ISIS cultists are taking sledgehammers and jackhammers to every monument of Christianity they can find in the region of Syria and Iraq temporarily under their sway, all with a bizarre idea that they will terminate Christianity by sweeping away physical evidence of a religious heritage. The truth, however, will always reign supreme over the folly of dupes, and the truth is…
Destroying Christian symbols, sites and relics cannot eradicate faith.
Faith is something that the Islamic State doesn’t understand, because that is not the core of their belief; works of their hands is. If finding a way into a hereafter were based on what one can demolish, desecrate and defame, then these professors of Islam would be heading for their concept of heaven. What they cannot conceive is the true calling of Christ is faith in what He already accomplished, not in what any one individual can do to earn their way into God’s presence. Plainly put, works do not equal faith, and to further that concept Allah does not equal God because God is love not hate. (1John 4:8)
All the symbols in the vast world of Judeo-Christian history are just that, symbols of the abiding faith that believers confess. They do not replace what is in the heart of every Christian, nor can the destruction of crosses, churches, priceless mosaics and iconic art wipe away what one knows to be true. The Word of God is ever-present in a believer’s heart; it is printed in billions of copies of the Bible translated into hundreds of languages and dialects to make it available to all. Putting artifacts to the ax will not convert a single soul to a creed praising despicable acts in an attempt to prove its authenticity.
What these contemptible acts show is that those performing them somehow think they are legitimizing their beliefs by removing visible signs of other beliefs. They also somehow believe that they can deny history by obliterating archaeological relics and writings. The opposite is confirmed. Their foolishness demonstrates their lack of faith in viewing buildings, statues, and tablets from the past to be a threat to their religion. Despite the irreversible damage they cause by destroying historical landmarks, more than a hundred years of photographic images, thousands upon thousands of scholarly books, film and videographic archives scattered throughout the world’s museums, libraries and universities, ISIS will never eliminate the past.
There is one chronicle of ancient history which veracity is consistently corroborated with more and more archaeological digs that are undertaken in the ancient lands of the Middle East—the Bible. Demolishing a shrine to the Prophet Jonah will never delete the Book of Jonah or what was accomplished by faith in saving Nineveh from annihilation. Even Muslim countries have memorialized locales where the patriarchs of Scripture laid foundations in which their own belief is rooted. The historical legacy is too deep and broad to be dismissed simply because of fools and their blind zealotry.
More importantly, stealing the lives of Christians by selling them into slavery or butchering and beheading them with ragged-edged knives will not deter the faithful. As persecution increases, the numbers of the Church are growing because such fiendish atrocities confirm the perpetrators’ lack of faith. Only those attempting to prove something to themselves react brutally to a perceived threat, and true Faith is a threat to inventions of the mind.
If the only way to gain followers is fear, conscription, or threats of violent death, then the religion is founded on sand, just like the vast deserts from which it arose.
Christians know the difference between shifting sands and Rock.
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (KJV)
Christ is that Rock.