Some people charge Isa Al-Masih (Jesus Christ) with advocating war. This is not true. It is true that Isa Al-Masih’s teachings divided families. They still do. Often it is the case that one family member wants to follow Is while the others oppose their decision. We see many examples of this in the Injil (Gospel). And we still see many examples of this in the Ummah (Muslim world). People wanting to have a personal relationship with God through Isa Al-Masih are persecuted. They are threatened, imprisoned and even killed!
Following Isa Al-Masih brings peace to the hearts of believers. However, it often brings persecution from those who reject him. But those who choose to follow Isa Al-Masih must also choose to love even those who persecute them. Isa told his followers to love their enemies. Isa said, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44)
There is a great difference between the early followers of Isa Al-Masih and the early followers of Muhammad. The followers of Isa Al-Masih were clearly told by him to forgive and not fight with others. Isa did not want his people to be involved in war. Isa said, “I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also” (Matthew 5:39).
The early history of Islam is a story of bloodshed and war. Even among the nearest companions of Muhammad, wars and murders took place. Caliphs were killed by fellow Muslims. Aishia, the wife of Muhammad, engaged in battle against Ali, Muhammad’s son in law. To this day some Muslims support the doctrine of jihad as a doctrine commanded by Islam. Jihad is killing people in the name of Allah! This is a dark stain on the religion of Islam. It has brought endless grief into the world.
Many Muslims accuse Christians of starting wars and committing acts of aggression. This is because Muslims confuse the Western world and America in particular with Christianity. America or the Western world is not Christianity. They are places run by secular governments. Their agendas are not God’s agenda. And their purposes are not to share the gospel of salvation. Being a Christian is having a personal relationship with God through Isa Al-Masih.
Isa came to the world, “... not to destroy men but to save them” (John 12:47). Isa Al-Masih is not the author of war. He is “The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). His lofty teaching calls us to the highest ideal, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…and love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31).
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