Wow! Thanks again Carl for a powerful message to share with those who dont (or wont) see that God loves ALL people! And it was great to put a face to a name after many years of wondering.
I appreciate you’re bringing a fresh perspecitve on the three categories of followers of
Jesus — the crowds, curious, and committed. I think this helps us tremendously to look at Jesus as a model for how we love and are patient with the curious and crowds.
But I think I am still left unsatisfied with the fact that you didn’t answer your own question — “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” Can you please elaborate?
Loved almost all of this video (“Do you know any Muslims?”) but I’m stuck on one point. In my reading of the Koran, I do see commands to be violent to Christians. To compare those to the OT commands to violence is problematic. It seems that this will either: 1. undermine inspiration of the OT or 2. elevate the Koran to inspired status. You say Christians and most Muslims know they should contextualize the commands to violence. Also, the Bible teaches that we are in a new covenant now but I don’t see that in the Koran. I like your point that we must love them even if they are our enemies. It just seems more accurate and honest to say, “The Koran has conflicting commands about violence to Christians.” Am I right? Are you sorta fudging out of your strong (good) desire to have Christians love Muslims?
Dan. I appreciate the tone of your comment very much! But I do think that what I said was “fair” and is a good comparison. There are no commands in the Quran that would suggest doing violence towards Jews or Christians for all time, or as a general principle. They are in specific times and places and within a certain context. Just like the ones in the Bible. Like the Bible doesn’t say “Whenever you find people who live in a place called Canaan or Jericho, you should kill them” and neither does the Quran.
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