At its heart, Fixed Point has always been about relational ministry that’s uncompromising in its commitment to truth. That compels us to get off the cultural sidelines and into the marketplace of ideas to proclaim and defend the hope of the Gospel. That’s what Jesus and the Apostles modeled: The Great Commission.

To that end, we want to revitalize thoughtful, civil discourse with nonbelievers. We want to recover the art of authentic conversation in a politically correct world. It’s no small task, but our strength is not our own.

In the last few weeks, we visited an Islamic school less than 5 minutes from our office. We sat in the living room of the President of the Birmingham Islamic Society, where we started a conversation about truth. In your own way, we hope you’ll join us.

In the video above, we delve into one of the most important issues of our time: Islamic terrorism. According to Islamic tradition, chapter 9 of the Quran overrides all other contradicting verses, since it was the last to be revealed to Muhammad. Here are some verses from that chapter:

v. 29: “Fight those who do not believe in Allah… and who do not adopt the religion of truth…”
v. 73: “O prophet, strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them.”

Notice that the emphasis is on what a person believes, whereas in the Bible, God’s punishments are linked to heinous acts, such as sacrificing babies to Molech (1 Kings 11:7). At the very least, Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God. And the God of the Bible is to be understood in the light of Jesus Christ, where holiness, justice and mercy perfectly meet.

As a conversation starter, ask your Muslim friends about the meaning of the verses above and the context in which they were revealed.