H.K.W.H.T.A. – Borge Schantz, First Director of “Adventist Center for Islamic Studies”

“There is a dramatic difference in the ideas of sin and salvation between Christianity and Islam. Christians pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation.’ We teach our children to avoid places with allurements. In Islam, persons and things that tempt are destroyed or removed. Women are covered, prostitutes are executed, idols are blown up; and alcohol, certain magazines, and pork are forbidden. In Islam you don’t pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation;’ you do not believe in a Holy Spirit to guide your life. You simply transform societies in such a way that there are no temptations. In this way the road to the Muslim paradise is made easier.

“In Islam there is no real concept of sin compared with the biblical understanding. Allah cannot be affected or hurt by any human action. The idea is simply: ‘You forgot to follow my rules–you better come back into line.’ There is no real asking for forgiveness–you go back and live in accordance with the Shariah and the Koranic teachings.”

–Borge Schantz, a missionary to Muslim nations in West Africa and the Middle East for 14 years, and for seven years he was the pioneering director of “Adventist Center for Islamic Studies.” He Know What He’s Talking About (H.K.W.H.T.A.)

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