I had an epiphany yesterday while writing to a Muslim woman who thought I hated Muslims. I wrote and realized, all at the same time, that the reason the Muslims blame America and Israel for their problems is because they don’t have Jesus. Literally.
Like every other religious practice in the world, they MUST rely on good behavior to be righteous before God. Because they have no way to be redeemed of the sins of their minds and hearts, they must ACT righteous at all times.
This is why they force women to cover themselves from head to foot. Because if a man looks at her, he will feel lust. So the answer is to cover the woman so that he does not feel lust. That is why Muslim men are so angry with their women. It is just too easy to say that the ONLY reason they felt lust, and thus sinned, was because the woman revealed too much.
To see the wealth of Americans in comparison to their own mean poverty is to create envy in their hearts. That is a sin to them too. It must be the wealthy American’s fault. So, the answer to them is to remove the wealth we have. The freedom we have creates a yearning for freedom in their youth- so the answer is to remove our freedom.
They know they can’t get rid of technology which allows their people to see these things (although many a Muslim leader also hates technology and blames it too). So, the answer must be to eradicate all temptations. The only answer for Muslims who don’t want to sin before God is to make us ALL the same as them, live the same as them- to force us all to be ‘moral’ in their eyes. Because then, they will no longer lust after our women in bikinis, envy our men’s wealth (and even our women’s!) or be temped away from allah as they see Americans leaving God and prayer behind.
In their minds, if they can just destroy everything that tempts them, they can finally not feel sin in their hearts.
But I told this Muslim woman that even if the Muslims accomplished this impossible thing: made us all become Muslims, made us all wear burkas, made us all poor and bow down three times a day, etc., then all you would have is a bunch of people acting moral and wearing a lot of burkas. But in every heart would still lie envy, lust, greed, hate, impatience, murder, etc. Because no amount of good deeds can cause the human heart to be righteous before God.
Muslims are so frustrated by their own sin and there is a part of their minds that know that it won’t work, but are hanging onto this pipe dream of forcing us all into moral behavior. They yearn for us all to just act like moral people and that this will result in peaceful households without sin and full of obedience and love for God.
All because they do not have Jesus and his remarkable gift of forgiveness.
They have no other answer. Because they do not understand why Christ came, they do not understand what he offers. They just think we worship a different prophet than Muhammad. They literally don’t know that Christ came because God knew that we can never, ever, ever be righteous. Ever. You can cook all day , every day for the poor and your heart will still contain sin. Oh, the anguish of trying that hard and never having a clean heart! That is why Muslims are so very angry.
I believe most of them do love God and are trying to please him. But they are oh, so wrong- and so desperate- to remove temptation from their lives that they can be made to believe that they can do anything in order to get it. Even kill.
Because they don’t know that Christ came to give the greatest gift to humanity: Forgiveness. And understanding that we can’t make it to God on our own. See, God loves us so much. Because he knew that mankind was hopelessly separated from him, he still wanted to give us eternal life with him as his children. He was willing to forgive us of our inevitable sins- and had but one condition: that we accept it. And he knows what he created- stubborn, stupid and proud creatures. But he sent his Son to give us life- and he said, “Here, take this life for free. I forgive you for what you can not help being.” Jesus even took on human form to make the message easier to understand.
Yet, he knew, too, that this was a test for the creatures he made. Though he stands with a bejeweled crown for us to take, more precious than any other object in the entire world, he knew people would suspect it as a trap, as too easy, too unbelievable, too good to be true. And that they would actually choose death rather than trust in God. They choose to become righteous on their own. In their own pride, they reject life.
“I can become righteous on my own!” is the cry of death.
How do you tell a Muslim or a Jew or a Mormon or a Seventh Day Adventist or a Jehovah’s Witness that this gift is free? And that we can choose life so easily? And that all the good works will then flow from us out of the incredible joy that God will provide in our hearts and that we will do them because we wish to please God, not in a desperate attempt to buy our salvation?
HOW DO YOU TELL PEOPLE THEY ARE ALREADY FREE????
I don’t know the answer to that question. I wish I could just send a beam from my heart into their hearts and simply let them experience the incredible joy and peace I feel. Then they would understand and they would run to Jesus. In the end, all we have are our useless words. But we also have the Holy Spirit, thank God. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we must pray that our words have the transformative power of God within them. I simply pray that all who hear about Jesus will come to know him. And LIVE.