INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM
We hear a lot about Islam but what do we really know about it?
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Public figures and pundits across the political spectrum suggest that the global war “on terror” – which actually describes a tactic rather than an enemy – is against some “radicals” that have “hijacked” a peaceful religion. Islamic groups in the U.S. rent billboard space on the side of public buses to impress non-Muslims that Islam is simply another Abrahamic faith, suggesting kinship, to Judaism and Christianity.
Most Muslims seem peaceful enough, but why are so many in the middle east cradle of their religion, so violent? How is the Islamic violence in England, France and the rest of Europe, Africa, India, and Indonesia to be explained? How can so much blood be spilled, all around the world, by a so-called “peaceful” religion? With some counts as high as two million killed – in the Sudan alone – why does the peaceful Islamic, presumed majority, remain silent in regard to Muslim atrocities committed throughout the world? In particular, where’s the public outcry from their Imams and other leaders condemning the violence?
Some Muslims search out the Old Testament and New, to try to find Mohammed in scripture, and even suggest that they follow the “law” because they don’t eat pork and skip lunch for a month, but seem ignorant to the fact that there are 613 Mosaic laws, and that Muslims are almost universally born Gentile, not Jew. They don’t even observe the Sabbath. Some pull medieval forgeries out of the hat to find support. Others suggest that you have to read the Quran in Arabic in order to understand Islam, but a Christian only needs to know A SINGLE VERSE from their book, in any language, to recognize that Islam is the PERFECT OPPOSITE of the new covenant:
Surah 4.157 That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
While blindness to the Gospel that God gave some Jews is discussed in the book of Romans, everything a Christian needs to know about Mohammed’s religion is revealed through one verse that rejects ALL of the prophets, apostles, and the WHOLE SUBJECT of the new covenant, that brought salvation unto Gentiles.
Amazingly, even as ALL Muslims are required to deny Jesus’ shed blood, many believe that the first drop of blood shed by a Muslim so-called “martyr”, may provide propitiation for the sins of seventy of his nearest and dearest friends and relatives. But Mohammed prevents them from believing that a loving God could manifest Himself in the flesh of a man, to do the very same, for all who have faith in His shed blood.
Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
It is easy to understand why Muslims go to desperate measures, to imagine Mohammed as a prophesied prophet, but to no avail.
Thus they are left with a stand-alone 6th century religion, recited by a single individual, who received “revelations” from a spirit while alone in a cave, that even Mohammed came away believing was a demon. (video) He thought this because he had the sensation that it tried to squeeze the life out of him three times. It was only the later opinion of his wife that convinced him otherwise, and she wasn’t even present. Christians understand such an event:
2Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
From the single verse in the Quran denying Jesus’ shed blood, Christians can readily recognize where to find Mohammed, in the Word of God:
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
But Mohammed even came as a ravening wolf.
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
But Mohammed cannot deceive God’s elect. Any so-called Christian “converts” to Islam are those that deluded themselves into believing they had been Christian.
One of the most blessed verses in all of Christianity is:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
No surprise then that Mohammed’s answer is:
Sura 19:88 They say: “(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!” 89 Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!
Mohammed’s “Allah” even curses Christians and Jews for it:
Surah 9.30 The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!
If “Allah” were the same as the Christians and Jews God “Yahweh” He would seem both schizophrenic and bi-polar! So perfectly opposite to Christianity is Islam that it should give even a devout atheist pause to wonder.
Western Muslim apologists for the Islamic violence we see all around the world, either know very little about their own religion, or may be engaging in taqiyyah, or lying in the way of Allah. They certainly should know that if they lived in the cradle of their religion, and protested Islam’s fourteen hundred year lust for conquest of all the kingdoms of the world, they could be killed as apostate, or at least shunned by the Muslim community. (video)
Through this subterfuge some will suggest that Islam is peaceful by partially quoting a verse near the beginning of the Quran:
Surah 2:256 “Let there be no compulsion in religion:…”
But that verse way back in sura 2 is abrogated by many later verses that suggest violence against non-Muslims such as:
Sura 8:12 I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.
We find this verse manifest, for example, in Indonesia where three teenage girls were beheaded on their way to their Christian school and one of their heads left on the steps of a Church. The note left behind reads: “We will murder 100 more Christian teenagers and their heads will be presented as presents.” Search
Regarding no compulsion in religion, we find a practical example of what happens, once Islam is in control: AP – December 06, 2006 MOGADISHU, Somalia – “Residents of a southern Somalia town who do not pray five times a day will be beheaded, an Islamic courts official said Wednesday, adding the edict will be implemented in three days.” Search
If a Saudi Arabian doesn’t show up for prayers in the morning the religious authorities may show up at their home to find out why. This is the same enforcement authority that killed 15 girls by sending them back into a burning school, because the girls were emerging without head coverings, in their panic to escape the flames. Search
Sura 9:5 But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war);…
What we see is that the Quran is open and flexible enough for men to justify most any murder, mayhem, and particularly imperialistic conquest, and sexual enslavement of the vanquished, in the mold of their prophet Mohammed. Particularly since a whopping 71 out of only 114 suras are subject to abrogation.
At least 18% of the world’s Muslim population holds views that the vast majority of folks in civil society would consider radical. No small number with a global Muslim population of about 1.5 billion suggesting that minority is close to 300 million. A practical view is that 18% of the Muslim community is doing the heavy lifting of Islamic imperialistic conquest, while the remaining 82% remain quietly on board for the ride. This would explain their silence in regard to the violence perpetrated by their brethren. While generally subdued in cheers for Islamic victory when around non-Muslims we witnessed jubilant celebration throughout the Islamic world, in the wake of the innocents targeted and killed in the World Trade Center’s destruction. (video)
Over it’s first 13 years, Mohammed’s was a reasonably peaceful religion, but he was barely able to win a hundred converts, and was frequently ridiculed. Then he picked up the sword and began “conversion” through an Islamic reign of terror that included the murder of poets asleep in their beds, who had made the mistake of critiquing his “revelations”, as well as caravan pillage and plunder, and slaughter of an entire village of Jews who didn’t buy into his new religion but preferred their, at that time, 2000 year old religion. Search
From the conquest of nearly the whole known world, the 1400 year goal has remained the same, from the Islamic First Jihad, to Ahmadinejad: “Do not doubt Allah will prevail, and Islam will conquer mountaintops of the entire world.” The dar el salaam, or house of peace, conquest of the dar el harb, or house of war. If you are a non-Muslim you may not be at war against Islam, but Islam has been at war against you for fourteen hundred years. No surprise that they lust after the kingdoms of this world, since these kingdoms became Satan’s legal possession at Adam’s fall. In stark contrast, Christians are specifically called out of these earthly kingdoms, and into the kingdom of God. Search
Many Muslims put on a facade of being peaceful Mecca style Muslims when around non-Muslims, in areas where Islam is not in control, but become militant Mohammed-Medina style Muslims, when in the company of their own, or in countries controlled by Islam.
Is it reasonable to suggest that peaceful Muslims will guide Islam, or will it continue to be the ones that would cut the heads off of peaceful Muslims, believing them to be apostate? Even now we see Sunni and Shiite murder of each others innocent men, women, and children, for believing each other to be apostate. Some Muslim fathers even behead their own daughters and wives as a means of preserving their “honor”.
It is obvious that violent Muslims will remain in control of Islam, but primarily because they are the ones that most closely follow Mohammed’s example, as detailed through the Quran and Hadith.
Sura 9:123 O ye who believe! fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you: and know that Allah is with those who fear Him.
It was prophesied of the seed of Ishmael from mankind’s beginnings:
Genesis 16:11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou [art] with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. 12 And he will be a wild man; his hand [will be] against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
The most violent thing that Jesus did was overturn the tables of the moneychangers. While the Roman Catholic church has been responsible for the murder of millions of Jews, Muslims AND Christians, their behavior was exactly and specifically UNChristian:
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. 31 And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. 32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
John 13:35 By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
U.S. mosques become radicalized within a few week visit by clerics from their Saudi Wahabi financier/founders. Some U.S. mosques receive direct Saudi funds, for each American “convert”, which they verify with the mosque’s video surveillance system. Fortunately for the U.S., about 75% of so-called converts, leave Islam within three years. Likely women stuck with kids by Muslims accounts for the other 25%. However in some Islamic countries, under Islamic sharia law, the risk for leaving Islam is death, though that can be the punishment even in Western countries like Canada. Video
If Islam were a peaceful religion, how can the rape, pillage, plunder and sexual enslavement of the Islamic First Jihad, imperialistic conquest all the way up into Poitiers France, and Vienna be explained? Or the over 12,000 deadly Islamic terror attacks around the world, just since 9-11, as logged by the folks at thereligionofpeace.com? thereligionofpeace.com
Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Whether the Islamic First Jihad, the Islamic Mufti of Jerusalem shoulder to shoulder with Hitler in genocide of Jews, the beheading of teenage girls on their way to Christian school in Indonesia, hotel murders in India, train bombings in Spain, the two million slain in the Sudan, or those murdered in Nigeria and throughout most of the rest of Africa, it is obviously utterly absurd to suggest that this 1400 year reign of terror has anything whatsoever to do with Israel or Zionism. (“Hitler and the Mufti”)
The hadith, however, does a good job of explaining the long tradition of Islamic hatred specifically of Jews:
“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.’“Sahih Bukhari Hadith Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177 – Sunna: Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 6985
Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”
Earlier we learned that Mohammed’s “Allah” curses Christians for recognizing the Son of God.
1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the son. 23 Whosoever denieth the son, the same hath not the father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also].
The most important fundamental in Islam is “shirk”, manifest specifically in denial that God has a Son. There is no greater sin in Mohammed’s religion than to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. So from the above verse we can see that Mohammed and those that follow him are perfectly antichrist as the single most important fundamental of their stand-alone 6th century religion.
1John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
Many Muslims are deluded into believing that they follow Jesus but:
2John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
Of even more importance, of course, is Mohammed’s specific denial that Jesus died on the Cross, thereby denying ALL of the New Testament prophets and apostles, and the whole subject of the new covenant, that brought salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Mohammedan Muslims reject God’s record:
1John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
They reject the record God gave us even in direct contradiction to even their own book. Over 5300 partial or complete manuscripts of God’s Word were penned prior to 300AD, in virtually every known language. beholdthebeast.com/bible_manuscript_errors_.htm
Even hundreds of years after that establishment of God’s Word Mohammed wrote:
Sura 4:136 – O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His messenger and the Scripture which He hath revealed unto His messenger, and the Scripture which He revealed aforetime.Whoso disbelieveth in Allah and His angels and His scriptures and His messengers and the Last Day, he verily hath wandered far astray.
For 1400 years, and in the world today, 1.5 billion people – 1/4 of mankind – follow a single 6th century, pillaging, plundering, murdering, sex slave capturing, polygamist, stepson’s wife taking, concubine keeping imperialistic conquering false prophet, that was, and taught, the exact opposite of Jesus Christ. Islam is the opposite Indeed Mohammedanism is antichrist. beholdthebeast.com/antichrist.htmMohammed’s personal life
A false prophet whose 23 year record of recitations is the direct opposite of the 1600 year record of all of the New Testament prophets and apostles and the whole subject of the new covenant. The only anti-another-religion, religion, by design.
There is no middle ground. ONE MUST CHOOSE
It is interesting to note that the two most popular views of the book of Revelation, in the 20th century protestant church, both necessarily preclude, that Mohammed could be the false prophet mentioned in the book of Revelation. At the same time, each of these two views must recognize the other, to be virtually 100% in error as there is a 1900 year time span that divides them. One holding that virtually all of Revelation was fulfilled by 70AD and the other holding that virtually none of Revelation after chapter 3 will be fulfilled until some future 7 year period. Add to that public displays of one pope kissing the Quran, and the next bowing toward Mecca from inside a Mosque and it would seem there’s plenty of error to go around. In fact no Christian church today holds a view of Revelation, that can even consider, that Mohammed could be the false of John’s prophecy.
Yet when we apply the traditional continuous-historic context, through which Christians and Jews universally understand the book of Daniel and his successive lion, bear and leopard “beast” kingdoms, to the book of Revelation, Islam comes sharply into focus as the end-time foe of God’s people, and Mohammed as the false prophet that John prophesied. israelinbibleprophecy.com/daniel_four_beasts.htm (more on the church)
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May God bless you and lead us all, in all truth. Jesus IS truth.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM