Friendship in Christianity

Sami Zaatari

 

 

 

Some Christians always love to claim that the Quran forbids Muslims from befriending non-Muslims. After they make this claim they conclude that this proves that Islam is a bad religion, and is not peaceful.

 

For starters let us ASSUME that Islam prohibits the befriending of non-Muslims, how does that make Islam violent and non-peaceful? I personally choose to not associate myself with several people; does that make me evil or violent? I really don’t understand where these Christians get these strange ideas from!

 

Another point is why are these Christians so eager to befriend us Muslims? It is as if their feelings are hurt that we aren’t (supposedly) allowed to be their friends! Yet why do they so badly want to befriend us? We are the same people whom they label as Muhammadens, rag heads, sang niggers, and oh yes the newest label on the block ‘Terrorists’.

 

It’s very amusing I must say, the very same Christians who demonize Muslims 24/7, are the same Christians who will cry foul when the Quran (supposedly) prohibits Muslims from befriending them!

 

Now after all this you would THINK that according to Christianity and the Bible that befriending non-believers is not forbidden. Christians have been so eager to argue against the Quran (supposedly) prohibiting friendship to non-Muslims that they have forgotten about what their own Bible says concerning this topic!

 

So what does the Holy Bible have to say about friendships and marriage with non-Believers? Let us let the Holy New Testament do the talking:

 

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? … Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” — 2 Cor.6:14-17

 

Does this verse sound like friendship to you? Here we see the New Testament strictly FORBIDDING Christians from having friendship and marriage with none-believers!

 

So let us now see if our Christian ‘friends’ will be consistent, or will they show themselves to be filled with double standards. Will Christians now ADMIT that their faith is violent, and not peaceful?

Remember it is CHRISTIANS who always claim that Islam is not a religion of peace due to it (supposedly) prohibiting Muslims from befriending non-Muslims. We have now seen the same thing in Christianity from the New Testament, so will they apply the same judgment on their own faith?

 

There is really nothing more to say but a last piece of advice to Christian Islamophobes, don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house.

 

And Allah Knows Best!

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3 Responses to “Friendship in Christianity”

  1. thefuerstshallbelast Says:

    It is unfortunate that these discussions turn into polemics from both sides – for, in all reality, we can have no interfaith dialogue so long as we continue to accuse one another of things that are untrue.

    I am sorry that some Christians who do not understand your faith have made things up to make it look bad. I lament that a long with you.

    At the same time, though you are much more respectful about it, much of what I’ve read on your blog about Christianity is equally off-base.

    The Bible tells us to love our enemies (Matt. 5). If we are to love our enemies, why then would it be a problem for us to be friends with someone who’s not of the same faith as we are? It is a ridiculous accusation, to be straight forward. And no Christian I know of has ever used that verse to support such a case.

    However, you are right in your assertion that Christians have been forbidden to marry non-Christians. This is b/c there are too many conflicts and differing loyalties. Furthermore, the Christian marriage is to be a symbol of Christ and his church. One cannot have such a symbol in a mixed marriage. In other words, for the Christian, marriage is a sacrament.

    But this, still, in no way implies what you have suggested – that Christians are forbidden to be friends with non-Chrisitans.

    In hopes of furthering the dialogue with Christians, I would hope that you will, in the future, please be aware of what Christians actually say. And I will try to always correct Christians who falsely characterize your religion.

    In hope,
    Tom

  2. Nora's Sensation Says:

    @ Tom
    thank you for your post.
    but they left me with no choice other than pointing the same accusation to them !!
    i don’t want you to think that I’m using tu quoque fallacy, but i want them to be consistent

  3. Altaf Says:

    hiiii tom,

    We Muslims are not against any religion, or chistianity to be specific, even we respect Jesus Christ. We Muslims have accepted the de facto Jesus Christ on the authority of our beloved Prophet Muhummed (SAW) alone, and there are in the world today no less than 900,000,000 followers of Prophet Muhummed (SAW) who love, respect and rev ere Jesus Christ as a great Messenger of God, we believe in the miraculous birth of Jesus, that Jesus is the Messiah, that he gave life to the dead by God’s permission, and that he healed those born blind and the lepers by God’s permission without having the Christians to convince them by means of their Biblical dialectics.

    The problem is not Christians and Muslims or Jew (as we also love and respect Moses) but some hypocrites in both the communities. People have misinterpreted and misunderstood the teaching of Islam, which is said to be the religion of peace.

    What nora has written was just an clarification to the belief which christians or non muslims have towards Islam, I hope u take in a positve way.

    Regards,
    Altaf


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