Violence in the Quran and Old Testament

Some try to equate violence in the Quran with violence in the Old Testament. This is not a valid comparison. 

First, when the Lord ordered Israel to attack another nation, it was for a specific purpose for specific sin - they were a morally guilty people.  God always gave these pagan nations time to repent and avoid judgement.  People who were moral in the sight of God were saved, such as Rahab and her family in Jericho and Lot and his family, who God ordered out of Sodom and Gomorrah before He destroyed them. The Jewish armies warfare was limited to specific instances, not open-ended, as the Quran teaches. The violence in the Old Testament was limited to that time frame. It is a historical account, not an order to warfare in today’s world.

The Quran contains at least 109 verses that has resulted in a culture of never ending violence by Muslims. Muslims who do not join in jihad are condemned to hell.  The violent verses in the Quran are as relevant today to muslims as they were over 1200 years ago. Violence is a mandate for eternity.

Second, the Lord anointed Israel to be His chosen nation by many supernatural events and miraculous signs and wonders. The God of the Bible often directed Jewish armies. Allah never performed miracles on behalf of Moslem armies or Mohammed.  

Third, God’s intention was for Israel to reside in the Holy Land so the most epic event in the history of the world would be fulfilled - the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ, His crucifixion and resurrection from the dead.  Jesus brought the world the New Covenant - a Covenant of mercy and grace. 

To sum up, The God of the Bible NEVER said to launch never ending wars of world conquest against the unbelievers. ONLY THE QURAN SAYS TO KILL ANY AND ALL INFIDELS.

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