Three Christian Misconceptions about Muslims

Last week, J. D. Greear wrote about three Muslim misconceptions about Christians. This week, he turns the debate (or misconceptions) to the other side of the table: Christian misconceptions about Muslims. Here’s an excerpt:

Misconception 1: Most Muslims Support Terrorism.

Christians won’t usually come out and say that they think all Muslims are terrorists. But many do assume that the majority of Muslims support terrorism, albeit quietly. Much has been written about how Islam was established “by the sword,” or how Muslims engaging in terrorist activity are simply obeying what the Qur’an tells them to do. It is certainly easy to find Muslims using the Qur’an to justify violence. Even when you give the Qur’an a charitable reading, asking “What would Muhammad do?” will lead to a very different place than “What would Jesus do?”

Read the full post here.

Three Muslim Misconceptions About Christians

Recently, J. D. Greear discussed the way Muslims view Christians, and how some of those views are misconceptions. Here’s an excerpt: 

Misconception 1: Christians worship three gods.

This one took me by surprise. I knew that the doctrine of the Trinity was difficult for Muslims (as it is for most Christians). But I never fully realized how badly Muslims misunderstood it and how offensive it was to them.

Several Muslims asked me how I could believe that God could have had sex with the Virgin Mary to conceive Jesus. Christians are blasphemous, I was told, because they worship three gods: god the father, god the son, and god the mother. This was news to me, of course, so I asked where they learned it. They told me: from their local imam, the Muslim religious leader.

Of course, Christians find this depiction of the Trinity just as offensive as Muslims do. And this is a good place to start. The idea of Jesus as a result of copulation between God and Mary is blasphemous, and we should feel free to express our disgust and outrage at the “trinity” as it is thus wrongfully described. Monotheism is central to Christianity, just as it is to Islam. So Christians can wholeheartedly agree with Muslims that there is only one God worthy of worship. Our conception of him is dramatically different…but the offense here is usually misplaced.

Read the full post here. Check back next week for three Christian misconceptions about Islam.

CGCS: The Origin of Islam (Will Taylor)

Every Wednesday morning at Between the Times, we highlight the work and writing of the folks at the Center for Great Commission Studies (CGCS) of Southeastern. Recently, Will Taylor, assistant program coordinator for Global Studies at the College, wrote about the origin of Islam. 

Here’s an excerpt:

For Muhammad and his followers, the Islamic system brought economic and governmental stability to the region. Claiming to have a word from God, the story of Muhammad was unifying and compelling for Arabs because the Qur’an was given in Arabic, thus giving Arabs a religious identity. Islamic culture subsumed the other smaller tribal cultures and clan identities. The Islamic narrative found in the Qur’an, and later in the Hadiths, functioned as a sociopolitical and religious tour de force that would eventually eclipse much of the region in a very short time.

Read the full post here.