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Embracing the Anti-Christ: The Heresy of Interfaith Dialogue

July 1, 2020

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Are Americans Gullible or Deceived?

May 21, 2020

James F. Gauss, Ph.D.

Author of Revelation 18 and the Fate of America

May 21, 2020

 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

(I am deliberately leaving out my sources to encourage you to do your own research. It is incumbent upon you to be diligent and wise. If not for yourself, think of the future this COVID-driven hysteria is creating for your children and grandchildren.)

I am a World War II baby, born right after the start of that Great War. I grew up in an era of contagious diseases. Polio and tuberculosis (TB), in particular, were the scourges of the country and there was nothing at the time to stop them. But there was also German (yes, GERMAN) measles, chicken pox, the mumps (all viruses) and the potentially deadly scarlet fever. These were the common plagues of my youth. Just about all my friends and myself contracted the big three—measles, pox and mumps. Admittedly, they could be serious, but usually not life threatening.

For those who came down with polio or TB, they received treatment and often with severe cases of TB, the sufferers were sent to TB sanitariums to help them get better. In some cases, the sick were isolated (quarantined), but the healthy continued life as usual. I vaguely remember being “quarantined” in the hospital for some reason as a young child. I remember being in a room (maybe ward) with other children with the same disease. But my family was not quarantined.

I get it! I understand that COVID-19 can be dangerous, and initially, little was supposedly known about it and its virulence. In the past, there have been far greater disease threats or other perils to the American public, but none of them resulted in a virtual complete shutdown of the American economy and way of life, or the freedom of movement and expression. Why? Why is this so different?

For you Trumpers out there (and I’m still one), I believe President Trump has been doing an Herculean job in trying to keep things together, but I believe he has been outnumbered, bamboozled and grossly misled, as well as outright lied to repeatedly, as have been the American people. Keep this thought in mind from here on: “Let no good crisis go to waste.”

Let’s be clear, “The Virus” did not create the crisis with which we now find ourselves trying to survive. Politicians and wayward health “professionals” did and continue to do. Politicians and medical “advisors” knew early on what we were dealing with, but instead of promoting calm and reason, ratcheted up the hysteria and misinformation on a 24/7 schedule ad nauseam. After three months of infection alerts, data accumulation and two months of “lockdown” the facts illustrate that COVID-19 is no more impactive than the annual flu. Hold on! Before you mask wearers get in an uproar. The “authorities” knew early on that COVID-19 was the biggest threat to the elderly or those with other morbidity issues (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc). The statistics bear that out. Depending on the sources and states one looks at, the vast majority of deaths that are COVID-related (85-90%) are in those two risk groups. Healthy seniors and healthy children and adults under age 65 are at very low risk for this disease.

Overall, across the country, less than 0.02% of people have confirmed cases, but not necessarily sick from the disease. Of those who actually have symptoms of COVID-19, again, less than 0.02% have died. However, here’s the caveat: the statistics for COVID-19 have been grossly skewed upward from the very beginning to mislead the public and maintain a certain level of panic among the populace. Don’t believe me? Do your own research. Medical professionals on the front line all over the country have been coming forward and testifying that they have been told, coerced or forced to code virtually every death during the COVID scare as a viral death. Check the CDC data for deaths from other causes, like heart attack, cancer, etc. during this period. Particularly, for high COVID-incidence states, like debt riddled and poorly governed New York.

It was recently revealed that in NY, as COVID deaths mounted, deaths from heart disease (down 85%) and cancer (down 87%) dramatically dropped. Hmmmm! How does that happen? People have less heart attacks during one of the most stressful times in the nation’s history? However, NY is not alone. Similar stats show up in other states and as a nation. Why would politicians and medical administrators want to artificially inflate the COVID numbers? On the political side, to keep the panic stoked so that they could push through their non-COVID political agenda while people were totally focused on this manufactured crisis. For medical facilities it was a survival strategy. Since the government put hospitals and clinics on lockdown except for COVID patients, hospitals and clinics were starving for cash. For each COVID patient, the government promised to reimburse the medical facility $13,000. For each patient they put on a respirator, they would get $39,000. However, now there have been reports, in which many patients have died, not from COVID directly, but from faulty or prolonged use of respirators.

I do not fault the medical institutions entirely. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN reported a few weeks ago that they expect to lose $3 billion this year. Many rural hospitals, already struggling financially, may have to close before this all settles out. And why? Because elite bureaucrats thought it was a good idea to hamstring every medical institution in the country and forbid them to carry on business as usual? Why not let each individual facility develop their own game plan that would enable them to survive and still serve their communities? Too much common sense or a plot of socialized medicine?

The Restaurant Debacle. Thousands of small businesses are falling prey to two months of closures. Thousands of restaurants, some in business for generations will never re-open. Many that do re-open may not make it to the end of the year under the draconian re-opening guidelines, unless they are very well capitalized. Restaurants (not the fast food guys) have already missed out on three big weekends (Easter, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day) in most states, plus millions of birthdays, weddings, graduations and other celebrations. With punitive re-opening guidelines by almighty governors that will make it nearly impossible to make a profit, it is hard to see many restaurants surviving. In Minnesota, for example, the governor’s new edict on May 20 will benevolently allow restaurants and bars to re-open on June 1, but only at 50% capacity (but no more than 50 people total) and only for outdoor patio “dine-in” or take-out customers. No more than 4 people per table (6 if family) and tables must be 6 feet apart. Apparently, it does not matter if your restaurant was designed to hold 25, 50, 100 or 500 diners, you are still limited to 50% and a maximum of 50 customers.

Both staff and customers must wear masks. In Minnesota, where there is maybe five months of clement weather, how many restaurants and bars have outdoor patios sufficient to replace only 50% of their clientele? Not too many would be my guess. In addition, not too many restaurants or bars can prosper at 50% capacity, especially during anticipated busy weekends. So sorry, but you may be saying goodbye to your favorite restaurant or restaurants forever.

Church. Now, here’s the real sore spot for me. With 501 c3 designation controlling the freedom of expression of most churches in America, the church, by-and-large has been indebted to the government, both state and federal. Many leftist democratic states are preventing churches from opening up as long as they can, and when they are “allowed” they face very restrictive “guidelines” that hamper their ministries. Minnesota, where churches have been forcibly vacated for about two months, is a good illustration. On May 20, Governor Walz (D-MN) offered up his umpteenth edict. While Big Box stores like Wal Mart and others have been allowed to stay open, where hundreds and thousands of people are in and out all day and night, churches have been shuttered. The overwhelming majority of churches across the country have readily complied, many even citing Romans 13 as their required act of obedience. But now, the patience is wearing thin and parishioners or congregants are putting pressure on their church leaders to get off the fence and do what Jesus would do for His people and His church.

Back to Governor Walz of Minnesota. Walz declared that churches, along with salons, gyms, tattoo parlors (yes, churches are linked to tattoo parlors, don’tcha know), fitness centers, theaters, etc. will have to wait until sometime this summer to possibly, maybe, receive their decree from the almighty powers to be, to re-open.

However, what will church look like in the post-virus craze? Right now, groups over 10 are verboten. Maybe 50 will be permitted. Some things are likely to be required. Maintain social distancing of six feet, wear your mask, and avoid all personal contact and no more than 25-50% capacity. Think about it, if you are a pastor or church member. How will this affect your church culture and cohesiveness? No more welcoming handshakes. No more nestling together with friends in the same pew or seating arrangement. No more extending the hand of fellowship as is common in many churches during the service. No more laying on of hands or group corporate prayer. What about your church choir or worship team? Will they have to be scaled down and forced to distance themselves from one another? Or will singing be allowed at all? What about communion? In most churches the communion elements are personally handled, even by others before you receive them. And, what about that bastion of church unity, the potluck or pot blessing? Is that now going to be scuttled into the dust bin of time? How can churches survive without their potluck dinners? What about bingo? Say it ain’t so, Aunt Sally! Will money now be designated by the state as “filthy lucre” and therefore be forbidden in the collection plate? Will churches succumb to being state run?

If churches and their leaders, both singularly and corporately, do not take a firm, whatever the consequences stance now, church as it was designed to be by Christ and as it should be, will disappear. We Christians will have no one to blame but our feeble selves.

Mask or not to Mask. If you feel more comfortable and safe wearing a mask, you go right ahead. But please, do not wear one when you are driving a vehicle or operating machinery of any kind. You could cause an accident, injure yourself or even die—yes, die. Look it up! Hundreds of medical professionals and researchers are finally coming forth with the truth. MASKS DO NOT WORK! They will not prevent you from getting COVID-19 or many other viruses. Members of Congress do not fully believe so. Many seem only to wear masks when they are in front of a camera, and then usually wear them incorrectly. They apparently are useless for felons since thousands of them are being sprung on U.S. citizens so they do not get the virus. Wake up folks. This is all a game and the American citizen is being shut out by a score of scads to nothing (zippo, nada, zero).

“Social Distancing,” the New 21st Century Self-Imprisonment. One way to destroy a society is to require that individuals distance, that is, disengage themselves from other people. It is not only demoralizing, but for some it can be extremely depressing and life threatening. Think about it. How many of our beloved seniors and younger, that have died (whether from COVID or something else) have died without family members at their side in the last 2-3 months? When has this ever happened in America? When has this ever been tolerated in America? NEVER! Will you allow it to happen again? Will you allow your mother, father, spouse, child to die alone? What about you? Would you want to die alone? The “powers to be” are shattering American society and far too many people are cheering them on. Socialization, whether at church, work, business, restaurants with family, friends or co-workers is the social fabric of America. It always has been, but will it always be? Only you can prevent it from disappearing from your life.

Destroying the Food Chain. Briefly. Destroy a nation’s food chain and resources and you can have the people on their knees begging for crumbs. It is outrageous, and sinful, that farmers all across the country have been forced to euthanize millions of hogs, chickens, cattle and other livestock because their processors were forced to shut down. In addition, farmers in southern states and out West were forced to plow under crops ready for harvest; dairymen had to dump millions of gallons of milk because they had no outlets. For the very first time in my eight decades on this good earth, I found meat departments empty or nearly so. Eggs not available. Chicken, an almost every day staple for many, scarce. In America? Can’t happen, you say. But wait, the worst is yet to come, say the “experts.” And they are likely correct.

Beholden to the Government. Most Americans, so distant from the reality of the United States Constitution, appear to applaud the government as their savior and prostrate themselves over every little crumb the Burgermeisters deem them worthy of receiving. This “crisis” is just one more giant step, not for mankind, but toward governmental serfdom and total dependence on a small select group of uncivil servants of the public. Just look at how simple and fast they got the American citizen, who is “guaranteed” unrestricted freedom and liberty, to completely shut down their daily lives and voluntarily accept near abject poverty, all for the “common good.” Within a scant two months, over 35 million formerly gainfully employed Americans were told to go home and stay there until “Big Brother” said it was okay for them to stick their heads out in public.

It was so easy, so quick and Americans were so compliant. Just imagine what we will be asked to give up next time and for how long. The stage is already being set for a “do over” in the fall or winter, just in case the unemployment starts to rebound.

Well, this is getting pretty long and there could be no end in sight if I continue. But think of everyday things you and I take for granted and how state and federal government are forcing changes you and I are not likely to embrace, in addition to those already addressed. What about our educational system? How will it be affected? Some primary schools are already discussing the continuance of “distance learning.” Some colleges and universities are talking about the possibility of not re-opening their campuses until 2022. And, my pet peeve: Many stores and shops used to have chairs or benches inside or outside for the weary traveler to rest an aching back or tired feet. Now, they have disappeared or made inaccessible. Are you kidding me! If you do not want to sit by me because you think I might give you the “plague,” fine, don’t. I enjoy solitude too. But why deny me a place to rest my weary body? This is just one of countless absurdities that is ruffling my feathers. But I’m sure you would have your list too if you would just take a minute to reflect. And don’t get me going on sport activities at all levels. Has that been destroyed too?

The “New Normal.” Almost from day one of the pandemic we have been assaulted with rhetoric, largely from politicians on the left, that there will be no going back to a normal life in America, but we will enter into a “new normal,” whatever that is. Are you comfortable with this new politically-defined life for you and your offspring? I, for one, am very disturbed and greatly irritated by this. You should be too. In case you have not noticed, your constitutional rights are being systematically stripped away one by one and far too many clueless Americans seem so very happy to have it happen as long as they perceive that they are safer now.

Who stands to benefit from this disaster? One group, I assure you, that will not benefit, and that is the American people. The democratic socialist Marxists, however, are squealing with glee. They have never had a greater opportunity to so easily pursue and implement their anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-constitution agenda. This is THEE “never let a good crisis go to waste” crisis that they could not have fully imagined, yet have fully taken advantage. All that “stimulus” money to help the “po folk” was an illusion to permit them to load up with financial pork for their favorite cronies, abortion clinics and their ilk. All the while gleefully putting the American taxpayer on the hook for trillions more in unaffordable U.S. debt. How nice of them. A key objective, despite the immense pain for American households, was one last ditch effort to destroy the “Trump Economy.” Russia-gate did not do it. Ukraine-gate was a failure. Impeachment was a disaster. What’s left that could so utterly and rapidly destroy President Trump’s hallmark and re-election hopes? Need I explain further?

And, I have not even touched on the likely horrendous financial impact on Americans and America. However, if you have the fortitude, you could read the article linked below.

Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin

Also read: Is America Headed Toward Insolvency?

 

March 17 Release! Student Edition

March 17, 2020

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“In today’s ever charged torrent of religious and political unrest, it is becoming increasingly vital for the people of the world to understand the truth of both the religious and the geopolitical nature of Islam. The heart, purpose and vision of the Islamic system governed by a complete way of life known as Shari’ah is dangerously misunderstood and highly underestimated by the West. It has been that way for 1400 years, numbing the minds of people like a shot of Novocain before treating an abscessed tooth. This compendium, ‘Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity’ by Dr. James Gauss, is a vital and valuable resource that will be called upon again and again. If you are a pastor, spiritual leader, governmental leader, business leader or simply a curious person with a sincere desire to understand the heart of both Islam and Christianity, get this book.”

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A direct and thorough comparison of the Messenger, Message and Mission of the Qur’an and the Bible.  Over 550 pages of essential information for every college prep and college student.

Your book is the finest and most thorough analysis I have ever seen of the teachings of the Quran in comparison to the Bible. It is a treasure trove of biblical truth, theological insight, and practical application.
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John W. Rawlings School of Divinity
Liberty University

With Dr. Hindson’s encouragement, that college-level textbook is now complete.

  •  Almost 350 chapter review questions.
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  •  Ten Addendums of additional information.
  •  Hundreds of references and additional resources.

 

Student Edition Contents

March 17, 2020

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Contents
Acknowledgements 13
Preface by Pastor Reza Safa. 15
Introduction. 17

THE BEGINNING 25
1. Understanding the Origin of Islam. 27
The World Islamic Population. 28
Countries with high Muslim Populations. 29
Regional Distribution of Muslims (map). 31
The Islamic Birth Rate. 32
Abortions Further Exasperate the Problem. 33
The Origin of Islam. 34
Muhammad’s First Revelation. 35
Problems with Muhammad’s Revelation. 36
The Source of God’s Word. 37
Satanic Verses—The Islamic Conundrum. 39
Muhammad’s Night Journey to the Seven Heavens. 41
The Hijra or Flight to Medina. 43
Dig Deeper. 44
Chapter Review. 44
References. 45
2. The Bible vs. the Qur’an. 49
Biblical Contrasts and Islamic Abrogation. 50
Abrogation—Strictly an Islamic Concept. 50
Muhammad’s Mecca vs. Medina Revelations. 52
Chronological Order of Surahs (insert). 52
Muhammad Revealed Only the Truth—But Jesus is the Truth. 53
The Qur’an in Light of the Bible. 55
Does an Original Copy of the Qur’an or Bible Exist? 55
Dig Deeper. 57
Muslims are Commanded in the Qur’an to Read the Bible. 57
Allah Revealed the Bible is Corrupt. 62
There is No Common Ground with the Bible and the Qur’an. 64
One God vs. The Triune God. 65
Biblical Testimonies to the Trinity. 66
The Triune God of Christians Explained. 68
Christians are not Polytheists. 69
The Coming of Jesus Christ Foretold. 70
The Death and Crucifixion of Christ. 71
Islam’s Version of Christ’s Crucifixion. 73
Witnesses to Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection. 75
Josephus, the Jewish Historian. 82
Muhammad’s Hatred for the Cross of Christ. 83
Dig Deeper. 85
Chapter Review. 85
References. 86
Addendum: Comparison of the Bible & Qur’an. 87
3. America’s First Introduction to Islam. 91
Map of the Ottoman Empire. 92
Map of the Barbary States. 93
Morocco’s Recognition of the United States. 93
The Real Reason Jefferson Owned a Qur’an. 93
The Islamic scriptural basis for jihad. 96
Jefferson’s Religious Freedom Statute. 96
John Quincy Adams’ Views on Islam. 98
Jefferson’s First War with the Barbary Pirates (1801-1805). 99
The frigate. 101
Article 11 of the 1796 peace treaty of Tripoli. 102
The Second Barbary War (June 17-19, 1815). 105
Dig Deeper. 106
Chapter Review. 106
References. 107
4. Israel and the Middle East. 111
Will There Ever be Peace in the Middle East? 111
Abram (Abraham) Seeks an Heir. 111
The Destiny of Ishmael and His Descendants. 112
God’s Plan and Covenant. 112
The Original Demarcation of the Land of Canaan. 113
Ishmael was not in God’s Plan for His People. 113
Muslims are not Descendants of Abraham. 114
God did not Recognize Ishmael as Abraham’s Son. 115
Allah says that Palestine is for the Jews. 117
Historical and Archeological Evidence that Jerusalem Belongs to the Jews. 119
The Origin of Palestine and the Palestinians. 123
Origins of the Name “Palestine.” 124
The Balfour Declaration of 1917. 125
Balfour Declaration. 126
The Two State Solution. 127
The Oslo Accord. 129
Hamas Covenant to Destroy Israel. 130
The UN Condemns Israel and Exonerates Hamas and Palestinians. 133
Dig Deeper. 135
Chapter Review. 136
References. 137
5. Deceptions of Islamic, Christian & Political Leaders. 141
Deceptions Among America’s Leaders. 141
True Islam. 148
Deception #1: Allah and Jehovah God are One. 149
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association vs. the Roman Catholic View. 150
Muslims Claim Allah is Jehovah God. 152
Did Allah Reveal Himself to Moses? 153
Biblical Reasons Allah is not the God of the Bible. 155
Deception #2: Islam is an Abrahamic Faith as is Judaism and Christianity. 159
Deception #3: Jews, Christians and Muslims Pray to the Same God. 160
The Roman Catholic Position. 161
What Does Jesus Say? 162
The Holy Spirit, Whom Muslims Deny, Directs the Prayers of Christ Followers. 164
Deception #4: Islam is a Religion of Peace. 165
The “Arab Spring” Reverberation. 169
Homegrown Terrorism. 173
Deception #5: Islam is a Religion of Tolerance. 177
“No Compulsion in Religion.” 177
Surrendering to Islam is not an Option. 178
Dig Deeper. 179
Deception #6: Islamic Terrorism & Terrorists Do Not Represent True Islam. 181
An Islamic Apologist. 182
Entrenchment of the Muslim Brotherhood. 183
In Defense of the Muslim Brotherhood. 185
Muslim Brotherhood Motto. 186
Deception #7: True Islam has been Hijacked and can be Reformed. 188
Deception #8: There are Moderate Muslims. 190
The Myth of the “Moderate Muslim.” 190
Questions Abound. 192
Can True Muslims Adapt to the West? 194
The Question Remains. 197
Dig Deeper. 198
Chapter Review. 198
References. 199

THE MESSENGER 205
6. Muhammad vs. Prophets of the Bible. 207
The Nature of a Prophet. 207
What and Who is a Prophet? 208
True Prophets Know the Voice of God. 210
Moses, an Ordinary Man. 210
Samuel, the Boy. 212
Isaiah, the Messianic Prophet. 212
Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet. 213
Ezekiel, Prophet of the Captivity. 213
John the Baptist. 214
Jesus, the Christ. 214
The Changeable Allah vs. Unchangeable God. 215
The Purpose of Prophecy. 215
The God Who Cannot Lie or Change His Mind. 216
Old Testament Prophesies About Jesus. 218
Seed of David. 218
Son of God. 218
The Mediator Between Man and God. 219
The Anointed One—The Messiah. 219
Born of a Virgin. 220
Born in Bethlehem. 221
A Man without Sin. 221
Betrayed by a Friend. 222
Crucified and Pierced for Our sake. 222
Jesus was Resurrected and Did Not Die. 222
Prophet of Justice and Good News. 223
Lord and Savior. 224
Source of the Holy Spirit. 225
Does the Bible Prophesy about Muhammad’s Coming? 226
Jesus’ Wisdom vs. Muhammad’s. 226
An Examination of Deuteronomy 18:15 and 18. 228
An Examination of John 14:16. 233
A Brief Re-cap of Jesus vs. Muhammad. 234
God’s Unchangeable Word. 235
True Prophets Know Their History. 237
The Qur’an Acknowledges God’s Covenant with the Jews. 238
How the Qur’an Contradicts the Bible. 238
Creation Took 8 Days. 238
One of Noah’s Sons Drowned. 239
Joseph’s Dream Interpretation: The Baker was Crucified. 239
Moses was Adopted by Pharaoh’s Wife. 240
Pharaoh Saved from Drowning by Allah. 240
Gideon’s Army Led by King Saul Against Goliath. 240
The Wolf and the Wisdom of Solomon. 240
Zacharias’s Penalty for Unbelief was Only Three Days. 241
Moses’ Sister Gave Birth to Jesus. 242
Dig Deeper. 243
Was Muhammad the Last Prophet? 243
The 25 Prophets of Islam. 244
Signs of a False Prophet. 244
Is Islam a Complete Fabrication? 251
Dig Deeper. 253
Chapter Review. 253
References. 254
7. Prince of Peace vs. Warrior Prophet. 257
What the Qur’an Says About Peace. 257
How Muhammad and the Qur’an View Peace. 257
God of Peace and the Prince of Peace. 259
The God of Peace. 261
The Sword of Christ. 262
Christ’s Guarantee of Peace. 264
Is Allah a Peacemaker? 265
The Religion of Peace? 266
The Cause of Ahlam Tamimi. 268
Peace—A Gift from God. 270
The Gospel of Peace. 272
False Prophets of Peace. 275
Peace Denied to the Wicked. 276
Parting Words. 277
Dig Deeper. 278
Chapter Review. 279
References. 280
Addendum 1: Islamic Attacks Worldwide Since September 11, 2001. 281
Addendum 2: List of Islamic Attacks on U.S. Embassies. 282
Addendum 3: Names for God in the Bible. 283
Addendum 4: Names for Jesus Christ in the Bible. 284
8. The Duplicity of Faith. 289
The Five Pillars of Islam. 293
A Christian’s Path to Salvation. 296
The Righteous Man. 297
Jesus the Light vs. Muhammad of Darkness. 297
God’s People are Called to Righteousness. 300
Jesus is the Example of Righteousness. 301
But None are Righteous. 304
Righteousness is by Faith. 304
How Evil Works. 306
Tactics/Strategies of the Evil One. 306
The Beatitudes. 309
Islam does not Teach the Ten Commandments. 311
At Enmity with Women. 315
Women as Chattel. 315
Wife Beating & Oppression of Women is Permissible by Allah. 317
Jesus’ and the Christian View of Women. 319
Christian Headship and Servant Leadership. 321
Temporary Marriage for Sexual Gratification. 322
Rape is Permissible in Islam. 322
Juvenile Sex and Sex Trafficking. 325
Women are Deficient and Hellbound. 327
Female Genital Mutilation. 329
U.S. Women and Girls Potentially at Risk for FGM/C 332
Multiple Wives. 333
Muhammad’s Multiple Wives. 335
Divorce. 337
Divorce Rate among Christians. 337
What the Old Testament says About Divorce. 338
What Jesus Taught About Divorce. 338
Divorce among Muslims. 339
Reasons for Muslim Divorce. 340
Honor Killings. 342
Types of Honor Violence. 343
Is Honor Violence a Threat to the West? 344
Adultery (Biblical vs. Qur’anic Mandates). 347
Murder. 350
Fatwa, Islam’s Murder for Hire. 353
Mass Murder by the Numbers. 353
Law of Retaliation (Qisas). 354
Unspeakable Acts. 357
Beheadings. 357
Stonings. 358
Burnings. 358
Taqiyya: Lying & Deceit. 359
Allah is the Best Deceiver. 359
Masters of Deceit and Lying. 362
Dig Deeper. 367
Chapter Review. 367
References. 368
Addendum: The Messenger Comparison (Chapters 6-8). 374

THE MESSAGE 379
9. God of Love vs. Allah. 381
What Allah Does Not Love. 382
One Lost Sheep. 383
God is Love. 386
God Loves You! 386
King David Knew God’s Love. 388
Muhammad did not know Allah’s Love. 389
God’s Love Covenant. 390
God’s Love is Irreversible. 390
The Sealed Covenant. 392
God’s Revolutionary Love. 395
God’s Love is Everlasting. 398
Those Who Hate Christians and Jews, Hate God. 399
Dig Deeper. 401
Chapter Review. 401
References. 402
10. A Personal vs. an Indifferent God. 405
God said: “This is My Son.” 407
The Challenge for Muslims. 407
A Common Man. 410
What God Said About Jesus. 410
In Jesus’ Own Words. 411
They Called Him Son of God. 415
Paul Preached about Jesus as the Son of God. 417
The Doubters and Scoffers. 419
The Purpose of God Revealing Himself in the Flesh. 420
The Final Summation. 422
Children of the Living God. 423
Allah has no Children. 425
God Created Mankind in His Image. 425
Allah is too High and Mighty to have Children. 427
Sonship Baffled Muhammad. 428
Children are NOT a Blessing to Allah. 431
Allah’s Followers Have No Purpose. 433
The God Who Is There. 434
Allah will not Hear Unless you Speak Arabic. 434
Jesus on Repetitive Prayer. 437
Changing from the Inside Out. 438
God Wants to Know You Personally. 438
Did Christ Abandon His Followers? 442
Dig Deeper. 444
Chapter Review. 444
References. 445
11. Preaching a Different Gospel. 449
The Nature of Sin is Obscured. 451
What the Bible says About Sin. 451
What Islam Teaches. 456
Allah Loves Sin—Not the Sinner. 458
Through Adam, Sin and Death Entered the World. 460
Jesus’ Sin Offering is Null & Void. 461
Christ Followers are Dead to Sin. 461
For the Muslim there is No Sin Offering. 463
There is no Holy Spirit. 465
Role of the Holy Spirit (partial listing). 466
Islam’s View of the Holy Spirit. 468
Blaspheming the Holy Spirit. 469 Light of the Gospel vs. Darkness of the Qur’an. 469 Allah has no Compassion. 472
No Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Islam. 474
Where the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ is, there is Freedom from Sin. 475
Sins Cannot be Remitted or Forgiven in Islam. 476
Muslims must Abstain from Sin. 477
Allah is not a Forgiver and a Redeemer of Souls. 478
There is No Peace after Death in Islam. 481
“The Trial of the Grave.” 481
The Rich Man and Lazarus. 482
Allah is a Jew Hater. 483
The Rise of Anti-Semitism. 484
God’s Grace Does Not Exist for the Muslim. 485
Muhammad Reversed of God’s Plan of Salvation. 489 Salvation Comes from Confession of Faith, Not by Works. 489
Oppression Replaces Freedom of Choice in Islam. 493
Heaven is a Perverted Place for Muslims. 495
In Islam, Everyone Goes to Hell First. 495
Houris (Virgins) and Rivers of Wine in Paradise. 495
Heaven for the Jihadist. 496
The Reward of Righteousness. 498
Dig Deeper. 499
Chapter Review. 499
References. 500
Addendum: 70/72 Major Sins of Islam. 502
The Message Comparison (Chapters 9-11). 505

THE MISSION 509
12. A Sacrificial Life vs. Islamic Martyrdom. 511
The Islamic Mindset. 512
The Islamic Republic. 514
A Sacrificial Life. 515
The Sacrificial Life of Jesus. 516
The Only Mediator Between God and Man. 517
Persecution and Martyrdom. 518
The World of the Jihadist. 520
The Two Jihads. 520
164 Jihad Verses in the Qur’an. 520
Military Jihad is what Motivates Muslims. 522
The Alternate Christian Response. 524
First, Love the Brethren. 524
Second, Love the Unbeliever. 525
Third, Love Your Enemy. 527
Prophet of Change. 529
A Call to Charity and Servanthood. 532
Dig Deeper. 534
Chapter Review. 535
References. 535
Addendum: The Koran’s 164 Jihad Verses. 537
13. Proselytizing. 541
Proselytize Through Love & Service. 541
No Compulsion in Religion. 541
Who are the Sheep and Goats? 544
The “Great Commission.” 545
Don’t Read that Book. 549
Muhammad’s Method. 550
Dig Deeper. 554
Chapter Review. 554
References. 555
14. Treatment of Non-believers. 557
Christian Persecution. 558
The Hatred of the Jews and Unbelievers. 560
The Rise of 21st Century Anti-Semitism. 563
What the Qur’an and Islamic Law Teach. 564
Slavery (American vs. Islamic History). 565
A Brief History of Slavery in the West and Among Muslims. 565
Muslim Slavery in the 21st Century. 568
Sexual Slavery is Still Permitted in Islam. 570
Praising the Killer of an Infidel. 572
Islamic Rules of Retaliation and Reward. 572
Palestinian Terrorist Rewards. 573
Israel and the United States Take Action. 573
No One Leaves Islam. 574
Apostasy as a Criminal Offense. 575
Does Allah Play a Role in Apostasy? 576
The Good Samaritan. 578
There is Hope. 581
The 10/40 Window. 581
Conversions in Iran. 582
Dig Deeper. 584
Chapter Review. 584
References. 585
The Mission Comparison (Chapters 12-14). 590
Epilogue. 593
Addendum A: Islamic (Arabic) Words & Terms Defined. 594
Addendum B: Resources on Islam. 596
Addendum C: A Sinner’s Path to Salvation. 601
Index. 603
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Muslims are not Descendants of Abraham

January 22, 2020

Excerpted from the author’s, Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianitya treasure trove of biblical truth, theological insight, and practical application (Dr. Ed Hindson, Dean of Divinity, Liberty University).

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The Muslim Claim to Fame. Although Arabic Muslims claim Abraham as their heir, biblically they are descendants of pre-covenant Abram, the one who disobeyed God and disbelieved His promise of an heir through Sarah. God could bless Ishmael, but He could never establish His covenant with a sinful seed of the flesh.

Ishmael became the father of 12 Arabian princes (nations) whom God said that He would “multiply . . . exceedingly” (Genesis 17:20). Ishmael and Hagar were driven into the Wilderness of Paran to dwell (Genesis 21:20-21). This wilderness covers the eastern Sinai and the southern and southeastern borders of present-day Israel.

Ishmael’s sons initially inhabited an area from Egypt and the Sinai Desert, the Arabian peninsula to Assyria (which includes present day Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and the lesser Arab kingdoms). Remember, God said that Ishmael and his descendants would be wild men whose hand would be “against every man.”

If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29).

According to the Apostle Paul, in the above scripture, other than being an Israelite, the only way one can be an heir of Abraham in through faith in Jesus Christ.

Some Bible translations of Genesis 25:18 state that the descendants of Ishmael “lived in hostility toward” or “in defiance of” all their brethren (New International Version, New Living Translation and North American Standard). Other versions (including the King James, New King James and Amplified Bibles) state only that Ishmael’s descendants lived “close to” or “in the presence of” their relatives.

Over 25 centuries later, Muhammad and his followers have found a simple solution to this dilemma of a negative biblical image and how to expropriate God’s promise and covenant with the Jewish people. Muhammad simply revealed that Allah told him that it was Ishmael, not Isaac, that Allah chose to test Abraham’s faith; and therefore it was Ishmael and all those who are descendants of him that are the true chosen people to fulfill Allah’s covenant. 

Remember, in Genesis 22:2, God called Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on a makeshift altar on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.   However, Muhammad ignored that biblical reality and declared that Allah called Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael on Mount Mina outside Mecca. It was that simple to change historical truth and create an alternate reality that Muslims have believed for 14 centuries.

According to the Qur’an, Abraham prayed to Allah: “‘My Lord! Grant me [a son who shall be] of the doers of good deeds [that is, righteous].’ So We gave [Abraham] the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance. And when [Ishmael] attained to working with him, [Abraham] said: O my son! Surely I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you; consider then what you see.

“He said: O my father! Do what you are commanded; if Allah please, you will find me of the patient ones. So when they both submitted and [Abraham] threw [Ishmael] down upon his forehead, and We called out to him saying: O Ibrahim! You have indeed shown the truth of the vision; surely thus do We reward the doers of good: Most surely this is a manifest trial” (surah 37:100- 106). More information on Islam as a non-Abrahamic faith occurs in the following chapter.

God did not Recognize Ishmael as Abraham’s Son. The preceding version in the Qur’an of Abraham’s call to sacrifice his son strongly contradicts the biblical story. “Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about’” (Genesis 22:2; author’s emphasis). Notice that God refers to Isaac as Abraham’s only son. That is because only Isaac was God’s choice to fulfill His covenant with Abraham—not Ishmael, the son of the flesh.

In Genesis 22, God told Abraham three times that he (Abraham) only had one son, Isaac. “Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you’” (Genesis 22:2).  

Again, after Abraham followed God’s call to sacrifice his only son, God intervened when he saw Abraham’s faithfulness. “And He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me” (Genesis 22:12, NKJV, author’s emphasis). Once again, “Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: ‘By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son’” (Genesis 22:15-16, NKJV, author’s emphasis). 

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” (Hebrews 11:17-18). 

In the Genesis account, Isaac had no prior knowledge of his role in the sacrifice.    “But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, ‘My Father!’

“And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’

“Then he said, ‘Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?’

“And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering’” (Genesis 22:7-8a).

Because of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son and not withhold him from God, God promised Abraham that “through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me” (Genesis 22:18).

From the present day and historical perspective of the daily violence against mankind by the followers of Islam, it is hard to see that this was God’s plan for blessing the nations of the earth through the descendants of Ishmael. Among the descendants of Isaac, however, was Jesus, the sacrificial lamb who brought salvation to the world by the shedding of His blood and not that of another human being—truly a blessing to all who will receive Him. 

The Apostle Paul affirmed that descendants of Isaac are the true heirs of God. “It is not as though God’s word had failed,” he asserted. “For not all who are descended from Israel are [of] Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned’ [Genesis 21:12]. In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring” (Romans 9:6-8, NIV).

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul reasserted the striking difference between the seed of the pre-covenant Ishmael and the covenant-fulfilling seed of Isaac. He made both historical and spiritual comparisons.

For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman [or slave], the other by a freewoman [Genesis 16:15].  

But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, which things are symbolic.                        

For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar – for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children – but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. . . .

But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 

Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman” (Galatians 4:22-26, 29, 30).

Paul makes it clear that Ishmael was the pre-covenant seed of a slave and therefore could not represent God’s covenant with His people. Isaac, on the other hand, was a freeman, born of a freewoman as the fulfillment of God’s promise to His people. Those who are heirs to the bondswoman of the flesh (viz., Ishmael), will remain in bondage until set free by the salvation of Christ, who is heir to the covenant of the freeman, Isaac.

In the preceding letter to the Galatians, Paul also pointed out that the descendants of Ishmael will always be persecuting the descendants of Isaac, the freeman, and that the heirs of the two can never share in the inheritance of the freeman. The only hope of sharing this inheritance that the descendants of Ishmael have is to be grafted in through the salvation of Christ. 

Despite the clarity from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and testimony from God’s own mouth, Muslims, some Christian leaders and other ignorant or uninformed individuals continue to claim that Muslims—or at least Arabic Muslims—are descendants of Abraham, therefore, Islam can lay claim to being an “Abrahamic faith.” Muslims also claim that the Old Testament prophets, the Apostles and Jesus Himself were Muslims.

It is important to recognize, from an Islamic viewpoint, it was necessary for the god of Islam to supplant Isaac with Ishmael as the one God called Abraham to sacrifice. Why? Because it was through Isaac’s lineage that Jesus the Messiah would be born (Hadian, Shahram. The Trojan Horse of Interfaith Dialogue Between Christians and Muslims, Speech, November 27, 2018).

Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity is available from the author’s website, https://understandingislaminthelightofchristianity.com/ or on Amazon.com.

 

Do Judeo-Christian Faiths Have Any Common Ground With Islam?

January 18, 2020

James F. Gauss

There is not, nor can there ever be, any “common ground” between Islam and the Judeo-Christian faiths.

For Christian leaders and Christians to accept common ground or a common word with Muslims,

• they must accept that Muhammad was a prophet of God Almighty;
• that Muhammad was superior to Christ;
• that Jesus did not have a divine nature;
• that Miriam, Moses’ and Aaron’s sister gave birth to Jesus, because that is what Allah revealed;
• that Jesus was not part of God’s plan for mankind;
• that there is no salvation through Jesus Christ;
• that Allah is just another name for the One and Only True God of the Bible;
• that God, through Muhammad, reversed His plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ;
• that Jesus is not Lord and Savior, or the Son of God;
• that God’s love is conditional (because Allah’s love is);
• that God hates the sinner, but loves the sin;
• that it is God that causes one to sin;
• that God desires to send all people to hell, because Allah does;
• believe the lie that Muslims are commanded to “love their neighbors” (it does not exist in the Qur’an or teachings of Muhammad);
• that Jesus was not crucified or raised from the dead in the resurrection;
• that we achieve God’s favor through our works and not by faith;
• that there is no assurance of salvation;
• that heaven is a place of personal gratification and perversion;
• that the Holy Spirit does not exist or play a role in the life of a Christian;
• and many other Biblical truths would have to be rejected.

Jesus said that in the End Times “. . . false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). Apparently, we are in those times, because more and more Christian leaders and their followers are being deceived by the wiles of the devil.

The Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the church of the Thessalonians, wrote, “and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

Many leaders in the Christian church as well as in Christian colleges, universities and seminaries are being deceived by the evil one. In their desire to see harmony between Christians, Jews and Muslims, they are casting aside foundational principles and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although Jesus called His followers to love all people, He did not call them to cast aside wisdom, understanding and discernment of the devil’s tactics, nor to make an alliance with evil. By making alliances with Muslims, Christians are choosing to embrace an anti-Christ ideology that seeks to lead people away from the truth of the Gospel of Christ and His saving work on the cross. Instead of preaching the truth to Muslims, they seek to find non-existent “common ground” that perverts the true word of God and condone the devil’s alternate and false gospel.

Paul also wrote to his protégé, Timothy, warning him about deceiving spirits in the End Times. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Unfortunately, too many Christian leaders, in an effort to be more in line with the world and to be politically correct, are abandoning the teachings and doctrines of the Christian faith and are succumbing to deceiving spirits and the doctrines of demons.

In an attempt to bring peace between Muslims and the Judeo-Christian world, there is a desperate move to acquiesce to the satanic faith of Islam. This will not bear forth good fruit, but only more deception and weakening of the Christian faith.

“Do not be deceived,” the Apostle Paul wrote, “God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

Excerpted, in part, from the author’s book, “Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity.”

Is Islam a Complete Fabrication?

December 19, 2019

Is Islam a completely contrived “religion” developed over centuries by Arabic leaders seeking wealth and control over their neighbors?

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Available at: https://understandingislaminthelightofchristianity.com

Is Muhammad a fictional figurehead/“prophet” conveniently conceived to promote this diabolical ideology?

Is the Qur’an a complete fabrication by many contributors, rather than a “revealed” message to one person?

Numerous academics and researchers who have studied Islam over many decades have found little proof to substantiate the claims of Islamic leaders or the validity of the Qur’an as a revealed script.

Three American author/researchers—Cheri Berens, Dr. Patricia Crone and Robert Spencer—have serious doubts about the validity of the claims of Islam and Muhammad. There are dozens more archeologists, researchers and academics over the decades who could not verify the multitude of claims by Muslims on the history and validity of Islam as a “revealed” religion to a prophet called Muhammad.

Without writing a “book,” what does Islam provide to support the veracity of the many Muslim claims about their religion and prophet?

Here is what we can surmise based on non-Muslim archeological and historical evidence:
• There is no verifiable written history about Muhammad outside of Islamic sources.
• An original Qur’an does not exist. In fact, in the early history of Islam, after Muhammad’s death (according to Islamic leaders), many different versions of the Qur’an existed, each favoring the conquest agenda of one Arabic Muslim tribe/faction or another.
• The Qur’an is a disjointed piece of literature that gives credence to the suspicion that it was created over many centuries by many Muslim contributors.
• The lack of any chronology to the chapters of the Qur’an or consistent thematic elements provide further evidence that the Qur’an is a potpourri of additions over a long period.
• The concept of abrogation, which is unique to Islam, and where Allah reveals a change in mind, offers the convenient opportunity for early followers of Islam to make changes to the developing ideology that suited past Islamic leader objectives.
• The many contrived retelling of biblical stories that contradict the original Bible accounts provide evidence that whoever created the Qur’an did not receive revelation insight, but, instead, pieced together oral fabrications.
• Although Muslims claim that Jerusalem belongs to them, the word “Jerusalem” or any reference to it does not occur in the Qur’an.
• Centuries of archeological evidence from Jerusalem and the Holy Land have produced thousands of artifacts that prove the occupation of the region by Jews for many millennia. By contrast, despite the hundreds of archeological excavations in Jerusalem and throughout the Holy Land region, no Islamic artifacts have been discovered that pre-date the seventh century.
• The Qur’an is largely a distorted collection of Jewish, Christian and pagan practices and beliefs in Arabia and its environs during the seventh and eighth centuries.
• No archeological evidence has been discovered to prove that Mecca or Medina existed during the time Muhammad was supposed to have lived.
• Of the 25 prophets claimed by Islam, 20 are from the Bible, one is Muhammad, one is Jesus, and the other three are claimed to be Arabic prophets who lived 2,000 years before Islam was birthed.
• In the Qur’an, Muhammad is only mentioned four times by name. However, Moses is cited 502 times, Abraham 245 times and Jesus 25 times.
• For a prophet of Muhammad’s supposed notoriety, there was no foretelling of his arrival among the Jews or Christians, or any other belief system before his time.
• None of Muhammad’s supposed associates are mentioned in the Qur’an.
• None of Muhammad’s 13-14 wives are mentioned in the Qur’an.
• The Qur’an is totally credited to Muhammad, even though Muslim sources say he was illiterate and there is no non-Muslim verification that he ever existed.
• Islamic sources admit that the Qur’an was an oral tradition for decades, maybe longer, before attempts were made to write it down.
• Many researchers, including Berens, have verified that the first Qur’ans were written in Aramaic (the language of Christ), not Arabic as Muslims claim.
• According to Berens, the Qur’an of today is written in a form of Arabic that is not a spoken language or in use in everyday conversation by the Arabs of the world.
• The extreme violence and retribution portrayed throughout the Qur’an are more indicative of a military manual of conquest than a spiritual guide for lost souls.
• The strong anti-Semitic and anti-Christian rhetoric in the Qur’an illustrates the main objective of Islamic caliphs after Muhammad’s “death” was the conquest and subjugation of Jewish and Christian populations in the Middle East and Europe in the 7th-12th centuries.

There are many more indicators that Islam is a contrivance of ancient Islamic caliphs to gain control over their non-Muslim neighbors, principally Christians and Jews, but also various pagan populations. The false and barbaric doctrines of Islam continue to lead billions of people astray in order to bring about world domination.

Pope Francis Calls Fundamentalist Christians a “Scourge”

December 4, 2019

(Read the whole address, but the “scourge” reference to fundamentalist Christians is toward the end.)

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO PARTICIPANTS AT THE MEETING PROMOTED BY THE
“INSTITUTO PARA EL DIALOGO INTERRELIGIOSO DE LA ARGENTINA” (IDI)

Clementine Hall
Monday, 18 November 2019

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Ladies and gentlemen:

I am happy to welcome all of you who are taking part in the meeting focusing on the document: “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, signed in Abu Dhabi last 4 February.

I thank all the organizers of this meeting, promoted by His Excellency Mr. Rogelio Pfirter, ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the Holy See, under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and in collaboration with the Institute of Interreligious Dialogue of Buenos Aires.

I am pleased to note that this document, which is universal in nature, is also being disseminated in the Americas. I am convinced that the particularity and sensitivity of different countries and continents can truly contribute to a detailed reading of this Document and to a greater and more effective understanding of the message it conveys.

As I said during the World Conference of Human Fraternity: “There is no alternative: we will either build the future together or there will not be a future. Religions, in particular, cannot renounce the urgent task of building bridges between peoples and cultures. The time has come when religions should more actively exert themselves, with courage and audacity, and without pretence, to help the human family deepen the capacity for reconciliation, the vision of hope and the concrete paths of peace” (4 February 2019). Our religious traditions are a necessary source of inspiration to foster a culture of encounter. It is fundamental for there to be interreligious cooperation, based on the promotion of sincere and respectful dialogue that goes towards unity without confusion, maintaining identities. But a unity that transcends the mere political pact. Once, at the beginning of last February, a very wise man, a very wise European politician, told me about this document: “it goes beyond the methodology of the pact to maintain balance and peace, which is very good, but these documents go further”. And he gave me this example: “let us think of the end of the Second World War, let us think of Yalta; in Yalta a balance was struck in order to break the impasse, a balance that was weak but possible. The cake was shared, and a period of peace was maintained, but these documents, this attitude that goes towards dialogue among the transcendent, creates fraternity, surpasses pacts, surpasses the political; it is political in that it is human, but it surpasses this, it transcends this, it makes it nobler”. This is the way. And meanwhile, yes, at the political level, doing what can be done, because it is also important.

The world observes us, believers, to see what our attitude is to the common home and to human rights; it also asks us to collaborate among ourselves and with men and women of good will who do not profess any religion, so that we may give effective responses to the many scourges in our world, such as war, hunger, the poverty that afflicts millions of people, the environmental crisis, violence, corruption and moral degeneration, the crisis of the family and of the economy and, above all, the lack of hope.

The intention of the Document is to adopt: the culture of dialogue as a way; common collaboration as conduct; mutual knowledge as a method and criterion. From now on it can be affirmed that religions are not a closed system that cannot be changed, but with their own identity. And this is the key: identity cannot be negotiated, because if you negotiate identity there is no dialogue, there is submission. With their own identity, they are in motion.

Fraternity is a complex human reality, to which one must pay attention and treat with delicacy. When God asks us: “Where is your brother?”, the first question on fraternity that is in the Bible, “Where is your brother?” no one may answer: “I do not know” (cf. Gen 4: 9). Then different questions arise: How can we take care of each other in the one human family in which we are all brothers? How can we nurture a fraternity so that it is not theoretical and so that it translates into fraternity? How can we make the inclusion of the other prevail over exclusion in the name of belonging? What can we do so that religions are channels of fraternity instead of barriers of division? A little history should alarm us: religious wars, Christians, let us think of the last thirty years, even if we just think of Saint Bartholomew’s Eve. If one does not feel a little alarmed inside, one should wonder why.

It is important to demonstrate that we believers are a factor of peace for human societies, and that we will thus respond to those who unjustly accuse religions of fomenting hatred and being the cause of violence. In today’s precarious world, dialogue among religions is not a sign of weakness. It finds its own raison d’être in God’s dialogue with humanity. It is about changing historical attitudes. A scene from The Song of Roland comes to me as a symbol, when the Christians defeat the Muslims and put them all in line in front of the baptismal font, and one with a sword. And Muslims had to choose between baptism or the sword. That is what we Christians did. It was a mentality that today we cannot accept, nor understand, nor can it work anymore. Beware of the fundamentalist groups: everyone has his own. In Argentina too there is a little fundamentalist corner. And let us try, with fraternity, to go forward. Fundamentalism is a scourge and all religions have some kind of fundamentalist first cousin there, which forms a group.

I hope that this Message of Fraternity will be received by the international community, for the good of the whole human family, which must move from simple tolerance to true coexistence and peaceful coexistence. Keep up the good work.

And please do not forget to pray for me, as I need it. Thank you.

*Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office, 18 November 2019

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Islamic Infiltration of the U.S. Government, Part I

November 25, 2019

What America’s Founders knew about Islam.  The earliest record of Islam’s interface with America was when the Muslim Barbary Coast pirates tried to extort money from the fledgling United States of America in 1786 in exchange for safe passage of America’s merchant ships through the straits of Gibraltar at the neck of the Mediterranean Sea. The U.S. government sent Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin abroad to negotiate with the Muslim ambassador in Tripoli, Libya. After considerable negotiations, the American representatives could see no other way out of the predicament other than agree to pay an exorbitant ransom, which amounted to ten percent of America’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) at the time.

On March 28, 1786, in a letter to Secretary of State, John Jay, who was in London at the time, Jefferson and Adams shared the following observations.

We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the Grounds of their pretentions to make war upon Nations who had done them no Injury, and observed that we consider all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. 

The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.

Jefferson, Adams and Franklin knew the United States did not have the money that the Muslim ambassador demanded. Their only hope was to get the U.S. Congress to agree to allow them to make a loan agreement with Holland.

John Adams, in his report to John Jay, gave his impression of Islam. He referred to Muhammad as a “military fanatic” who “denies that laws were made for him; he arrogates everything to himself by force of arms.”

In reviewing his experience, Franklin wrote: “Nor can the Plundering of Infidels be in that sacred Book (the Qur’an) forbidden, since it is well known from it, that God has given the World, and all that it contains, to his faithful Mussulmen, who are to enjoy it of Right as fast as they conquer it.”

When Jefferson became president in March, 1801, the Barbary Coast pirates were extorting 25 percent of America’s GDP and were still attacking America’s merchant ships. Jefferson wasted no time and agreed to send the full might of America’s naval fleet to vanquish the Muslim pirates.

The Universal Goal of Islam. The goal of Islam has never changed since its inception over 1400 years ago: To conquer and subjugate the infidels wherever they may be found by any means possible and necessary. For the West and those in the United States to believe otherwise is pure folly and a potentially deadly error. As a zebra cannot change its stripes, neither can Islam be reformed into some passive, peacenik ideology.

In America, Muslims represent less than 2% of the total population. However, they have accomplished far more than in any other Western country in a very short time. Thanks to America’s diversity complex; desire to welcome all people; overall openness and kindness; Judeo-Christian heritage; ignorant and easily deceived church leaders and politicians; generous welfare laws that include non-citizens (including Social Security benefits); socialist-leaning government; adoption of the Islamist “Islamophobia” rhetoric and agenda and a host of other welcoming loopholes, Islamists are right at home in the country they seek to dominate.

Islamists—radical, fundamentalist Muslims—have successfully infiltrated America’s government (county, state and federal), military, law enforcement, educational systems (from elementary through university), legal systems, churches and every aspect of daily American life. Not fully, but effectively enough that it is changing the minds of Americans to accept the Muslim mindset more and more each day. The Muslims refer to it as the Civilization Jihad—the undermining of the very foundations of America from within.

The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim brothers] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen [Islamic guerilla fighters] be equal (An Explanatory Memorandum, On the Strategic Goal for the Group in North America, 5/22/1991).

This document, An Explanatory Memorandum, discovered by the FBI in a raid on a Muslim Brotherhood home in Annandale, Virginia in August, 2004, details the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood and its sympathizers in the United States. Despite the overt candor of the Memo, the media, most politicians and law enforcement have not taken it seriously. To the contrary, the media, politicians, law enforcement and America’s churches have become all too willing dupes of the Muslim Brotherhood. The MB is well on its way to accomplishing exactly what the Memo proclaims: destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands.

“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838

(See Revelation 18 and the Fate of America.)

Islam and the U.S. Constitution are not compatible. The First Amendment of the United States of America Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 

America was the first nation in the history of the world to have such an extensive and all-inclusive “Bill of Rights.” Islam neither acknowledges nor believes in any of the freedoms presented in this treasured law of America.

In Islamic countries, it is the government that dictates the religion for its citizens. There is no freedom of choice for and individual to decide whether or not to worship Islam’s god. All must worship Allah or face severe persecution and consequences. Islamic governments, the mullahs and imams respect no religion other than Islam. In many Muslim countries, if one is allowed to remain a Jew or Christian, you must pay a “poll tax” that allows you to be a second class citizen. However, you cannot express your faith openly or share it with others. You are a prisoner of the confines of Islam. If your father is a Muslim, the moment you are born, you are a Muslim also. If you decide to leave Islam later in life, you risk abandonment by your family, at least, or death.

(1) Islam is the religion of the State.

(2) No religion other than Islam can be propagated in the country.

(3) No law can be enacted that is not compliant with the general principles and objectives of Shari’ah.

Article 2

The Federal Republic of Somalia

Provisional Constitution

Adopted August 1, 2012

Freedom of speech does not exist in Islam. It is Islam’s religious leaders and scholars that determine what one can say, especially if it pertains to Islam or its prophet, Muhammad. If one says anything critical or judgmental about Islam or Muhammad, one can go to prison or be executed. You are not allowed to question the ideology or its leaders. Their word is of Allah and infallible.

In Islamic countries, Islam is the Law. Islam functions as the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government and dictates what every citizen is to believe and do. No freedom of thought or discussion is permitted.

Islam also does not observe freedom of the press. All official media must comply with Islamic teaching and not deviate in their presentations. Media releases are often fabricated to order to present the official positions of the Islamic government and to toe the line of Islamic propaganda.

The right to peacefully assemble or petition the government with grievances does not exist in Muslim countries. They are dictatorships. While there have been frequent citizen protests in places like Egypt and Iran, they are met with brutal force and death to silence any opposition to Islamic dictatorial rule.

Islam also dictates what women must wear, how they must behave, what she can do in public and basically suppress a woman’s life so that it is not her own, but only that which is dictated by her male superior.

Bottom line: Islam is oppressive, dictatorial and entraps men and women in a veil of bondage with no escape without severe consequences. It is the very antithesis of what America’s Founders envisioned and implemented by the wisdom of God Almighty.

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.

Ariel Durant

Russian born American Author

1898-1981

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Available at: https://understandingislaminthelightofchristianity.com

Faith Over Fear: The True Meaning of 1 John 4:18

November 22, 2019

(This is an excerpt from the pre-edited, pre-publication book by the author, tentatively titled, The Heresy of Interfaith Dialogue with Muslims).

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2019 newspaper clipping in Minnesota.

By extracting the phrase, “perfect love casts out fear,” from 1 John 4:18, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, either deliberately or ignorantly misquote the scripture within its full context and apply an unintended and completely erroneous Biblical message that is not supported by the Apostle John.

First, the complete verse is, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” What is the “fear” that John is referring to and why would it involve “torment”?
To completely understand this verse, one must understand the context of John’s intent and message which starts in verse one of the chapter.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1; author’s emphasis).

The “Beloved” are the followers of Jesus Christ and John is reminding them that they are not to believe every spirit, but rather, to “test the spirits” in order to determine if they are from God. Why? “Because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” That was true during the life of the Apostle John and it is exceedingly true today.

By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, (1 John 4:2; author’s emphasis).

“Every spirit,” the Apostle John wrote, “that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God.” In the last verse of chapter three, John makes it clear what he means about those who confess Christ as coming in the flesh.

Now he who keeps His [Christ’s] commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us (1 John 3:24).

Those who are able to confess that Jesus Christ, the Son of God (see 1 John 3:8, 5:5, 10, 12-13, 20), has come in the flesh, can only do so by the presence of the Holy Spirit that resides in them. Muslims do not believe Jesus is the Son of God, nor do they believe in the Holy Spirit.

The Qur’an proclaims, “Wonderful Originator [Allah] of the heavens and the earth! How could He have a son when He has no consort [partner], and He (Himself) created everything . . . (Qur’an 6:101).

Again, the Qur’an asserts, “. . . and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!” [from the truth] (Qur’an 9:30; see also, 4:171).

Muhammad had no concept of the Triune God or Trinity, and, in fact, included Mary, the mother of Jesus in the Trinity instead of the Holy Spirit. “And when Allah will say: O Isa [Jesus] son of Marium! Did you say to men, Take me and my mother for two gods besides Allah, he will say: Glory be to Thee, it did not befit me that I should say what I had no right to (say) . . .” (surah 5:116).

The writer to the Hebrews made it clear the purpose of Jesus coming in the flesh as the Son of God.

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham (Hebrews 2:14-16).

The Apostle Paul, who persecuted and killed Christ-followers before Jesus revealed Himself to him, knew the importance of God sending His Son in the flesh. “O wretched man that I am!” Paul proclaimed. “Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin” (Romans 7:24-25).

In his first letter to the Church in Corinth, Paul shared further his understanding of Christ coming in the flesh.

So when this corruptible [body] has put on incorruption, and this has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory” [Isaiah 25:8].

“O Death, where is your sting? [Hosea 13:14].
O Hades, where is your victory?”

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).

It was essential for Almighty God to send His Son in the flesh; to die to the flesh as a sacrifice for all sin, for all mankind—for all those who would accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and His sacrificial death on the cross and subsequent resurrection from the dead.

The Apostle John explains it this way: Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years (Revelation 20:6).

Now, back to 1 John 4. As a reminder, in verse two, John stated: “Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,” and in the next verse, he wrote,

and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world (1 John 4:3; author’s emphasis).

In verse four, John provides comfort for those that follow Christ.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4; author’s emphasis).

Who are them and who is he? Them are the antichrists and he is the devil. Those who are in Christ Jesus—who are saved by grace through faith in Him—need not fear the antichrists or the devil because through Christ’s shed blood, He and those who accept His work on Calvary, have overcome the antichrists and the works of the devil.

“They [the antichrists] are of the world,” John continues. “Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them (1 John 4:5; author’s emphasis).

We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error (1 John 4:6; author’s emphasis).

The Apostle John is making it clear, those who are able to discern false prophets, false teaching and the antichrists are those who truly know Jesus Christ and have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Islamic ideology is born and bathed in an antichrist spirit or the antichrist spirit, Satan himself. Islamic ideology proclaims the following:

• Jesus is not the Son of God;
• Jesus did not die on the cross, nor did He die at all;
• that Jesus was not resurrected;
• that He did not die for anyone’s sins;
• that there is no salvation through Jesus Christ;
• that there is no guarantee of eternal life;
• and the reversal of many other Biblical truths.

Despite this obvious antichrist ideology and firm Muslim stance against the Christian faith, interfaithers would much rather stand “shoulder to shoulder” with antichrist Muslims than join with their supposed “brothers and sisters in Christ” to bring the Gospel of Jesus to those lost in darkness.

In verse six, John states that, We are of God. Who are the we? The we of verse six that John refers to are the true followers of Jesus Christ—those who can discern the false prophets and the antichrists. Those who fully accept Jesus Christ, His atoning work on the cross and share His Gospel of salvation.

Now, for the moment, let us jump ahead to verse fourteen. “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world (1 John 4:14; author’s emphasis). To testify is to swear by, affirm, provide evidence of, bear witness to or be a witness of the truth; the reality that God the Father Almighty—not Allah—sent His Son, Jesus Christ—not Muhammad—as the Savior of the world.

All true Christians—true followers of Jesus Christ—desire to provide testimony to the truth, sacrifice and mission of Jesus Christ and His saving grace for everyone that calls upon Him for forgiveness and redemption.

But what does it [the righteousness of faith] say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:8-10

Now, to look at verse seventeen, the verse right before the verse that the interfaith group, Faith Over Fear, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, likes to partially misquote.

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17; author’s emphasis).

The New Living Translation (NLT) states the verse this way:

And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the Day of Judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world (author’s emphasis).

First, let us refresh verse 18 in its entirety:

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love (1 John 4:18; author’s emphasis).

Remember, the phrase “cherry-picked” by the ELCA interfaithers is perfect love casts out fear. However, verse 17 states clearly that this “perfect love that casts out fear” has to do with the followers of Jesus Christ not having to fear or “be afraid on the Day of Judgment.”

There is no fear in love, John proclaims. No fear in the Day of Judgment. Why? Because perfect love casts out fear. Love of who and fear of what?

According to the Apostle John, true love is this:

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:7-11; author’s emphasis).

Who are the beloved? Are they the strangers among us; the non-believer; our neighbors? No, the “beloved” are strictly brothers and sisters in Christ, and only them. Are the followers of Christ called to love the non-believer and even their enemies? Yes, but that is not what John is addressing here.

The Apostle John is reiterating what Jesus taught His disciples.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35; author’s emphasis).

Right before His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus told His followers that the world of non-believers would come to know Him and His love by how those who confessed to be Christ followers loved one another. Not by how they loved their non-believing neighbor.
John, one of the apostles closest to Jesus, wrote:

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him (1 John 4:20-5:1; author’s emphasis).

Interfaithers prefer to misquote the Bible in order to justify standing with those who believe in an antichrist ideology, rather than stand with brothers and sisters in Christ who have a real desire to see captives set free from an oppressive, satanic belief system.

So, why are true Christ followers not to fear the Day of Judgment? Because:

• they discern the false spirits and the false prophets (1 John 4:1);
• they know the Spirit of God (1 John 4:2);
• they know and can identify the antichrist spirit (1 John 4:3);
• they are of God and God is in them (1 John 4:4);
• they know the antichrists are of this world (1 John 4:5);
• and they know the spirit of truth (1 John 4:6).

So, in 1 John 4:18, which interfaithers so proudly proclaim in faith over fear has nothing to do with fearing people. It solely has to do with the fear of the Day of Judgment, which the followers of Jesus Christ need not fear because Christ’s perfect love for those who chose Him, casts out all fear of judgment.

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