Sunday, June 25, 2017

Why Islam and Christianity are different

Dr. Michael Brown, a prolific author, holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He has been a visiting or adjunct professor at numerous theology schools around the world. He became a Christian in 1971 when he was a sixteen year-old, heroin-shooting, LSD-using Jewish rock drummer.

He writes:
The key difference between Christianity and Islam is the difference between Jesus and Muhammad. Jesus was a spiritual leader who laid down His life to save the world. Muhammad was a spiritual leader, who became a political leader, then a violent military leader. Jesus accomplished His mission by dying on the cross. Muhammad accomplished his mission (at least largely) by ruling by the sword. 
One faith follows the example of a crucified and risen Savior. The other follows the example of a prophet and military leader.
The biblical verses of violence (as in “Kill the Canaanites”) were limited to a specific place and time. No such commands are found on Jesus’ lips. The Quranic verses of violence (as in “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them”) do not have such obvious limitations. Many Quranic interpreters and Islamic jurists claim that those verses cannot be applied indiscriminately today. But others differ. And they proudly cite them in their jihadi manuals. 
Again, the difference is that of the cross versus the sword. That’s why Jesus and His followers never established the death penalty for leaving the faith. Muhammad established it once he assumed military dominance. And the death penalty for apostasy from Islam remains in force in a number of Islamic countries today.
I encourage you to read the whole thing.

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