Darryl's thoughts on the Christian Faith, Facts, and World Events
Jesus Christ said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:43-48 NKJV
Dear Mohammad (An Open Letter)
First of all, I want to say that I pray to my Lord Jesus Christ, that you and your like-minded friends do not find this post until such time as your hearts have been prepared by the Holy Spirit to receive this message of Christ's love for you in the same spirit that I am writing it. Jesus said, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces." (Matthew 7:6 NKJV). I am not calling you a swine, but I understand that sharing the true Gospel of Jesus Christ with you could easily cause you and your friends be tempted by Satan to come and murder me and those whom I love. I do not say this because I am afraid to die because for I agree with the Apostle Paul that "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:22) However, I do not want you all to add more murders to your list of sins. But, since you and your friends have vowed to kill anyone including (Shia) Muslims who don't agree with you completely, I would rather die because I told you the truth about Jesus Christ's love for you than die because I made some foolish cartoon about Mohammad (the founder of Islam). When people insult Jesus Christ, I too feel pain, but Christians are commanded to "turn the other cheek" so we keep our peace. When Jesus Christ was being crucified to pay for our sins, "Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots." (Luke 23:34) It takes more courage to love and forgive than to hate and kill. It is my prayer that Christ will give me the strength to rise above my natural sinful instincts to kill and to hate so that I will be able to love and forgive as Christ loves and forgives me.
As I briefly looked at your biography on wikipedia I realize that we have a lot in common.
Obviously there are some differences between us, which we will discuss in more detail later. For example:
I do not point out these differences to shame you but because many people in the world cannot distinguish between a committed Christian and a radical Muslim. While you behead people and chant "death to America and death to Israel," President Obama is concerned about Christians being "less than loving." By the way, how are your parents in England doing? Have the Christians treated them the same way that you and your friends treat Christians? If it were not for the love, grace, and forgiveness that Jesus Christ gives to his followers, their lives would not be as good as they are now. You should be thankful to Jesus Christ for this teaching, because it protects your family. "Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matthew 26: 52-53 NASB)
I hope to write more to you later, but for now I want to remind you that Jesus Christ (God with us) loves you. Because of the love, forgiveness, and grace that I have received from Christ Jesus I can honestly say that in my spirit, I love you too.
In Christ's Love,
A Christian Apologist, Author, Missionary, Husband, and Father. Darryl has an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University (CA), an MA in TESOL from Azusa Pacific University (CA), and a BA in Political Science from Truman State University (MO).
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