The Koran commands Muslims to kill non-Muslims. This is an undisputed fact, and some recent graffiti on three Indiana churches confirms this. Indeed, one of the churches had the words “Qur’an 3:151” spray-painted on it. This particular passage reads “We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.”
Nassim Khaled, a volunteer at the local Islamic Center, said, “We condemn this, and I read the verse, most importantly what it showed me is the ignorance, who actually misquoted or misinterpreted the Koran.” Right, and perhaps Islamic State, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and other Muslim groups who enjoy striking terror “into the hearts of those who disbelieve” have misinterpreted the Koran too. Frankly, there are so many passages in the Koran which command the killing of non-Muslims, I wonder if Mr. Khaled has ever read the Koran. After all, Muslims are commanded to do the following:
*Behead and cut off the fingertips of non-Muslims (Koran 8:12)
*Fight and force non-Muslims to pay a tax because they don’t believe (Koran 9:29)
*Annihilate towns which reject Islam (Koran 17:16)
At the very least, Mr. Khaled hasn’t read Surah 4:95. This passage says non-violent Muslims are less worthy in Allah’s eyes. Incidentally, if Jihad only means “spiritual struggle,” why are the physically disabled given an exemption from fighting in this passage? Clearly, Jihad is about killing for Allah.
Christians, on the other hand, have been commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31), and love our enemies (Matthew 5:43-44). Now, some people will say, “But didn’t God command the killing of the Canaanites in the Old Testament?”
Yes, He did, but these commands were given to a particular people (the Israelites) at a particular time (after their exodus from Egypt) for a particular purpose (to take the land of Canaan) because it had been promised to them and the people of Canaan were extremely wicked (Deuteronomy 9:5). In fact, the Canaanites were burning their children alive (Deuteronomy 12:29-31). God wanted the Canaanites gone, because He didn’t want their evil ways to influence the world (Exodus 34:15-16). Unfortunately, the Israelites didn’t completely obey Him. They were eventually corrupted by the Canaanites. They began worshiping false gods and murdering their children (Jeremiah 32:35).
What about God instituting the death penalty for homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13)? Well, God is holy. The Bible says “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). If you sin just one time, you’re guilty before God (James 2:10). The good news? Jesus died for our sins (Romans 5:8), and we can have eternal life through faith in Him (John 3:16). Likewise, by the shedding of His blood, Jesus did away with the Old Testament (Luke 22:20). He initiated a new agreement, also known as the New Testament, and the old agreement is obsolete (Hebrews 8:13). In the New Testament, the harsh judicial punishments against sin are gone.
Sadly, unlike the obsolete Old Testament verses which command violence, the passages which command violence in the Koran are largely open-ended. They are commands for all Muslims to obey for all time. So, with all due respect to Mr. Khaled, he’s the one who has misinterpreted the Koran.