Ethics: Christian, a Former Muslim, Wants to Burn Qur’an

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What would you do Wednesday!

This week’s situation has to do with a current controversial subject, Qur’an burning. This scenario is a different from the Qur’an burning by Terry Jones that took place in Florida. The person in today’s scenario has a different perspective and reason for his position although he hasn’t quite made up his mind.

Let’s think.

A man in your church has been a Christian for eight months now. Not only is he a new Christian, but he is also a former Muslim. His conversion to Christianity has been life changing. In a conversation recently, he shared some thoughts on the gospel and how different he’s felt in the last eight months. However, he said that something has been weighing heavily on his conscience about his former faith.

He shared that he had been reading the book of Acts. When he got to Acts 19 he mentioned that verse 19 and the surrounding context moved him to think about his former Islamic faith.

And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. (Acts 19:19 ESV)

He tells you that, in the spirit of Acts 19:19,  he wants to gather some close friends in the church and burn all of the Qur’an and Hadith copies he owns. He thought that the bonfire area on the church property might be  good place. But he also has a bonfire area at home that he thought may also work.

Originally, only a few people knew about possible gathering, but some how word spread to local media. Some of the media have contacted the church and your friend about this possible event.

Although your friend feels very strongly about holding this event, he is not 100% sure what he will do.

What would you do in this situation? How would you advise your friend?

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1 cathy M. April 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

I think if we’re going to be hated by the world, and we certainly are, it should be for the message of the cross, not for an inflammatory act. When I was young in my faith, I too went on a search and destroy mission in my home, but it was a private affair. I knew that some of my family and friends wouldn’t understand why I was getting rid of some of that stuff, and it would be a stumbling block for them. That’s just my $.02, I’d be interested in how others weigh-in on this subject.

2 Mark May 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

Cathy, what do you say about Acts 19:19 that I quoted? This shows the early church engaged in a public affair of book burning.

3 cathy M. May 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Mark, this is really a challenging question; especially in light of Acts 19:19. I don’t think that verse implies a mandate for publicly burning stuff as a sign. I think a public baptism is the only thing required of someone who wants to demonstrate his new faith in a public way… as a sign. You are a lot better trained in Bible exegesis and theology than me, so you probably have a better point. I really wish more folks had responded to this issue. (sigh)

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