Jesus vs Jihad

Matthew 5:43-44 (NLT)

(43) Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
(44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Those are the words of Jesus and for some reason the Lord has had me in the beatitudes (Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7) a lot this year.

In any event, when this topic came to me earlier in the year, we didn’t have the crises in Iraq, Russia and Ukraine and around the globe. Planes weren’t being shot out of the sky and Ebola wasn’t in the news headlines; so I feel the timing for this message is now.

My goal is to show the way to find peace no matter what evil is taking place around the globe. In fact, I was thinking about attending a protest downtown, but after speaking to my wife and reflecting on what the scriptures say (2 Chronicles 7:14), the Lord spoke and said, “prayer and truth are the only ways to combat evil and bring peace.”

So let’s look at some truths. Prayer will follow.

Jihad (taken from wikipedia)

Jihad, an Islamic term, is a religious duty of Muslims. In Arabic, the word jihād translates as a noun meaning “struggle” or “resisting“. A person engaged in jihad is called a mujahid; the plural is mujahideen.

Muslims and scholars do not all agree on its definition.

Within the context of the classical Islam, particularly the Shiah beliefs, it refers to struggle against those who do not believe in the Islamic God (Allah) and do not acknowledge the submission to Muslims,[6] and so is often translated as “Holy War“.

Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30 – NLT)

(28) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
(29) Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
(30) For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Notice how Jesus speaks of peace and rest and how Islam speaks of struggle and war. Also notice that Muslims can’t agree on its definition which leaves it open to extremist interpretations. The Bible is clear and in it there is full agreement on the ways of God and peace.

So here is my point. Peace comes first from within. Jesus said it this way in John 14:27 (KJV).

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your truth and peace. Thank you that you have shown us the way. Lord reveal yourself to the Islamic extremists and those who commit atrocities around the world. Just like you revealed yourself to Saul, who was persecuting and killing Christians. Speak to those who fight against your people and open their eyes to the truth of who you are. Amen.

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