● The Quran's chapters are ordered from longest to shortest, not chronologically. Chronologically, the Quran's peaceful verses occur before Muhammad gains power whereas the calls to jihad (war on unbelievers) occur after Muhammad gains power. Apparently, the later verses abrogate the earlier verses.
(Reading assignment: Yoel Natan, "164 Jihad Verses in the Koran," Answering Islam. Viewing assignment - 5 minute video: Nabeel Qureshi, "Does Islam really teach peace?")
● The Bible's calls to war are specific and limited to particular times and places, but the Quran’s call for jihad is open-ended.
I like Rick Mercer's rant on the current refugee crisis (see Rick's Rant - Refugees). But he misses a couple of important points. I would add the following:
Yes, quickly throw the rope into the sea of grey. Also keep in mind that there's a very small but not insignificant chance of pulling in a shark. (Background information: I watched The Perfect Storm a few nights ago.) In other words, we should couple caution with zeal, so there won't be nasty surprises. ALSO, we should stop those who are forcing people into the sea in the first place.