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What Jesus Offers That Islam Can't (2 of 8)
Series: Galatians--Free to Serve
Sometimes the farther away we travel, the more we appreciate home. Today I want to begin our study of Galatians by going about as far in the opposite direction as you can get. We will get back home. I promise.
On September 11, 2001, a group of armed men hijacked four American planes for the purpose of flying them into buildings full of innocent people. That’s a day few of us will ever forget. Most of us know what happened. We have seen the pictures often enough. What we would really like to understand is why? Why would men do such a thing? A part of the answer is wrapped up in the fact that all of the hijackers were radical Muslims.
A lot of people want to pretend that the events of 9-11 had nothing to do with the hijackers’ religion. That’s just wishful thinking! Shortly after 9-11 Franklin Graham caused quite a stir by noting the obvious. “It wasn’t Methodists flying into those buildings, it wasn’t Lutherans, it was an attack on this country by people of the Islamic faith." [As quoted by Andrew Webb. “A More Realistic Assessment of Islam.” PCA News.com]. What was it about those hijackers faith, if anything that could lead them to do what they did? Let’s explore that for a bit.
I am no expert on Islam. Far from it! But I have read the Quran (also Qur’an or Koran). I decided to do that a couple of years ago after the September 11 attacks. All the news coverage of the Muslim terrorists made me curious about what the religion actually teaches. I have learned that you had best not rely on television for religious information. They get it wrong so often about Christianity that I figured they probably wouldn’t do any better with Islam. So I decided to check it out for myself.
You can pick up a paper back copy of the Quran at Barnes and Noble for a few dollars. I wouldn’t recommend it, however. It is not easy rea ...
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