Dr. Michael Horton, in the latest White Horse Inn broadcast (“Christianity Confronts Islam”) on November 29, 2009, interviewed Muslim scholar and former professor of Shari’ah law Sam Solomon, who had to flee his own country after his conversion to Christianity. Here are some clarifications he made, most of the time quoting the Qur’an by memory:
- Islam is not a religion, but an all-encompassing social, political, economic, educational, cultural and religious system cloaked in religious terminology.
- Islam sees the world divided into two groups: Muslims and non-Muslims. The non-Muslims are enemies who must be subjugated by force, and those who do not want to be converted must be killed by the sword.
- Jihad is a doctrine of war and terror on non-Muslims.
- Jews and Christians are “apostates” who are under the penalty of death.
- All non-Muslims are “profane” or unclean, and are the “worst of the creatures” of God.
- The Qur’an includes a hodgepodge of Biblical stories. For example, it confuses Mary the mother of Jesus with Miriam the sister of Moses and Aaron!
- Every single prophet in the Bible was a Muslim, but Muhammad was greater than all of them.
Compare the above with the sanitized version of Islam that is proclaimed all over the media today. Many people, including those in the Christian camp, advocate the notion that Muslims, Jews and Christians are brothers who came from Abraham and believe the same God. The European Council of Churches, for example, has affirmed that Muhammad is a prophet of the Old Testament type!
Again, compare the above Qur’anic teachings with a New Testament story. In Luke 9:51-56, Jesus, James and John were passing by a Samaritan village, and the people rejected Jesus. The two disciples were so angry that they asked Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But Jesus rebuked the two.
According to Professor Solomon, Islamic jihad should be dealt with, not just with Cruise missiles, F-22 Raptors and M-1 tanks, but more so with the proclamation of the gospel of Christ.