You call this thing "God"?
While I think I am slowly improving my health fluctuates a lot. Yesterday after what was for me a great night's sleep (7 hours) I got up, had breakfast and felt like going back to bed by 9AM. The day was pretty much a write-off. Today I feel a bit better and thought I'd do a post while I could. Tomorrow who knows? After nearly 4 months of sitting and watching life go on without me it is beginning to become a little tedious - I have things I want to accomplish, contributions I hope to make. But I take comfort in the fact that no suffering (or death) is meaningless in our Lord's sight.
Jesus had three disciples that were closer to him than the others, Peter, John and John's brother James. I'm encouraged when I read that James - who had spent 3 years living closely with the Saviour & knew him well - was the first apostle to be martyred and this only a matter of weeks after Jesus' ascension (Acts 12.2). When I read that I wonder at the apparent waste of such a great man - what an amazing influence he could have had on history had he lived. Yet God had other ideas. (It is common at such moments to quote Isaiah 55.8 "for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways" declares the Lord. However this is to rip the verse from its context, which is God reprimanding his people and demanding that they live their lives in a way that reflects his nature). So I simply rest in the knowledge of God's love for me and that he sees things I don't. It's not over 'til it's over and I can't see the end from here.
Now onto today's brilliant short video from Dr Wood on the motivation of the Strasbourg jihadi...
Let's look at one of those hadith that jihadis so frequently base their actions on:~
Sahih al-Bukhari 2796: "The prophet said, 'A single endeavour (of fighting) in Allah's Cause in the afternoon or in the forenoon is better than all the world and whatever is in it.'"
If you try really hard & squint your eyes just right & use lots of imagination you might be able to see how someone could just possibly misunderstand this peaceful verse to mean that it is better to engage in killing Allah's enemies than to possess the whole world can't you?
Of course your average reader would never manage to twist this perfectly irenic hadith into such a malformed and hateful thing, but there seem to be a large number of people - lone wolves and often with mental problems to be sure, millions of them in fact - who for some reason manage to totally misunderstand the peaceful nature of this statement attributed to Islam's "perfect man".
I mean you'd have to suffer from mental problems or take this out of context or contort it well beyond its natural reading to get a commendation from Allah to be violent from this verse wouldn't you? Wouldn't you?
Good grief. It's so simple a child can understand it, but counter-terrorism chiefs just find the whole thing impenetrably dense. The problem isn't "radicalisation" the problem is the sacred scriptures of Islam. The problem is the central person in Islam: Muhammad.
If you refuse to look there you simply have no idea what is going on or how to respond. None.
On December 11, 2018, a young Muslim named Chérif Chekatt shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, killing three, leaving one brain-dead, and wounding many more. On the evening of December 13, Chekatt was killed by French police. David Wood discusses the issue.