Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Opus 2015-37: In the Name of Obama, part 3 of 3, Vengeance

The Bible orders Christians not to seek vengeance but to love their enemies. 
(Romans 12:19 NAS77)  Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
Anyone who advocates killing or mayhem in the name of Jesus does not indict Jesus, they make themselves liars and frauds.

Is the same true of Islam?  That is what the president and other tools of Islam tell you.  Again, what do the primary sources say.  Mohammad demands that Muslims seek revenge. 
“O believers! retaliation for bloodshedding is prescribed to you: the free man for the free, and the slave for the slave, and the woman for the woman: but he to whom his brother shall make any remission,68 is to be dealt with equitably; and to him should he pay a fine with liberality.” Sura 2, The Cow, verse 178
Keep in mind the meaning of “prescribed.”  It is the opposite of “proscribed.”  Prescribed means “authorize with authority.”  It is where we get our word for prescriptions at the pharmacy.  Proscribed means forbidden.  Understand.  In Islam revenge is demanded, not forbidden.  Read the words of their holy book.

Who are you going to believe about Islam and Christianity,  President Obama or Muhammad and Jesus?

Do your homework.  Don’t accept the distortions of people who hate Christians and the God of the Bible. 

And don’t try to kill them either.

All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.

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