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If Islam is a ‘religion of peace,’ then we must ask, peace with whom?

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With the recent terror attack in Barcelona and the cultural, political war, in America. I have begun to see many on social media using the term, “Religion of Peace” to mock the idea that Islam is a religion of peace.

I remember during a 2016 Republican Primary Presidential Debate. The candidates were asked if Islam was a religion of peace. Long and behold we received the typical political response of, It is a religion of peace, but a radicalized version, which does not represent Islam, is used to committee ungodly acts against humanity.

As a Christian, and having a Christian worldview, when the question posed, is Islam a religion of peace, I find that most Christians don’t understand the actual theological implications of this question.

If someone asked me if Islam was a religion of peace, I would flip the script and ask a question myself. My question would be, “Peace with Whom?”

This question is fundamental because it goes to the heart of what is the core tenets of religion? Almost every single religion teaches about an afterlife. In the three main monotheistic religions. Islam, Modern Judaism, and Christianity. We see three distinct ways of attaining entrance into heaven when you die. Logically, they cannot all be correct, as they all vastly disagree with one another. They could be all wrong, but they couldn’t be all right.

As a Christian, I have put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe the Gospel to be true and the Bible to be the Word of God. The Bible states that we’re enemies of God, and at war with him, and now we can have Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1), and that we can only have this Peace with God through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

So when the question is asked, is Islam a religion of peace. We must recognize as Christians that this is a theological question and not a political question. All religion in a sense seeks to make peace with God or some divine being.

If we believe the Bible to be true, then we must say that Islam is not a religion of peace. Neither is Judaism as well as false forms of Christianity. The Bible is clear on how one can have Peace with God, and once again that is the fundamental question that all religions try to answer. How do I have Peace with God?

This article is not intended to debate the question, does Islam promote violence through its teaching? The purpose is to illustrate to Christians how to think Biblically and view the world and correctly recognize problems or questions that require a theological answer not a political answer.

If you are a Christian and you want to change the world and win the worldview battle. You must stop taking the premise of your opponent. You must flip the script and have them fight on your home turf. Recognize that many questions we are asking today in society are not political questions but theological.

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CNN does 67 updates for Sri Lanka story with ZERO mentions blaming Islamic terrorists

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CNN does 67 updates for Sri Lanka story with ZERO mentions blaming Islamic terrorists

The narrative has already been set by American mainstream media on how they’re supposed to handle the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. There are certain things that can be said and others that must be avoided at all costs. With reporting that has spanned nearly 24 hours and included 67 updates to the story, guess how many times CNN blamed Islamic terrorists for the attack.

If you guessed anything higher than zero, you gave CNN way too much credit.

I scanned the entire series of live updates they’ve been doing since the news broke. It’s all within one long story, making it easy to search for individual words, so I did. The results were depressing but expected. Even at this late hour, they still have not acknowledged the possibility that the act was committed by Islamic terrorists.

The closest they came to blaming radical Islamic terrorists in their primary coverage story was a mention in a quote by Diplomatic editor Nic Robertson in which he notes the obvious – that it has the “hallmarks” of Islamic terrorism – but then quickly notes that there are no known radical Islamic terrorist groups in the area.

“It is a very confused picture in terms of who may or may not be responsible. The Sri Lankan civil war ended 10 years ago, a 25 year long civil war, and the Tamil separatists there were a secular group. It would be very, very unlike them and their tactics ever to attack churches and particularly on such a holy day.”

“It has the hallmarks — or is intended to have the hallmarks — of Islamic extremists. But, again, these kinds of groups are unknown in Sri Lanka.”

This last notion is absolutely untrue, of course, as we now know the Chief of Police in Sri Lanka issued a warning about the Nations Thawahid Jaman (NTJ), an Islamist group led by Mohomad Saharan.

The CNN report mentioned the word “Muslim” four times: twice to note the percentage of the population of Sri Lanka that is Muslim, once to warn against reprisals against Muslims, and another to note there have been attacks against Muslims by Buddhist groups. Not once was it even speculated the attacks were carried out by Muslims.

The leftist narrative must be maintained and CNN will not break their allegiances. This was just some people that did something. It may look like an apple, but CNN will scream “banana, banana, banana” for as long as they can.

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Since leftist media won’t say it: Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians

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Since leftist media wont say it Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians

Update: CNN still hasn’t acknowledge the possibility it was Islamic terrorism after 67 updates over the last 24 hours.

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The dramatic shift in how mainstream media characterizes terrorist attacks over the years reached what I hope is the pinnacle of their obfuscation today. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka against Christian churches and areas where Christians were likely to gather were committed on Easter Sunday by Muslims in a city known for radicalization. This was a clear and unambiguous attack by radical Islamic terrorists specifically targeting Christians.

But you’ll have a hard time coming to that conclusion if all you’re reading or watching is leftist mainstream media.

The reporting today has been in stark contrast to the immediate labeling and narrative-building surrounding the terrorist attacks in New Zealand mosques last month. There was zero doubt based on media reporting that the attacks were targeting Muslims. But today, it’s hard to even find the word “Christian” in any of the posts or news reports. On top of that, there’s a stark difference when reading the Tweets of condolences from leftists who refuse to acknowledge this as an attack against Christianity despite the immediate and crystal clear labeling of the New Zealand mosque incidents as attacks targeting Muslims.

Some of this was noted by Brittany Pettibone:

OAN’s Jack Posobiec added that a new phrase has been coined by the media regarding the Notre-Dame fire:

Was this the same response they were giving following the Christchurch attacks? No. As Imam Mohamad Tawhidi noted, the differences were very clear.

Why do the media and leftist politicians do this? Why are they quick to label attacks against any other religious group exactly as they appear, but they’re so unwilling to call out any attacks against Christians as attacks against Christians?

This is the time we’re in, folks. The left has a narrative they want jammed into our heads and that narrative has no room for acknowledging violence and persecution is committed against Christians. The only stories that fit their narratives are stories that can blame Christians for wrongdoing. In those cases, the perpetrators’ status as Christians is broadcast loud and clear. But if Christians are victims, the left will go to extreme lengths to negate that fact from the record.

Of all the major news outlets, I was only able to find one that didn’t shy away from the truth. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board stands alone in declaring the intended victims of this attack as who they are and why they were targeted.

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The intentional suppression of what happened, who committed it, and who was targeted is beyond insulting. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka are being framed by the media as some people did something.

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Romans 8:18 – ‘sufferings of this present time’

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Romans 8:18 sufferings of this present time

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. – Romans 8:18 (KJV)

There has been suffering around the world since the fall of man to sin. While this suffering will persist until the second coming of Christ, we are to remember that it our suffering is not to be regarded as important. It doesn’t matter what hardships face us. The reward at the end is so much greater than anything we can be put through in this life.

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