Antisemitism: "The Jewish people are cursed."

What to know In Suras 7:166, 2:65, and 5:60, the Qur'an contains some shocking words...It claims that God, in an act of hate for the Jewish people, turned them into apes and pigs. In keeping with Islam's concept of abrogation (that God replaced the "corrupted" Taurat with the Injeel; then, the "corrupted" Injeel with the Qur'an), some Muslims believe that God replaced the "cursed Jewish people" with Muslims. (Some Islamic leaders, in light of these Suras, refer to the Jewish people today as the descendants of apes and pigs. The perspective that God is "against" the Jewish people is seen also in several Sahih Hadith, which include the claim: "The Jews will hide behind a rock or a tree and the rock or the tree will say: 'O Muslim, the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.'")

If you've clicked to this as a part of the Moses story-set, you can show your friend that these passages show a very different picture. (If you haven't read these yet, look at Exodus 16 and Numbers 21 together.) Instead, we see God's radical acts of provision despite disbelief, irreverence, and faithlessness. Despite humanity's shameful behavior, God showed mercy. God's love to mankind has never been a reflection of our worthiness, as people who have deserved his favor: Instead, his love is a reflection of His own nature and character.  What to say Read Ephesians 2:3 together, along with Ephesians 2:8-9 and Romans 11:1-2. Reflect on the incredible claim of the Injeel: All of humanity is unworthy...but all of humanity is offered the chance for grace.

God's acts of mercy and provision in these passages are a small picture of a larger Gospel-Truth. All of humanity deserves to live under curse instead of blessing. But God in his love provided a new form of "Bread from Heaven" and a new "Snake in the Desert" for all of us. Ask your friend to remember these stories as you move forward. Note: If your friend is saying this after having heard the Gospel, read Romans 3 together. As always, make sure your friend is reading in his or her first language. This text, unlike the narratives of the Taurat, can be complex to understand. Pray for your friend as they read the Word of God, and make sure that your prayer group is praying for him or her as well.

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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