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Islamic Terror on the Move

April 1, 2015

On October 23, 2012, less than two weeks before America’s presidential election, I posted a short blog titled “Obama’s Support”.   At the end of that blog I posted this ominous warning:

If Obama is re-elected America and the world will see Islamic terrorist activity skyrocket at warp speed as they become even more emboldened by their secret admirer in the Whitehouse.  Remember, Obama is an anti-colonialist who disdains America’s past and only seeks to diminish its future and demolish its strength.

Sadly, that prediction has come true as President Obama has turned his back on Israel and other Mideast allies and has only offered a feeble attempt at stopping the advance of ISIS and other Islamic terrorists throughout the Mideast, northern Africa and elsewhere.  Let’s briefly recap what has happened in the short 17 months since his re-election.

  • ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) as Obama and his staff like to use, once a rag-tag “JV team” (as Obama referred to them), that was isolated in a small area of Syria prior to the election, has mushroomed into a formidable fighting force of (a CIA estimate) of 31,000.  However, estimates by those on the ground in the Mideast estimate that ISIS forces number closer to 200,000.  ISIS now has its tenacious terrorist tentacles in at least eight Mideast and North African countries (see map below).  They are also known to have their members or sympathizers in Europe and the United States.

Map of ISIS influence (httpwww.dailymail.co.uknewsarticle-2960463The-terrifying-rise-ISIS-Map-shows-terror-group-s-tentacles-reach-Algeria-Afghanistan.html)

Courtesy of http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2960463/The-terrifying-rise-ISIS-Map-shows-terror-group-s-tentacles-reach-Algeria-Afghanistan.html

President Obama was advised repeatedly by his military advisors at least two years ago to take out the fledgling terrorist group, but he refused.

  • Iraq, a victory handed to Obama by former president George W. Bush, has now reverted back to Islamic terrorists—notably ISIS, along with Iranian forces who are fighting against them.  Iranian forces are not there to support Iraqi forces but see it as a golden opportunity to take over their historical nemesis, Iraq.
  • Hamas, the Islamic terrorist group in the Gaza Strip on the west border of Israel, has been encouraged with Obama’s tactical and financial support of hundreds of millions of dollars (over $400 million per year), to continue to bombard Israel’s citizens with rockets and other terrorist activities daily.
  • With tacit support from Obama and his UN representatives, the UN Security Council (a joke) recently declared that Israel—not Iran or other Islamic malcontents—was the number one terror-sponsoring country and that Israel, not the boisterous human rights violating Muslim nations, was the number one violator of women’s rights.
  • Obama has thoroughly turned his back on Israel and prefers to support her enemies rather than help Israel maintain her safety and protection.
  • Thanks to Obama ignoring the terrorist fires raging through the Middle East and North Africa, other Islamic terrorist groups have now joined ISIS.  Al Qaeda, Hamas and Boka Haram (Nigeria) have all pledged their allegiance to ISIS.
  • To perhaps impress their new idols, members of Boka Haram recently beheaded 23 people in northeast Nigeria to intimidate voters in the upcoming presidential election.
  • In a shocking presidential election, Nigerians elected Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim who believes in the radical Islamic Shari’a law that oppresses people.  If Obama had not ignored the Islamic Boka Haram and its continued growth and murderous, raping and kidnapping  rampages, perhaps Nigeria would have had a chance to turn the tide on Islamic terrorism.
  • In the past two years hundreds of thousands of Christians in the Middle East, as well as (mostly) Sunni Muslims have been slaughtered or driven from their homes.
  • Turkey, once an ally of the United States, has turned to radical Islam and stands idly by as ISIS runs amok and brings carnage to northern Iraq and Syria.
  • Yemen, once a safe haven on the Arabian Peninsula for U.S. military intelligence, has fallen into the hands of ISIS supporters, with the president of Yemen fleeing the country.
  • What few Muslim nations in the Middle East that are still our allies, have now turned against the U.S. because they cannot trust Obama or his team.
  • In the last two years the murderous acts of ISIS and other Islamic terrorists have become increasingly more violent and graphic.
  • On the home front, Obama’s FBI a little over a month ago declared that it has opened active investigations in 49 of our 50 states on the potential of ISIS cells established therein.
  • Despite all this, Obama continues to release Gitmo Islamic terrorists so they can return to the battlefield—wherever that may be.
  • And let’s not forget the current “negotiations” with the number one sponsor of Islamic terrorism, Iran, where Obama’s “negotiator”, Secretary of State John Kerry, is doing everything but rolling over and playing dead to appease Iran’s nuclear mullahs.  ANY “deal” (which may be unwritten and unverifiable) will not be in the best interest of peace-loving peoples of the earth, and certainly not for Israel and non-nuclear Arab states in the region.
  • On our southern border, again, thanks to Obama and his “open borders” policy, our border patrol (what’s left of them) have reported that hundreds of known Islamic terrorists have been crossing the border without apprehension.

For Obama and his team to continue to get away with this treasonous activity, he counts on the American people being Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.  Apparently he has pegged way too many U.S. inhabitants accurately.  Of course, it does not help that the majority of elected representatives in Congress have failed to hold him accountable for anything.

UPDATE, April 2:  Syrian Islamist group, Ahrar al-Sham, executes two Christian men in Syria for violating Islamic law.

UPDATE, April 2: Al-Shabaab, the Somali Islamic terrorist group, attacked Garissa University in Kenya, killing at least 147 and holding captive hundreds of mostly Christian students.  Al-Shabaab has attracted dozens of Somali men (mostly from Minnesota) to fight with them.

UPDATE, April 3: United Nations report revealed that over 25,000 people from 100 nations, including many Americans, have joined ISIS; up 71% from last year.

UPDATE, April 3: Yesterday, two American women that are known ISIS supporters were arrested in New York City on an attempted bombing plot.

UPDATE, April 6:  Yemen, Obama’s claimed success story of counter-terrorism, is now in utter chaos as al Qaeda re-emerges stronger than ever and taking control of western Yemen along the strait that connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.  This is the shipping lane where much of the oil of Saudi Arabia is shipped.  Al Qaeda is also now offering support to al Shabaab in Somalia and Kenya.

For more information on Islam and Islamic terrorism, read Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast.

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When a Duck is not a Duck

February 9, 2015

There is a popular axiom that states: “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck.”  However, in President Obama’s world and that of his administration that axiom goes like this: “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a hippopotamus or anything else but a duck.

When it comes to Islam, despite overwhelming past and present evidence throughout the world of the barbaric nature of its adherents, where any intelligent mind and observer of current events, can easily see that the devastating majority of current terror and murderous deeds against mankind are committed by avowed Muslims, Obama and his team absolutely refuse to link such terrorism with Muslims and the Islamic faith.  Instead, he and his ilk are deceptively content to refer to such godless murders as purveyors of “workplace” violence in the case of the Fort Hood Islamic mass murderer.

On the occasion of the Islamic beheading of two American journalists, Obama could barely break away from his ever important golf game to disingenuously say: “It’s not only that we’re going to be bringing to justice those who perpetrated this terrible crime against these two fine young men. The United States will continue to lead a regional and international effort against this kind of barbaric and ultimately empty vision.”  Those who perpetrated this terrible crime Mr. President were and are Islamic terrorists who adhere to the clear teaching of the Qur’an and the example of Muhammad who routinely beheaded his foes.  As for the empty vision of these Islamic sub humans, read your Qur’an—I’m sure you have at least one—and admit to the obvious: Islam is a debased and cruel religion, not of peace, but of barbarism.

Shortly after the murderous attack by Muslim terrorists on the staff of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, where they killed over a dozen people, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry,  had the unmitigated gall to say that, “The biggest error we could make would be to blame Muslims for crimes . . . that their faith utterly rejects.”  Has Kerry ever read the Qur’an or the teachings of Muhammad, Islam’s revered founder and posthumous leader?  Not likely.  Even in a cursory reading of the Qur’an one cannot walk away without acknowledging that Islam is nothing more than a satanic religion that advocates death and mayhem for non-believers.  Those who deny that are in deep bondage to its satanic master and god.  And those in leadership in America and elsewhere, both in government and the Christian church, who deny such, are seriously jeopardizing the safety, freedom and well being of mankind.

After the horrendous, torturous burning to death of the Jordanian pilot by ISIS, yet another Islamic terrorist group that has risen rapidly to power after Obama’s bailout from the Middle East, our illustrious president could barely tear himself away from more pressing issues, such as health care (which he has disastrously destroyed).   In referring to the ISIS video released showing the burning of the pilot, Mr. Obama struggled to come up with any meaningful utterance.  “But, uh, uh, should in fact this video be authentic,” he mused, “it’s just one more indication of the viciousness and, uh, barbarity of this organization.”

“Ummm, and it just indicates the degree to which whatever ideology they’re operating off of it’s bankrupt.”  Gee, such insight; such determination; such gutless bull—-!  One more indication of the viciousness . . . barbarity of this organization?  What planet are you living on, Mr. President?  How many “indications” do you need to wake you up to the reality that MUSLIM terrorists, whether ISIS, ISIL, al Qaeda, Hamas, the Taliban or the Muslim Brotherhood members you have on your staff, mean business, and that business is to kill and destroy Americans and America?  But then you would rather spend your time extolling Islam as a “religion of peace.”  Something any dolt understands is not true.  As far as ISIS being an “organization”, well, they’re not the Boy Scouts.  Egypt’s leaders and the head of the Kurdish military estimate that ISIS is a formidable military unit of 180,000-200,000 strong and growing daily.  You could have destroyed them two years ago when they were only a rag-tag group if you had listened to your military advisors.  But then, you are not one who listens to good advice.  So, now, due to your lack of interest in pursuing and eradicating ISLAMIC terrorists, Mr. President, the FBI has opened active investigations in 49 of our 50 states into the potential of ISIS terrorists living therein.

Oh, and let me not forget your blistering chastisement of today’s Christians at the National Prayer Breakfast last Thursday for The Crusades of nearly a thousand years ago.  “And lest we [presumably us unworthy Americans and Christians] get on our high horse,” you admonished, “and think this [I guess you mean the horrific torture, death and mayhem of Muslims] is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

Mr. President, your knowledge of ancient history is as inept and deceptive as that of your command of the U.S. Constitution, the Bible and the leadership of the nation.  While the Crusades may have been carried out in the name of Christ, as you so forcefully stated, they in no way followed His teachings of peace, love and to pray for one’s enemies.  More accurately (which you have problems with truth and accuracy), the Crusades were carried out as a direct response and defense against the barbarous, murderous invasions of the Muslim hoards from northern Africa and the Middle East into southern Europe where they tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands of Europeans.  Tired of such oppression by Muslims and concerned about their advancing into northern Europe, the kings of Europe appealed to the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Urban II, to organize a counter-offensive against the Muslims.  In bringing up the “Inquisition” I presume you meant the Spanish Inquisition, which was an attempt once again by the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church and the Catholic monarchs of Spain to rid Spain of the invading hoards of Muslims, dictating that they convert to Catholicism or leave Spain.  Of course, neither the Crusades nor the Inquisition has anything to do with the current barbarism and desire for world domination of the Muslim faithful or its assault on Western values, culture and freedom.  But then, you are very skilled at obfuscating the truth to comply with your own anti-American agenda.

Lest you be reminded for the umpteenth time, Islam IS NOT a “religion of peace”, as you in ad nauseam proclaim to the ignorant—it never was, is not now, nor never will be.  While the New Testament of the Bible clearly and irrefutably calls Christians to be messengers of peace, as well as peacemakers, there is no such edict in the Qur’an or in the supposed teachings of Muhammad for the followers of Allah to be messengers of peace or to be peacemakers.  To the distinct contrary, the clear teachings of the Qur’an and Muhammad are for the “true” followers of Islam and Allah, is to take revenge against ALL those who refuse to accept Allah as the true god or to bow the knee to him and his followers—and that includes, as we have seen, all Muslims who refuse to adhere to the barbaric theology of Islamic terrorists, who are only interpreting what the Qur’an and Muhammad advocates and advocated.

So, Mr. President, I for one do not buy your deceptive rhetoric about your favorite charity (at U.S. taxpayer expense)—you know, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah and Muslim terrorists in general—and I pray that an ever growing number of Americans are catching on to your scam.

For more insight, read:  Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast  and  Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

Double Payback for Her Sins (excerpt of Chapter 11)

September 13, 2014

Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.

Revelation 18:6

Notwithstanding over two centuries of American worldwide generosity and freedom fighting, it seems that the majority of the world has come to despise the United States of America.  Even though America has become the melting pot of worldwide culture and ethnic groups and the desired destination of millions from everywhere on the globe, there has been an ever-growing hatred toward America—not so much for Americans themselves, but their government and governmental representatives.

She weeps bitterly in the night, her tears are on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies.  Lamentations 1:2

While America has brought much economic and spiritual good to the world she has also transmitted much arrogance, pain and sorrow.  Although to the outside observer it seemed that America’s wealth was unlimited as she dispersed billions of dollars abroad over the last century while indulging in ever greater riches, now she stands alone as her factories and infrastructure are in shambles, her economy weakened and her financial debt insurmountable.  No one is rushing to America’s aid.  In fact, many around the world, either openly or secretly, are hoping for America’s demise.

Abetting the Enemy. America is one of the few nations of the world that is famous for aiding its enemies, whether vanquished or not.  After World War II the United States flooded Germany and Japan with billions of dollars in aid and loans to re-build their economies and infrastructure.  From 1946 through 1952 the United States provided Germany with $29.3 billion in assistance (2005 constant dollars), of which 60 percent was economic grants and 30 percent economic loans.  During the same period, Japan received $15.2 billion, of which only 23 percent were loans.

There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation. ‘Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard (George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796).

However, such generosity by the United States toward its former enemies pales by comparison to U.S. aid to the more recent foes, Iraq and Afghanistan.   During the ten year period of 2002-2011 the economies and militaries of Iraq and Afghanistan received $64.37 billion and $60 billion, respectively, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers.  Those figures do not include the hundreds of billions spent on the U.S. military intervention there, nor the millions of dollars the U.S. presence there brought to the local economy, nor all the U.S. military equipment donated to their militaries because our military deemed it to be excess.  The aid given to these two countries, in each case, was double that which Israel received from the U.S. during the same period.

In the case of Afghanistan, the U.S. aid of $12.9 billion they received in 2011 represented two-thirds of the country’s income for that year.   What the taxpayers of the U.S. have received in return, as of October 8, 2013, for America’s presence in the two countries has been U.S. military casualties of 58,330 (6,765 deaths and 51,565 wounded); plus another 253,330 men and women that have suffered traumatic brain injury and, of course, trillions of dollars (current and future) added to the country’s already mind-numbing federal debt.

However, the real cost to American families and the American taxpayer is far greater than just in the military theatre of operations.  Hundreds of millions will continue to be spent each year for disability benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation and therapy for the veterans of these conflicts.  Thousands of families are irreparably damaged; dreams shattered and lives put on hold.  The real cost to America’s economy and social well-being is incalculable.

With this full-flung intervention into Islamic culture and centuries-old sectarian conflicts, American politicians still operate under the delusion that democracy can be brought to the world of Islam.  Democracy and personal freedom are alien to the Islamic culture and mindset (see Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast).  Islam, by teaching and practice, is a sworn enemy of Israel and the United States and all non-Muslims in general.  Yet, American leaders persist in thinking that the beast of Islam can be soothed with money and democratic principles.

In a 2011 opinion poll, Pew Research discovered that the view of America was “overwhelming negative in predominately Muslim countries.”  In Egypt, for example, where Egyptians have received $71.6 billion in U.S. aid from 1948-2011 (second only to Israel during the same period), 79 percent of Egyptians still despise the U.S.  Only 21 percent of Egyptians even care about an “anti-terrorism” campaign, while 64 percent have no confidence in U.S. President Obama.  Similar statistics emerged from other Muslim countries throughout the Middle East.

Even though the average Egyptian hates the U.S. and despite the political and economic chaos and rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the U.S. still plans on providing the oppressive regime with 1200 M1A1 Abrams battle tanks and 20 F-16 fighter jets in 2013.  For Egypt, U.S. aid provides for 80 percent of the country’s military purchases.

Since the mid-1990s over $4 billion in U.S. aid has flooded the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip).  Since 2008, the PT has received an average of $500 million per year in U.S. taxpayer subsidies.  However, despite such lavish support, 80 percent of Palestinians do not like the U.S. and 84 percent have no confidence in Obama.  Since Obama took office in 2009, the Middle East Muslim’s favorable view of the U.S. has dropped 4-12 percentage points in countries like Turkey, Egypt and Jordan.

As Detroit and other American cities and counties file for bankruptcy and slide into decay, the U.S. government dispenses nearly $50 billion per year abroad to shore up the economies of 180-plus countries.

To add insult to injury, so to speak, many of the countries that receive the largest portion of U.S. aid are also holders of U.S. debt in the form of trillions of dollars in U.S. Treasury notes.  In essence, the U.S. grants foreign aid to countries that may or may not need it and then borrows money from those countries.  With such clever business dealings, as a business, the United States would be in bankruptcy court.  If it were not for the power of the printing press to print more and more funny money, the United States would, indeed, be bankrupt.

Islamic Invasion of America.  The amount of information that documents the infiltration of radical Muslims into America and into American politics, education and law, is overwhelming and beyond the scope of this book.  Although such infiltration has been underway for five decades or more it has become more pronounced and aggressive under the Obama administration.

The liberal mainstream media and politicians routinely deny or downplay the presence of Islamic militants and Muslim terrorist groups inside the U.S.  But the truth is that they are well entrenched and have found a welcoming collaborator at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and an Islam in America watchdog, made a Freedom of Information request of the U.S. Department of Justice early in 2011.  A year later she received over 14,000 documents showing just how cozy the radical Muslim Brotherhood groups are with the DOJ.   “One thing is clear,” Geller noted, “the Muslim Brotherhood has fully infiltrated command and control at the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.”

The documents clearly show that despite members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) being named as unindicted co-conspirators in a scheme to fund the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, the two groups and other radical Islamic groups are welcomed guests at the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s “Monthly Outreach Meeting” and the Whitehouse as well.

However, this type of regular access is just the tip of the iceberg since Obama has taken up residence in the Whitehouse.  The numbers of Muslims, particularly those associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, in the Obama Cabinet has expanded rapidly and provide Muslims of uncertain determination access to sensitive security sectors and information.

The House and Senate intelligence committees, using federal court documents, have discovered that almost every well-established Muslim organization in America is a front group for the Brotherhood.  Members of these organizations have gained favor with the Obama Administration and have ready access to the departments of Homeland Security and Justice.  According to Obama’s own Department of Justice, at least 61 members or units of the Muslim Brotherhood are operating openly within the United States.   They are heavily funded by wealthy Saudi Arabia nationals and other wealthy Middle East Muslim citizens.

Despite this revelation and clear threat to American security and sovereignty, President Obama has surrounded himself with Muslim sympathizers and radical Islamists.

According to a translation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (http://www.investigativeproject.org), the Egyptian magazine, Rose El-Youssef, released the names of six known Muslim Brotherhood operatives that serve deep within the Obama Administration.  The magazine claims that this has transitioned the United States “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The six named in the article include: Arif Alikhan, the assistant secretary of the Department Homeland Security (DHS) for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the DHS Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and member of the DHS Countering Violent Extremism Working Group; and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

In addition, those working close with Obama or his staff, include such radical Islamists as, Huma Abedin,  Deputy Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Azizah Al-Hibri, member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Kareem Shora, DHS Advisory Council;  Nawar Shora, Senior Advisor to the Civil Rights and Liberties Office of the Transportation Security Administration and Dalia Mogahed, Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  Also, there are numerous known Muslim Brotherhood members or sympathizers who have been or are supporters of Obama and have easy access to the president and influence his policies toward Muslims and Israel.

Such pandering, aiding and abetting of the enemy by America’s own leadership will surely bring future disaster upon America if it is not overcome by sensible, patriotic citizens.  America has not only become a breeding ground for those who desire to bring it harm, but has found a welcome sign on the front door of the Whitehouse.

Not only has the theology and indoctrination of America’s enemies found its way into American politics and politicians, but it has found fertile ground in American education.  In 2008, the American Textbook Council (ATC) discovered that ten of the most widely used history textbooks used in junior and senior high schools in America blatantly promoted Islam and concealed the terroristic threat within Islam.  They included such popular history textbooks as: Medieval and Early Modern Times by Jackson J. Spielvogal; World History: Medieval and Early Modern Times by Douglas Carnine, et al; History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond by Bert Bower and Jim Lobdell and World History: The Modern World by Elizabeth Gaynor Ellis and Anthony Esler.

Among the findings of the ATC: . . .

For more, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

Also read the blog, Deceived or Deceiver.

Allah IS NOT God!

March 4, 2014

On Sunday, February 16, 2014, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was visiting Indonesia, the largest Muslim populated nation in the world.  With over 200 million Muslim adherents, Indonesia is home to about 13 percent of the world’s Muslims.  While visiting the Istiqlal Mosque that accommodates 130,000 Muslim faithful in Jakarta, Kerry obligingly agreed to beat the mosque drum in the call to prayer.

moron beating a drum

Photo credit: Vucci (AP)

Was Kerry there to encourage Indonesian and Muslim leaders to get a better handle on the growing radical Islamists who attack, suppress and persecute Christians and other non-Muslims?  No, he was there to push his and the Obama Administration’s radical “climate change” agenda and to proclaim that, “We are all bound to one God and the Abrahamic faiths tie us together in love for our fellow man and honor for the same God.”  By “we” it is assumed that he was including Muslims, Jews and Christians in one happy family of faith.

One thing is perfectly clear from history and biblical scriptures, that while Allah is the god of Muslims, he IS NOT the Jehovah God of the Jews and Christians as represented in the Bible and history of those two bodies of believers.  For centuries Muslim clerics and scholars have tried re-write biblical and world history and claim that ALL the Old Testament prophets and Jewish patriarchs were really Muslims and that even Jesus was a Muslim.  Muslims have tried for centuries to give their pagan religion legitimacy by claiming that it is an Abrahamic religion, meaning that it originated from Abraham, the Jewish patriarch who lived 2,800 years before Islam was ever conceived by Muhammad in what he considered was a satanic vision.

Christians and the Jewish people DO NOT pray to, worship or honor the same god as do Muslims, nor do they have the same affection, understanding and viewpoint of mankind and human nature that Muslims do.  Once again, a Western leader has demonstrated profound ignorance and gullibility about one of the most threatening enemies of Judeo-Christianity and Western society.  Right after the horrific attack on America on September 11, 2001 by Islamists, President George W. Bush was quick to assert that, “We see in Islam a religion that traces its origins back to God’s call on Abraham. We share your belief in God’s justice, and your insistence on man’s moral responsibility. We thank the many Muslim nations who stand with us against terror. Nations that are often victims of terror, themselves” (meeting with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan The Oval Office, Washington, DC November 13, 2002).  Once again, Islam IS NOT an Abrahamic faith, nor does Islam teach or believe in the justice of a loving God, but rather in Allah’s unrelenting vengeance upon non-Muslims.

The Bible is full of expressions of God’s love for His creation (see John 3:16-17 and elsewhere).  However, throughout the entire Qur’an no such sentiments are expressed by Allah.  The Qur’an, however, orders the followers of Islam to attack and kill its enemies, even if there is no provocation to do so. “True” Muslims are required by Allah, as revealed in the Qur’an, to carry out a one-sided offensive and violent war of attrition against all those who do not accept Allah as God and follow his “commandments” (Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast, p. 169).

On November 19, 2001, President George W. Bush, at the Iftaar Dinner in The State Dining Room, Washington, D.C., stated that,  “The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qur’an. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace.”  The Qur’an and Islam’s “prophet” Muhammad teaches and taught no such virtues.  Although the Qur’an does teach that Muslims are to be charitable toward each other, there is no such admonition to be charitable toward non-Muslims.  Nor will one find in the Qur’an any teaching on Allah’s mercy toward non-believers or that Allah brings peace to Muslim adherents or non-Muslims.  There is only one author of peace and mercy and that is Jesus Christ.

Two years later, on November 20, 2003, in a joint conference with then British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, President Bush proclaimed that he, along with Christians and Jews worshipped the same God as Muslims and that Islam was a religion of peace.

Of course, the present occupant of the Whitehouse, Barack Hussein Obama has made his sympathies for Islam well known, saying that, “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.”  Right after his first election to the office of president, Obama went on an “apology” tour of appeasement and bowing to the leaders of Islam around the world, thus tipping his hat of allegiance and admiration.

Obama bows to Islam.  Credit: ConservativeNews

In an effort to usurp the Abrahamic lineage for Islam, Muslim clerics and scholars have proclaimed for centuries that it was not Isaac, the Jewish patriarch that spawned the 12 tribes of Israel, that Abraham sought to sacrifice on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, but rather Ishmael on Mount Mina outside Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

There are numerous problems with the Islamic claim to Abrahamic lineage.  Several things should be noted at this point. First, Abram chose to disbelieve God’s promised covenant with him and establish his own covenant by the flesh. Second, his partner in this fleshly covenant was the pagan, Hagar (meaning one who takes flight), the Egyptian. Third, it was God, not Abram, who chose the name of Ishmael for this son to be born outside of God’s chosen covenant with His people. Fourth, it was God who said at Ishmael’s conception, that he would “be a wild man;” and that “his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.” At the same time “he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren”  (Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast, p. 2; also read Genesis 15:3-5, 16:11-12). . . . Fourteen years after the birth of Ishmael, God fulfilled His intended covenant with Abram (now Abraham) with the birth of Isaac to Sarah who was no longer called Sarai. . . . God never intended to establish His covenant with Ishmael, because Ishmael was not the child of the promise but of the flesh. God could not establish His covenant with him, He could only bless him. While God blessed Ishmael with fruitfulness, He never made a covenant with him. God’s covenant was with Abraham and him only. And, unlike Abraham and Isaac, God never promised Ishmael and his seed that He would be their God (ibid, p. 3).

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 promised that Ishmael and his descendants would be wild men whose hand would be “against every man.”

For more information, see Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast.

The Qur’an, Islam’s “Mighty Book”

April 25, 2012

The Holy Book the Muslims DO NOT Believe

“… if the Muslim rejects the Bible,” wrote Gnana Pragash Suresh, a priest for the Society of St. Pius X in Southern Africa, “he must also reject the Qur’an because it appeals to the Bible as God’s Word. On the other hand, if he accepts the Bible, he still must reject the Qur’an because it contradicts the Bible.”

“… the [Qur’an] is difficult to use as a historical source,” wrote Islamic scholar Professor Patricia Crone of Princeton University.  “The roots of this difficulty include unresolved questions about how it reached its classical form, and the fact that it still is not available in a scholarly edition.

“Modern scholars,” Crone continued, “usually assure themselves that since the Qur’an was recited from the start, we can rely on the oral tradition to supply us with the correct reading. But there is often considerable disagreement in the tradition ….” (more…)

Where is the American Outrage?

February 29, 2012

Where is the outrage in America?  As our soldiers and civilians are murdered over the accidental burning of some books our president is spending his energy in weak-kneed cow-tailing to the Muslim world like a whimpering dog with his tail between his legs.  How cowardly; how treasonous.  While Obama, Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, General John Allen and other cowardly members of the president’s administration are on an apology/appeasement concession to radical Muslims worldwide, Muslims get the stamp of approval for their barbarous acts.  So a few hate-filled Qur’ans were burned.  So what.  In 2009 the U.S. military burnt Bibles for fear that their presence in Afghanistan might offend Muslims.  No one, including Obama or the military apologized to the soldiers, Christians or anyone else.  Nor did those whose Bibles were burned rise up in indignation and riot and kill anyone.

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Abraham’s Sacrifice: Isaac or Ishmael?

January 9, 2012

We can gain some insight into this generations-old conflict by picking up the story in Genesis 16 where Abraham and his wife Sarah were first known as Abram and Sarai. Abram was eighty-six years old and Sarai had never bore him any children, yet God had promised him that he would have a male descendant who would bring forth descendants as numerous as the stars of Heaven.

And Abram said [to God], “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (Genesis 15:3-5, NIV)

Frustrated and impatient with the lack of God’s immediate fulfillment of His promise, Abram decided (with Sarai’s encouragement) to take matters into his own hands. He took unto himself Hagar, Sarai’s maidservant, and she bore him a son.

And the Angel of the Lord said to her [Hagar]: “Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael [viz., God shall hear], because the Lord has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” (Genesis 16:11-12, NKJV)

Several things should be noted at this point. First, Abram (meaning, “high father”) chose to disbelieve God’s promised covenant with him and establish his own covenant by the flesh. Second, his partner in this fleshly covenant was the pagan Egyptian Hagar (meaning one who takes flight). Third, it was God, not Abram, who chose the name of Ishmael for this son to be born outside of God’s chosen covenant with His people. Fourth, it was God who said at Ishmael’s conception, that he would “be a wild man” and that “his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.” At the same time, “He shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

It is important to note that the Hebrew word used for “wild” in the above verse means for one to be like a “wild ass,” with no boundaries. The Hebrew word used for “hand” means the “open hand of power.” And who were Ishmael’s brethren? He had a Hebrew father, Abram, and a pagan Arabic mother, Hagar. His brethren at the time of his birth were both Jews and Arabs.

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, he was still without a true heir by Sarai’s womb. God then spoke to Abram and made this covenant with him:

As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (Genesis 17:4-8, NKJV)

Fourteen years after the birth of Ishmael, God fulfilled His intended covenant with Abram (now Abraham) with the birth of Isaac (“laughter”) to Sarah (“princess”) who was no longer called Sarai (“dominant”).

Abraham asked God if “Ishmael might live before you.” But God told Abraham:

No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. (Genesis 17:18-20, NKJV)

God never intended to establish His covenant with Ishmael, because Ishmael was not the child of the promise but of the flesh. God could not establish His covenant with him; He could only bless him. While God blessed Ishmael with fruitfulness, He never made a covenant with him. God’s covenant was with Abraham and him only. And, unlike Islam & Christianity Abraham and Isaac, God never promised Ishmael and his seed that He would be their God.

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 twelve 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. (See 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 promised that Ishmael and his descendants would be wild men whose hand would be “… against every man.”

Some Bible translations of Genesis 25:18 state that the descendants of Ishmael after the death of Abraham, “lived in hostility toward” or “in defiance of” all their brethren (New International Version, New Living Translation, and New 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.

Muhammad and the Muslims have found a simple solution to this dilemma of a negative biblical image. Muhammad asserted that Allah revealed to 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.

Instead of God calling Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on a makeshift altar on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem (the current site of the Dome of the Rock), it was Allah who called Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael on Mount Mina outside Mecca.

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 he 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)

This 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). 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 the Genesis account, Isaac had no prior knowledge of his role in the sacrifice:

Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” (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)

Excerpted from: Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast (2009) by James F. Gauss.

For more on Islam, read Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast, available on Amazon.com and other online booksellers.

Is the Qur’an the Word of God?

January 8, 2012

The Qur’an claims that Allah is the God of Muslims as well as Jews and Christians. “And do not dispute with the followers of the Book except by what is best, except those of them who act unjustly, and say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit (surah 29:46).” Despite this assertion that the God of the Jews, Christians and Muslims is one and the same, much of the Qur’an shows hatred toward Jews and Christians (“people of the Book”), referring to them continually as infidels (unbelievers), worthy only of the sword of Allah’s wrath.

There is some difficulty in piecing together the message of the Qur’an.

·         The Qur’an is not written with any sequential theme, nor is it arranged in a chronological manner. The chapters (called surahs) are arranged by the longest (that appear first) to the shortest (which appear last).

·         It was originally composed on any organic material handy, including bones, leaves, bark, reed mats, stones, or just recorded in the minds of men.

·         Since Muslims claim that the only true Qur’an is in Arabic, any other translations are suspect even if translated by Muslim scholars. This makes it convenient for Muslims to dispute whatever non-believers find objectionable in non-Arabic translations. Muslims can just claim that whatever the translation, it does not hold true in Arabic.

·         The Qur’an’s reliability as Allah’s word rests on the character and trust of one person, Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.

·         Much of the Qur’an appears to be verses of revelation that Muhammad received that fit his self-serving ambitions at the moment, rather than holy guidance for lost souls.

·         Some of the teachings of the Qur’an violate the Ten Commandments that Jews and Christians hold sacred.

·         While the Qur’an acknowledges that Jews and Muslims (and Christians through Christ) are descendants of Abraham, much of the Qur’an denigrates and demeans Jews and Christians specifically and calls for violence against them. 

The Bible, by comparison, is somewhat easier to follow due to its many chronological sequences. It is also written by numerous prophets, sages and apostles who were first hand witnesses to God’s intervention in the lives of His people. In some cases, different authors write about the same events, with agreement on most details. In the Qur’an, Muhammad is the only participant with Allah and the only reporter. There are no collaborating witnesses or recorders of the events to which Muhammad speaks.

So, what is the true face of Islam? On November 20, 2003 – a scant two years after the terrifying events of September 11, 2001 – the President of theUnited States, George W. Bush, in a joint press conference inEnglandwith Prime Minister Tony Blair, declared that Christians, Jews and Muslims worship the same God and that Islam is a religion of peace. Is Islam a peaceful religion, as Islamic leaders desire for Westerners to believe, and as the President of theUnited   Statesand leaders of other countries try to assure their countrymen? Are Jews, Christians and Muslims all “brothers” just trying to follow the same God? Do we all have a joint destiny that will end at the same place?

If the Qur’an is God’s last word to mankind and Muhammad was the last and greatest of His prophets, as Muslims claim, then it would appear that God has reversed His plan of salvation and freedom for mankind. Instead, He has decided that enslavement would be better; that man could no longer be justified by shedding of His own blood through Jesus Christ; and that it must be man’s blood shed through the violence of Jihad that would bring unbelieving sinners to repentance.

For more on Islam, read Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast, available on Amazon.com and other online booksellers.

Birth of Islam

February 23, 2010

In an attempt to understand the complexities of Islam and its dedicated one-and-a- half billion followers, we must first turn to an unlikely source – to the Bible of the Jews and Christians. Interestingly, the Bible does provide some historical and spiritual insights on the origins and fate of the Middle Eastern peoples that gave birth to the Islamic faith. It turns out that the Middle East has had an ancient history of volatility and violence that is well established in biblical record. Islam has its root in Arabic culture mixed among the belief and tradition of Abraham and his son Ishmael fathering the tribes of the Middle East. If both the people of Islam and those of Judeo-Christian heritage claim Abraham as their patriarch, why have they been forever at each others throats?  The answer can be found in the scripture of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

What the Bible Says. We can gain some insight into this generations’ old conflict by picking up the story in Genesis 16 where Abraham and his wife Sarah were first known as Abram and Sarai. Abram was 86 years old and Sarai had never bore him any children, yet God had promised him that he would have a male descendent who would bring forth descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven (Genesis 15:3-5).

            Frustrated and impatient with the lack of God’s immediate fulfillment of His promise, Abram decided (with Sarai’s encouragement) to take matters into his own hands. 

He took unto himself Hagar, Sarai’s maidservant, and she bore him a son.

And the Angel of the Lord said to her [Hagar]: “Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son.  You shall call his name Ishmael [viz., God shall hear],  because the Lord  has heard your affliction.

He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man,  and every man’s hand against him.  And he shall dwell in the presence  of all his brethren.”                                                 Genesis 16:11-12, NKJV

Several things should be noted at this point. First, Abram chose to disbelieve God’s promised covenant with him and establish his own covenant by the flesh. Second, his partner in this fleshly covenant was the pagan, Hagar (meaning one who takes flight), the Egyptian. Third, it was God, not Abram, who chose the name of Ishmael for this son to be born outside of God’s chosen covenant with His people. Fourth, it was God who said at Ishmael’s conception, that he would “be a wild man;” and that “his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.” At the same time “he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” 

It is important to note that the Hebrew word used for “wild” in the above verse means for one to be like a “wild ass” with no boundaries. The Hebrew word used for “hand” means the “open hand of power.” And who were Ishmael’s brethren? He had a Hebrew father, Abram, and a pagan Arabic mother, Hagar. His brethren at the time of his birth were both Jews and Arabs.

When Abram was 99 years old, he was still without a true heir by Sarai’s womb.  God then spoke to Abram and made this covenant with him:

As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram,  but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.  I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.  And I will establish My covenant  between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations,  for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants  after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting  possession; and I will be their God.                        Genesis 17:4-8, NKJV

Fourteen years after the birth of Ishmael, God fulfilled His intended covenant with Abram (now Abraham) with the birth of Isaac  to Sarah who was no longer called Sarai.

Abraham asked God if “Ishmael might live before You?” 

But God told Abraham, “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.

“And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation (Genesis 17:18-20, NKJV).”

God never intended to establish His covenant with Ishmael, because Ishmael was not the child of the promise but of the flesh. God could not establish His covenant with him, He could only bless him. While God blessed Ishmael with fruitfulness, He never made a covenant with him. God’s covenant was with Abraham and him only. And, unlike Abraham and Isaac, God never promised Ishmael and his seed that He would be their God.

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 promised that Ishmael and his descendants would be wild men whose hand would be “against every man.”

After the death of Abraham, some Bible translations of Genesis 25:18 state that the descendents 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 descendents lived “close to” or “in the presence of” their relatives.

Muhammad and the Muslims have found a simple solution to this dilemma of a negative biblical image. Muhammad asserted that Allah revealed to 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 descendents of him that are the true chosen people to fulfill Allah’s covenant.

Instead of God calling Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on a makeshift altar on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem (the current site of the Dome of the Rock), it was Allah who called Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael on Mount Mina outside Mecca.

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).” 

This 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).’” 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 the Genesis account, Isaac had no prior knowledge of his role in the sacrifice.   “Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, ‘Father?’

“’Yes, my son?’ Abraham replied.

“’The fire and wood are here,’ Isaac said, ‘but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’

“Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son (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 descendents of Ishmael. Among the descendents 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.

Excerpted from Islam & Christianity

Islam & Christianity

February 17, 2010

A Revealing Contrast

Foreword

Americans are bombarded daily with conflicting commentary on the relativity of Islam to Christianity and the debate between Islam as a peaceful religion to one of terror and bloodshed. If we are to take these issues before us and deal with them responsibly, we must not only be informed of what is being presented to the world, but we must also be well-informed on the truth behind this fast-growing religion. To stick our heads in the sand and just take everything at face value may come at great cost, not only in our earthly future, but when we stand before the throne of Christ. As responsible Christians, we have the privilege and responsibility to stay engaged in what is taking place around us and seeing that God’s Kingdom continues to move forward.
There is an abundance of information grabbing for our attention in the world on the topic of Islam, as well as numerous different slants and opinions. To be valid in the life of a Christian, God’s Word must be held up as the comparison, the element that, if you will, “tips the scale” towards what is true. Without this mirror, one is left defenseless in discerning what they read and hear through the media, and much less effective when trying to pray for and explain the truth of the gospel to a Muslim. With the fast-moving world we live in today, none of us are exempt from the issue at hand. We hear it on the news, read it in the paper or as we are sharing car pools and PTA meetings with Muslims in our own community. To take the Great Commission seriously, we must know what we believe, what the world believes and how to share truth with them, when the opportunity arises.
Many within the Islamic faith do not totally know what they believe; they take everything at face value, but find their hearts empty and searching. My visits to the Middle East have brought me in contact with Christians who were former Muslims and who have shared how empty they felt, and knew that their faith was not meeting their needs. It was only after they were introduced to the truth of the gospel message that they were able to see what they were longing for. These living examples give even more relevance that we must be students of not only God’s Word, but also understand what the Muslim faith professes, that we may present the truth of God’s Word to them, holding it in contrast to their holy book, the Koran. It is up to God to do the rest; our part is to be informed and ready to share when the opportunity arises.
Dr. Gauss has presented an effective resource in Islam and Christianity for the average reader. Here you will find many of the issues addressed that are forefront in the minds of Muslims, comparing clearly the lives and ministry of Christ with that of Muhammad. God’s Word is clearly compared with the Koran and gives you a hands-on resource to use in your witness, as well as in your prayer life for the Muslim world.
As Christians, we understand that the root we must recognize is not social, political or economic, but it is spiritual. May this book assist you in standing with God in bringing many locked in darkness into His marvelous light.

Dr. Tom White, Director
The Voice of the Martyrs

Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2009.

Available through your local bookstore or online bookstores worldwide.