This popular post was originally published April 5, 2011.
While discussing the burning of the Koran on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Time Magazine World Editor Bobby Ghosh made the claim that burning the Koran was worse than burning the Bible because the Bible was written by men and the Koran came straight from Allah.
GHOSH: The thing to keep in mind that`s very important here is that the Koran to Muslims, it is not — it is not the same as the Bible to Christians.
The Bible is a book written by men. It is acknowledged by Christians that it is written by men. It`s the story of Jesus.
GHOSH: But the Koran, if you are a believer, if you`re a Muslim, the Koran is directly the word of God, not written by man. It is transcribed, is directly the word of God.
That makes it sacred in a way that it`s hard to understand if you`re not Muslim. So the act of burning a Koran is much more — potentially much, much more inflammatory than –
TODD: Directly attacking — directly attacking God.
GHOSH: — than if you were to burn a — burn a Bible.
TODD: Directly attacking God.
News flash to Mr. Ghosh: Christians believe that the Old Testament was delivered to man from God, via people like Moses and prophets like Samuel and Jeremiah. Then came along Jesus, the son of God. Christians believe he taught, did miracles and he died on the cross for our sins.
We believe the Bible is directly the word of God. We understand men compiled it and wrote it down, but that it was inspired writing by God. We don’t think a bunch of guys got together and made the thing up.
The Koran was compiled and written by men also. I’m surprised the World Editor for Time Magazine didn’t know this.
There was this “prophet” named Mohammed and he supposedly spoke for Allah. He helped bring about Islam.
The whole thing was written down by men. Allah didn’t write it down and give it out on street corners. Man had a big hand in it.
The big difference is, Christians don’t go crazy when you burn a book because our faith tells us to love our neighbor, not behead them because some mustachioed preacher a world away torched a Bible.
Which brings us to a dilemma.
On one hand, Ghosh wants us to believe the Muslims have so much reverence for the Koran because it is directly from the mouth of Allah and on the other, we are supposed to believe Islam is the religion of Peace.
Pardon me, but if you truly believe the Koran is the direct word of Allah, and Islam is a peaceful religion, why are Muslims rioting and killing in defense of a book? You can’t have it both ways. You can’t claim Muslims riot and murder because they believe so strongly in the idea that the Koran is the true word of Allah and claim Islam is a peaceful religion.
It seems to me that if you are truly a follower of Allah, and Allah commands you to be peaceful, there wouldn’t be any motivation for you to go out and behead some random United Nations worker.
You’d just forgive them for their transgressions and pray for them to see the light.
You know, like most Christians do.