prohibits terrorism, kidnapping and hijacking,
when carried out against civilians. Whoever commits
such violations is considered a murderer, and is to
be punished by the Islamic state.
standards appear to be at odds with what we see happening
in the world. Muslim terrorists kill women and children
indiscriminately in their Jihad, trying in the name
of Allah to punish those whom they deem to be the enemies
of Islam. We are appalled by a religion which would
condone this kind of murder in the pursuit of religious
purity. It is demented to believe that suicide bombers
will be rewarded in heaven for their obscene acts.
distain a religion so primitive as to label everyone
who disagrees with them as an infidel, an enemy of God
who deserves destruction. Followers of a loving Jesus
imply that their religion is more sophisticated than
one which encourages its people to blow themselves up
in public as a service to God.
think again. The Bible contains several relevant passages.
Two of them read:
believes in the Son is not judged; but whoever does
not believe has already been judged, because he has
not believed in God's only Son. (Jn. 3:18)
the Lord Jesus appears from heaven with his mighty angels,
with a flaming fire, [he will] punish those who reject
God and who do not obey the Good News about our Lord
Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction,
separated from the presence of the Lord. (II Thess.
just as Islam, believes that the world is divided into
two kinds of people: those whom God loves and those
who are "infidels." It teaches that God is
on a Jihad, that he is out to destroy everyone who is
not Christian. The main tenet of the Christian faith
is that one must be saved by faith in Jesus in order
to avoid condemnation by God. Therefore, a righteous
God will consign everyone who is not a Christian to
may not be on a worldwide crusade to kill Muslims, but
they accept a belief system which says that God is prepared
to do the job for them. They need to remember this the
next time they hypocritically denounce Muslims for engaging
we learn to make room in the Kingdom for those who believe
differently than we do, religious people will continue
to kill each other.
John W. Sloat 2005