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Islam is increasingly a topic of international discourse, and as curiosity about this religion grows, whether through Saudi funded TV ads or billboards on the sides of public buses declaring that Islam is another Abrahamic faith, it behooves us to understand just what it's about. The verses from the Quran quoted herein are from the most widely recognized English language translation by Yusuf Ali.
The single most important verse in the Quran for gaining a perspective in understanding is:
Sura 4:157 That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
Through this single verse the Quran rejects ALL of the New Testament prophets and apostles and the WHOLE SUBJECT of the new covenant, which is salvation through the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
The sacrifice of the Lamb without spot who saves all from sin who have faith in His blood. The new covenant, that was prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New, that brought Gentiles into God's plan of salvation. The "Good News" of Jesus Christ.
Far beyond simply ignoring the crucifixion Islam SPECIFICALLY REJECTS Jesus shed blood. From a Christian perspective there is really nothing else that needs to be known about Islam. Perhaps the most blessed and widely quoted verse in all of Christianity, that also provides an excellent single verse summary, is:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Considering the prior sura it should come as no surprise that Mohammed's answer is:
Sura 19:88 They say: "(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!" 89 Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!
The most important fundamental in Islam is "shirk", or anti-polytheism, manifest specifically in denial that God has a Son. There could be no greater sin committed by a Muslim then if one were to confess that Jesus is the Son of God.
1John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
There are at least 47 verses in the New Testament that call Jesus the "Son of God", 64 that refer to Him as "the Son", and 10 that declare He is begotten of God, let alone another 234 that refer to God as the Father in which many Jesus declares God to be His Father. No amount of ecumenism can change that, from a Christian perspective, Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
But Mohammed didn't stop there:
Surah 9.30 The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!
So Mohammed's Allah specifically curses Jews and Christians for believing in the promised, and the fulfilled, Son of God. In Old Testament prophecy:
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The New Testament on the subject of Mohammed's denial of the Son of God:
1John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also].
Please see the footnote at the bottom in regard to the blindness that God gave the Jews to the Gospel.
As we have seen Islam is so perfectly the opposite of Christianity it should give even a devout atheist pause to consider the odds of 1.5 billion people, or 1/4 of mankind, in the grip of the only anti-another-religion, religion, by design.
It shouldn't be a surprise then, to find Islam engaged in violent acts of terrorism all around the world. To suggest that this has anything to do with Jews or Zionism, is to ignore the Islamic First Jihad imperialistic conquest of nearly the whole known world, until stopped in the Battle of Poitiers (Tours), France and the Battle of Vienna.
Apologists for Islam suggest that it is a religion of peace, however the Quran is larded with verses that suggest violence against non-believers such as:
Sura 9:123 O ye who believe! fight the unbelievers...
Sura 9:5 But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war);...
Sura 8:12 I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them
In Indonesia 3 teenage girls were beheaded on their way to their Christian school and one of their heads left on the steps of a Church. The note left behind reads: "We will murder 100 more Christian teenagers and their heads will be presented as presents."
While peace wishing, and fundamental understanding, Muslims might argue among themselves as to how these verses are to be understood, the rest of us can readily see how they are used by those that are responsible for the over 12,000 deadly Islamic terror attacks perpetrated around the world, just since 9-11, as logged by the folks at The Religion of Peace.com.
Where has the public outcry been from imams and other Muslim leaders condemning the violence? Indeed if we explore outside the mainstream media we can readily see the reason for it's absence. From the Islamic First Jihad to Ahmadinejad fundamental Islam remains the same: “Do not doubt Allah will prevail, and Islam will conquer mountaintops of the entire world.” In regard to the targeting of innocent men, women and children, for the perpetrators of such crimes, no non-Muslim is considered to be innocent.
All Muslims are required to look for the last day. From the hadith we can learn why Muslims have had it in for the Jews since Mohammed's time:
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177: Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."
No surprise then that the Islamic Mufti of Jerusalem worked hand in hand with Hitler in genocide of Jews, including two Islamic panzer divisions, in Hitler's army.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. 31 And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
John 13:35 By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
The contents of this paper can be verified readily through internet search engines and YouTube videos of fundamental imams, as well as online versions of the Quran and Hadith.
Scriptural evidence should suggest, at least to Christians, that Islam is a specifically antichrist cult proffered by a single, violent, false prophet, who was, and taught, the stunning opposite of Jesus Christ and the Word of God. These people are in desperate need of a being brought the Gospels by a church, so much of which, has demonstrated indifference to their plight for far too long.
Tragically a growing ecumenical movement in the church promises to not only encourage these poor folks down their path to destruction but perhaps to follow them down it as well.
If you find a level of discomfort, in copy and pasting and disseminating the information contained, in even in a most basic version of this paper in your church, why do you suppose that is? It's high time the 21st century church stand up for Jesus Christ and against that spirit of antichrist.
Footnote on God's chosen people, the Jews
In regard to the spirit of antichrist it is important to note that the nth chapter of Romans suggests that through a sovereign act God blinded some Jews to the Gospel, and so some are still looking for their promised Son. This is a large subject but hopefully a couple of verses may provoke further study:
Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
Romans 11:28 As concerning the gospel, [they are] enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, [they are] beloved for the fathers' sakes.
There is enough scriptural evidence to suggest that Jesus Christ has been the mediator of mankind, from the beginning - Old Testament saints or New. Indeed Jews and Christians still share the Old Testament.
Timothy 2:5 For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;