The price of Christianity is high. Are you prepared to pay it? True, Jesus paid the price for our sins. But we have a price to pay for following Him. We don’t belong to this world, and the rest of the world knows it. Jesus told us as much. “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24) The cross is not your very real burdens or aches and pains, the cross is your death sentence. I frequently remember a critical moment in my coming to Christ when I realized I may, in fact, die for this. That is the only rational view of every Christian – because that is exactly what Jesus said would happen (Matthew 24:9, Luke 21:17, John 15:18-21). There is No Crown Without a Cross. Since that time I have believed that Martyrdom is a very real possibility for me, and for every single Christian. I believe that unless we weigh the cost of discipleship, we will be unprepared to follow it through. So again and again I am heartbroken and unsurprised when I read of the horrors our Brothers and Sisters face around the world. Take a look at these […]
On this sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks upon America I am reflecting not only upon the thousands of civilians murdered by those men but upon the demon which spawned such an event.
The footnote (sorry I had to) says that the whole sura has something to do with the battle of Badr in which Muhammad informed his followers that they were going to attack a trade caravan from Mecca. Apparently they were in open warfare with the Meccans at that time.
That explains why Surah 8 is titled “The spoils of war”.