There is so much on the news and online about the growing situation surrounding IS, Islam and Muslims that I’ve been compelled to write my view and understanding of this based upon being a committed Born Again Christian for the past five and a half years.
During the early part of becoming a Christian I wasn’t encouraged to read the Bible although it is, of course referred to at Church but no one I knew or spoke to constantly read and studied it and as a result, nor did I. But that changed!
I have seen documentaries of Orthodox Jews studying the Torah in a parrot fashion and always thought that this was somewhat archaic, until I began to study the Bible for myself. I now realise how important it is to learn and understand God’s book as well as understanding other ancient books that affect our lives and our safety. However, this is based upon having the freedom and ability to reference any other material I choose.
With this in mind, I have begun to read parts of the Qur’an and the Sahih Bukhari so as to cross reference those passages which appear to be the most ‘popular’. As it says in the book of Acts 17:11, the men of Berea tested what Paul and Silas were saying by referring back to Scripture.
So when it comes to matters of global warfare and terrorism, how are we supposed to understand and compartmentalise this growing tide of fear and hatred towards Christians and of course the continued hatred towards the Jews.
Now, bear in mind that I am writing this article from a Biblical worldview perspective as a Christian, so that means.
Since 610AD when Muhammad first appeared on the world scene, there has been a steady growth of Islam (which means submission) across North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. However, this is not surprising considering his strategy.
For someone who was illiterate, he was able to amass a significant following through fear. His first claim to fame was as that of a murdering and marauding warlord. Muhammad killed and raped his was across Arabia with complete impunity.
Such was his self aggrandisement that he began telling his appointed scribes to write down his every word. These sayings later became the Qur’an and further translations or explanations called Hadith Books which include; Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih muslim, Sunan Abu-Dawud and Malik’s Muwatta.
However, this is where it becomes contentious. Muhammad states 164 times (See Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 47 - Jihad) that Muslims must kill infidels, kafirs, i.e. Christians and Jews. However, there are a few options:
The following verses are in the Qur'an, so it seems pretty straightforward to me what the objective of Islam and Sharia Law is. But what seems strange is that successive governments have done nothing to raise awareness of this?
|Qur’an 2:65-66||Christians and Jews must believe what Allah has revealed to Muhammad or Allah will disfigure their faces or turn them into apes, as he did the Sabbath-breakers.|
|Qur’an 2:191-2||Kill disbelievers wherever you find them. If they attack you, then kill them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.|
|Qur’an 3:67||”Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was a true Muslim, surrendered to Allah (which is Islam), and he joined not gods with Allah.”|
|Qur’an 3:85||”And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers.”|
|Qur’an 4:48, 4:116||Those who ascribe a partner to Allah (like Christians do with Jesus and the Holy Spirit) will not be forgiven. They have “invented a tremendous sin.”|
|Qur’an 4:51||Jews and Christians believe in idols and false deities, yet they claim to be more rightly guided than Muslims.|
|Qur’an 4:91||If the unbelievers do not offer you peace, kill them wherever you find them. Against such you are given clear warrant.|
|Qur’an 5:51||”O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”|
|Qur’an 5:53||Jews and Christians are losers.|
|Qur’an 5:59||Jews and Christians are evil-livers.|
|Qur’an 5:63||Evil is the handiwork of the rabbis and priests.|
|Qur’an 5:72||Christians will be burned in the Fire.|
|Qur’an 5:73||Christians are wrong about the Trinity. For that they will have a painful doom.|
|Qur’an 5:80||“You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide.” Those Muslims who befriend unbelievers will abide in hell.|
|Qur'an 8:12||[Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, "I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip."|
|Qur’an 9:5||Kill the nonbelievers wherever you find them.|
|Qur’an 9:6||Those who submit and convert to Islam will be treated well. (Those who don’t submit will be killed. See previous verse.)|
|Qur’an 9:7-9||Don’t make treaties with non-Muslims. They are all evildoers and should not be trusted.|
|Qur’an 9:12-14||Fight the disbelievers! Allah is on your side; he will give you victory.|
|Qur’an 9:29||Fight against Christians and Jews ”until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.”|
|Qur’an 9:30||Christians and Jews are perverse. Allah himself fights against them.|
|Qur’an 9:34||Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to the rich and greedy Christian monks and Jewish rabbis.|
|Qur’an 19:35-37||“Woe unto the disbelievers from the meeting of an awful Day.” Jesus was not the Son of God. Those who say he was (Christians) are going to hell.|
|Qur’an 28:62-64||Allah will taunt Christians on the day of their doom, saying: Where are My partners whom ye imagined?|
|Qur’an 40:73||Allah will taunt the Christians in hell, saying: Where are all my partners that you used to believe in?|
|Ishaq:364||“Muslims, take not Jews and Christians as friends. Whoever protects them becomes one of them, they become diseased, and will earn a similar fate.”|
Some of the responses I have read about in parts of the Qur’an have stated that we, today, are taking the meanings out of context and that the comments made at that time (610AD) are not meant for today. That said, then everyone has a choice. So why the Jihad today? Why 9/11? Why Boko Haram? Why ISIS? If the Qur’an was a non-threatening document, how come there are so many Islamic based killings around the world.
The Qur’an instructs, not the Imam’s. Jihad is encouraged from generation to generation and spoken over small children to encourage them to become martyrs. This has been going on for centuries and it appears that all the while, the West has been aware of the Middle East’s deliberate manipulation, yet believed that they were either immune or that Islam would never actually get a foothold.
It is accepted that typical practising Muslims will follow the Qur'an. The Qur'an says that we are all to accept Muslim rule and Islamic supremacy or be killed.
Mohammed and or his scribes mention Jesus and Mary (Myriam) more times than Mohammed himself. In addition, Abraham, Moses and other characters of the Bible are also mentioned.
Where I struggle with all this, is that the Old and New Testaments were in circulation in 610AD. Muhammad already acknowledges the Jews were, are, the chosen of God and that the Christians follow Jesus although he states that Jesus, whilst a prophet, was not the Son of God. (Qur’an 19:35-37).
Muhammad states that the 6,500 year old chronological Judeo Christian faith which consists of prophecy followed by documented events that had come to pass, was now, in his eyes, all wrong and that God, Allah got it wrong. As a result, all non Muslims should be killed.
It’s pretty cut and dried don’t you think.
300 years after Muhammad dies, the Christian church sends the first wave of Crusaders to Jerusalem to restore access to Holy places. By 1490’s, fed up with the persistent raping and pillaging, Spain finally kicks the Muslims out of their country. For the next few hundred years Islam has steadily spread across the rest of the world.
As I see it now in 2014, successive western governments have rolled over to multiculturalism, allowing Muslims to establish themselves in most countries.
The UK and USA profess to be Christian countries yet neither current or previous leaders has ever put God at the centre of what they do. No leader has quoted the bible in its leadership and sadly no leader has demonstrated they submit to God or even understand Christianity (if they genuinely did, God would be first!). In fact, it now seems de rigueur for a politician to state that he or she is an atheist.
Unfortunately, even our organised church leaders seem unprepared to speak out about the lack of understanding about the Bible and help direct or disciple government leaders. The reality is that the majority of Christians (including world leaders) are left to ‘get on with it’ as there is an assumption that they know what their faith is about and indeed what God expects of them. I know that the Holy Spirit will convict, however, we are also told to study the Word of God and test what we are told.
So, when our governments promote and are convicted that same sex marriage is a great step forward, it 100 means that our leaders do not understand or even accept their own faith they profess to follow.
Putting this in context with Islam, if a politician cannot be bothered to follow the Christian faith and understand what is expected of them, it is unlikely they are even remotely aware of the implications of a global following that calls its self a religion yet stands against everything the Christian faith is about.
When this is blended with multiculturalism and political correctness we end up with a society pandering to those with the loudest voices and not the majority.
As pockets of Sharia law are being attempted to be established in certain communities, the Christian faith is being struck from schools and colleges in favour of Freedom of Faith and still the world looks on the depravity in Nigeria, Syria and Iran as if it's some kind of video game nasty or quasi snuff film on You Tube.
So here’s the thing. A warlord terrifies a group of people. His hold on them increases to the point where they hang on his every word. He then tells them he is a messenger from God and that anyone not following him should be killed. Fear, being quite a motivator, encourages more and more people to capitulate and accept Muhammad as the messenger of God.
Mohammed now seems invincible and decides to take an interest in little girls. He sees a six year old child called Ayisha and gets engaged to her. It is then documented that he masturbated between the six year olds thighs until she was nine years old when he consummated his marriage to her. So that makes paedophilia acceptable in the eyes of Muslims and this practice continues today, including child marriages to older men!
As a Christian taking a first look at what Islam is about, I am struck by two fundamental aspects; sex and violence. As a Christian believer, it appears to me that this is a long term strategy of the enemy, Satan, to systematically indoctrinate people so that they become “anti-Christian” and make an abomination of the rules and precepts in the Bible.
The Qur’an is obsessive about documenting the sexual habits of Muhammad. The Qur’an illustrates how Muhammad preferred to fondle virgins than have sex with his wives and how he would attain sexual gratification whilst the women around him were menstruating. It continues, as many are aware, that in paradise all the males will have two wives and will be presented with seventy two virgins and boys that, as their wives look on with honour, the men will spend their time deflowering them!
In addition, whilst a Muslim could have four wives, Muhammad allowed himself eleven wives and it is documented that he had sex with them daily. He also had multiple sex slaves and it is also documented that he had sex with one of his slaves in his marital bed. He also forced his adopted son to divorce his wife so Muhammad could marry her, tortured and killed a man to then marry his wife, allowed his followers to rape female captives, allowed his followers to hire prostitutes and promised his followers a heavenly paradise of eternal erections which they will use to endlessly deflower their virgins.
Whilst there were some educated people in his entourage working as scribes, the Islamic documented scripts are quite clear and graphic about how Muhammad behaved. And to me it seems wholly focused on the opposite of what the Bible says, especially ‘thou shalt not kill and thou shalt not commit adultery!’
There are also graphic explanations how Muslims are to behead and cut off the finger tips of non Muslims and the Jihad against those who do not follow Islam.
With so much emphasis on sex and violence for Muslims, it would seem quite acceptable for Muslims to behave with impunity as Muhammad did, why not?. I am mindful of the issues being exposed this week in Rotherham in the UK whereby 1,400 children are to have been groomed, abused and raped by Pakistani Muslims. This being the tip of the iceberg.
It strikes me that as a British citizen, I am expected to accept listening to the call to prayer from local mosques, however, I now see this more as a call to subvert and to radicalise anyone who sets foot in a mosque. The long term objective is to establish Sharia law wherever it can and with that, for the men to behave like Muhammad.
We are a tolerant country, however, there is a difference between tolerance and ignorance. Until now, I could have been knocked around ‘like a reed in the wind’ when it came to discussing Islam, but now I have a better understanding about it. I see it as a cult not a culture. As with the religious cults I’ve read about in the USA that necessitated followers to be abducted and helped readjust in to society, I see that this is the same – it just happens to have been around for longer and dressed up as a religion and accepted by a billion plus people. But it doesn’t mean it’s right!
Muslim scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, unless the purpose of lying is to "smooth over differences."
There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, taqiyya (Saying something that isn't true) and kitman (Lying by omission). These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.
|Qur'an 16:106||Establishes that there are circumstances that can "compel" a Muslim to tell a lie.|
|Qur'an 3:28||This verse tells Muslims not to take those outside the faith as friends, unless it is to "guard themselves."|
|Qur'an 9:3||"...Allah and His Messenger are free from liability to the idolaters..." The dissolution of oaths with the pagans who remained at Mecca following its capture. They did nothing wrong, but were evicted anyway.|
|Qur'an 40:28||A man is introduced as a believer, but one who must "hide his faith" among those who are not believers.|
|Qur'an 2:225||"Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts" The context of this remark is marriage, which explains why Sharia allows spouses to lie to each other for the greater good.|
|Qur'an 66:2||"Allah has already ordained for you, (O men), the dissolution of your oaths"|
|Qur'an 3:54||"And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers." The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means 'deceit'. If Allah is supremely deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same. (See also 8:30 and 10:21)|
Taken collectively these verses are interpreted to mean that there are circumstances when a Muslim may be "compelled" to deceive others for a greater purpose.
The reason for listing the above is to reinforce the point that Islam is a cult and not a religion. When it comes to Muslims standing side-by-side with western govenments, it is written in the Qur'an that they can do so, only in order to further Islam.
There are too many points of conflict with the Qur'an & Hadith for me to list, but from my perspective, it seems that the plan is world domination and they'll say and do anything to anyone (governments & people) to achieve their aims and according to the Qur'an, any behavior is acceptable and is endorsed by Allah. For more in formation click to this web site which explains in more detail - it's called The Religion of Peace.
As with any cult, there is a structure to indoctrination and keeping people in their place. Click on the link below for a short interesting read (only approx twenty pages) about an extended answer when a Muslim turned back the question of who is indoctrinating whom! The points were as follows:
Successive governments around the world throughout history have failed to address the rise of Islam because they haven’t followed the Christian faith, but instead focused on colonialism and expansion for personal gain. As Queen Victoria said, “we don’t have loyalties, only interests”. And whilst Churchill stated that the rise of Islam was a real danger, no one did anything about it.
The amazing fact about our current predicament is that the events form part of the prophecies laid down in the Bible.
As this grows, the non-radical Muslims will be shunned by their neighbours (i.e. anyone who is not a Muslim) . And some will be more vocal about it like the BNP splinter group called Britain First. As this grows and Muslims become more and more ostracised. The radicals will continue to be visible, welcoming the non-radical Muslims in to the fold saying, “come and join us because we told you the West would blank you”. So, evil begets evil.
Non-practising Christians will still sit around thinking that it will go away but it won’t, and we’re all to blame. Even when looking at The Tony Blair Faith Foundation which supports initiatives in the field of inter-religious dialogue. The Facebook page says “We provide the practical support required to counter religious prejudice, conflict and extremism in order to promote an open-minded and stable society.
It sounds like a great solution, yet the whole site shows a staggering lack of understanding about the Bible and only mentions God four times, but not in relation to Christianity, Judaism or even Catholocism (Tony Blair's religion!). The points are:
Three mentions relating to Islam but not one mention about God in relation to Christianity or Judaism! Just to remind you of the name again, The Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
We have been brainwashed and hoodwinked, by successive individuals masquerading as politicians committed to faith, into believing a false sense of superiority and security. They infer that they have a handle on all this geo-religious activity around the world, but if I am to believe the press, Tony Blair is simply lining his pockets commercially but dressing it up with a religious slant.
David Cameron is on record saying that he is a Church of England Christian, but has many unanswered questions about his faith. Obviously he doesn't understand what the Bible says about same-sex marriage and worshiping other gods as he did when he visited a Hindu temple to make Divali offerings with his wife!
1st Commandment: Thou shalt have no other gods before me - Exodus 20:3
God knows our hearts and even on our deathbeds we can come to a point where we make him Lord of our lives and can be saved. But what a waste! Why wait until you have a few moments left on this earth to become a Christian when there is so much to experience as a Born Again Christian who has dominion on the earth and over Satan. We must not forget, God wants us here for a reason, he also wants us for eternity and Satan wants us dead, both physically and spiritually.
When it comes to Islam, you either convert or die. So the options are none too clever. Become a Muslim and you won’t be executed, but you will go to hell because you deny Jesus. Don’t become a Muslim and sit on the fence undecided and you will still be executed all the same and still go to hell for not acknowledging God and Jesus.
You are therefore left with only two choices, follow Jesus or follow Satan, go to heaven or go to hell. There is no middle ground here. It’s time you made your mind up!
If the Christian faith was so inconsequential there would be nothing for anyone to worry about. However this whole battle is not about troops, borders and boundaries, it is about good and evil. Satan wants you dead in Jesus want you for eternity - whose side are you on?
The Qur'an wholly sets itself against the Bible and Christianity. From stating Jesus was only a prophet and not the Son of God to the way in which wives and children are treated. It must grieve God so much that Satan has turned so many away from his love and blessings in this life and for the next.
But the bottom line - Jesus wins!
We are all given ample opportunity to seek and learn what life on this earth is all about. Yet we have squandered almost every opportunity in favour of our collective gross selfishness.
God’s two most important Commandments: To love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength and to love your neighbour as yourself, simple! However, when self-serving power and a desire for control get in the way, we know that the enemy is at work.
So what choices are we presented with when it comes to Islam? It’s simple, there are none except to ask Jesus to guide you. By speaking out to him, he will answer. He always does.
Viewing this as I do through the lenses of a Christian, once you verbally acknowledge Jesus as Lord of your life you are considered ‘saved’.
The next step is to get baptised in water, which represents dying with Christ and rising again. We are then to emulate Jesus; heal the sick, cast out demons and make disciples AND pray for wisdom – that’s it. It is the Holy Spirit who will convict the individual, we are to forgive and love our neighbour and God will take care of the rest.
Satan knows that his time is short so he's stepped things up a pace, however this is not the endgame. It will spread and get worse and then someone will turn up and put an end to what the world calls religious wars and then command and dictate that anyone espousing religious doctrines, i.e. Muslim, Christianity or otherwise will be stopped.
Then a single one world global religion will be introduced that is to make everyone play nicely. The rest of the story is in the Bible, the last book called Revelation. And it’s not good for many people.
The bottom line, you are in one of two camps. You’re either with God or with Satan. Satan will do anything to stop Christians or the chosen people of God, the Jews from being victorious. However, there is a caveat. The Jews I am referring to are those who acknowledge Jesus as their Lord and Messiah! Those that don’t fall in to the camp of non-Christians and will suffer the consequences as previously mentioned.
Read the Bible and find out for yourself. 6500 years of history, prophecy and documented proof of events coming to pass is not wrong.
There is no such thing as a non radical Muslim. The Qur'an says that they must have it in their hearts to kill for Jihad (even if they don't fulfill it) or they will go to hell (if only for a short time!).
Taken together, Sura (69) and verse (84:7-12) present a picture of the reckoning of Muslims on Judgment Day, in which believers are given sentences based on their sins versus good deeds.
|Qur'an (19:70-72)||"And surely We are Best Aware of those most worthy to be burned therein. There is not one of you but shall approach it. That is a fixed ordinance of thy Lord. Then We shall rescue those who kept from evil, and leave the evil-doers crouching there." No person will avoid going to hell, but Muslims will eventually be pulled out.|
|Qur'an (4:95)||"Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward." Allah distinguishes Muslims from one another based on their willingness to fight and die in Holy War. Non-violent Muslims will not receive the same reward as the Jihadis.|
|Qur'an (8:15-16)||"O ye who believe! when ye meet the Unbelievers in hostile array, never turn your backs to them. If any do turn his back to them on such a day - unless it be in a stratagem of war, or to retreat to a troop (of his own)- he draws on himself the wrath of Allah, and his abode is Hell,- an evil refuge (indeed)!" Not only does Muhammad lay down the principle that a Muslim can serve time in Hell, but failing to kill unbelievers when directed is a sure way to bring this about.|
|Qur'an (9:39)||"If ye go not forth He will afflict you with a painful doom..." It isn't enough to believe. Muhammad is telling his soldiers (who do not want to fight) that they will be sent to hell if they do not join the battle.|
|Qur'an (3:169-170)||"Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord; They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah: And with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (Martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve." Martyrs go directly from life to paradise, where they wait for those who must first go through the Day of Judgment.|
I believe that all genuine non radical Muslims would immediately become Christian, if only the Word and the love of Jesus was shown to them.
Once you study the Bible, it appears that there is no solution!
Some Christian believers interpret the Bible, according to Matthew 24:43 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16, they will suddenly disappear and be taken up (Raptured) into heaven to be with Jesus. Following the “Rapture” will be seven years of tribulation and world events that will be so shocking and awful that people left behind will not want to be alive. Well, the tribulation is correct, but we'll all be here for that. there will be three and a half years of Satan's wrath followed by three and a half years of God's wrath, which I don't want to be around for, as I hope I will have died by then. However, at the end of the seven years, THEN there will be the rapture...
Preceding these events will be the ushering in of a world peace keeper working on behalf of Satan who will be the “Anti-Christ”. Those who didn't believe before the rapture will have the opportunity to follow Jesus, but still many will not.
The climax of these events will be a final battle between Jesus and Satan, Jesus wins. Non Christians still alive will be cast in to the lake of fire. Satan is bound in chains for 1000 years and a New Jerusalem descends from the heavens where we will finally live in peace and harmony with God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Governments need to embark on a global explanation of the Qur'an versus the Bible. Muslims need to know that Jesus actually died for them too. That they are forgiven of their sins, past, present and future. All they need to do is repent, turn away from Islam and accept Jesus as Lord of their lives.
World governments could attempt a mass re-adjustment of 1.2 billion Muslims through Christian broadcasting. They could close borders, shut down mosques, impose sanctions, invade Muslim countries and change school curriculums. But I doubt it.
We want to lead everyone to Christ and for them to know that they're loved, are significant AND forgiven. Jesus said love your enemy. And we do, And it is described in the Bible 1 Corinthians 13:4 as:
As Christians, we are told to heal the sick, cast out demons and make disciples. Our job is to carry on with what we’re doing, spreading the Good News and leading people to Christ. Nothing else matters and only God knows the timescales.
Let me remind you. We have power and authority over the enemy. That is why Jesus dies for us. As born again Christians, we’re already dead to this world so we have nothing to lose. We can do amazing things because of the grace (power) we have been given. In John 14:12 Jesus said,
Sadly, many Christians are unaware of the power of spoken prayer yet many of our Church leaders continue to endorse silent prayer. And as a result they are not seeing the fruit of their actions manifest in their lives. Perhaps it’s time to dust off your Bible and start speaking God, asking him to guide you on the next stage of YOUR journey.
Do not fear and do not worry are commands. We just need to do as we have been shown. Do not falter. Everyone you come in to contact with needs to know, the only way to God is through the Son - Jesus Christ!
Stay blessed and thanks for reading to the end.