Why help those who hate God?

Why help those who hate God? is a subject discussed in the Bible.  It is relevant for us today, since we see it happening.

Ahab was king of the Northern kingdom called, Israel, more than two thousand years ago.  God was merciful to him and helped him quite a few times, but he never repented and turned to God.  He remained a worshipper of the idol, Baal.  See 1 Kings 20-23

Jehoshaphat was a good king in Judah who loved the Lord.  Jehoshaphat’s son married godless Ahab’s daughter.  Ahab asked Jehoshaphat to help him take back territory – Ramoth Gilead.  1 Kings 22:1-40

Ahab’s false prophets predicted victory for him.  Yet a godly prophet, Micah, told Ahab that God has determined disaster.  Remember that was after God helped him so many times against his enemies.   Ahab died in battle.    

When Jehoshaphat returned home, another prophet of God asked him, 

‘Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?’  2 Chronicles 19:2b

Does the above statement apply today?  It seems as if the Biden Administration intends to revive the Iran deal.  That will supply Iran with billions of dollars.  Yet Iran does not hide its intent: the destruction of Israel.  The USA has millions of faithful followers of Jesus.  The nation’s foundations are found in the Bible.  Yet, today it seems as if the leader of the country contemplates to help those who hate God.  

Psalm 83 is very clear: to hate Israel is to hate God.  So what happened later to Jehoshaphat?  Despite a victory over his enemies with God’s exclusive help, he must have had some kind of amnesia concerning God’s enemies.  He again made an alliance, this time with Ahab’s son who did not love the Lord at all.  They constructed a fleet of trading ships together.  The prophet warned Jehoshaphat, 

‘Because you have made an alliance with Ahaziah, the Lord will destroy what you have made.’  2 Chronicles 20:37

The result, 

‘The ships were wrecked and were not able to set sail to trade.’  2 Chronicles 20:37c

God has His principles and He never deviates from them. 

Debating the Bible and the Koran

Have you seen, heard or been part of a debate between a Christian Bible:Koranand a Muslim? Such debates are usually about the deity of Jesus Christ or the superiority of the Koran. What is amazing is the Muslim’s ability to quote Bible verses. It is because they are taught how to memorise from an early age (their greatest accomplishment is to memorise the Koran).

In such a debate, it is important to remember that you cannot compare the Bible and the Koran. They are completely different in the following ways:

  1. How they were written. 
  • The Bible was written over a period of about 1,500 years (1,400 BC to before 100 AD, from Genesis to Revelation) by 40 different writers (inspired by the Holy Spirit). It consists of 66 separate booklets.
  • The Koran was verbally revealed to Mohammed1 by Allah, through the angel Gabriel (not the Gabriel of the Bible2) over a period of 22 years.  After Mohammed’s death his verbal communications were compiled and written down.

2. Genealogies

  • The Bible is filled with genealogies of people.3 Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38 give the genealogy of Jesus Christ, Son of David, Son of Abraham.
  • The Koran does not mention Mohammed’s genealogy, although we know he must have been a descendant of Ishmael, the son of  Abraham by Hagar. 4  Mohammed’s genealogy should be easy to demonstrate.

3. History

  • The Bible covers thousands of years of history. For example, God proves in the Old Testament that He is in control of history. God doesn’t just talk, He acts. Jesus’ personal history is recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The historical background includes the Herod’s,5 the Pharisees and Sadducees,6 et cetera.
  • The Koran has some history, but it comes mainly from the Bible (which preceded it).  There is not much original history.If the Koran is superior to the Bible, it should abound in historical details, especially proving how powerful Allah acts in history.

4. Geography 

  • Most of the events in the Bible take place in and around Israel. So the Bible abounds in details, towns, times and people.
  • This is largely missing from the Koran.

Why is the difference between the two books important? Muslims in general don’t accept that Jesus is the Son of God who came as a human and died on the cross. That is fine.  Anybody is entitled to believe what he or she wants about the Bible and its doctrines.  However, one cannot attack Biblical themes with arguments from the Koran, because the two books differ completely.

A Muslim who wants to argue from the Koran, first has to prove that the Koran is historically a superior book to the Bible. That has never been done. When a Christian and a Muslim debates, remember that their books differ completely.

References

  1. 609-632 AD
  2. Daniel 8:16; 9:21
  3. Ruth 4:18-22; Ezra 7:1-5
  4. Genesis 16
  5. Matthew 2:3;  Acts 12:1; Acts 25:13-22
  6. Matthew 16:1
  7. J Gillchrist, The Qur’an, The Scripture of Islam, Life Challenge Africa, 1995,
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