Sunday, March 07, 2010

Theology Matters, ctd.

I was blown away this afternoon by reading this article in the Wall Street Journal weekend edition. The article builds on an interview done by one of the WSJ's editorial staff with Mosab Hassan Yousef, who is the son of one of the founders of Hamas. Yousef converted to Christianity in the 1990s and served as a major source for the Israelite intelligence agency during much of the last decade. He has a new book that just came out called Son of Hamas that recounts his amazing life story and his conversion to Christ. Money quote from the article:

Do you consider your father a fanatic? "He's not a fanatic," says Mr. Yousef. "He's a very moderate, logical person. What matters is not whether my father is a fanatic or not, he's doing the will of a fanatic God. It doesn't matter if he's a terrorist or a traditional Muslim. At the end of the day a traditional Muslim is doing the will of a fanatic, fundamentalist, terrorist God. I know this is harsh to say. Most governments avoid this subject. They don't want to admit this is an ideological war.

"The problem is not in Muslims," he continues. "The problem is with their God. They need to be liberated from their God. He is their biggest enemy. It has been 1,400 years they have been lied to."

These are all dangerous words. Of the threats issued to his life by Islamists, he says, "That's not the worst thing that can happen to you. I'm OK with it, I'm not afraid. . . . Palestinians have reason to kill me. Some Israelis may want to kill me. My goal is not to defeat my enemy. It is to win over my enemy."

Please read the whole article.

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