tml> Biblical Ethics and Islam
  1. Introduction
2. The Bible on its own terms
3. The Koran on its own terms
4. Contrasts between the Bible and the Koran
5. Holy War in the Bible, Jihad in the Koran
6. Christian expansion, Islamic expansion
7. The ministry of the Prince of Peace
8. Questions from the audience
   
Biblical Ethics and Islam

Love of Hard Questions Seminar #220
21 April 2002
6. Christian expansion, Islamic expansion


And now we come to Christian expansion versus Islamic expansion. How did Christian expansion begin? Suffering, martyrdom, giving, sacrifice, loving. It wasn’t until the Fourth and Fifth centuries, when the church became legalized, that we then fell prey to the sin of imposing our faith upon Jews and pagans. But the Christian faith from the outset is a gift given, not something imposed.

So the fact that there has ever been sin in the church is in rebellion to the order of creation and the person of Jesus. The Crusades are ugly, but they’re in response to the Turks partly, and to the Muslims who conquered all the lands. They took all of what is modern Israel, all across Egypt. In fact most of the Egyptians today are Arabs going back to the Seventh Century. And toward Europe, up toward Russia, down a little bit toward India, all by military expansion. And in the process they only allowed certain Christians and Jews to live. If they didn’t convert, if they provided needful banking, or agricultural or governmental services, to an Islamic government. So it was an expansion by the sword and you cannot get around that historically.


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  1. Introduction
2. The Bible on its own terms
3. The Koran on its own terms
4. Contrasts between the Bible and the Koran
5. Holy War in the Bible, Jihad in the Koran
6. Christian expansion, Islamic expansion
7. The ministry of the Prince of Peace
8. Questions from the audience