If you have been on Facebook recently you may have seen some of the disturbing images of beheadings, or any number of atrocities being committed in the name of Islam. Images like this picture of people recently killed by the Shebab Islamists in Kenya.
Most people who see this are, rightly, horrified by the images, and the brutality with which these atrocities are carried out.
What I find disturbing, however, is the similarities I see between Islam and Christianity. (Not that true Christians would ever do anything like this) It is almost like someone designed Islam as a way of turning the world against Christianity.
For instance, did you ever notice that Muslims believe they are following a higher law than the law of the land in which they live? Believe it or not, this is also what the bible itself teaches! Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”
The difference is that the bible tells us to love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute us (Matt 5:44, Luke 6:27). “Christians” who act like Muslims, like those of the Crusades of the Middle Ages, or the Inquisition, are not following Jesus’ teachings, and I would argue that they are not true Christians. Certainly they are not biblical Christians!
The bible also tells us to obey laws that are not in conflict with God’s laws;
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Romans 13:1-4
Very clearly Paul identifies “higher powers” as being human rulers; governors, and political leaders.
So, if the government tells you that you must have an abortion, this is contrary to the laws of the bible (Genesis 9:1), and should be disobeyed. Christians in China run into laws like this every day, although it hasn’t happened in North America just yet.
If the law tells you that you cannot have a Church meeting in your home, this is also a law which needs to be disobeyed. This kind of law has been used to shut down house churches in the United States, and I fear it is the beginning of Christian persecution by local authorities.
(Still, if you have so many people in your house that it is a safety concern, you probably should split the meeting into smaller groups, and meet at different times.)
Muslims teach that women should be covered from head to toe. Well, the bible also teaches that women should dress modestly, and should have their head covered when praying publicly. Again, while there is a surface similarity there is a great difference; Muslim women who expose their skin can be raped, because they live in a culture which condones and promotes rape. Christian women who do not dress modestly are left alone, although they might be prohibited from certain functions in Churches.
The bible tells women to be subject to their husbands, as does Islam, but this is because the man is the head of the house, in Christianity, and models the role of God, and the wife, the church. While the Church is nowhere near to equal with Jesus Christ, women are not treated as inferior in Christianity, but as equals, whereas Islam values a woman at half the value of a man.
Muslims practice the death penalty whenever there is only an allegation of adultery. The Old Testament law provides for the death penalty for adultery, as well, but requires two witnesses. Jesus, however, made it clear that the law was given to show us that we are sinners. His encounter with the woman caught in adultery is instructive. Though she was guilty, His response was to say “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7
You and I are sinners and thus have no business putting other sinners to death. No sinner does. Muslims are also sinners, and thus when they put people to death they are practising hypocrisy! God knows and, in His time, He will visit His wrath upon them! In the mean time He is giving them time to repent, as He does for all of us.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19
On the subject of alcohol and drinking, there are some Christians who demand their members abstain, as does Islam. The Christian church, however, would simply disassociate from members who disobey their bylaws, whereas, in Muslim countries drinking alcohol can result in jail sentences, or in a public whipping, as can the use of tobacco products!
The bible itself does not prohibit Christians from drinking, this is simply a rule that certain sects have added to Scripture, but the world sees the similarities, and does not distinguish between biblical commands and Church traditions. “If some Christians say it, it must be Christian.” This is why it is important that you only say what the bible actually says, and don’t make-up doctrines yourself!
Again, we could look to music, and see that many of the old-line Christian Churches do not want worldly music in their assemblies, and Muslims often persecute people who listen to music. http://pamelageller.com/2014/11/pakistan-muslim-teen-girl-shot-to-death-by-uncle-for-listening-to-music.html/
I would agree that a solemn assembly is not the place for worldly music, but music does have its place, even music set to drums and guitars. Once again, the world only sees the similarities between Christianity and Islam, and they look for the worst!
If you look you can see a lot more similarities between Christianity and Islam. I am sure it was intended this way.
Right now Islam is receiving unprecedented support by politicians in most western countries. This support is so blind that often abuse, sexual and otherwise, is excused and ignored.
This situation won’t last forever; Islam is about to set the world on fire.
I can’t say how long this will take, but I suspect it will happen within a couple of decades, or sooner. ISIS is already threatening Israel, and they have numerous supporters in the Muslim world, from Jordan, through Saudi Arabia, and into Egypt as well. And don’t forget that they have a lot of supporters in the Arab populations of Judea and Samaria, as well as the Palestinians of the Gaza strip.
What they are doing is setting-up the Psalm 83 war. Now the psalm does not actually say what the result of the conflict will be, but the evidence is that this will be the time when Damascus will be reduced to a heap of ruins (Isaiah 17:1). Lebanon will Burn (Zechariah 11:1), and a major city of Egypt, probably Cairo, will be called “the city of destruction” (Isaiah 19:18). In addition to these cities, if this Psalm does indeed refer to ISIS, then we can expect all of their major cities to be destroyed! This war will end with a time of unprecedented peace for Israel, and for the Arabs who survive.
It is this peace to which Ezekiel 38:8 refers, which times the Psalm 83 war to a time during the Church-age, near the end of the age.
Several years after the Psalm 83 attack, the Shiites in Iran, plus the remnants of the Muslims who don’t join the psalm war, and Russia, will attack Israel in the “Gog and Magog” war of Ezekiel 38-39.
Because of the peace deal at the end of the previous war, Israel will be so unprepared for this event, that God will personally intervene on their behalf, to prevent their complete annihilation, with the celestial bombardment of Ezekiel 38:22. After this war, the same peace deal will be re-instated as the basis for the post Gog-Magog peace. The Antichrist will be the major broker of this peace; This will be one of the first signs of who the Beast is, but many will miss it!
After these two major, earth shaking wars, the world will be tired of religion, and when Christians say things that sound like what the Muslims say, they will find a great deal of animosity toward themselves! Christianity will be equated with Islam!
This is why Islam was created in the first place, in my estimation; as a counterfeit of the truth, and as a way for Satan to bring crushing persecution against the remaining Christians after the coming wars of Islam. Imagine, not starting these wars, and yet being blamed for them anyway! But such is the way of unsaved man!