"For just as the lightning comes from the east, and flashes even to the west,
so shall the coming
of the Son of Man be" Matthew 24:27
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father,but through me" John 14:6
"but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.
And these things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me" John 16:2
One Christian's response to terrorism and the Islamic Jihad
First of all I feel a call to seek God's forgiveness for turning from Him and many times loving mammon and the world more than I love Christ. I feel this is a call to repentence for me and for my beloved country .God has protected this country many times in history and will again if we seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. Ultimately this battle is spiritual and can only be won through the power and intervention of God. Certainly government has the right and mandate to use the "sword" against those who threaten the lives and security of the nation but the real forces we fight are not of flesh and blood but unseen forces of wickedness.
Christians need to fear God and Him alone. Then you can know peace no matter what the circumstance satan throws your way.It is important to understand that anger and seeking justice is justified, hatred and the seeking of vengeance will only make us in the end like our enemies.
By God's grace we should pray for those who are so deceived as to believe killing innocent men,women, and children is a service to God. Pray for them to come to repentence that their hearts might be open to Christ's love and forgiveness.. Let us not forget that Paul slaughtered many Christians before God used him as a great apostle and that ALL of us are guilty in God's sight and in need of forgiveness. Then let us pray that God's Holy Spirit would bring a huge outpouring of conviction and desire to know Jesus Christ among the world's muslim community who need to know the freedom and joy of God's forgiveness through Christ. In the end the Prince of Love and Life will conquer the forces of hate and death.
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God;and every one who loves is born of God and knows God.
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love" 1 John 4:7
"For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ" John 1:17
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to me,that you may have life" John 5:39-40
A Study of Allah and the God of the Bible
Since Sept 11th many Americans have wondered what Islam is all about and how can muslims say they serve Almighty God and do such murderous and barbaric acts of destruction. First of all the religion Mohammed created was birthed in blood as he and his followers slaughtered countless polytheists, Jews and Christians in the name of their god "Allah" 1400 years ago. Mohammedism grew much by the power of the sword as his armies swept through the middle east, north Africa, and through central Asia killing those who wouldn't convert by the tens of thousands (1).
The truth is that though "Allah"(al-ilah) means "the god" in arabic it refers to a proper noun or name of a deity(originally from pagan Sabeans)-whom many scholars believe is in effect the babylonian moon god Mohammed's Quraysh tribe worshipped-one of 360 deities worshipped in the Kaaba at the time (2) .This god had 3 daughters & were goddesses worshiped throughout the middle east & were called al-Lat, Manat, al-Uzzah. Mohammed elevated Allah to become the supreme deity of creation, transcendent and unknowable and said it was the God of Abraham . However, on closer examination of the descriptions of Allah in the Koran the differences between Allah and the Lord God Jehovah or Yahweh of Judeo-Christian revelation are immense. The loving though Holy triune personal God as revealed by Christ and the New Testament is far from the impersonal and distant Allah of Mohammed (3).
The Koran is full of verses to kill unbelievers as a command of Allah where the Bible tells us God is a loving and forgiving Father who loves us as children and commands us to love our enemies and forgive them- not kill them. The Bible tells us the battle we fight in this world is spiritual- not of flesh and blood- but against principalities and powers in the heavenlies and that we have authority over demonic and satanic forces of darkness through the Name and power of the risen Christ- who was and is God Almighty in the flesh. Allah is in fact a different god and one who's only sure road to 'paradise'(4) is by slaughtering innocent people in his name by dying in "jihad". The true God(Father) of creation says the road to heaven is through His Son Jesus Christ who though He was and is fully God (three persons-one God) made Himself man, and chose to die on the cross to bear the sins of a fallen and lost humanity. He rose from the dead as victor over satan and is coming soon to bring us home to His eternal Kingdom of light.
References-Encyclopedia of Religion.Encyclopedia of Islam. www.answeringislam.com .www.geocities.com/queball23. Satanic verses.html .www.biblebelievers.org.au.islam.htm, Islamic Invasion by Dr. Robert Morey. Http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-allah-pre-islamic-origin.htm.
The Archeology Of World Religions, Jack Finegan, 1952.The Hajj, F. E. Peters, 1994. Mohammed: The man and his faith, Tor Andrae, 1936, Translated by Theophil Menzel, 1960. The Cambridge History of Islam, Vol. I, ed. P.M. Holt, 1970.Islam, Alfred Guilaume, 1956. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, ed. John L. Esposito, 1995. Why I Am Not A Muslim, Ibn Warraq, 1995.
Meet the Arab, John Van Ess, 1943. Is Allah The Same God As The God Of The Bible?, M. J. Afshari.First Encyclopedia of Islam, E.J. Brill, 1987. Muhammad, Maxime Rodinson.Who Is This Allah?, G. J. O. Moshay, 1994. The Moslem Doctrine of God, Samuel M. Zwemer 1905. Three Early Christian-Muslim Debates, ed. by N. A. Newman, Hatfield, PA, IBRI, 1994.
1.Muhammed initially tried peaceful evangelism but it didn't work.
2. Crescent moons on mosques, ramadan fast of a lunar cycle, rituals & worship including the Black Stone at the Kaaba in Mecca, the satanic verses of the Koran,and many other evidences remain of moon worship. Though not popular with muslim apologists this view explains much of islams pagan roots. See: http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-allahs-daughters.htm.
3.If Allah & the God of the Bible were the same Muhammed certainly would have used the NAME of God-JHVH. Otherwise Allah -'the god' could mean any of a number of deities worshipped in the middle east at the time.
4. The muslim idea of a carnal paradise is nothing like the Bible's view of Heaven. Fornication, adultery, drinking alcohol, large numbers of perpetual virgins to ravish, etc. are the descriptions of the muslim 'paradise'. Such an idea is far from the spiritual revelation Christ taught Heaven would be to those clothed in His white robes of righteousness.
5.Muslims have been blaming the West for islamic jihad since the time of Muhammed. There are two existential realities to muslims- the house of war and the house of peace. Live in an infidel country and your in an active(or passive) state of war- once conquered you live in the house of "peace"(though taxing jews and Christian if any are alive). That's a 1400 year old reality that explains everything...now how do you deal with it and a billion muslims....eventual you may well have armageddon though I think the muslims are sadly mistaken on who the mahdi ultimately is- Jesus Christ is not converting to islam..He conquers it.
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