An off the wall preacher in Florida takes it upon himself to burn the Koran. The members of his church are like those in Westboro Church – only a hand full of fanatics. Only they know their true motivation to further the divide between the Christian believers and the Muslim believers.
This is the story of two extremes that are causing violence against innocent people because of their extremism. This man in Florida does not measure a grain of sand to those who are truly Christians – Christ followers.
No place in the Holy Bible does it tell Christians to burn the books of non-believers. The people of Afghanistan do not realize this is one man with his determination to undermine another faith (rather than to preach his own) is no way supported by true Christians. It does not reflect all of America.
Christians have the story of Good News to tell; and they, like Christ, would not want that any should perish without the opportunity to know and accept Christ. But killing them and sending them directly to hell is not a very good method.
In his extremism, this preacher has drawn the extremist out on the other side. And the innocents stand in the middle. Remember a person claiming to be a preacher does not necessarily represent the truth of Christianity.
This man in Florida apparently has no concept of what the Bible says to him. When you are trying to witness (and win a person to your way of thinking), you don’t poke him in the eye with a stick; or cut his head off as these two extremes seem to choose. This is more than counterproductive.
The extremist in Afghanistan have now killed many innocent people to retaliate against the burning of a book made of paper and ink. The Koran was published and printed just like any other book; and sold just like any other book, including the Bible. Isn’t human life far more than paper and ink?
There was a time in decades past when ignorant people thought the actual physical book of the Bible itself was Holy even though they bought it at the five and dime store. No one would ever place another book on top of it; nor tear a page from it; or dare to write in it.
Some may have thought that God sat down at His heavenly desk and took heavenly pen in hand and actually wrote each word. And the same with the Muslim people. However, they know that the Koran in their possession was printed just the same as the Bible in the hand of the Christian. They know that Mohammad was a man; just as the writers of the Bible were men. Both books were probably manufactured in China.
As people became educated and enlightened and began to read the Bible (as it was intended to be read), they came to understand that it was the words, the deeds, the thoughts, the descriptions and the Words of Christ that were Holy; and not the book made of imitation leather, paper, and ink.
No doubt there have been people in history who have died for the Bible without having a clue of what its pages held. The Old Testament is the history of man and his relationship with God before Christ. The New Testament is the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Old Testament; and a prophecy of what is to come in the future.
The original Bible words were written on scrolls. Part of the Bible is accepted as the Word of God by the Jewish people as part of their Holy Book; but the New Testament is not. There are even protestant denominations that do not accept the Old Testament as having value in their religious practices; but only abide by the New Testament.
There are those who have taken it upon themselves to write a new form of the Bible – namely The Mormons and The Jehovah Witnesses. Both of these religions have their own Bibles which are apart from the standard translations accepted by mainstream Protestant Christianity. The Catholic Bible also differs from the ones used by Protestants.
Jesus says in the Bible of Himself – “I am the Word.” The Bible says that the Word (meaning Christ) was in the beginning… and the Word (meaning Christ) was God. Christ is the Word of God. Christians worship Christ and not the Bible.
Now we hear an analogy of both the Koran and the Holy Bible that makes the Koran look like a true depiction of God versus the God Christians know through the Bible.
In an interview on MSNBC, a spokesman for Time Magazine states that the Koran is ‘Directly the word of God,’ and the Bible just a book ‘Written By Man.’
But this in no way is true. Christians believe in the authors of the books of the Bible as being God inspired and God directed. God did not sit down and take a pen in hand and write out either the Koran or the Holy Bible.
Christians believe in the eye whiteness accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They were there. They were the reporters of that day. They were “inspired” by God to write down all that was happening; and all the Jesus said in order that people might believe the totality of the history of the Bible from beginning to end.
Please take the time to read the story of the interview with Bobby Gosh (Time reporter) who attempts to make people understand that the Koran is more important to the Muslims than the Bible is to Christians.
Go to this site and see and hear the actual interview regarding the situation this man in Florida has created by burning the Koran. Was he justified in doing so? Were the Muslims in Afghanistan justified in killing twelve people because he did? No, to both questions.
It seems that Christians defend the principles taught in the Bible, while the Muslims defend the Koran itself.
Dialogue between former Democratic operative Chuck Todd (sitting in for Christ Matthews) and Time Magazine’s World Editor Bobby Ghosh. (You can see the actual video at this site as well.)
GHOSH: The thing to keep in mind that’s very important here is that the Koran to Muslims, it is not, it is not the same as the Bible to Christians.
The Bible is a book written by men. It is acknowledged by Christians that it is written by men. It’s the story of Jesus.
GHOSH: But the Koran, if you are a believer, if you’re a Muslim, the Koran is directly the word of God, not written by man. It is transcribed, is directly the word of God.
That makes it sacred in a way that it’s hard to understand if you’re not Muslim. So the act of burning a Koran is much more, potentially much, much more inflammatory than…
TODD: Directly attacking… directly attacking God.
GHOSH:…than if you were to burn a, burn a Bible.
TODD: … Directly attacking God.
The above article posted by Warner Todd Huston – says, “Of course, Ghosh is wholly incorrect that Christians see the Bible as just some storybook “written by men.” After all, the Bible is thought of as “the word of God” by millions of Christians across the world as it has been throughout time.
Ghosh’s claim that everyone just accepts the Bible as something “written by men” and easily dismissible or somehow less sacred to Christians on that basis is simply erroneous. It is also extremely offensive.
“Now, certainly Christians agree that the Bible was “written by men” but there is no assumption that it is somehow less for it. After all Christians feel that these mere men were inspired directly by God.
Just as the Koran is assumed to be the direct word of the Muslim’s god, Christians also believe that the Bible is the Word of God.”
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