Over the past few days there has been a lot of talk about Pastor(?) Terry Jones and his demonstration to burn the Kuran. The Kuran for Muslims is the equivalent to the Bible for us Christains.
Do you feel as though The Quran should be treated with the same regard as Huck Finn and other books that people have burned in protest? Or do you feel that the Koran should be respected as an important part of the Muslim culture and not burned? Do you feel as though God would want us to show love and respect to those of the Muslim faith. Or because there are some who are radical we should go to far extremes to show our disapproval of what they believe. Does offending all prove that we are in disagreement with the extremist? Should we then burn the Bible every time someone who says they are Christian does some thing that we don’t agree with? Also, How does this burning pay tribute/homage to the many Americans (Christians, Muslims, Atheist, Agnostic, Jehovah Witnesses) who lost their lives on September 11?
Let’s talk about it. It’s a hot topic so we are sure you might line up anywhere along the spectrum. We want to know what you think. If you have any Muslim co-workers or friends, please invite them to come and comment as well. We welcome their perspective also.
Be Blessed and don’t be afraid to speak out on the things you believe in!
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If we are ever going ti be obedient to the will of God, then we need to have the heart of God.
1 Peter 2:15-18
I’d suggest we read it and re read it again and again and maybe John 17 will come to life!
I believe that Jesus gave us two laws to observe: 1.) Love the Lord with all of who we are and 2.) Love our neighbors as our selves. As such, we must square all of our acts with the royal law of love. As Kingdom ambassadors, we must seek to show the unconditional love of Christ in every situation. To burn a Korans is, in my opinion, frankly an absolute waste of time, energy, and money! Nor does the act show love! There are to many souls in danger of burning in hell for eternity and we would do well to focus on them. –Pastor D.M.T Zeigler
Allow me to add, how are we ever going to show the real love of God if we are acting like the haters themselves? There is no way we will express God to a people who doesn’t know Him, and then say we have Him living inside us? Would you want to serve a God who has kids that act out of spite? Would you want to be part of that family?
Bless us all, let’s live and express in obedience John 17
Thank you for both of your comments. It is scary to me the acts men will attribute to the work of God.
Apostle Roberts add as you please. Glad to have you and Pastor Ziegler’s comments
We have the right, but that doesn’t make it right. In most cases, I’d agree with the other commenters here who say that burning the Koran doesn’t seem to line up well with loving our neighbor.
That said, I don’t agree with the blanket statement that it’s absolutely (as in “all the time, without question”) wrong. I think God could (and perhaps does) call people to do things like this. We have a number of examples from the Old Testament where God specifically told people to tear down idols, even if it was “illegal.” And of course, Jesus Himself overturned the tables.
So overall, I think we’re too quick to evaluate others without asking God about the specific situations.
-Marshall Jones Jr.
We are to follow Christ and the things he taught us and this is what He says in The Word
Matthew 5 (KJV)
43. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47. And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
If these people be our enemy then we are CALLED to LOVE them, by Christ, Through Christ and in Christ
Burning their book would not do anything but cause heartache amongst them and cause them to retaliate against people and even people who had no part in the act of burning their book… 911 was because of things that went on between governments and they retaliated against the civilians in the USA…. now if they came with guns or bombs then we should retaliate back in defense of our country, ourselves and our families.
BURNING THE KORAN IS VERY PROBLEMATIC, WHAT PART OF THE GREAT COMMISSION THOSE THAT FULFILL? JESUS SAID DO ALL IN LOVE, JUST BECAUSE THEY KILLING US AND THEY WOULD BURN OUR BIBLES WE DON’T HAVE TO BURN THEIR KORAN…THE ONLY TIME I WOULD BURN A KORAN IS WHEN MY EX-HUSBAND GIVE IT TO MY SON TO READ AND HE LEAVE IT MY HOUSE ..JESUS ANSWERED THEM NOT A WORD WHEN THEY WAS CRUCIFYING HIM! I’VE THROWN THE KORAN IN THE GARBAGE THAT MY EX GAVE TO MY SON..I’LL NOT HAVE IT IN MY HOUSE…BUT I WOULD NEVER USE MY MONEY TO BUY IT SO I COULD BURN IT, JUST TO CAUSE A RIOT AND FURTHER PERSECUTION TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTER WHO LIVES IN PREDOMINATELY MUSLIM COUNTRIES! I’LL ALWAYS TAKE A STAND FOR CHRIST AND THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE SUCH AS A CALL FOR NATIONAL PRAYER TO GOD WHO SPECIALIZES IN THINGS THAT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE!
CHRIST DIED FOR MUSLIMS TOO EVEN THOUGH THEY REJECTED HIM, WE SHOULD PRAY AND SHOW LOVE TO THEM THAT WILL MAKE THEM MARVEL AT THE REFLECTION OF CHRIST IN US! THAT’S JUST MY OPINION, WE START AT KORANS WHAT NEXT?
MANY THINK IT’S COWARDLY TO JUST PRAY, JESUS PRAYED BEFORE HE WAS TAKEN AWAY TO BE CRUCIFIED, I WONDER WHICH GOD THEY SERVING? IT IS TIME WE BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST, SO WE CAN ACT AS CHRIST DID WHEN HE WALKED THE EARTH, RATHER THAN REACT IN OUR FLESH AND SAY WE SERVING GOD! WHICH GOD ARE WE REALLY SERVING? VENGEANCE IS MINE SAYS THE LORD I WILL REPAY!!! HE DIDN’T SAY WE SHOULD RETALIATE!!!!
THE TRUE PROPHETS SHALL SPEAK THUS SAYS THE LORD AND NOT BE AFRAID TO OFFEND MEN, THEY WILL NOT LET FRIENDSHIPS STAND IN THE WAY OF PROPHECY! AND THE LORD SAYS STOP TO THOSE WHO HAVE POLLUTED HIS HOUSE, HE SAID HE HAVE BEEN WARNING YOU A LONG TIME BUT YOU’VE REFUSED TO HEED HIS WORD, INSTEAD YOU’VE BUILT A NAME FOR YOURSELVES AND HOUSE TO ESTABLISH YOURSELF, YOU’VE STOP TEACHING THE PEOPLE HOW TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM BUT HAVE PREACH FROM THE WICKEDNESS OF YOUR HEARTS, HE SAID YOU HAVE SAID CLEANSE ME OH LORD AND WHEN HE SAID STRIP AWAY THE THAT WHICH IS NOT LIKE HIM YOU SPEAK YES LORD WITH YOUR LIPS BUT YOU HARDEN YOUR HEARTS OUT OF YOUR ARROGANCE, YOU’VE BECOME VAIN DEGENERATES!!!!
Jeremiah 2:4-5 (King James Version)
4Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:
5Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?
YOU’RE WORKS ARE WORTHLESS BEFORE THE LORD!
Jeremiah 2:13 (King James Version)
13For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Jeremiah 2:19-37 (King James Version)
19Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
20For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.
21Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?
22For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.
23How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
24A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.
25Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.
26As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets.
27Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
28But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.
29Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
30In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
31O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
32Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
33Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
34Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.
35Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.
36Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
37Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.
GO SETTLE YOUR CASE BEFORE THE LORD BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE, AFTER ALL HE IS A MERCIFUL GOD, HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER!
Psalm 136:1O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Here’s an interesting take on this topic from 22 Words:
-Marshall Jones Jr.