Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Truth About Islam

Islam originated in c. 610 AD by Muhammad the Qurayshis, a well-to-do merchant living in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, who began to receive revelations from 'Allah' which would continue for the next 23 years until his death in 632. These revelations were later recorded into a book which is known as the Qur'an, and today more than 1.4 billion people follow the teachings of the Qur'an and are known as Muslims. What many people do not know is that 'Allah' does not exist and Muhammad is a false prophet, and those who adhere to his teachings are actually giving heed to "seducing spirits and doctrines of devils." (1 Timothy 4:1)


THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD

When Muhammad first received these revelations he would be gripped by epileptic seizures and fits of convulsions. Muhammad himself doubted whether his revelations were from God or not, even fearing that he was demon possessed:

"Naturally he was scared, and intimated to his wife, Khadija, the fear that he might even be possessed by an evil spirit . . . Stricken with panic, Muhammad arose and asked himself, "What did I see? Did possession of the devil which I feared all along come to pass?" . . . When he calmed down, he cast toward his wife the glance of a man in need of rescue and said, "O Khadijah, what has happened to me?" He told her of his experience and intimated to her his fear that his mind had finally betrayed him, and that he was becoming a seer or a man possessed." [Haykal, The Life of Muhammad, p.73-75]

"That he was possessed by a Jinni - for him, with his beliefs, an evil spirit - was his first thought, and only gradually did he come to the conviction that this was divine inspiration, and not diabolical obsession." [MacDonald, The Religious Attitude and Life in Islam, p. 33]

According to Muhammad, it was the archangel Gabriel who appeared to him and delivered these Qur'anic revelations. The Bible says, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8) Eventually, not without hesitation, did he declare that his visions were from God. Muhammad was wrong.

In 622, Muhammad and his followers were expelled from Mecca and moved to Medina where they created the very first Muslim community, and then proceeded to wage war against the Meccans. After eight years of bloodshed, the Muslims conquered the city with a force of ten thousand men and established Mecca as the Islamic capital of the world. After the capture of Mecca, many of the Arabian tribes joined Muhammad and coverted to Islam. Muhammad sent out his commanders to spread Islam with this command:

"When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to [accept] Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. ... If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them." [Sahih Muslim, Book 19, Number 4294]

Many Muslims today will tell you that Islam is a religion of peace, however history proves them wrong. Their founder and leader was man of war who shed blood and conquered by the sword. Compare Muhammad with Jesus: Our Lord never used a sword. Our Lord restrained Peter from using a sword. Our Lord commanded us to love our enemies. Our Lord said to Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight." (John 18:36) Muhammad's kingdom was of this world.

Muhammad was Biblically disqualified from being a spiritual leader or prophet according to Titus 1:6-9: "If any be blameless, the husband of one wife..." Muhammad was a polygamist, who even married a girl nine years of age, "...no striker..." which disqualifies him on account of his violence, and "...holding fast the faithful word..." Muhammad changed and manipulated the Bible to suit his own religion, forsaking sound doctrine for "cunningly devised fables", as we shall see in the next section.


THE TEACHINGS OF MUHAMMAD

"He has revealed to you the Book of truth, verifying that which is before it, and He revealed the Torah and the Gospel aforetime, a guidance for the people, and He sent the Qur'an." (Surah 3:3)

Muhammad firmly taught that the Bible, Old and New Testament, were given by 'Allah' and were to be obeyed as the Word of God. The Qur'an refers to Christians and Jews as "People of the Book"; those to whom the Bible was given. Both Moses and Jesus are considered prophets in Islam. However, Muhammad runs into a major problem here because the Qur'an seriously and fundamentally contradicts the Bible on nearly every important issue. For example:

-the Qur'an says Allah made His covenant with Ishmael. The Bible says God made His covenant with Isaac
-the Qur'an says that blood does not atone for sins. The Bible says that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins
-the Qur'an says Allah has no begotten Son. The Bible says that God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son
-the Qur'an says that Jesus was just another prophet. The Bible says that Jesus is the Christ
-the Qur'an says that Jesus was just a man. The Bible says that Jesus is God
-the Qur'an says that Jesus did not die on the cross. The Bible says that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins

In light of such monumental discrepancies, how could Muhammad have made the claim that the Bible and the Qur'an were both the Word of God? There's only one thing he could do... Muhammad declared that the Bible had been corrupted and altered, and that the Qur'an was Allah's answer to the problem, verifying the truth that had been lost by the People of the Book. To the Jews, this is an insult. To the Christians, this is a joke.

The Jewish people love the Law; they value and esteem it above all else that is in the world, so much so that they even missed their own Messiah because of their inordinate love for the written Word of God (John 5:39-40). To say that they corrupted the Bible would insult their very Jewishness. Hebrew scholars were the 'computers' of their day. If a new scroll erred at all, even in punctuation, it was discarded and burned. Hebrew letters are also numbers, and if the sum of a new text was not equal to the sum of the original text the scroll was destroyed. With other such precautions scribes diligently supervised the Holy Scriptures' preservation. Perfection was demanded. There is no way the Jews corrupted their most beloved possession. Certainly Jesus did not think it was corrupted: "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:18)

To the Christians, Muhammad's claim is ridiculous and without reasonable basis. Muhammad was suggesting that in less than 600 years the New Testament was perverted; it's authentic Gospel unable to decipher. Athiests often make this assumption as well, but fact affirms the opposite. The Ante-Nicene fathers (those elders immediately following the twelve Apostles, appointed by the Apostles themselves) wrote extensive commentaries on the New Testament Scriptures, quoting every verse that we have in our present day Bible (with the exception of thirteen, found mainly in 2nd and 3rd John). These writings prove that the Bible was not in the least corrupted, but that the Scriptures we have today are as authentic as the Scriptures used in the days of the Apostles. And if perfect today, how much more only 600 years after? Muhammad's claim is absurd, and he argues against God who said, "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." (1 Peter 1:24-25) God will not suffer His Word to be moved.

It is on this point that Islam ultimately falls through. If the Bible was corrupted, then the Qur'an might of had a chance, but because the Word of God stands sure forever, the Qur'an has absolutely no authority and Islam crumbles to pieces. It is the word of ancient history or the word of modern manipulation. It is the word of eyewitnesses or the word of an uninformed epileptic. It is the Word of God or the word of a man possessed by devils. Let the facts decide for you.


THE TRUTH

Emperor Manuel II Paleologus of Byzantine said in 1391: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." This was said during a time of great Islamic expansion, and I fear we are on the breaking point of another such episode. Islam is not a religion of peace: they will blow us up just for questioning their peaceful intentions and thus prove the point. The Bible prophesied of the enmity which would be between the world and the Muslims. "And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren." (Genesis 16:11-12) The Bible is swollen with fulfilled prophecy, yet the Qur'an does not utter a single one.

I write this for those dear Muslims who are deceived by the lies of the devil through this man Muhammad. Jesus said, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink." (John 7:37) You may find yourself dying of thirst in the desert like Hagar and Ishmael because of your sins, and you know that if you don't find drink you will die. The Bible says that the Father loved you so much He gave Jesus Christ His own Son to died on the cross for your sins and bear your iniquities so that you can be delivered. Isa is your Well of ZamZam. If you repent today and call upon God to save you, you shall be saved, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)

6 comments:

T.C. said...

whoa! Great Post Brother!

-T

Anonymous said...

Interesting post, but it is a very superficial look at Islam. Esentialy you are comparing Christianity at it's best, to Islam at it's worst. When you do this, you can make anything sound superior. Richard Dawkins does that in his book "The God Delusion" He compares the best of Science, with the Worst of Religion and concludes that we should get rid of religion. He fails to note the negative side of science or the positive side of religion.
This isn't really a good way to reach out to Muslims. After all, there are many web sites out there that focus on why Christianity is false and points at our sometimes embarassing past. yet, I do not find myself falling on my knees and renouncing my faith. Rather it imediatly turns me off and gives me a desire to better understand the faith I have. Remeber, Muslims think that they have found truth, they are not a group who follow Islam because they do not know what else is out there, they are genuinely convinced that they know what truth is, and so to just use arguments that attack their truth is no more effective then when the various professors try and attack your beliefs on campus.
Any who, keep up the excellent work, don't take this as harsh criticism, but just as an observation I've made.God Bless.

T.C. said...

(Romans 1:18-23)- The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Anonymous said...

So what is your interpritation of this verse in relation to the issue of Islam. They do not have the truth, but neither do Athiests, Buddhists, Wiccans, and, to be perfectly honest, alot of "Christians". I'm just curious as to a good way to approach Muslims without attacking them in a way that, if done with any of us, would only reinforce our own views. I like that verse though, it reall shows the connection that God has with His creation. He does not just create and let it work itself out.

Eli said...

I speak from experience, from many encounters with Muslims throughout my life and on this trip. The majority of Muslims are Muslims by birth, and only believe what they believe because of indoctrination. Islam is of the devil and needs to be sharply confronted. Have your read the Qu'ran?

This is not the worst of Islam. This IS Islam. Muslims need to wake up to the reality of the lie they are believing and see their religion for what it is. Christians also better wake up to the reality of the threat of Islam. There is a culture beyond the sea that we know practically nothing about. While we are swimming in fun and ease, they are teaching their children hatred and violence. The world is heading for a massive clash with these people. We all need Christ desperately.

Micah and Katie said...

Excellent summary Eli! Have you read the whole Koran yet? I have been meaning to. I got through a couple chapters the other day. I want to be careful, but I think it's important to know what is in it. Thanks for all the work on this post. Micah