Islamic TerrorismQUESTION: Islamic terrorism - Do they hate Christians?ANSWER:
What is the basis of Islamic Terrorism? Do Islamic terrorists hate Christians? Any act of terrorism that takes the innocent lives of others has its roots in hatred, and hatred in evil. The God of Christians promotes love and states in Matthew 5:44, "But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you, and persecute you" (KJV).
The Islamic god, Allah, says quite the opposite in the Qur'an's instructions. Surah 8 - 60. "Against them [nonbelievers] make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly."
Some claim that Allah is the same god as the God of Jews and Christians. He is not! Dr. Ergun Caner is a born and raised Muslim who converted to Christianity as an adult and is now the Dean of the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Virginia. When asked about how the God Christians worship is different from the god Muslims worship, this was his reply: "Islam is a medieval Mormonism. Mormons don't worship the same God and neither do the Muslims. What Muhammad did was the same thing that Brigham Young did 1100 years later."
Caner explains, "They took the Christian God and changed his nature. Remember, the Christian God is intimate, personal, imminent and loving. There is no such Muslim having a personal, intimate relationship with Allah. In Islam, there are 99 names of Allah and not one of those terms is intimate." Dr. Ergun Caner adds that there is a distinction between a "just war" and a "holy war." He states that in a holy war "you are fighting to kill the infidel instead of convert the infidel." "This is prophecy for them."
Christians must remember the words of Jesus in John 7:7, "The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil." Because Christians accept Jesus, and His Holy Spirit dwells within them, they are hated by all that is sinful and evil. “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24). So if one has hate in his heart against goodness and love, he can only love terror and evil.
Jesus is the only way to the Father God (John 14:6), but all are invited and welcomed to come to Him through the cross. Jesus invites all nations and people from all "-isms" to come to the cross, just as they are. He rejects no one and died for every one on earth so that all might be saved. (John 3:16-21)