Since the recent Planned Parenthood attack (which may not have even been an attack on them specifically — still waiting to hear details on that), of course the cries of double standards are coming out of the woodwork:
“How can you blame Islam for the murders committed by Islamic terrorists and NOT blame Christianity for the murders committed by Christian terrorists?”
Here’s the reason: The New Testament has clear prohibitions against murder. The Quran does not. This is fact.
Go to the New Testament (NIV) and look up “murder”, and here’s what you’ll find:
Matt 5:21-22 — “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”
Mark 7:21 — “For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come — sexual immorality, theft, murder….”
Luke 18:18-20 — A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good — except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'”
Romans 13:9 — The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
1 Timothy 1:9 — We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers….
James 2:11 — For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
1 John 3:15 — Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
Revelation 21:8 — “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars — they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
So when a Christian commits murder, the reason no one takes that as a serious indictment against Christianity is because there are too many outright condemnations of murder in the New Testament to take such an indictment seriously.
When I asked a Muslim where any similar clear-cut prohibitions against murder were in the Quran, he replied, “Surah 5:32 — Whoever kills a soul: it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one: it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.”
Sounds pretty clear-cut, right? Except that’s NOT the whole verse. The actual verse reads, “Whoever kills a soul *unless for a soul or for corruption done in the land*: it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one: it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.” The omitted part gives incredibly broad license to legitimize targets for assassination. Terrorists have gone so far as to use this verse to justify their targeting all non-Muslims *and* Muslims who differ in practice from them, all because these targets are “corrupting the land” with their unbelief and wicked practices.
So, yeah, when a Christian kills in the name of Christianity, people rightly dismiss such a claim as nonsense. But when a Muslim kills in the name of Islam, people who actually know anything about Islam understand that he or she is just carrying on a centuries-old practice that started with Muhammad himself, even if that practice has been taken to an extreme that would be unpalatable to most of today’s practicing Muslims…but who’s to say the extremists are the ones in the wrong? The Quran by itself certainly doesn’t, and that’s what makes the Quran one of the greatest terrorist-recruiting tools in history.
- “Cross vs. Crescent” at http://bit.ly/1lUzGqp