Whenever Muslims are shown the diabolic verses of jihad in their Qur’an, their most often common (and often the best) response is to spout a set of Bible verses. They are not denying that Islam is a death cult, they only want to project that onto Christianity. Here, I will briefly refute some of these silly arguments:
“Kill those who are not Christian or Jewish: You must kill those who worship another god” (Exodus 22:20)
Muslims rarely quote this passage but phrase it in these words because they were copied from an awful atheist site called “evil bible” This is the best Muslims can come up with, so let’s help cure them of their delusion. Here is the passage: “Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed”
A Bible commentary explains: “Here we have a death penalty for idolatry- breaking the second commandment (Ex. 20:4-6, Deut. 5:8-10)” the Hebrew word charam used there means “to seclude, it refers to being finally separated from God without any possibility of redemption” (Dake Annotated Reference Bible, p 139). Muslims have bent and twisted this text. But if we did this with their Qur’an, they would threaten us with death (as per religion of peace).
“Kill any friends or family that worships a god that is different from your own” (Deut. 13:6-10)
The above instruction was given to the nation of Israel alone. God revealed Himself to them in a unique way. He brought them out of Egypt and was with them as a pillar of cloud and fire (Exodus 13:21). “And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of mount…” (Ex. 19:20) “And they saw the God of Israel…” (Ex. 24:10). If after this revelation an Israelite went ahead to “serve other gods, which thou hast has not known” – which includes the stone deity of Mecca, he/she has broken the first law of God “Hear O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD” (Deut. 6:4) and is to be cut off from the people of God. This is akin to Satan worship. On the other hand, Muslims have never seen their Allah and he has never appeared to anyone, yet they kill those who reject him.
“Kill the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you” (Deut. 13:12-16).
This is another misquoting. The passage refers to war on idolatry “in any of the cities which the Lord thy God hath given thee to dwell” (v 12). A clause was attached to it as it was to be carried out only within a limited sphere. But the Biblically-illiterate Muslim parroting atheists swallows the camel. It must be stressed that this command was given only to Israel at a specific time, not to any other nation, either then or since. The Bible says God “He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. He has done this for no other nation…” (Psa. 147:19-20).
“Kill everyone who has religious views that are different from your own” (Deut. 17:2-7)
This is another wicked twisting of the Bible. You see, Muslims who visit atheist websites to bash the Bible are already biased, so facts don’t really matter much to them. Cheap rhetoric is what they rely on. The specifically refers to idolatry “among you (i.e the Israelites), within any of thy gates which the LORD giveth thee.” It was not a command to destroy those with another religious view, but applied only to those in the lands God gave them as He promised to the Patriarchs.
Governments in every culture deal with anyone trying to overthrow them. The death penalty has always been a punishment for treason in every culture, yet atheists tell us that God who created us does not have the right to punish those rebelling against His rule. That’s self-delusion. By borrowing an atheist argument, the Muslim’s theological consistency collapses at this point because Allah prescribes death for “infidels” and Muhammad made it mandatory for those with different religious views to be killed.
“Kill anyone who refuses to listen to a priest” (Deut. 17:12-13)
It seems the inventor of this argument is reading the modern definition of a Christian clergy into the verse. That is a vestige of ignorance. Bible scholar, Louis Berkhof notes that the Old Testament priest “was man’s representative with God. He had the special privilege of approach to God and of speaking and acting in behalf of the people” (Systematic Theology, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1949, 361). The OT priests were the link between God and the people. They taught the “people the difference between the holy and the unholy” (Ezekiel 44:23) and made atonement on behalf of the congregation. A refusal to listen to the OT priests was akin rebellion against God who appointed them.
Under the New Testament, all Believers are priests before God with Jesus being our High Priest and anyone who refuses to obey Him will perish eternally. The Bible classes rebellion and stubbornness as witchcraft and idolatry (1 Sam. 15:23). On the other hand, Muslims hold up Muhammad – a thug, rapist and assassin – as the “most perfect example” for mankind. In their convoluted mind, anyone who speaks against Muhammad must be killed but they then turn around to condemn the Bible for placing death penalty on similar people! This is stunning hypocrisy.
“Kill any false prophets” (Deut. 18:20)
Er, Muslims need to get it. Christians are not under the Old Jewish Laws given through Moses. The law was given by Moses while grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). We are disciples of Jesus, not Moses. This is why we do not stone adulterers or false prophets. The grace of Christ has replaced the law of Moses, therefore, the punishment of evil doers lies in the hands of secular authorities (Romans 13:1-7). Muhammad who came 6 centuries after Christ ought to have continued the grace and truth of Christ taught, but he opposed them to his own doom.
“Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not: but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling…” (1Samuel 15:3)
Who were the Amalekites? According to a reference work: “[They were] an ancient wandering tribe descended from Esau’s grandson Amalek (Gen. 36:12, 16, 1Chr. 1:36) … Throughout the Old Testament period the Amalekites were bitter foes of the Israelites … At the time of Israel’s journey through the wilderness, the Amalekites lived in the southern part of the land promised to Israel. The Amalekites attacked the Israelites, but Joshua later defeated them in a battle at Rephidim (Exo. 17:8-16). Because of their treacherous attacks, Moses declared that God would continually wage war against them” (Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, edited by Ronald Youngblood, 1995, 45).
Was this “terrorism” as our Muslim friends cry? No. There is a big difference between war and terrorism. This particular attack was actually a fulfillment of God’s promise to the Israelites to judge their foes (“for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven” Ex. 17:14). So what are the differences between the wars of the nation of Israel in the 1000 BCs and the islamic jihads of Muhammad in the 600s AD?
1. The OT wars and violence were descriptive narratives, not prescriptive ones. They are describing events as they occurred and they were commandments God gave a specific people for a specific purpose. These instructions are not prescribed for followers of Jesus (the church) today. On the other hand, the Quranic injuctions of war are binding on all Muslims for all time.
2. None of the OT wars were fought with the intention of forcibly converting the pagans into the religion of Israel. On the other hand, islamic jihads involves fighting anyone until they believe in Allah as god and Muhammad as a prophet.
3. The OT wars were specifically against civilizations that had gone too far in their decadence and abominations. Thus, there was an appointed time attached to the wars (e.g in Deut. 2:9, God commanded them not to war against the Moabites). God simply used Israel as a vessel of carrying out His judgement on those nations and He also punished the Israelites too when they committed the very same sins. On the other hand, the Quran commands Muslims to fight against and kill even God’s people like the Jews and Christians (e.g Sura 9:29). Besides, all sorts of evil inflicted on infidels (such as rape) was justified, so long as it was used to spread Islam.
4. Many of the nations the Israelites fought against had seen and heard of the many signs and wonders God had been performing through the Jews, but refused to repent (see Josh. 2:8-11, Dt. 2:25, Ex. 15:1-18) On the other hand, Muhammad failed to provide any supernatural sign to back up his claims of prophethood and instead forced his religion on the people. We are awaiting a time when Muslim clones will bring something original to the table to defend Islam instead of running to atheists who hate their god to borrow their old, tired and silly arguments.