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.