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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Demonizing Religion-Christian/Islamic Solutions–Final Post

Before you proceed to read this post, please read parts 1,  2 and 3 first. These posts are a supplement to Chapter 8 of “The Spirit Universe” by Pastor Jerry Jochem.

Both Muslims and Christians face a common truth. What Islam does tells the world about the character of Allah. What the Christian Church  does tells the world about who Jesus Christ is. If these statements are true then both Muslims and Christians have distinct actions to take relating to Islam.

The Muslim Solution
What every Muslim has to ask himself is whether Allah is a blood thirsty deity who demands human sacrifices through the beheading, mutilating, mass murder, or crucifixion of Christians.  If the answer to that question is yes, than as a Muslim you really need to examine why it is that you would submit to or worship a god that shows all the characteristics described as those possessed by Satan? With this realization it may be time to start from scratch and begin to search for the true God.
If the answer is no, that is not the nature of the Allah  to which you submit, then you must ask yourself what actions you need to take to stop the demonization of your fellow Muslims and to protect the reputation of Allah. The real question is what you as a Muslim are going to do about those 100 commands in the Quran which promote violence and classify Allah as a murdering demon. So, if you want to continue to be a Muslim who defends Islam then you must do two things: Recognize the problem with the Quran, and determine the source of the problem. Only when these things are accomplished can the Muslim spiritual communities take unified corrective action to resolve the problem.  I would like to briefly discuss each step as follows

Recognize the Problem: If you do not admit that there is a problem then you will never correct it or be free of it. of course, Muslims believe that the Quran is the inspired message of God, and so to admit that some of it has been influenced by a demonic spirit that was in control of Mohammad is equal  to blasphemy and therefore, according to the Quran, you can be killed as readily as a Christian.  One possible solution to this problem is to take a different approach to those 100+ commands for violence by restricting them to the past.  Those commands should be made irrelevant to modern day Islam, and should be ignored in preference to the more beneficial teachings of Islam.

Determine the Source: The blood is found on the hands of the Islamic leaders (Imams) who focus on the commands that cultivate hate and violence towards others. In order to correct for the inherent problem with the Quran, the religious leadership needs to establish moral standards that govern what and how the Quran may be taught. Unfortunately, such a collective effort of the leadership seems to be impossible because of serious conflicts within Islam.  What is needed is a Muslim leader who can unify Islam and direct it towards a civilized understanding of how it is to be applied as a practical and tolerant religion.  Unfortunately, I have as yet to see even peaceful Muslim leadership declare the need for rationality in teaching the Quran, and if such a leader arose, it is more likely that he would be killed as a heretic rather than immerging as a reformer.

The Christian Response
Christ gave us clear guidance as to how we are to treat our enemies:
Matthew 5:43-44(NCV)
43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor£ and hate your enemies.’ 44But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.
Romans 12:17-21(NCV)
17If someone does wrong to you, do not pay him back by doing wrong to him. Try to do what everyone thinks is right. 18Do your best to live in peace with everyone. 19My friends, do not try to punish others when they wrong you, but wait for God to punish them with his anger. It is written: “I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them,” says the Lord. 20But you should do this:   “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;  if he is thirsty, give him a drink.  Doing this will be like pouring burning coals on his head.”  Proverbs 25:21-22 21Do not let evil defeat you, but defeat evil by doing good.
 There are a a few points that these Scriptures make very clear and I would like to discuss them briefly in the following comments:
  • Nothing in these Scriptures prevents a Christian or Christian nation from defending itself against the barbaric and inhuman acts of the demonized Islamic movement.
  • Any action taken should not be equivalent to the action of the enemy. That is, no revenge should be sought against those who have committed the horrific acts.  Instead, justice must be served through legal process. If we act out of revenge, we become as the enemy is.
  • Our greatest weapon is prayer for justice and for God to act to defend His children.  That prayer must be based on the faith that God will act, and His actions will be the final judgment on those who murder, torture, and persecute His children.
  • A demonized Muslim is devoted to killing Christians and destroying the Christian faith. Even so, we are told to be ready to extend  to them mercy and compassion.  The command to love our enemies is what differentiates the Bible from the Quran, the love of the true God is reflected in this Biblical command while the 109 statements that encourage violence in the Quran reflects the true nature of  the spirit that dictated it.

The final statement in Romans 12:21 is “Do not let evil defeat you, but defeat evil by doing good.” You can not defeat a demon by becoming demonic. The best we can do is offer Salvation through Jesus Christ to the Muslim world.  It is dangerous and perhaps deadly to do this, but history proves that 100 missionaries are worth more than 1000 bombs.  As Christians we need to pray for Muslims and be ready to support them when they convert to Christ.

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