God Loves Muslims

The God of the Bible that is. He really does. He even loves the Muslims who kill people. He loves them so much that He sent His only son Jesus to die for them (Jn 3:16). He wants all people, even the hateful murderous ones to be saved and come to know Him (1 Tim 2:4 and Ezk 18:23). 

God loves Muslims.

But I think it’s safe to say that He hates Islam. God will only tolerate something standing between Himself and people coming to know Him for so long. He even made a whole commandment about this: “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Ex 30:3). All anyone has to do is read through the Old Testament book of Joshua to see how God eliminates pagan religions (and their adherents) to protect His people.

The only way to God, the only actual God, is through Jesus (Jn 14:6). This is how we can know for certain that Islam does not eventually lead someone to the same God that Christians know and love. But we don’t just have to pick on Islam. Hinduism, Buddhism, atheism,  basically any “ism.” None of it works. Anything that denies Jesus as the Christ does not get you to God (1 Jn 2:22).

Just because Christians are right does not get us off the hook. It’s actually the opposite. Jesus tells us to not only love those who are like us but those who are (or would appear to be) our enemies (see Mt 5:43-48). Jesus tells His followers to love those people who persecute, kill, suicide bomb, and even those who are just plain rude to Christians. Christians are to pray for these people. Maybe not pray that they get wiped off the face of the earth, I’m not positive that counts as the prayer Jesus is talking about. Pray that they stop deluding themselves and receive the invitation God offers to every human. While Christianity is exclusive, it’s not like the yacht club or something. You don’t have to be rich and have a boat. Anyone can be a child of God.

Consider this example.

In the New Testament times, there was a religious terrorist who was renowned within his sect. He participated in many killings, imprisonments, and even traveled around rounding up infidels to be killed. On one such crusade, he met Jesus. The redemptive power of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection changed this man from a religious murderer into someone who would be murdered for the very reason he used to murder people. His name was Paul and he ended up being one of the most influential men in human history. We know so much more about the love of God because of Paul that we would have without him.

It’s easy to write off extremists, killers, and jerks. But before you do, remember that Jesus once saved a terrorist named Paul. And this terrorist is probably the reason you are saved.

Jesus told us to love and pray for our enemies. Bombs, bans, and tweets won’t change anyone. Let’s pray that our enemies meet Jesus. We just might have another Paul on our hands.