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I am continually perplexed when I have heard Western political leaders defending Islam as a loving, peaceful and tolerant religion. It is as if they are saying, "Please, please, please be tolerant, peaceful and loving, because if you are not, and the true face of Islam is the jihadists, then we will be scared to death and will not be able to face it." Such political leaders project their view that all religions are essentially the same and teach the same truths (or the same trivial non-realities)! However, the truth is that not one Islamic country embraces true religious freedom. True religious freedom of conscience does not exist and conversion from Islam results in the penalty of death. This is almost universal and foundational in the Muslim world.
For Messianic Jews the foundational issue is the Lordship of Yeshua. We know that no movement or religion that denies Yeshua's Lordship can be wonderful. Indeed, those religions that were founded in the denial of biblical New Covenant truth present a danger to mankind even if there are good things in some of their teachings and practices. So we stand in the Middle East in a difficult situation and proclaim to Jews and Arabs alike that Yeshua is Lord. (We do partner with vibrant Arab evangelists!)
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