My apologies for being quite absent over the last two weeks. The previous series on the End of Times, kind of took a lot of time and wiped me out. I am also smack dab in the middle of a busy photography season.
My plans for this week include the following:
- Continue on reblogging my Israel series;
- Making Theme Changes (yes, again);
- And changing the name of this site. Yikes! It is not as scary as it sounds. I am not changing the name of my blog, so to speak, but rather bringing all my ministries under the umbrella of Missy Baroff Ministries. You will still click all the same links and won’t have to do anything new to find me as I will continue to use missybaroff.wordpress.com.
Last Monday, we got a general overview of the Islam religion. Today, we will take a closer look at what roles Jesus, salvation, and jihad play in Islam.
It is my understanding that the Islam religion considers Jesus a great prophet, but a mere man, not the son of God. They believe Jesus spoke as a baby, healed the sick and lame, and raised the dead with the whole purpose of helping people obey Allah. They also don’t believe that Jesus died on the cross; rather someone (maybe even Judas) took his place at the final hour. Surprisingly enough, they believe in the second coming of Jesus and that his reappearance will usher in the Day of Judgment.
Steps to an Islamic Salvation
1. Take the Confession Oath of Faith-state there is no god but Allah & Mohammed is the prophet of Allah.
2. Pray 5 times a day (before sunrise, mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon, and after sunset).
3. Give Alms-give about 2.5% of your wealth;
4. Fast during Ramadah-for one lunar month from sunrise to sunset Muslims are not allowed to have anything pass down their throats.
5. Make a pilgrimage to Mecca (the birthplace of Islam).
Islam is a very “works” oriented religion in which what you do on this earth will determine how you will spend eternity. There is very little certainty of your place in heaven as all your works will be accounted for on Judgment day, where God weighs your good and your bad.
Doesn’t sound that bad now does it? I agree, on the face of things Islam seems like a peaceful religion. I agree that is what the media and today’s “politically correct” advocates want us to believe. However, that is simply not the truth. One only has to look at the middle east to know that there is more to this story.
Can anyone say ISIS?
Oh, that is just an extreme terrorist group and not the normal? Okay, anyone remember Ben Ladin or Saddam Hussein?
Come on people, the middle east, prominently made up of Muslim countries, has been involved in holy war and violence forever. How does this line up with Islam being a peaceful religion?
It doesn’t. Why? One word:
There is only one guarantee of salvation in the Muslim religion and that is through jihad, which is the very thing that makes the Islam religion dangerous to all those who don’t believe and practice said religion.
Of course, like many religious elements, “jihad” is not so easily defined.
“Jihad” literally means “striving” or “struggle” and is shorthand for Jihad fi Sabeel Allah (struggle for God’s cause). (IslamCan.com)
In other words “jihad” is the struggle for Allah’s cause, and it can be a struggle with one’s passions, translating the word of god into action, or fighting against oppression or those who fight you.
Dying in “jihad” refers to dying while fighting for the Islamic cause. This is where the suicide bombers come in. Muslims not only believe that the suicide bomber will “win” his or her salvation, but the family is highly revered and awarded.
Now, many will argue that the Islamic religion only promotes defensive warfare (which in a sense is true). The problem with that is most Muslims believe anyone who is not a Muslim is against them; therefore justifying “defensive warfare” for all non-believers.
Furthermore, the widely respected Dictionary of Islam defines Jihad as
“A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad. It is an incumbent religious duty, established in the Qur’an and in the Traditions as a divine institution, and enjoined specially for the purpose of advancing Islam and of repelling evil from Muslims…
Which, once again, justifies violence for the advancement of Islam.
Quran 9:5 “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”
9:112 “The Believers fight in Allah’s cause; they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.”
8:39 “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).”
8:65 “O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding.”
9:38 “Believers, what is the matter with you, that when you are asked to go forth and fight in Allah’s Cause you cling to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will afflict and punish you with a painful doom, and put others in your place.”
(scriptures taken from www.americanthinker.com)
Yes, I know there are many Old Testament scriptures that promote violence, but here’s the difference: When Jesus came, no new instructions were given to promote violence. No, the advancement of Christianity was to be done in love and free choice. So when Christians acted in violence (and I know they did) they were going against the teachings of Jesus Christ. Mohammed promoted more violence and used violence as a means to advance the Muslim movement. So, when Muslims use violence to defend their religion, they are honoring Mohammed and Allah.
Next time, we will take a look at the goal behind the Islamic religion, which should give us a better understanding of why Muslims do what they do. I know that knowing the “why” softened my heart and helped me to see Satan at work. Muslims aren’t just mean, hurtful people. They are people who truly love their god and are willing to walk in obedience. After all, Islam means voluntarily submitting to Allah, and we all know I can relate to obedience and submission.