Spilling Blood (A Difference Between Islam and Christianity)

If you have never listened to the “White Horse Inn” podcast, I highly recommend that you do. It is usually a round table discussion, revolving around Christianity, lead by Michael Horton. In the May 15th podcast entitled “Christ’s Coronation,” the following point was made by Horton about Christ, and I think it works well in pointing out a major difference between Islam and Christianity…

“Most kings demand the blood of their subjects to expand their empire. But, this King creates His empire by spilling His own blood.”

I thought it was a pretty powerful point. After hearing it, the first thing that I thought of was Islam…

If you think about it, Islam is spread through the spilling of blood and the threat of it. Christianity, however, is not spread this way. It is spread through the sharing of what Christ accomplished on the cross 2,000 years ago in Palestine, through the spilling of His own blood for those who recognize who they are in comparison to Him (repentance) and who also put their trust in Him (faith), in order to save them from His future wrath to come. Jesus Christ is qualified for this because He is God. Those who impose things such as Islam, through the spilling of blood or the threat of it, will one day face Christ’s judgement. That day will be in complete antithesis to what the Muslim expects. We (Christians) must engage them with the message of Christ, showing them the difference between Islam and Christianity…

Romans 5:6-11 (NASB)
“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

Godspeed, to the brethren! 

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