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We are living in very dangerous times and if you are a believer you need to very much be in prayer. When you look at the rise of Iran and their nuclear aspirations and the election of Hamas in the Palestinian Territories . When you see Israel trying to appease those who are calling for her destruction by planning to give up the West Bank and parts of Jerusalem. When you see people around the world trying to appease a religion that is bent on the destruction of anyone who goes against their beliefs. When you look at the riots and violence that a single editorial cartoon caused. It is time to pray. Islam is not a religion of peace as many would have you believe. Let’s stop with the political correctness. It is a known fact that most terrorists in the world today are devout Muslims who are obeying what the Quaran has told them to do. They are not freedom fighters as some would have you believe. They are bent on the destruction of Israel and then the Untied States. They are bent on the destruction of anyone who stands up against their ideals and endorses freedom. They will never agree to peace. The sad thing is that many who are Muslims don’t even know he truth behind their religion. They need to find the truth and that is only found in Jesus Christ. We are closer to the end and Christ’s return then ever before. Pray, Pray, Pray especially for the Muslims. Tonight they are planning a demonstration here in Montreal. Enough is enough.

 
Muslim violence: Caution and pity

Posted: February 10, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jay Stapleton


© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

The confounding and conflicting reports surrounding the Muhammad ‘toons are still pouring in. The fast breaking news – cartoon authenticity, religious blasphemy, riots and deaths – is providing a window into the soul of the Muslim community. This time, however, the events can’t be pinned on a few Islamic fanatics. The magnitude and scope of Muslim reaction is revealing the hostile mindset of the broad Muslim world. It ought to evoke both pity and caution.

Muslims worship the god Allah; I worship God Who became Man, Jesus Christ. I would choose to die rather than deny Christ is God. Millions of other Christians share the same conviction. When we see images of Jesus submerged in urine, depictions of Him as a sodomite, or movies portraying Him as an adulterer, we’re insulted, grieved and angered – but we don’t set out to kill the culprits responsible. At least not en masse.

But provoked Muslims are a different story. The demeaning Danish cartoons have ignited mass rage in the Islamic world. We’ve bewilderedly witnessed the demand for blood, the burning of buildings, threatenings and death. If one compares the Christian community’s restrained response to the defamation of Christ with the murderous Muslim outrage over denigrating cartoons, a clear truth emerges – Christians and Muslims are different from one another. Our differences are rooted in our vastly divergent beliefs about God.

As a Bible believing Christian, I know myself to be created in God’s image, marred by sin, and loved by God. Jesus Christ died for me, and when I put my faith in Him, God forgave all my sins, and accepted me into His family. I can now talk to God, and know Him personally. I’ve been promised eternity in Heaven with Him. Not so with the Muslim.

A Muslim worships Allah, but Allah is completely incomprehensible to him. Muslim scholars call this "The Difference." There is nothing about Allah that is comparable to man. To compare Allah to man or to man’s thoughts is forbidden. When Allah describes himself in the Quran as "merciful" or "compassionate," he is not to be understood in terms of human mercy and compassion. Such a comparison is considered blasphemous. What does Allah mean then, when he so describes himself? No one knows. No one can know Allah, or be sure of his ways. That’s "The Difference."

I’ve dialogued with a number of Muslims over the years, and they’re usually offended at my assurance concerning Heaven. They have no such assurance, for Islam offers no personal relationship with Allah. The relational basis for my relationship with God is that I’m created in His image and likeness. Muslims regard the biblical teaching that man is created in the image of God as perverse.

Islamic theology decrees that man is not made in the image of Allah, cannot comprehend Allah, nor have a direct relationship with Allah. Because Allah is under no obligation to any man, he may cast the most devout Muslim into hell, should he choose to do so. Of course, blowing ones’ self up in jihad for Allah will likely tip the balance in one’s favor – a strong motive for Islamic martyrdom.

The bottom line is that Allah’s complete incomprehensibility and total "otherness" leaves a huge void in the heart of the Muslim. Because man is driven to worship something he can relate to, the vacuum created by the incomprehensible Allah is often filled by Muhammad. Although worship of the prophet of Islam is forbidden, the practice is revealed in the constant reverencing of his name. The problem is, Muhammad makes for a very vulnerable god.

Insult is inflammatory when it strikes a note of truth (like a cartoon can do), and Muhammad’s dubious legacy and integrity are defended furiously. The recent Islamic uproar reminds me of the old joke about the preacher who was writing out his sermon notes. Toward the end, he jotted to himself in the margin "Weak point – pound fist, speak loudly." Likewise, in the Muslim rioting and burning, we’re seeing evidence of vulnerable weakness, not zealous conviction. I despise public denigration of Jesus Christ, but He needs my defense about as much as a lion needs help from a duck.

I have a sense of pity for these rioting, Muslim crowds. In defending Muhammad (and previously, the flushed Quran), there’s a desperate attempt to show some fealty to Allah, the unrelatable one. There’s also reason for caution in these events. We’re not watching the actions of a few, fundamentalist radicals. These are the actions of a huge, violent and deadly dysfunctional religious family now living in our midst. May the love of Christ – and not resentment – prevail in our hearts.


Jay Stapleton lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three children. He pastors Calvary Christian Fellowship and oversees Praying America Back, a ministry committed to intercessory prayer on behalf of America.

 

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Comments on: "Muslim Violence: Caution and Pity" (23)

  1. Hi Gerry/everyone!
    Just popping in quickly to say hi and hope everyone has a great weekend!
    God bless and hugz

  2. Wow! what a thought provoking , powerful article! thank you for sharing.
     I pray that the people of Montreal and all around the World, are kept from harm tonight, and during the days to come. That no evil harms God\’s children during this "demonstration". Lord I pray that you will protect us,  we are facing difficult times Lord, please lead us and guide us, let your will be done Lord, give us knowledge , wisdom, and strength to deal with the times we are about to face. Lord be with us, In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
    Keep your self and your family safe tonight Gerry, God Bless, Kelly

  3. hey Gerry, long time no speak, ive been pretty busy with baby. anyway just figured I would drop in and say hi. Can you pray for my friend Ida? her baby in less than a month and she is REALLY tiny .. only like 4 lbs maybe 5.. healthy but small. You will be in my prayers as long as the muslim community. But I gotta run so hopefuly I will drop in again soon!! Take care and God bless!!

  4. Hey Gerry, I was praying for my town the other night and I had a picture.  It was an angel standing over the place with arms outstretched.  The angel held a bowl in each outsretched hand… one a bowl of wrath or judgement, the other a bowl of blessing.
     
    I\’ve been having a bit of a discussion with others about what it could signify.  At first I thought maybe the town had a choice between God\’s blessing and wrath.  Others have a feeling that both bowls would be poured out, because people won\’t choose to accept God\’s blessing until they acknowledge their need for him.
     
    A couple of weeks before Christmas, somebody else saw two bowls and brow coffee like grains pouring from one to the other.  the person who saw this said they didn\’t believe God\’s blessing would be poured out until the first bowl had been emptied.  That would seem to fit with the latter idea.  I just wondered what you mad eof it.
     
    Hope you are well, God bless
     
    N

  5. I see your point of view but are you not being much as the muslums?  Telling them that their religion is wrong and not a peaceful one?  Did the christians not try to wipe out all other faiths during the crusades…gee i think so.  Christians believe themselves to be of some sort of higher place in the relious order…why is that?  Muslium are peaceful…the only reason they are terrorists is because we as canadians and american try to change their way of life without asking if they would like that change.  so they fight about it.  maybe you shoud get your facts straight and stop being such a statistic christian.  Pretty sad when a person of god can\’t even embrace another persons belief and let him live his life as he would want to.
    I say good day to you.  Maybe you should be the leader of this crusade we call the fight for freedom….how sad.

  6. THE PEST
    Maybe you better do your homework before making comments like this.
    First the crusades came during the dark ages when the Word of God was kept hidden from the layman by a select few. There was nothing Christian at all about them. They went totally against Christ\’s teachings.
    Islam is far form being the religion of peace it claims to be.
    Here is some quotes for you from the Quaran from the mouth of Mohammed himself.
    "Strike off their [infidel\’s] heads. Strike off their finger-tips! …… because they defied God and his Apostle [Muhammad]." (Sura 8:12-13)
    "Make war on them [infidels] until idolatry shall cease and God\’s religion shall reign supreme." (Sura 2:193)
    "Seize them and put them to death wherever you find them." (Sura 4:89)
    "When the sacred months [Ramadan] are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them; besiege them; and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent [convert to Islam] and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way." (Sura 9:5)
    Husbands should take full care of their wives, with [the bounties] God has given to some more than others and with what they spend out of their own money. Righteous wives are devout and guard what God would have them guard in the husbands’’ absence. If you fear high-handedness from your wives, remind them [of the teaching of God], then ignore them when you go to bed, then hit them. If they obey you, you have no right to act against them. God is most high and great. Sura 4:34
    This from a newspaper yesterday;
    A Muslim leader behind a mass rally in London yesterday gave a warning of "fire throughout the world" if the West continues to publish cartoons of Mohammed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/02/12/ncart12.xml
    Compare all this with the teachings of Jesus.
    They are terrorists not because of the west my friend. They are terrorists because the teachings tell them if they become martyrs in killing infidels they go to heaven and receive a harem of 72 virgins. Keep them poor and un-educated in their countries and it is very easy to convince the masses. Try to find the freedom you find here in the west in their countries. They want to take that freedom away from you. They want the whole world to be run like Iran. That is what will happen if you embrace their beliefs.
    Did you know that Muslims are trying to get the laws changed in Canada so that they can prosecute other Muslims with their laws. Meaning that their laws would supercede the laws of Canada. They would have their own courts. Did you know that they were lobbying the Gov\’t to have polygamy was abolished as well so that they could have as many wives as they wanted?
    If a so-called Christian thinks that he or she is better than others they don\’t read their bible. I am no better than you and God doesn\’t love me more than you. The only difference is that I found salvation and peace through Christ.
    Does Christ love the Muslim? You better believe He does. Do I love the Muslim? You better believe it.
    But of course you\’ll believe anything the left wing media and hollywood feed you anywys.

  7. Ciao Gerry,
     
    "HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!"
     
    Wishing you a Great Day full of Gods Blessings.
     
    God Bless You
     
    Love,
     
    Shelley
    xXx

  8. The-Country-Cowboy said:

    Hey Gerry, I know you have a hard time getting around to all the sites on you’re list. So I thought I would drop by and tell you that I became a new brother today!!!
     
    You can check out the Pictures and Detail’s on my blog.
     
    God Bless,

  9. All I\’m saying is that it\’s not right to put your faith above someone elses…it doesn\’t matter what they believe in.  Your faith is no better or worse than theirs. And to believe this make you a very narrow minded person..As for doing my homework, I never was one to do that…but it doesn\’t matter because my point was about how narrow minded the world is toward something they don\’t understand.  You are not muslum and therfore could not understand  why they react and do the things they do.  Without understanding we have nothing.  It has become clear to me as a person without faith that the world has become hell bent on everyone needing faith.  It seems to me that the christian faith has turn to the ways of the JW that they feel the need to force their belief upon others.  Who gives you that right?  that\’s my question for the day.  Who gives you the right to put you faith above others?

  10. As for believing anything the left wing says and the media tells me…I believe what I want and I am influenced by what the world shows me.  Nobdy tells me what to believe and thats just rude to say that I have no mind of my own.  That i follow the masses.  Give a guy some credit.

  11. Hi,
     
    Please see the site: http://www.muslimswakeup.com and some of the links it presents. Just to have a balanced view on what Muslims feel on the issue. Quite a range of opinion from using legal means to taking the insults in stride, to reacting with protests and boycotts. I don\’t know if any look at the intent behind the cartoons; i.e., that there are REALLY targetting EXTREME islam as your blurb suggests. It also bothers me that some Muslims have to take out one everybody that actions of a very few. Most muslims kind of mind their business and work etc though.
     
    I suspect that when people blaspheme against Christ, you don\’t use violence but you are likely not happy about it,…

  12. Just a few points for THE PEST
     
    Truth is always exclusive. Lets look at your argument through a simple analogy. 1 + 1 is, by definition, 2. 1 + 1 cannot = 3 by definition. So by your argument, surely the opinion that 1+1=2 is just as valid as that if 1+1=3, just because it is something that doesn\’t make sense, in this case by definition. So we\’re taking out relative issues here as well. And if there is an absolute truth concerning this, then who are you to say that something that is true is just as valid as something that is false?
     
    And remember, we CAN understand why \’religious\’ people do things given what they believe in. Muslims believe that they have a better chance of getting to heaven if they kill themselves in jihad, why should it suprsie you if they do it? The Bible teaches that \’It is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one might boast\’. Yet in James 3 (i think) it talks about works following faith. So why should it suprise you if we do works not for salvation but out of love for God? Is that truly so foreign to you? Is it incomprehesible?
     
    Lets imagine what happens if we don\’t have a world without faith. No God to live for. Everyone would be living for themselves, there would be no love or pity or anything good in this world because it does not benefit the self….. put simply we would create a hell on earth. Someone said once (an ex-muslim in fact) that a world without Jesus is the end of the world.
     
    Who gives us the right to put our faith above others? God, who establishes the truth. Jesus Christ, who IS the truth, the way and the life. And why should we be apolegetic about it? As Gerry said, God needs our defence about as much as a lion needs defence from a duck.
     
    The only way we can understand something that is foreign into us is if we personally go and research ourselves, if we are skeptical enough to not believe what others tell you (as i\’m sure you have responded to most of my post). Perhaps you should make an indivicual, rigirous examinatinon into the claims and life of Jesus Christ compared to the teachings of Muhammed and see what really strikes out as the truth…. because no one but yourself can convince yourself fully about it.
     
     
    God Bless all,
    Ernest

  13. Sorry Gerry
     
    Two more points.
    1) First, the God who and the Muslims worship is the same God. He\’s not my God but he is the "God of Abraham", etc, etc. That\’s what the Muslims call him. Personally, I don\’t feel very comfortable with any of the "great" three religions, although all have "contributed great things to society". All three have some version of "my way or the highway" which just does not "feel" right to me. From the point of view of all three religions, my soul is 100% in jepardy but hey that is what I currently believe. That said, forget about the names, you worship the same God although obviously you believe different things about Him. Muslims recognise Jesus as one of the prophets but they do NOT believe he was/is the son of God. They also acknowledge Moses, etc, etc.
    2) The American left, has as much issue with Islamic extremism and many traditional values as you may. I mean, if you don\’t believe me, look at the  http://whitehouse.org/!!! This insults the Christian right and bush but insults the Muslims extremists as well. (Actually they insult both religions pretty directly.) Outside the insulting and the ranting they actually do
     
    In short, fair is fair. I do concur that some Muslims do seem much more sensitive than the Christians of today. Might not have been ture in the 15th century but seems true today. I\’m not sure about all Muslims though.
     
    When you talk about Israel, you have to be fair. I mean one can see historical justification for the jews resettling there but in essense they did in fact steal some peoples homes etc, etc. Sort of a mess like the way Pakistan was constructed. The biggest problem is that 750,000 Palestinians are "Stateless" people. The other arab states being angry about it is another issue. The point is, the way the issue was resolved is a formula for continuous bloodshed. A final solution will have to have those people being able to obtain some livelihood.

  14. an athiest again,
     
    "I do concur that some Muslims do seem much more sensitive than the Christians of today."
     
    If violence, death and hatred can be simplified to an issue as simple as sensitivity, then I think we should apologize for every \’insensitive\’ incarceration that has ever occured.
     
    The truth is, this is nothing more than another reason for human beings to hate other human beings.  For human beings to exalt themselves over other human beings, because without actually knowing God, and having Him as your sufficiency, human beings must generate their own sufficiency.  To be more precise:  self-worth.  In this case, something has been insulted, which is an integral part of the Muslims self-worth.  To insult the religion, is to insult self.   And self will not tolerate insult.  Why?  Because self is exalted above God.  For if God was exalted about self, then self would recognize that the argument is not with self, but with God.  But if self is exalted above God, then self must defend and protect itself.
     
    It is an existence DEVOID of God.  Is this an insult to Muslims?  I guess we\’ll find out, won\’t we.
     
    Jesus could have called on the entire host of heaven to save Him from the crucifixtion.  But He exalted God above His own life.  He did not take offense at the breaking of His body, He never uttered a word of recompense or retribution.  As he hung, impaled and his limbs ripped and torn from the cross, He looked on the world with eyes full of compassion, and exorted His Father:
     
    "Father forgive them.  They know not what they do."
     
    It\’s these types of utterances under persection that are the evidences of one who truly knows God.
     
    But if your mouths spits out curses and retribution, Muslim or no Muslim, Christian or no Christian.
     
    You don\’t know God, I don\’t care what you call yourself.
     
    Jason
     
    PS:  I do recognize that you are an athiest.  Forgive my \’insensitivity\’.

  15. Hi everybody,
     
    As always, I had to put my two cents in.  (Which is four British cents) It\’s clear to me how demographic religion is.  Muslims share the same fervor about "knowing" God.   While I realize that there is some literature berating the prophet Muhammed as on some psychedelic binge, there are plenty of historial denials of the existence of Jesus. 
     
    In fact, many of the circumstances told regarding Jesus\’ birth, death and resurrection bear close countenance to the early Greek myth of Dionysus.
     
    I\’m not here to deny either camp\’s divine right to worship.  However, it\’s clear to me that, that being who ultimately brought us forth, did not wish to see us cannibalize ourselves deciding how we got here. 
     
    I\’m confident that we can all dine at the same table, and that table is here on this planet.  If we\’re going to have a discourse on scripture, then, as a planet, I say, let\’s do it.  Let\’s dicuss moral codes.  Let\’s see how similiar our teachings are. 
     
    But M-16 machine guns and suicide bombers surely aren\’t what our perfection was intended for. 
     
    See, the way I see it, I have a right to sit here in my little part of this little cozy park called Earth .  And there\’s a Christian yelling on my left.  And a Muslim yelling on my right.  I\’d really just like to enjoy the serenity.  Maybe feed some ducks.  Appreciate being alive.  Feel a warm breeze.  Maybe even say a little prayer to whoever I think will listen.  
     
    Fighting over the "Holy Land".  How sick.   If you want to fight, fight in the Afterlife.
     
    Thank you.

  16. oh, and Gerry — Sharia law is family law, not criminal law.  (Even so, it\’s backwards)

  17. (noname)
     
    I\’m going to have to put my British two penneth in!
     
    No credible secular historian would ever doubt the historical fact that Jesus Christ existed.  The only thing they would dispute is the resurrection.  Although I believe some time ago in the past, two lawyers set out to disprove the resurrection from a legal standpoint but eventually found that they had to admit that there was no way the resurrection could be disproved in a court of law.  I think they wrote a book about it.
     
    I disagree over your analysis that the birth of Christ has close parallels with Dionysus.  Christ\’s story has more in common with the norse god Balder.
     
    Tolkien once made the argument to C.S. Lewis, that the very imagery in pagan lore was God\’s way of preparing the non semitic people for the Gospel message.  This way of thinking was a fundamental step in Lewis coming back to faith.
     
    Now, in regard to comparing teaching… I shal quote Lewis:
     
    "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I\’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don\’t accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg–or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
     
    Some would argue that Lewis was spouting hyperbole… and that the logic is weak, but if you bother to look at what Jesus actually said and the unique closeness he claimed and seemingly demonstrated – the simple truth is, you are only left with those three options.
     
    You seem to be operating under a similar assumption to the National Secular Society (a deeply flawed organisation).  They claim that religious fundamentalism is the primary cause of war and conflict, and that everyone would be happy if this did not exist.  That as they say, is balderdash.  Humanity is fundamentally flawed… the worst atrocities in the last century were done in the name of eugenics, ethnicity and political ideology – not religion.  The NSS claim that religious radicals want to impose their world view on the world and desire religious expression to be confined to the home and place of worship… not being publically free.  What they fail to see is their own blindingly obvious hypocrisy.  By making that statement, they become the very monster they accuse others of being.
     
    Atheists and humanists cannot take the moral high ground either.
     
    One of the fundamental problems Islam has with Christianity is that muslims recognise Jesus as having some authority – but Christinas show no recognition of Mohammed.  However, Islam is prettty legalistic and the Bible teaches that Christ came in complete fulfillment of the Law.  The author of Hebrews wrote his letter directly to Hebrew Christians who were being pressured to conform to the legalistic teachings of the pharisees… and the false doctrines of the gnostics.  The whole premise of the Gospel is that man\’s efforts do not appease God… but God\’s actions redeem man.  It is therefore impossible for Christians to acknowledge anything that takes us back down that road.
     
    I have also heard it said that muslims are not allowed to believe that any of the prophets lied.  If this is so… then how can they reconcile what Jesus said about himself?  He admitted several times that he is God\’s Son… it\’s documented.  You therefore have two key impasses between Islam and Christianity.
     
    As a Christian, I believe in turning the other cheek… I have no use for bombs or guns.  I have far more powerful weapons in my arsenal.
     
    I also believe God has a plan for the Middle East and for the whole Earth.  Whatever each side chooses to do, God is sovereign.  I believe completely in destiny and I believe completely at free will… the two may seem at odds, but it just seems that way.
     
    "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  18. Hey Gerry, just stopping by to wish you a happy valentines day. hope your back to good health. Hope you and your family have a blessed day. much love xxx

  19. The following was edited due language – Gerry
     
    Sword4thelord,
     
    The Middle East is one  giant holy war.   Jews.  Muslims.  Christians.  Underlying the WMD\’s and war for oil, "human rights (i.e. our moral code over their\’s) — is that good vs. evil mentality that has brought many a good man to his early grave. 
     
    George Carlin once said wisely, "My God *** * ****** **** than yours" when referring to the aggressive stance of theology.
     
    Honestly, my friend, look at your name, SWORD4thelord.
     
    I wonder if the revelations is simply going to be a self fulfilled prophecy.  Anyhow, I\’m sticking to the notion of one God.    One God who created perfection.  And then we went and screwed it up by being self righteous.
    Published By (no name) (http://spaces.msn.com/smac971/)

  20. Trevor
     
    Unless you understand the terminology you wouldn\’t know that the sword my brother Nick is refering to in his name is The Word and it is with the Word we fight our enemies. The bible makes it very clear who the enemies are of the followers of Christ
     
    For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephisians 6:12
     
    This is also what makes us different from Muslims. Jesus told His followers to turn the other cheek. Unfortunalty many don\’t follow that teaching. Christ is God who came in the flesh. He does not contridict Himself. He doesn\’t tell his followers to forgive them that persecute them and love their enemies then 600 years later tell them to kill their enemies were ever they find them.
     
    Anybody who calls themselves a Christian and then goes out and seeks revenge on someone or goes out of His way to cause harm or violence in Jesus name is no Christian at all.

  21. Trevor
     
    The reason I chose the handle I have got is in no way phallic or Freudian.  Gerry pretty much hit the nail on the head… but the actual phrase comes from the book of Judges and the story of Gideon.  Somebody once told me that God wanted to speak to me through the life of Gideon and I have never forgotten it.  I\’m also a fan of the mythical symbolism (pre-Freud) of the sword as shown in Arthurian legend, Lord of the Rings and similar literature.  You have incorrectly assumed that because a sword is an offensive weapon… that I am right wing fundy.  You could not be more wrong.  If you really must know I\’m left wing economically and centrist on the liberty/authority scale.
     
    You lost moral authority in this argument when you switched from the subject to the personal.
     
    You did not really answer any of my points, but I shall answer some of yours.  I have heard Carlin\’s quote.  If we take it down to it\’s bare bones and remove the innuendo from it essentially saying my God is bigger and tougher than yours.
     
    For my money Jesus is bigger in CHARACTER… God does not demand worship, he desires our honest love and adoration… which is different.
     
    Jesus\’s character:
     
    "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:     Who, being in very nature God,       did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,     but made himself nothing,       taking the very nature of a servant,       being made in human likeness.     And being found in appearance as a man,       he humbled himself       and became obedient to death—          even death on a cross!     Therefore God exalted him to the highest place       and gave him the name that is above every name,     that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,       in heaven and on earth and under the earth,     and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,       to the glory of God the Father. " Phillipians 2:5-11
     
    Jesus was beaten, cursed, scourged by and spat upon  by those who arrested him. And yet he had the authority to call upon legions of angels to rescue him.  He chose not to because he understood his primary objective required him to die for our salvation.  He was meek.
     
    Meekness is not weakness.  Meekness is having the authority and power to do whatever you want, but choosing to use other means to achieve higher purposes.  Had Jesus flared up, his anger would have been righteous… because what he underwent was unfair.  However Righteous love supercedes righteous anger.
     
    This is why the poster on your website is flawed.  Oh don\’t get me wrong I know the artist was attacking so called Christians who use violence as a means to achieving political ambition and use their belief as a crutch to justify it.  The artist made the daft mistake of portraying Jesus with the rifle (note the Western symbolism of it being sunset and a cowboy rifle – he is obviously attacking US Foreign policy).  The simple fact is Jesus never ever condoned violence himself where… well lets just say other figures did.  If they had used an image of a certain politician in a preacher\’s costume that would be fair game.  Oh I\’m quite sure the artist intended to be as ironic as he did offensive… but in the end the image just looks out of place.

  22. Very well said!
     
    Still,
    By Grace

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