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Friday, May 27, 2005

Bible vs Quran

I have been contemplating the desecration of the Quran, alleged in Newsweek. Obviously, they have retracted their story and yet Muslims continue to riot. It's amazing to me. I just read an article today that says, "there were five incidents in which the Quran appears to have been mishandled." Do you know what they're calling "mishandling"? Simple TOUCHING it, or placing it on a television. Not flushing it down a toilet. Not shredding it, but touching it…just moving it from point a to point b.

I wish the world would have the same outcry when we heard this week that Saudi Arabia shreds Bibles when they're found in luggage as people go through customs. I wish the world would get upset when they hear that Bibles are being burned by Muslims in Iran. I wish the world would get angry when we hear Christians are being imprisoned, why??? For worshipping Christ in their own home with family and friends.

What a double standard. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. The Bible says this will happen. But, this simply means we as Christians need to be more vocal about God's word and Christians need to fight Biblical illiteracy that's rampant through the church, especially here in the United States.

What do you think?


Blogger Paul Kretschmer said...

Muslims view their conduct as consistent with the view that they are the only "right" people and that all others are "infidels." It would be inconsistant with that view to preserve anyone else's Scriptures since they belong to a false religion, in the Muslim view. We call for tolerance in light of the diversity at the heart of America, including freedom to exercise religion, even those in conflict with our own.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your last line on the rampant illiteracy of church-goers in the US. It's so tragic that outside of Awana and Sunday School, kids grow up today with practically NO EXPERIENCE with Scripture! Jews spend their childhood memorizing the Torah in English and Hebrew. Americans claim the promises of Scripture, but it's very difficult anymore to find people in churches who have even read the Bible all the way through -- especially college-aged and younger. Unless we, as Americans, demand a terribly intimate knowledge of Scripture, the Gospel will exist only as the church makes it up. Look at it today.. Gospel = "say this prayer and go to heaven when you die" What good news is that??? Talk to me about a God who's redeeming His Creation from sin, who cleanses His people unto RIGHTEOUSNESS and removes all wickedness as far as the east is from the west. Now THAT is Good News!

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