Monday, October 1, 2007

How the Koran Uses the Word "Kill"

"They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah's way; but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper." [Surah 4.89]

 I have begun a series of studies in Islam.  We hear a lot on the local news about Islam being a religion peace and yet we see these pictures of hate and violence.  Moderates say Islam was hijacked.  How can you or I or anyone else know?Well, let me share a simple exercise with you that I have begun.  Choose any online Koran with a good search engine and do some word searches.  This will allow you to see what the Koran actually teaches. Some so-called Christians ignore what the Bible says, but that is not true Christianity.  So to determine true Islam, let’s look at the Koran….  The Koran is obviously the beginning point for Islam. I googled for a Koran and chose this Koran online, which has a search engine.  The benefit of doing this is that no human filters or prejudices are involved.  Just choose a word and search.  A complete picture of every use of the word in this book emerges.

The search below is the word “Kill.”  As a history buff, I know that the West has only maintained peace with the Islamic world for short periods of time since Muhammad.  My obvious question is, “Why?  Why are we constantly at war?” Every time I have brought this hatred and killing up with a Muslim the response has been, “Your old testament has the same things in it!”  You know, that is true.

 Let’s consider the Bible for a moment.  Genesis tells us that man sinned, he sunk into sin and the pain that goes with it.  God destroyed the world over sin at one point, but then started leading a group out of all this. God spent a few thousand years teaching the world a better way… With Jesus, God moved the human race massively forward.  I would submit that 600 years later, Muhammad moved it massively back ward. In other words, to all that follow Muhammad, this is a leap back into the elemental principles of the world.

Jesus specifically took the sword away from the Christian as a means of spreading or defending his religion.  (Matthew 26:52).  The apostle Paul noted that the sword belonged to civil governments in order to minister, not to Christian ministers (Romans 13:4).  From Jesus' time forward, the religious disputes are to be handled in the mind.

Bottom line? Wars of religion were eliminated by Jesus, but demanded by Muhammad.  Put another way, Killing in the name of Jesus is hypocrisy.  Killing in the name of Muhammad, is Islam!