RADICAL ISALM AND THE CHRISTIAN – 2 (Truth #15)
In this, the last blog about God’s truth in conflict with the world’s so-called ‘truth,’ we will finish our study of radical Islam. We saw that radical Islam, or fundamentalist Islam, is really pure Islam as it was practiced and as the Quran commands. Those who follow radical Islam are committed to their worldview and committed to spreading it worldwide. As Evangelical Christians, we are also committed to spreading our biblical worldview worldwide. While we use love, they use violence. The bottom-line difference, though, is in our worldview compared to theirs.
In comparing these two worldviews, what is wrong with radical Islam? We said in blog 2 that a worldview answers three questions; Who am I? What’s my problem? What’s my solution? Radical Islam answers by saying that who we are is servants of Allah. Our problem is that Allah’s rulership of the world is rejected. Their solution to the world’s problems is to have the world submit to Islam.
This is the worldview of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Isis, and other Islamic groups that we label as ‘terrorists. They deserve that label because violence is their chosen method to spread their beliefs. Some are much more extreme than others. They do not all get along with each other. But basically, they agree that their first step is to take over control of Islam worldwide. Next will be the destruction of Israel and United States, as well as anyone else who stands in their way of world domination.
It’s important to realize that these are not extremist views; these beliefs are based on the Quran. The Quran says, “fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them and seize them. Lie and wait for them in every strategy of war” (Quran 9:5; 2:193; 5:36,54). It also says, “No Muslim should be killed for killing an infidel” (Quran 9:50).
Muslims want peace. But peace to them will only come when the whole world submits to Allah and his rulership. Please understand that Allah is not the same as God. Allah is a capricious, self-centered, vengeful god who does not care about his people or get involved with them. His was the moon in Ur, one of many gods worshipped there. God called Abraham to leave Ur because of moon worship. Muhammad elevated this one local deity and made him his main god. But Allah is not another name for God.
Encarta Encyclopedia says that Islamic law states that all nations must surrender to Islamic faith, or at least its rule. The Quran states that those who die in a jihad become martyrs of the faith acquiring a special place in heaven (Quran 1:35). Since the Quran requires Muslims to defend their faith, Al-Qaeda followers believe that they are required to attack Americans in our homeland. As a result, they do not see 911 as an attack on innocent Americans, but as a defense of Islam, striking back at crusader aggression. Thousands are willing to die for Islam in this quest for worldwide domination.
God says we are to love others, not use violence to promote our beliefs. Leviticus 19:33-34 says, “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” Mark 12:31 says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
What can we do to combat these committed enemies of Christianity? How are we to respond to these things? First, pray for the Islamic fundamentalists and all the terrorist groups. Pray they would come to Jesus. Jesus says we are to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). There are more Muslims coming to faith now than ever. It is extremely dangerous for them to make their faith known, but God is reaching them through dreams, visions and other means.
Second, pray that Christians who are in Muslim countries would be protected, empowered and encouraged to share Jesus with their neighbors. Some are non-Muslims who face severe persecution. Others are Muslims who have converted but face extreme persecution.
Third, pray for the ministries and missionaries who reach out to the Muslim world. More workers are needed (Matthew 9:38). Be a missionary in your own area. Befriend Muslims that you know and come in contact with. Show them Jesus’ love in operation.
Fourth, make sure you and your family know God’s truth as revealed in his Bible. Make sure it is taught in your church. Be committed to knowing and following His absolutes, because that is the only way to overcome all the lies and mistruth around us. (July 4, 2022 Doylestown, PA)
Ask God to bring Muslim people into your life so you can get to know them and show them Jesus’ love and truth. Go out of your way to meet Muslims.
Be alert to anyone you know or meet who is deceived by the world’s lies. Share the truth of God’s Word with them. Pray for them. Live a godly life as an example to them. Love them with the love of Jesus.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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