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liberal hypocrisy against Christian making them islamic

Over at liberal Huff Po Religion there is a piece I want to respond to that’s titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  I’m responding to this because it’s a terrible article that no doubt probably has many people reading it but one that is plague with the lack of clear thinking.  HuffPo Religion often have articles that provides many examples of how not to do theology.  This is one of them.

Our writer begins his essay saying

The time has come for Christians and Muslims to make peace between our communities. Christians and Muslims already make up more than half of the global population, and these numbers are expected to grow in the coming decades; according to the Pew Research Center, by 2050, two thirds of humanity, some 5.7 billion people, will be either Christian or Muslim.

Our planet simply cannot afford another century of misunderstanding and violence between these two communities. The challenges we face as a global human family are profound: ongoing warfare and nuclear proliferation, global poverty and economic inequality, climate change and ecological degradation. How will humanity handle these crises and others if our two largest religious communities are embroiled in constant conflict, if misunderstanding defines our relationship?

Response:

  • As a Christian I definitely don’t want violence between Christians and Muslims.
  • What does our writer think is the source of the problem of lack of peace between these two communities?  It’s very telling when he says “Our planet simply cannot afford another century of misunderstanding and violence between these two communities” and “misunderstanding defines our relationship.”  According to the writer it’s a result of misunderstanding between the two communities.
  • I do think there are misunderstandings among those in the two communities.
  • But misunderstandings is not enough of a reason to explain violence.  People often have misunderstanding of my ethnic minority background.  But that doesn’t mean somehow there’s violence done towards me in of itself.  It’s an inadequate explanation on the part of the author; ironically, it’s a misunderstanding that doesn’t account for radical Jihadists who commit violence against Christians who have been exposed if not even raised up in largely Western countries where one can’t just say it resulted from a mere misunderstanding.  Something deeper and more complex is going on and the author’s explanation is too simplistic.
  • If one identify what’s the problem wrongly, then don’t be surprised that the solutions offered would also be wrong.

 

So what’s our writer’s offered solution?  Here’s one suggestion he offered:

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