Stability For Our Time

And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is his treasure.

Isaiah 33:6

 

Burning the Koran

There's a pastor in Florida that plans on marking the ninth anniversary of 9/11 by burning Korans. So far, it seems like the main argument against it is fear that it will some how encourage fanatics to be, umm, more fanatical I guess. Supporters of the book burning believe that this act will honor those who died during the attacks, as well as send a message to Muslims everywhere. If the message is "If you burn our buildings and kill thousands of our people, we'll burn a few copies of your sacred book," well, I guess they're right.

I'm not sure that message will have the effect they are intending. If I were a Muslim intent on imposing Sharia everywhere, and my most hated target replied to the murder of thousands and the loss of billions of dollars by burning a few dozen books, well, let's just say that I would like the math on that transaction very much.

Of course, the moderates have their own argument. Well, they're moderates, so they would probably object, not too strenuously of course, to the term argument, preferring instead the more innocuous position. But they'll hold it very firmly, thank you very much, as long as nobody is offended of course. And there position? Usually abject bowing, along with a cower or two as needed.

That was mean of me, I know, but I have a hard time with folks who lack the conviction to take a stand, and then congratulate themselves on how superior they are for their cowardice.

Me? What do I think?

Well, it's pretty simple. I haven't read the Koran from cover to cover but I have done more than a little bit of study, and I'm pretty much convinced that if the Devil decided to write a book that totally corrupted every major Christian principle, he could buy a copy of the Koran and save himself some time.

Oh dear. A moderate just passed out.

Maybe someday I'll have the time to walk through the Koran with you and show you why I've come to that conclusion, but then again, instead of taking my word for it, why not read it for yourself? Of course, you'll have to read an English translation, which isn't really considered a Koran, at least, not by fundamentalist Muslims, who claim that the Koran can only be a Koran if it is in the original language. Of course this raises an interesting question. If the folks in Florida are burning English language Korans, why would anybody get upset, since they aren't really Korans in the first place?

But let's not get sidetracked.

So, in my opinion, the Koran, written roughly 600 years after the New Testament books, seems to almost deliberately pervert the Gospel contained in those books, and reaching even further back, rewrites much of the Old Testament as well. It explicitly calls for the murder or subjugation of all non believers, saving the bloodiest, nastiest language for Jews and Christians. And, unlike the Bible, there is no New Testament to moderate the bloodier requirements of Islam.

But does that mean we should burn a few Korans in an effort to make some asinine gesture?

Nope.

If you want to burn some books, start with everything published by Harlequin; reading a few of those books is like dipping your mind in hydrochloric acid.

For any Christian out there who thinks burning Korans is a good thing, ask yourself one question; will this help win lost souls away from the deceptions of Islam, or will it harden the hearts of the very people you are supposed to be trying to reach?

It's so simple when you stop and think about it, isn't it?
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