Islam reflects a different view of death than is found in Christian circles. Christians are not afraid of death. It is not a matter of fear, but priorities and attitude toward others. It does usher us into the presence of God and that is something to be looked forward to. Paul said,
(Philippians 1:23-24 KJV) For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.There is a natural desire to be with Jesus, but notice that he was more concerned about others than his own personal desires.
The comments I was reading said that the suicide bombers are understandable because Islam glorifies death and the true Muslim will seek death. That seemed a bit strong but consider this from the Koran,
“SAY: If the future dwelling place with God be specially for you, but not for the rest of mankind, then wish for death, if ye are sincere:” Sura 2, “The Cow”, verse 94.If you are a sincere Muslim, wish for death.
It is one verse, quoted in isolation. I understand that. But it fits with what I see. Look it up. Read the context. Ask yourself what this says about a “religion of peace.”
All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.
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I don't look to see Matt What's-His-Name quoting that to the nation's First Muslim anytime soon.ReplyDelete
When my posts come out in purple you can tell me to stop holding my breath.ReplyDelete
Grace and peace