"How can you say 'God is Love' if he hated Esau? The God of Islam is merciful."

Reading Genesis

What to know In a radically different response to seeing Esau as shameful, some of our Muslim friends might see this story as unjust...particularly if they look up other passages about Esau in the Bible (Malachi 1:2-3 or Romans 9:13).

If your friend has heard the phrase "Esau I have hated," they may have also stepped into Romans 9 in full...and might walk away with more questions than the one they originally raised. What to say

If your friend asks about Romans 9, ask your friend if he or she will be willing to hold onto the question until you've finished reading about al-Masih. If your friend struggles with this request, share 2 Peter 3:15-17 together with 1 Corinthians 3:10-11. These verses give instruction and insight of why it's so significant to build on the foundation of the Injil, having heard and understood that first, before trying to engage with writings which Scripture itself calls "difficult to understand." 

(Note that a resource guide for Romans 9 will be available when it's completed).

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  be reconciled to God. 


[II Corinthians 5:20]

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