CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 18, 2017 – One of the great misunderstandings among uninformed Christians, Jews or anyone else when it comes to Islam is the belief that Muslims can be spurred to greater levels of hate than those that already exist.
Holding to this belief, political correctness tells us to let “sleeping dogs lie” so we do not risk agitating Islamists into doing something even more heinous than those things they have already done.
What non-Muslims fail to realize is that terrorism, as David Wood — an American evangelical missionary and Christian apologist who frequently appears on YouTube videos — explains, is that “terrorism is beneficial to all Muslims.”
Typically, the uninformed immediately withdraw from the discussion and claim that such thinking is impossible since a high percentage of Muslims worldwide are actually peaceful.
While that may be true, it does not mean that Islam does not gain ground and recruits with each successive terror attack on the infidel. All this means is that there are large numbers of Muslims, just as there are large numbers of Christians and Jews, that claim to be one thing or another but really do not practice their faith as it has been established and defined.
In addition, there are also numerous Muslims who have no concept of the teachings of Islam, as well as countless believers who just want to live out their lives in relative peace.
If Wood’s observation is correct, then how does a terrorist attack benefit Muslims?
To start with, the minute a terrorist event takes place, the PC crowd and all manner of Muslim apologists immediately head for the airwaves, claiming that “Islam is a religion of peace” and that the hawks seeking revenge against Islam are nothing more than Islamophobes, racists and vigilantes who “do not understand” the victimization a Muslim must deal with each and every day.
What always goes unnoticed however is that the media actively seek out Islamic spokespeople who are experts in spinning a terrorist event 180-degrees and absolving Islam of all blame. As a result, recruiting increases while Muslims get a pass on the terrorism charge because they are “vulnerable,” and, in that sense, terrorism is actually beneficial to their cause.
Easter 2017 has just passed, so let’s take this opportunity look at why this particular celebration is, to a Muslim, like waving a red flag in front of a bull.
As Raymond Ibrahim puts it,
“Celebrating Easter is an especially dangerous affair in Muslim-majority regions of Nigeria: a church was burned down on Easter Sunday, 2014, leaving 150 dead; another church was bombed on Easter Sunday, 2012, leaving some 50 worshippers dead; Muslim herdsmen launched a series of raids during Easter week, 2013, killing at least 80 Christians—mostly children and the elderly; additionally, over 200 Christian homes were destroyed, eight churches burned, and 4,500 Christians displaced.”
But if all of this took place, our next question should be “why didn’t we hear about it?” That answer is fairly obvious: the storylines didn’t really fit the Easter agenda for most journalistic outlets.
Because of its importance to Christians, Easter Sunday is far more repulsive to a Muslim than Christmas. And that’s not to say that any holiday these days is without danger of becoming a target of Islamic radicals. Terrorist incidents are notably on the increase during numerous non-Islamic religious holidays in other parts of the word.
It doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to learn that you can offend a Muslim faster than Superman can change clothes in a phone booth. What makes Easter different, however, is a trilogy of reasons:
- First is the Christian belief that Christ was crucified and died;
- Next, His Resurrection on the first Easter Sunday; and
- Third, according to Christian belief, Jesus claimed to be the Son of God.
The Koran recognizes Jesus as a prophet, a great teacher and as a great man. It does not acknowledge that Jesus was divine, nor does it state that Muhammad was anything other than a mere mortal himself. However, since Muhammad was the “final” prophet, Muslims give Muhammad’s place on the list of prophets the highest priority.
Even more difficult for Muslims to believe, and a major point of controversy between Christianity and Islam, is the Christian belief in the Resurrection of Christ.
Growing from this, perhaps the biggest theological difference of all is the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost. In the beginning, Muslims were ignorant shepherds and goat herders living in the brutality of the desert. They were dedicated to the tribe to which they belonged and devoted to the concept that there only one God.
Therefore, the very idea of having three divinities in a single Divine Presence is anathema in the Muslim world. So long as Muslims fail to accept the triune God of Christianity, there is almost no practical means of reconciling the core beliefs of these religions.
In this way, Easter, during which the Resurrection and the Trinity unite as Christianity’s dogmatic core, easily becomes the most offensive of the Christian holidays celebrated in the Holy Land and other Muslim hot spots around the world far beyond just the Middle East.
In addition, when Christians gather to worship on Sunday, Muslims say they are “taunting” Islam. On the other hand, Muslims who go to the mosque for Friday Prayers are merely giving thanks to a single, omnipotent Allah.
The gaps between these two religions are wide and the divisions are many. But until there is a willingness to negotiate in good faith, Christian holidays, festivals and, for that matter, any place where people gather in large numbers, will all continue to be magnets for terror.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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