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Moderate Islam – Part 2

Muslim_Brotherhood_LogoYesterday I posted a video showing about 1,500 Muslims in a meeting by Islam Net. This group is considered to be the face of moderate Islam. If you missed this please go to yesterday’s post and watch it. He asked if the punishments described in the Qur’an and Sunnah, whether it is death, stoning for adultery, what ever it is, if it is from Allah and his messenger; that is the best punishment ever possible for humankind and that is what should apply in the world. In the video you will see that almost all of the “moderate Muslims” present agreed with him by raising their hands.

The whole point of this man’s question is that Allah’s laws should be force upon the world because they are the best. Although he did not use this as an example of Allah’s punishment, Islam teaches that all who are not Muslims should be subjugated, and eventually killed.

I do agree that God’s laws are superior to man’s laws. They are better than anything man could ever come up with. I submit my ways to Jehovah God’s ways just as Muslims submit their ways to the ways of Allah.

I have received questions like, doesn’t the Bible teach that adulterers should be stoned? It is true that the Bible does teach this. The question we must ask is, why don’t Christians stone adulterers? I want to answer this question for you today.

Lets look at what Jesus did and said when a woman caught in adultery was brought to Him. We read about this starting in John 8:2. Jesus responded with grace and mercy. She was guilty of adultery and the law did say that she should be stoned. It is interesting that they didn’t bring the man with whom she was caught.

In John 8:3-4 it says, “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.”

In other words they caught them red handed. There was no doubt of the guilt. Then they challenged Him with the Scriptures. John 8:5-7 “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

Some say that the Greek wording implies “He that is without THIS sin.” Only one who was without sin that could cast a stone. Of course the only one there that could cast a stone because He was without sin was Jesus.

In John 8:8 He wrote on the ground again. We don’t know what He wrote so we can only speculate. One thing we do know is that what ever He wrote was convicting to those men. (John 8:9).

Jesus’ response is found in John 8:10-11: “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

You will notice that He didn’t justify her sin, He did not condone it. He recognized it as sin and told her to “go and sin no more.” He did not remove adultery from the list of sin, nor did He abolish the penalty, but instead of giving her judgment according to the law, He gave her mercy.

The reason adultery is not given the death penalty today is that we have Jesus’ example of mercy. Because Jesus chose to give mercy, we can also give mercy. This is a picture of God’s mercy toward all of mankind.

Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

According to these verses all of mankind deserves death, both physical and eternal. But, God chose mercy (John 3:16, etc.) and allows all who will trust Christ to have forgiveness of sin and eternal life.

Although the word “mercy” is used by Muslims, the concept is missing from their ideology. Islam is about believe or die. All who do not believe what they teach will be put to death.

Let me go back to what the Muslims were saying. What I want you to understand from this video is that the normal Muslim will hold to the violent teachings of the Qur’an. The Qur’an is, according to Islam, the very words of their god. If they are truly Muslims they will follow these teachings.

One of the death penalties in the Qur’an is the penalty for those who do not believe in Islam. Sura 9:29 says, “Fight those who do not believe in Allah…”

These “moderate” Muslims were asked they believed in the punishments in the Qur’an and Suna. Their answer was overwhelmingly yes. They said that these punishments were the best possible for humankind. They agreed that they should be applied in the world as a whole. Let me say it again, these were not radicals, they were moderate Muslims.

Christianity does not give the death penalty to non-believers. Jesus cannot be described as a man of war as Muhammad was. There is a great difference between the God of Christianity and the god of Islam. Jehovah commands His followers to be merciful as he is merciful. Allah commands violence and jihad from his followers.

Luke 6:35-36 “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”

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