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"By their fruits you will know them"

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Submitted by Lactantius Jr (United Kingdom), Jul 16, 2009 at 15:49

To Devansh

You describe the fruits of Islam, and "The Religion of Peace" doesn't produce very peaceful fruits does it? the Lord Jesus Christ, "the Prince of Peace" having this to say about the fruit produced by false prophets ,

"Watch out for false prophets! They dress up like sheep, but inside they are wolves who have come to attack you. You can tell what they are by what they do. No one picks grapes or figs from thornbushes. A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. Every tree that produces bad fruit will be chopped down and burned. You can tell who the false prophets are by their deeds."

Matthew 7:15-20

and here is how the Lord Jesus Christ says His followers are to behave towards those who ill treat them,

"This is what I say to all who will listen to Me: Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, don't stop that person from slapping you on the other cheek. If someone wants to take your coat, don't try to keep back your shirt. Give to everyone who asks and don't ask people to return what they have taken from you. Treat others just as you want to be treated.

If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them. If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back.

But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back. Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel. Have pity on others, just as your Father has pity on you."

Luke 6:27-36

and here is how the Bible says we should respond to those who treat us badly,

"Don't let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good."

Romans 12:21

Although we often don't respond tlike this, this is how we should respond Devansh, not with violence and hatred, and by the grace of God Jesus' followers will be enabled and empowered to overcome evil with good, although we often fail Him by the very human way we respond, and Mahatma Ghandi recognised this by saying, "If only the Christians I have met were like the Jesus I have read about in the New Testament, India would be a Christian country, and not a Hindu country."

With kind regards and best wishes

Lactantius Jr ("fruit inspector for Jesus")

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