10 April 2011

Should Christians grow the word of God by burning the Quran?

Here's what the Bible says about it:

Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. Acts 19:19-20

And here is the Brick Testament story:

The first book burning

The early Christians mightily grew the word of God and prevailed by burning the books of their competitors. If the Quran had of been around at the time, would they have burned it, too?


The Pathway Machine said...

Hey! Mr. Wells! How are you? Well I hope.

Uhhhh . . . the verses you give are in reference to Acts 19:19-20 which is a case of spiritism. Magick. It has to do with the influence of spiritism, which was associatied with druggery.

Now . . . we wouldn't wan't to support that, would we?

It is actually interesting in that spiritism is associated through scripture as well as the Greek, in the form of pharmakia. Drugs.

But the Quran. Well, the Quran isn't so much druggery as it is drudgery, aye?

I uh . . . I sent you this.

A response to The Sab . . .

Jude Highlights (Introduction)






Do Humans Have Freewill?



What The Bible Says About Determinism



What The Bible Says About Freewill



Is The Devil Free To Roam?



What The Bible Says About Giants



Do Angels Have Sex?



Was Enoch sixth or seventh from Adam?



What was the sin of Sodom?



Now. I have, on The Pathway Machine, a pretty good translation of The Quran. It is, in my opinion, stupid. Burn it? No. Preserve it as you have had the sense to preserve the Bible in a sense. For the prosperity of the ill informed? Or for the prosperity of all.

Don't make that call.

Steve Wells said...

Thanks, Pathway Machine. I'll try to add links to your responses to the SAB tomorrow.

As for Acts 19:19-20, it seems to me that God was pleased with that particular book burning. I see no reason why he wouldn't like others, as well. Or does he have special objection to "the curious arts?"

The Pathway Machine said...


I would say that he does have a particular problem with the spiritual influence those books had on people. These sort of practices opened up people to the influence of demons. An interesting point of consideration is that in today's terms the amount of the materials burned would be somewhere in the ballpark of $40,000.

I would have to agree with the point you are getting at. I seriously doubt there will be any extant copies of the Quran, Dhammapada, Kojiki, Nihongi, Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, Bhagavad Gita, Analects, or even the Pirqe Aboth laying around in Paradise on Earth, but they are all available at The Pathway Machine Library.

The fact that Jehovah God would have a problem with these books in the future, as he has had in the past with books of spiritism isn't the same nor necessarily reason for Christians to burn them now.

I think there are a handful of idiot "Christians" who do it just for attention and because they are idiots.

Anonymous said...

It seems that one would only burn the Q'uran as a personal attack, as it would make plenty of people upset. Following the advice in Acts 19, it would be reasonable to burn books containing Greek and Roman mythology, too. A quick Google search of "burned mythology books" finds a total lack of this ever happening.

Not that anyone's claiming that Pastor Jones' church was trying to follow scripture, anyways. If he wanted publicity, the Q'uran was the best choice (except for perhaps the Bible, which would've been a strange choice in this case).

Anonymous said...

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