“Would The Devil Write it?”

A Florida church has decided that the best way for them to publicly represent Christ is to burn copies of the Qur’an on 9/11/10.

Presumably, this church headed by Pastor Terry Jones (below) adheres to the teachings of the Son of God who when asked by His opponents what the greatest commandment is, responded with this,

‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.

Like Hilary Faye, Pastor Terry Jones is filled with Christ’s love. As if you couldn’t tell by the suit…

I fail to see how this Qur’an burning carries out the second greatest commandment. The book burning in Acts 19 can hardly be used as a precedent. What the Ephesians did there was publicly making their repentance known. By burning their sorcery books they were saying Jesus trumps sorcery, incantations and the occult. I find it hard to believe that the folks at this Florida church are repentant Muslims.

Predictably and justifiably so, there has been public outcry over this church’s planned bonfire. Young American Muslim, a Houston Chronicle blogger, has chimed in with a post titled, Burn a Quran Day is Hateful and Ignorant.

Like the young lady, I am stupefied at the insensitivity and total lack of charity found in the planned actions of this church. That said, I found something the blogger wrote to be infused with irony (emphasis mine),

I wonder if these Christians have actually opened the Quran they hate so much. They might be surprised to learn that Jesus is mentioned numerous times and that he is considered an esteemed prophet in Islam. Would the devil write that?

To answer her question, yes.  Anything that knocks Jesus down to anything less than what He is, God in the flesh, is from the devil. If the devil can convince people that God’s Son is merely a prophet, a great moral teacher, a good man, a martyr then the devil has done what he is best at, deceive people.

I wonder if this blogger has actually read the Gospels she rejects so much. She’d be shocked at the claims that Jesus made about Himself. She thinks Jesus to be merely a prophet, yet the Gospels paint a different picture. Because a prophet can forgive sins committed against other people and God, also claim that He is older than a man who lived thousands of years before Him, and when speaking to God the Father claim to have been glorified with Him before the world began.

She calls the people in the Florida church ignorant yet fails to see her own ignorance about the man whom she believes is merely a prophet.

That’s not on her, that’s on us for not reaching out to those in the Muslim community and explaining to them that this “prophet” is God Himself who came to rescue us from ourselves.

3 Responses to “Would The Devil Write it?”

  1. Susy says:

    OK, first of all why are you hating on the suit, God does not look at the outward appearance, God looks at the ♥! Unless someone is wearing a g-string or clothes made of gold (exaggerating) we can’t tell a person’s faith by their clothes.

    And second of all, the ignorance of that girl is not on ‘us’, it’s on Sarai & Abram for giving birth to the father of Islam. And third of all, people who dont know and believe in Jesus is because they don’t want to. And fourth of all, I feel you are being harsh on the Florida church. If the book is full of deceit (it is) then how is it wrong to burn it? OK, it’s overzealous but wrong??

    • Laz says:

      Regarding the suit, I was being facetious (much like this video at the 2:30 mark).

      As for the Muslim girl, I can’t say that she’s heard the Gospel presented to her. If after hearing the Gospel she rejects it, then that’s on her. The truth is that there is very little outreach into the Muslim community, the reasons are legion: political correctness, fear and a dislike of Muslims.

      None of those 3 are acceptable. I don’t believe our negligence sends people to hell, but our negligence does result in people remaining ignorant of the good news of Jesus.

      Ishmael is not the father of Islam, the ancestor of the Arabs yes, the founder of Islam no.

      Muhammad came up with Islam in the 7th century A.D. long after Ishmael was dead and buried.

      Yes the Qu’ran is full of deceit but burning it in a such an obvious PR stunt goes against what Jesus taught. You don’t think Jesus when he went into pagan lands (Mt 16:13) wasn’t dismayed by the blatant idolatry? Yet He did not tear down their idols.

      By your rationale the woman in 1 Peter 3:1 should burn her pagan husband’s idols (whatever they may be), yet read what Paul instructs such a woman to do.

      What’s more, when Paul went into Athens he was distraught over the idolatry yet did he barge into the Aeropagus and smash their statues? No.

  2. Luke says:

    If we burned things that were full of deceit, our schools would have no modern textbooks left and the supermarket checkouts would be pretty boring.

    I agree with what Laz is saying and I think it would be more useful to figuratively “burn” the book by testing it in God’s fire. By reaching out to Muslims with love and wisdom and demonstrating how their book cannot compete with the Truth found in the Bible, we can accomplish far more than we can by simply burning the books. It’s a clumsy and inflammatory (pun intended) method of dealing with the issue.

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