It’s a statement that you hear from Liberals all the time, but is it TRUE?
Let’s look at a typical Leftist perspective. Here’s an excerpt from an article in the Huffington Post:
According to The Brookings Institution, Americans differentiate between “Muslim people” and the “Muslim religion.” They tend to view Islam more unfavorably than they view people who practice this faith. Shibley Telhami, a nonresident senior fellow at the Institution, suggested that “it is probably easier for many Americans — with strong anti-discrimination norms — to express dislike of an abstract idea rather than to appear prejudiced toward people.”
But how well do people really know Islam’s sacred text, and can they distinguish it from the Bible? Is there, as a 2015 Dutch social experiment suggested, an inherent bias about what’s inside the Quran?
As siblings in the Abrahamic tradition, the Bible and the Quran actually share many similar stories and characters. In addition, both of the books give humanity an overarching sense of purpose and task men and women with the job of spreading love, justice and mercy throughout the world.
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The article is selective in choices of verses and brushes aside the conversion by the sword, jihad, and the inequality between men and women, as well as a host of other conflicting ethics.
If you turn on the news, you can see that there is something in Islam that promotes radicalization and violence.
Not so much with the New Testament.
A heated debate occurred between two Islamic leaders in Australia:
Even this one Imam has the guts to say that the Scriptures are violent!
The Western world as we know it, with freedom, equality, and democracy are founded on Judeo-Christian principles.
Look at a couple of brief examples of the differences:
– Conversion stories are completely different — The New Testament is a book about God’s grace and unearned salvation from sin, but in the Koran there are no such stories. Conversion is by conquest.
– Mohammed, the great Prophet, married a child — no such thing happens in the New Testament.
– the differences in treatment between men and women — women are chattel and not equal, but Paul writes in Galatians 3 ‘There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus‘. This has paved the way for equality and women’s rights in Western democracies.
– Reaching ‘unbelievers’. In the New Testament, disciples of Christ in Matthew 10 are told to preach the good news to every town but, ‘If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.‘ Not so in the Koran, ‘Now when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, then it is smiting of the necks until, when ye have routed them, then making fast of bonds; and afterward either grace or ransom till the war lay down its burdens. That (is the ordinance). And if Allah willed He could have punished them (without you) but (thus it is ordained) that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He rendereth not their actions vain’ Surah 47:4
I could go on, but you get the gist.
This claim that the New Testament and the Koran are the same just shows that these Liberals haven’t actually read either one.
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