Know Your Bible
VOL. 14 October 25, 2015 NO. 32
IS ISLAM COMPATIBLE WITH CHRISTIANITY? 2
While Islam is not very prevalent in this area at this time it is a movement that is affecting other areas of America and it will eventually have an effect here. There is an old saying “to be forewarned is to be forearmed” which holds true only if people heed the warnings. That is why I am writing on the subject at this time.
Islam must not be ignored. We cannot underestimate its growing power. Even though Muslims are still in the minority in America they are rapidly becoming more and more influential in the everyday lives of Americans. As a result of their ever increasing power and influence there is a definite need for some basic teaching of the danger Islam poses to America’s freedom and democracy. But even more importantly to Christianity itself.
In order to show why we oppose Islam we need to understand what their system is all about. It is a religious system designed to control every aspect of a muslim’s life, legally, politically, economically, militarily, socially as well as religiously. In every country governed by Islam, the government is either dictatorial or autocratic, and to a great extent (if not completely) its people are governed by Sharia Law. The Islamic religious leaders (Imams and Mullahs) exercise great power over the people. Muslim children are taught only from the Koran (Arabic- Qur’am). There is little, if any, religious freedom. Non-Muslim schools and churches, when allowed to exist at all, are closely watched, and only non-muslims can attend. Any muslim caught associating with non-believers (infidels) is considered guilty of a crime punishable by death and may be killed. We have seen recent examples of this happening even here in America.
If you think the previous paragraph is an exaggeration, let me insert this quote from a radical muslim leader, showing Islam’s intolerance of any who do not adhere to their way of life. ”Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel (non-Muslims – t.t.)”. – Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’. This is from Peter Hammond’s book, “Slavery, Terrorism and Islam, The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.” This is from a secondary source so I do not have the book at hand- t.t.
Why does Islam pose such a danger? The religion of Islam leaves no room for criticism. In countries where the Qur’am and Islam rule, any criticism of Islam is considered blasphemy and carries the death penalty. Muslims say they want to be accepted into American society, but when one learns the true objectives it can readily be seen to be very dangerous to both our form of government and Christianity.
One learns the truth of Islam from The Koran (Qur’am), the book they revere as their guide book. The Koran teaches that a muslim can lie to a “non-believer” if they think it helps Islam. It also teaches that any contact a muslim makes with a “non-believer” does not have to be honored. It further teaches that it is the duty of all muslims to attempt to convert non-believers. After 3 attempts to convert them, if they won’t convert, it is the duty of all good muslims to kill the non-believer. There have been instances where more moderate muslims have tried to change these teaching of the Koran, but instead of being listened to, they were beheaded for their efforts.
Islam wants to become the universal religion. Its avowed aim is to convert all mankind to the worship of their god, Allah, as pictured in the Qur’am. They will do it peacefully by persuasion if possible, but if not, they are more than willing to use force to obtain their goal of universal domination.
Islam wants a universal Islamic state. Their avowed objective is to replace all forms of government that do not have the Qur’am as their primary constitution. Their aim is to dominate the entire planet. They will do this through peaceful means or through conflict. Past history, as well as the Qur’am reveals this. The present ferment and turmoil we see daily coming from the Mideast is a harbinger of their aim to rule the world. “Islam was born in bloodshed, nurtured on violence and matured in conquest. It thrives when militarily challenged.” Ney Reiber, “A Resource…” p.1.
The adherents of Islam believe that when world domination happens, they will have established a “Caliphate.” Then the prophet Mohamed will return and there will be 1000 years of peace. Doesn’t this sound a lot like the false premillennial doctrine of some false teachers who teach that Christ will return and set up an earthly kingdom. His throne will be established in Jerusalem where He will sit and reign on this earth for 1000 years.
Islam wants to govern all affairs in one’s day to day life by imposing their Sharia law on all people, politically and religiously. They want a society based upon Islamic morals since they view their culture as the perfect society.
In opposition, Christianity seeks to convert and govern people out of love, not force. Christians teach people the precepts and commandments of Jehovah through the Bible. The choice is then left for man to obey or disobey out of conviction, not force..
(Continued next issue when we begin to study Islam’s false doctrines)
THE RESULT OF NEGLECT
We have a lot of things around here that are broken down pieces of junk. We have lots of houses that are in need of being torn down because they really do present a hazard to the community. A house that is not lived in will break down and collapse upon itself in a few years, whereas a house that is lived in will last a long time. What we see is the result of neglect.
We drive around and see the results of neglect everywhere. If you neglect your garden, weeds will take over. If you neglect your homework, your grades will go down, and you may have to repeat the same courses because of your neglect. I'm sure we all realize what happens when a child is neglected. Most of them are in prison right now. What if you neglect to change the oil for vehicle maintenance? Sooner than later your car will cease working as it should.
Neglect can be very costly. Putting off seeing a doctor can have bad results for your health. Replacing a car engine is very expensive. Not taking care of your house can cause bigtime expenses. Neglecting your duties can cause you to lose your job.
We see these things in the material/physical world. We understand how things operate in real life. We consider anyone a fool to neglect something that requires maintenance. Yet somehow, this world seems to get along by neglecting the most important thing of all. So let us consider our soul and the result of neglect.
If you neglect the truth, you will lose your soul. If you neglect bible study, you become a breeding ground for the devil's lies, and you will fall for anything whether it is truth or not. If you neglect going to church on a regular basis, you are just what Satan is looking for to recruit into his service. Even if you find yourself going to church every time the doors are open, you can still neglect the church or the message in your own life. If you think about other things when you should be concentrating upon worship or listening to the lesson; you are still guilty of neglect if the service or the message does not move you.
You can tell your children to go to church, but if you do not go, you teach them a lesson that church is not important enough for you to go, so why should they?
You can let the world raise your children. Sure, there are some shows that teach lessons about getting along with others. However, if you do not teaching them about God and His ways, and that His ways are right; you are raising a future atheist.
If you neglect your soul, how can you have a positive effect upon others? How can you let your light shine if you are always hiding it? Such behavior does no good for anyone around you. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:16 to let our light shine so that others can see our good works and glorify God who is in heaven. So if we fail to do God's word, and we fail to set a good example, what will be the result? We should not have to say it, but you will lose your soul.
We already know that there is too much neglect in the important things of life. Let us change ourselves to not neglect the important things.
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