Is Koran burning sinful?

You may also want to read the “would Jesus burn the Koran” blog that I wrote a few days ago.  Just scroll down here to find it.

I don’t know why I keep writing about this topic.  It would be easier to keep my mouth shut.

In my online conversations, some have supported the Koran Burning idea utilizing Old Testament stories.  And no doubt, many of the OT prophets did and would make enemies of those who believe differently and worship differently.

They battled with pagan prophets even to death.

I certainly don’t intend to make enemies here.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  But I am concerned that there could be some ‘false prophecy’ going on here.  I”m afraid that we believe things that in the long run, can hurt the gospel.  So I must write something and teach our people what we should believe and support.

So why am I so offended by Koran burning?

I don’t believe the Koran contains truth.  I don’t believe we can look to it to find God.  I believe Jesus is the only path to heaven and the Christian church (protestant, catholic, eastern) is the only true church.  I believe that the Bible, both OT and NT, is the only true Holy Book.  In that sense, shouldn’t I believe that burning a koran is nothing more than burning a comic book or a newspaper.  I don’t believe it contains or is ‘truth.’

I think the problem stems from something else.

My problem is that those proponents of koran burning are acting in a few areas that Jesus simply would not support.  These behaviors lead people away from Christ instead of toward Him.

1.  They are viewing faith through OT eyes and not remembering the significant differences of OT Jewish faith and New Testmanet, New Covenant Christianity.

Jesus would not turn the lost into enemies.  He showed grace to the woman caught in adultery, the woman at the well, the roman centurian, the man with a legion of demons…etc.  He offered grace to the most unholy and unkind like Zacheaus who was a thief and bully.   The Jesus way is a way of forgiveness, mercy and grace.

2.  Misunderstood understanding of God’s Wrath.

New Testament Christians are not instruments of God’s wrath.  At least not as the rule….  New Testaments Christians are instruments of God’s grace.  In the NT we are told to let God be the judge.  He doesn’t need us to burn a Koran.  If God wants to impose wrath on the Koran, he could cause all of them to simultaneously combust.  But he chooses not to do that.  So we have no reason to become his hand of judgement.

In fact, even in the OT, some of the most notable stories of wrath happen when God’s people pray for wrath, but do not act toward it.  It wasn’t Elijah who lit the fire at the altar on the mountain… it was God himself.  That is just typically how wrath is imposed.

3.  They may be acting out of anger.

James 1:19 and following read,

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.”

We need to all look at ourselves in that mirror he is speaking of.  Do we hate?  Do we hold anger?  Do we wish the worst for our enemies?  Do we enjoy the undoing of those who have tried to undo us?

If so, we have some soul-searching to do.  We have some forgiveness to seek.  And we have a Jesus that we obviously don’t know very well.