Why We Can’t Both Be Right – Loving Muslims God’s Way

Posted: 22 September, 2010 in Islam, My thoughts, Post modernism, Theology


I recently received an email from a good friend of mine alerting me to an article written by a Rev. Wayne Lavender.

Rev. Lavender opposed the proposed Qu’ran burning day by Pastor Terry Jones and his church, calling it a hate-crime, and now feels compelled to undo the damage done by sending copies of the Qu’ran (presumably English translations) to churches to be included in their libraries. This, he hopes will promote interfaith peace and understanding. He ends the article by asking, “What will you do?”

And here is my answer to Rev. Lavender:

For starters I dont agree with Pastor Terry Jones (the man planning the Qu’ran burning day) for a number of reasons:

Firstly, I feel that its just a dumb-American thing to do.

Secondly, I see it only bringing division, and alienating people from the truth. If we really are interested in truth and not simply religion we would not be worried about people reading the Qu’ran.

Thirdly, I think that there is a legitimate danger of a back-lash in countries already antagonistic to the West. And one church’s bonfire may mean added persecution for Christians living in the East.

Fourthly, whilst I believe that Christ is the only way, truth and life and there is a place for apologetics, it is pointless, and counter-productive to set up a straw man, which you then proceed to pull apart. I think that Pastor Jones does not have a good understanding of Islam, and ‘demonizing’ it by attributing false characteristics to it is really counter-productive, and does nothing for getting truth out. People in the West tend to take one Arab’s actions and make them ‘stick’ to all Muslims. That’s not really fair – would we like it if Muslims attacked Christianity by attributing lies to it along with all the great evils in history done in the name of our Lord?

But, having said all of that – Islam and Christianity cannot both be equally true. Either, Jesus is God, or he isn’t. You just cant have it both ways. So while burning Qu’rans is silly, I dont agree with sending Qu’rans to churches. Churches shouldn’t stop people from reading them, but how can we both believe that the Bible is infallible truth (making the Qu’ran a lie), and yet promote the Qu’ran at the same time? Do you see my point?

Wayne Lavender does not appear to have a weighty view the things at stake. If Christians are wrong, then we are doomed to hell to suffer the wrath of God. If Muslims are wrong, the same applies to them. This is serious!

It sounds great to, “help foster peace and understanding across faith traditions” – I mean, I dont want anything but peace! The thing is that Christianity and Islam are more than faith traditions – they are HUGELY important matters with eternal consequences!

I’d like to say to Rev. Lavender – Real love means that we will warn people of the danger they’re in. Not seeking actively to anger and alienate them, but working for their eternal well-being, second only to a lifelong quest for the glory of God. Sometimes the truth is offends, whether we want it to or not – should we rather keep quiet while millions die in their sin, oblivious?

So Rev. Lavender, what will I do?

I’ll keep learning the truth, seeking, asking, knocking “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matt 7:8) Trying to prepare myself so that I will be ready to make a defense to anyone who asks for the reason for the hope in me (1 Pet 3:15)

And being convinced of the truth, I will seek to speak it to others in love (Ephesians 4:15)

And trusting the Lord to help me to live a life worthy of the calling I have received (Eph 4:1)

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  1. Janice says:

    Hmm, very interesting post. So true. With regards to speaking the truth to others in love… what are your thoughts on how to relate to others from different religions? Acceptance, tolerance, grace? Hope your studies are going well 🙂

    • Ant says:

      Thanks for the feedback Janice. Studies are going well by God’s grace. Very busy at the moment with tests and exams. Thank you for asking. I hope yours are going well too.
      I think that it takes wisdom to relate biblically to people from other religions and therefore much prayer. But the main things I try to keep in mind are the twin characteristics of Jesus’ truth and winsomeness. We never want to compromise on the truth by ‘accepting or tolerating’ other religions as if they are just alternative options. They are lies, and their followers are HELL-BOUND sinners who need to hear the gospel and God’s command to all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). But we also don’t want to forget (or appear to forget) the fact that we are SAVED sinners. We would be no different apart from the grace of God. What are your thoughts?

  2. Caleb Gage says:

    You make a good point. I especially like how you based your answer on relevant scriptures. Keep up the good posts… and remember…I’m watching you O_o

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