April 8, 2011
What Would Jesus Do (with the Qur'an)?
Many have criticized Rev Terry Jones' burning of the Qur'an as unchristian. Let me offer a defense of Jones on Christian theological grounds. It is important to do so, because ultimately the entire notion of individual freedom arises from Judeo-Christian theology.Christians are taught to "do as Jesus would do." Many have claimed that Jesus would have never have burned a Qur'an, because Jesus taught that Christians must "love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matthew 5:44)."I beg to differ. In the above passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was referring to one's personal enemies. Jesus had no patience with those he perceived as unrepentant enemies of God. Jesus showed no forgiveness when he overturned the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple, saying as he did so: "My house shall be called a house of prayer,...(Read Full Post)