September 9th, 2010 16:11 EST
'Burning Qurans: Should We Condemn St. Paul?
Also: Rev. Rob Schenck is mistaken in his portrayal of Christ and Christianity. Today Randall Terry deals with the errors in Rev. Schenck`s reasoning, history, and theology. See www.TerryCast.com at 4:30 P.M.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- Following are excerpts of the statement of Mr. Randall Terry regarding the burning of the Quran on September 11, 2010. The entire statement is at www.TerryCast.com.
Also, see article by Dr. Timothy Furnish entitled "Farenheit 9-1-1; Burning Qurans and Bibles." hnn.us/blogs/entries/131121.html
Excerpts of Mr. Terry`s statement:
As the wise and powerful rush to condemn the planned burning of Qurans, two questions should be asked: Is burning a Quran just? And next, is it prudent? I, like many others, am troubled by what is happening. Some historical and theological perspective will help...
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, fire is a sign of the judgment of God.
Fire came down on Sodom and Gomorrah; Moses burned the golden calf; Joshua burned cities in Canaan; God ordered enemy chariots and "sacred" pagan idols to be burned in fire; Elijah called fire down to consume military men who came to capture him; when Israel forsook God, God brought the Babylonians to burn Jerusalem -- including its palaces and Solomon`s temple -- to the ground...
Similar to burning a Quran, St. Paul the Apostle oversaw the burning of "sacred" books on witchcraft (see Acts 19:19); and of course, the lake of fire is the final place of torment for all who reject the Lord and his Christ (see Rev. 21:8).
In the Christian era, the "sacred" places of pagan Greek and Roman deities were desecrated; many of their idols were defaced and burned. Delphi and the Roman Forum -- the respective centers of pagan Greco/Roman deities -- both lie in ruins; the stones of their "sacred" temples were taken away to build Catholic churches, including St. Peter`s Cathedral...
Should we condemn St. Paul for burning witchcraft books? Should we condemn Joshua for burning the pagan cities of Canaan? Should we condemn the Church Militant that conquered the pagan Greco-Roman deities, and then destroyed their idols and plundered their temples?
Should we condemn our spiritual forebears because they did not "show respect" to false religions?...
Complete statement at www.TerryCast.com.