Friday, 16 July 2010

Returning the compliment

Recently a member of my family was lent a book comparing Christianity with Islam from a muslim viewpoint. I suspect, I don't know, that this was in response to a question that was asked about the differences between the two. I quickly flicked through the pages and discovered that the book highlighted the differences between the best of Islam and some of the worst of Christianity. For example one passage talked about how Christians believe you should stone a woman if she committed adultery. This was taken from a passage from the Old Testament Deuteronomy 22:21 which does indeed call for this kind of punishment. But in the fullest revelation of God that we find in Jesus this law has been overturned and in a passage from John's Gospel where some men bring a woman caught in adultery to Jesus, He tells them plainly "Let him who is without sin caste the first stone" to which they all responded by shamefully walking away (John 8:1-11). Jesus then turns to the woman and says: "Woman, here are they? Has no one condemned you?...Go now and leave your life of sin." The passage accurately portrays the beauty and forgiveness of the Jesus we follow and serve. He would not stone the woman and neither would we or any Christian. So with all due respect to whoever wrote the book making these comparisons they have not accurately portrayed the Christian message.

So in the interests of redressing the balance may I point any muslim reading this blog towards this online course which explains the Christian faith in the hope that they may see what it is we believe. Click here and you will be taken there.

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