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THEO 403 (Su '16) T10 - Islam (Part 3)

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Hartmut Scherer

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Transcript of THEO 403 (Su '16) T10 - Islam (Part 3)

Islam & Violence
Understanding Violence in Islam
"Some Muslims regard
(to struggle or strive for God; sometimes translated as "holy war") as sixth pillar."
Muslims deny that Christ died on the cross.
“The work of Muhammad is based on being honored and the work of Christ is based on being insulted. This produces two very different reactions to mockery.” (John Piper)
The Essence of Christ’s work
It means that a religion with no insulted Savior will not endure insults to win the scoffers. It means that this religion is destined to bear the impossible load of upholding the honor of one who did not die and rise again to make that possible. It means that Jesus Christ is still the only hope of peace with God and peace with man. And it means that his followers must be willing to “share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Philippians 3:10)
What It All Means
The Story of Mohammed
What is the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)?
- Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has
been its leader since May
- religious beliefs center around the Day of Judgment
The Nature of the Islamic State
2 misunderstandings
jihadism is not monolithic
denying the Islamic State’s medieval religious nature
- ISIS rules an area larger
than the United Kingdom
- they rule over about 8 million people
Sources and Image Credit
Craig, Albert M.,
The Heritage of World Civilizations
Vol. 1, 309.
John Piper; http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/the-mocking-of-muhammad-and-condemning-of-christ; retrieved September 27, 2012.
Adopted key thoughts from "What ISIS really wants"; http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/; retrieved June 30, 2016.
e.g., al-Qaeda and ISIS are different
- they consider themselves as a key agent of the
coming apocalypse
So you meet a radical Muslim . . .
- treat them with dignity
- listen to their worldview
- they need Jesus like all of us
A Christian response:
In Christ we have a . . .
- in becoming,
- in belonging,
- in having a home,
- in doing and
- new
- new
- new
on earth,
- new
- new
view of possessions
- in being,
meaning is given to life through
A Christian response:
- personal stories,
- group stories,
- and cosmic drama
- show them how
their lives are
part of
God's cosmic story
The Islamic State
- bringing about the apocalypse (ultimate goal)
- return civilization to 7th century legal environment
- is very Islamic
- a religious, millenarian group
Key Features of the Islamic State
- closely related to Salafism, a branch of Sunnism
- emulate the Prophet himself and his earliest adherents
The Apocalypse
The Fight
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