Is Judgement for Islam as well?
UPDATE: 700 Killed outside Mecca - Judgement for Arabs too?
Washington Post (Sept. 24, 2015) - A stampede among Muslim worshipers near the Saudi holy city of Mecca left more than 700 people dead and hundreds more injured Thursday at the height of the annual hajj pilgrimage - the backdrop for similar tragedies in past decades.
Don't take comfort - Be wary
"107 dead after crane collapses at world’s holiest mosque in Mecca" read the headline on September 11, 2015 - which we remember on this anniversary date for the destruction of the Twin Towers and close to 3000 dead. This is written - shortly after this Mecca tragedy occurred. An act of God, not terrorists, nor by any man.
A lightning bolt from the sky hit a crane, it fell upon this shrine of Islam.
"3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13: 3-5, Jesus quoted.
Sorrow and prayers for the fallen's families
We cannot take any emotion but sorrow, nor read too much beyond what an insurance company would call it: An act of God. But was it to warn of a need for Islam to repent? Or is it part of a pattern that even Christianity often comes up for judgement and other religious organizations?
And who amongst the many sinful populations of the nations of the world claim particular holiness that would give them protection from such an event?
Yet here is September 11, and here is this disaster in Mecca, in its holy mosque, 107 dead, 238 more injured according to press reports.
These are simply facts. And it is a fact that Jesus did not conclude that those who died in a disaster of a building falling in His day, were any more evil than the rest in town.
And today is September 11, and here is this disaster.
In Mecca. In its most holy mosque. 107 dead, 238 injured.
Too often end times prophets interpreting the Scriptures revered by billions of people, get it wrong. They think the hearts of men and women in this age are more degenerate than in past times - and therefor more deserving of judgment by God.
Yet God did not say that. Jesus, God, said: "15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight." Luke 16:15
We are in the End Times?
Christians proclaiming the "Last Days", "Judgement" and "Armageddon" are not new to this or any writer's portal that has any freedom for its writers. The atrocities of ISIS, of terrorists across the breadth of humanity, and the blood of innocents slain for their faiths - or simply slain in their innocence.
Don't allow yourself to be fooled. Whether you judge this an act of God for sins of men, or simply the sins of men... the innocent do suffer. And if there is a Judge of the Whole Earth, He surely will do that which is right. In view of that, might we look inside ourselves and see if we are innocent.
Probably we are not.
If we come up short...
If we come up short on our analysis, one more saying of Jesus is appropriate to know:
"Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."
Muslim, Jew, Christian and all others - this good news is for you, in answering today's devastating headline.