Friday, September 10, 2010

The Burning of the Koran

Anyone who has the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ dwelling in them, know that there is but one way to salvation. The way is narrow, and it is only through Jesus Christ. This church in Florida thinks its doing God a service, but I say its a disservice. Ironically, their antics will turn more Muslims off, rather them bring lost people to the Truth. We know that Jesus Christ is real, the Son of God, and is God. If I had books contrary to that Truth, I would deal with myself and get rid of them--yet these books would hypothetically be in my own personal possession. Regarding Pastor Terry Jone's logic of the Dove World Outreach Centre; they would next need to burn all books on evolution, on Buddhism, on agnostic ramblings and so forth. His approach is wrong (where is his heart on this?). How much is in opposition to the Word in this world? Tend to your own garden, burn what does not belong in it. Let others tend to their gardens, even if in error--we pray they find their way out of error into everlasting life through our Savior. Jones strategy will only foster hard feelings, hatred of those drowning in darkness, and turn Muslims off. Can an unbelieving world understand such behavior? NO. Below, an article on this situation from ABC news:

Pastor keeps changing mind on Koran burning

A Christian church leader in the United States has abandoned his weekend Koran-burning plans to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Pastor Terry Jones from the Dove World Outreach Centre in Florida had planned to mark the occasion by burning as many as 200 copies of the Koran.

But he received a strong rebuke from president Barack Obama, who urged him to give up on what he called a "stunt".

Mr Obama even warned it could help recruit suicide bombers to blow themselves up on American soil.

Pastor Jones has now sparked new controversy by claiming that he dropped his plan in exchange for a deal to move a proposed Islamic centre away from New York's Ground Zero.

The developers say there is no such deal.

Pastor Jones said: "The American people do not want the mosque there. And of course Muslims do not want us to burn the Koran.

"The imam has agreed to move the mosque. We have agreed to cancel our event on Saturday. And on Saturday I will be flying up there to meet with him."

But the imam leading the project for the Islamic cultural centre in New York, Feisal Abdul Rauf, quickly denied any such agreement.

However the imam from the Islamic Society of Central Florida, Muhammad Musri, says he has been negotiating a meeting with Pastor Jones and Imam Rauf.

"[I] got the commitment to fly up to New York and meet with [Imam Rauf] in the company of Pastor Jones to discuss and come to a decision on relocating the mosque in New York," he said.

Imam Rauf quickly denied any such meeting.

In a statement, he said: "I am glad Pastor Jones has decided not to burn any Korans. However I have not spoken with Pastor Jones or Imam Musri."

"I am surprised by their announcement. We are not going to toy with our religion or any other, nor are we here to barter."

It was enough to draw Pastor Jones back out from his church to address the media for a second time.

"I was told he cannot move it tomorrow. I said that is fine, but it cannot be in 10 years. These are the exact words that I said," he said.

"The man said that is fine. I said now he has agreed to move the mosque away from the Ground Zero area? Yes he has, that is what I was told."

So does Pastor Jones doubt what he has been told?

"I don't feel tricked. I was lied to of course. That is why at this time I am not prepared to believe that. I am not prepared to make that accusation," he said.

"I want to just wait and see. And right now I am believing his word. I find it very hard to believe that he would lie to me."

Pastor Jones says no matter what happens the Koran burning is definitely off.

*Continue to read the entire article here.