COPYRIGHT WARNING

So far, in 2015, there have been 2,501 attacks by Islamic Terrorists; 178, just in the month of November.[1]

Since the attack on America at the Twin Towers in New York City, on September 11, 2001, Islamic Terrorists have carried out 27, 290 attacks, world-wide.[9]

Number of terror attacks by the followers of Jesus during the same period: -0-

With the advent of radical fundamentalists Muslims who take their religion to such an extreme that they kill non believers; many critics of Christianity claim that fundamentalists followers of Jesus are no different.

The Crusades which took place from 1095-1291, were ordered by the leaders of the Catholic Church,[10] who murdered millions of Muslims. This event is often cited as the reference to assert claims that Christianity has committed similar events to those of Muslims, which is historically, incorrect.

Over the course of human history, there have been many groups of people who have hijacked religion and use their ancient scriptures to justify atrocities that they wish to commit. When we examine the actual words of Jesus in the New Testament, we find that He never instructed any of His followers to kill people who refuse to believe. In fact, we see just the opposite. A great majority of the fifth chapter of Matthew’s gospel describes Jesus’ instructions to His followers in how they should respond to people:

Jesus Speaking

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44

But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Matthew 5:39

You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, “Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Matthew 5:21-22

Only the Catholic Church is guilty of the horrendous acts of the Crusades. There were millions of other Christians throughout the world during that time, who never participated in, nor condoned, these unjust actions. At no time in the history of the world, has the Christian Church as a whole, ever participated in the murder of non believers, nor have they ever taken up arms against any people in order to convert them to Christianity.[11]

President Obama said the following, regarding Christians and their past behavior, at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5, 2015, in Washington, D.C:

“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

The record of the Catholic-Christian church during its 2,000 year history, is inexcusable.* We must understand that Jesus did not command His followers to take up arms and threaten or kill those who refused to convert to Christianity. These unlawful, unjust actions took place as a result of corrupt and evil men from within the Christian church who approved and orchestrated these immoral actions. In the Christian church, to the present day, there are frauds who take the name of Christ, while failing to display the qualities of Christ. These people are not the true followers of Jesus Christ, and they do not represent Him, nor the church for which He died.

We should not blame Christ, or His church for the wrongful actions of evil men who took actions that were not sanctioned by Jesus, nor did He ever instruct anyone to carry out these actions. The Christian church wins people to God by love, not force. Jesus was very clear about the manner in which the people who follow Him, should conduct themselves:

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. —Romans 12:21

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” —John 13:35

The fact that men pretend to take up the title of “Christian,” while never intending to emulate the true character and behavior of a Christian—using this title for evil purposes, is great evidence to make the case that all men need a Savior. Evil men will even use what is Holy to perpetrate their evil deeds.

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

According to those who study the Muslim religion and the specific texts of the Quran which are used by terrorists to justify their reign of terror, there are at least 109 open-ended verses within the Quran that instruct Muslim’s to go to war with non-believers.[1]

In contrast to the verses of the Hebrew Bible which described God as instructing His people to destroy those who attacked God’s people, these were limited and specific moments of history when these acts were necessary. God did not give an open-ended command to all Christians to destroy non-believers.

When God brought His people into Canaan, the land was settled by some of the most barbaric, blood-thirsty and horrific people who have ever lived upon the earth.

See the article:Understanding The Wrath Of God

In contrast, the 109 plus verse of the Quran, are a never-ending edict to continue bloodshed upon anyone who will not convert to Isalm.

Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing…but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”[2]

It must also be stated that just as all Christians are not Crusaders, not all Muslims are terrorists. Just because someone claims to be a Christian or a Muslim, does not make them a Christian or a Muslim.

I have had many conversations with Muslims who are horrified by the actions of ISIS. They do not want to be identified with this abhorrent branch of their religion. I have also found that many people are misinformed about the unjust actions of the Crusaders. It is commonly believed that the entire Christian church is responsible for the murders of millions of Muslims during the time of the Crusades. It is important to understand that only the Catholic church, led by Pope Urban II in Italy, is responsible for these atrocities.

*In 1095 the Byzantine Emperor, Alexios I, in Constantinople, dispatched his ambassador to Pope Urban II in Italy pleading for his soldiers to move against the growing Turkish threat. The Pope dispatched Catholic soldiers to join the first Crusade.

It was many hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics from all over Western Europe who were the crusaders. In exchange for their service, the Pope granted these men plenary indulgences from the church.[11][12][13] According to Pope Urban II, any man who participated in the killing of Muslims was forgiven of their sins. Many others were promised financial and political prosperity for their devotion to the Catholic Church. As the Crusaders pillaged the countries they conquered, the leaders of the Catholic Church retained these territories instead of returning them to the people of the Byzantines..[14][15]

In the event known as “the People’s Crusade,” thousands of Jews were killed in the Rhineland massacres. All subsequent actions that resulted in the murder of many hundreds of thousand of people during the Crusades, were a result of the Catholic Church, not Christianity as a whole.

In the same way, the actions of ISIS/ISIL, in murdering thousands of people around the world, does not represent the entire religion of Islam.

If you are a member of Islam and you detest the actions of terrorist who have taken your religion and have used the Quran as an instrument for murder, then please speak out against the actions of ISIS and other terrorist organizations in the world. Write a comment to this article that declares you do not want Islam to be used for terrorism. If we stand together as one people on the earth, we can defeat this scourge once and for all.

The Wrath of God in the Old Testament

The Old Testament Bible recounts the Amalekites who attacked the helpless, the sick, and the old, when Israel first came out of Egypt. They attacked Israel a second time, at Hormah, without being provoked, as described in Exodus 17. They joined a third time with Eglon and attacked Israel in the days of the Judges. Whenever Israel planted their crops, the Amalekites along with the Midianites in Judges 6, destroyed Israel’s animals and crops.

Since the Amalekites attacked Israel from the rear and slaughtered the children, the sick, and the helpless, as well as destroyed Israel’s animals, crops, and dwellings—God’s judgment on the Amalekites is equal to their crime. The Lord, here in 1 Samuel 15, is going to tell King Saul to “destroy their weak, their helpless, their animals, their crops, and their dwellings.”

utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey. —1 Samuel 15

The Amalekites were well known by the Lord as a people completely given over to satan, totally debased and perverse from their infancy onward. Known as eaters of raw meat, having no house, having the instincts of an animal, and living like wolves.”[3]

These debased people practiced child sacrifice, which is confirmed by archeological artifacts discovered in the remains of Amalekite villages.[4] In 2 Kings 23:10 and Jeremiah 7:31, there is a vivd description of how the Amalekite children were offered to one of their most blood thirsty gods, Molech.

And King Josiah defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire to Molech. 2 Kings 23:10

Molech was a great cast iron god that sat upon a stone throne above the people. His body was hollow, with an area at the lower section of the statue where a fire could be kindled. The flames of the fire would superheat the cast iron—at times—develop such high temperature, that fire was said to shoot out from the outstretched arms of Molech. A newborn baby from a willing family was placed live on the outstretched arms of this vicious god, where the infant would be burned to death. This was one of many horrible gods that the Canaanites worshipped.

Paul G. Mosca, in his Greek thesis describes a similar type of child sacrifice:

“There stands in their midst a bronze statue… its hands extended over a bronze brazier, the flames of which engulf the child. When the flames fall upon the body, the limbs contract and the open mouth seems almost to be laughing until the contracted body slips quietly into the brazier. Thus it is that the ‘grin’ is known as ‘sardonic laughter,’ since they die laughing.”

Molech[5]

Archeologists have uncovered the ruins of Canaanite villages and found the remains of clay jars that were used in their ritual worship.[6] Newborn babies were dismembered, and their body parts were placed inside these jars and sealed inside the walls of newly built homes—to bring the blessings of their brutal gods.[7]

It is not necessary to list all the horrendous acts that were perpetrated by the Canaanites. It is sufficient to say—if all the facts were known by people today, the horrific deeds carried out by these cruel people, we would likely commend God for ending their lives.

The Amalekites were among the four kings that Abraham defeated, who had taken Sodom and Gomorrah captive as well as Abraham’s nephew Lot. In the period of the Judges, the Amalekites joined forces with the Ammonites and King Eglon of Moab to attack and capture Jericho. The Amalekites were defeated by Gideon and his armies at the valley of Jezreel, where the future Battle of Armageddon will be fought. By the time Saul is king of Israel, the Amalekites had gained a mountain in the land of Ephraim in Israel, where they were once again living and multiplying.

Amalekites in Ephraim[8]

The Amalekites had heard of God’s pronouncement of their destruction for more than 900 years, and yet they did not repent of their sins and turn to God. This is in contrast to Nineveh, where Jonah was sent by God to speak the same message of future judgment that would result if they did not turn away from their wickedness.

At the preaching of Jonah, Nineveh did repent and turned to the Lord. True to His promise of mercy, the Lord relented from bringing His judgement, sparing Nineveh total annihilation.

Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent.4 And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6 Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. 7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish? 10 Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it. Jonah 3:1-10

The prophet Jeremiah said that if any nation would turn from their sins to the Lord, He would not destroy them.

The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, 8 if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. Jeremiah 18:7-8

God’s Judgment on His People

The Lord made the same promise of destruction to His own people, if they would not listen to His word and turn from their sin.

In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the LORD, saying, 2 “Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand in the court of the LORD’S house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’S house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Do not diminish a word. 3 Perhaps everyone will listen and turn from his evil way, that I may relent concerning the calamity which I purpose to bring on them because of the evil of their doings.’ 4 And you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD: “If you will not listen to Me, to walk in My law which I have set before you, 5 to heed the words of My servants the prophets whom I sent to you, both rising up early and sending them (but you have not heeded), 6 then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.” ’ ” Jeremiah 26:1-6

When Jonah brought God’s warning to Nineveh, they listened and turned from their sin; and God ceased in His promised destruction of their nation.

We should understand that our Great God of Love is also a Great God of Justice.

The Lord could not possibly be righteous if He did not punish sin. It is morally wrong to allow the guilty to go unpunished. At the Cross, the Lord showed us the magnificent example of Love and Justice working together. We were guilty; God judged our sins by punishing His own Son. In doing this, His justice was satisfied; and He was able to maintain His righteousness while, at the same time, showing His Great Love.

The total destruction of the entire Amalekite nation was a righteous and justifiable action by God against an evil that had to be dealt with. Those who condemn God for His judgement of the Amalekites or see a different God in the Old Testament from the God of the New Testament have not correctly understood Him. God displayed an amazing duration of patience with an evil and debased group of people, who rightfully deserved a much swifter judgement than they received. God waited because He is loving and kind and does not take any pleasure in destroying even wicked people. It has always been the sincere desire of the Lord that all people would repent and come to Him for salvation. He cannot, however, save anyone without their full consent.

The God of the Bible does not force anyone to believe

Although God is unlimited in His power and might, He will not use His great power to force anyone to come to Him so that He can show His love and mercy. This decision rests with each one of us. He has warned us what the consequences of our actions or inactions will be, so that we will have no one else to blame but ourselves—if we do not heed His warning.

Don’t be like your ancestors who would not listen or pay attention when the earlier prophets said to them, This is what the Lord of Heavens Armies says: Turn from your evil ways, and stop all your evil practices. 5. Where are your ancestors now? They and the prophets are long dead. 6. But everything I said through my servants the prophets happened to your ancestors, just as I said. As a result, they repented and said, We have received what we deserved from the Lord of Heavens Armies. He has done what he said he would do. Zechariah 1:4-6 (NLT)

Those who state that there are two different Gods between the Old and New Testament, have failed to understand the points of this chapter. Yes, God hates sin and has promised to punish all sinners. Just as important is the fact that God has already punished all sin, in His Son. Jesus bore the full wrath of God for all sins and has made forgiveness and eternal life as simple as requesting it from God.

We have embraced the grace of God—while forgetting His just and righteous hatred of sin. One of the reasons that people mistake this second attribute of God—His justice and punishment of sin—is that we don’t understand the Holiness or perfection of God. We fail to understand the full effects that sin has on human life. God, who sees every event at once, understands that billions of lives have been devastated—all because of Adam’s disobedience and our continuing decision to sin ourselves.

We forget that we are only here on the earth for an extraordinarily short period of time. God, on the other hand, lives forever. Who are we to protest the actions of an eternal being with the power to create the vast universe that we have come to observe? Can we instruct God? Can we judge His wrath against sin as a wrongful action? Do we have the capacity to understand the reasons why a transcendent being of unlimited power and wisdom has determined the specific details for how all of us can be saved? All we can do is fall at His feet and humbly ask for His mercy, for He has described a day in which all of us will give to Him a full account of our life. We will not be able to utter a word nor execute a single excuse for why we did not submit our lives fully to Him.

When we examine the Quran and compare the text of their scriptures with the narrative of the Bible, we find a stunning difference. One is a gospel of peace, the other, a mandate for war. One is a gospel of love, the other, violence. One is a message of sacrifice by God in giving His only Son for the sins of the world, the other, a directive to murder anyone who will not convert to Islam.

See Also:

The Quran and Violence: The Reason For Terrorism
I.S.I.S Comes to Steal, Kill, and Destroy: The Reason and Source of Terrorism


NOTES:
[1] http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/023-violence.htm Glen Roberts, Editor
[2] (Translation is from the Noble Quran) The verse prior to this (190) refers to “fighting for the cause of Allah those who fight you” leading some to believe that the entire passage refers to a defensive war in which Muslims are defending their homes and families. The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, however, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). Verse 190 thus means to fight those who offer resistance to Allah’s rule (ie. Muslim conquest). The use of the word “persecution” by some Muslim translators is disingenuous (the actual Arabic words for persecution – “idtihad” – and oppression – a variation of “z-l-m” – do not appear in the verse). The word used instead, “fitna”, can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. This is certainly what is meant in this context since the violence is explicitly commissioned “until religion is for Allah” – ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.
[3] Myth of the Wedding of Amru, Inscription of Shu-Sin
[4] From the Expositor’s Bible Commentary on 2 Kings 23:10, regarding child sacrifices to Molech by the Amalekites: “An eighth- century b. c. Phoenician inscription speaks of sacrifices made to Molech before battle by the Cilicians and their enemies. Topheth was the cultic installation where children were offered to the god Molech. The word is thought to signify the hearth where the child was placed. The Hebrew term has parallel terms in both Ugaritic and Aramaic with the meaning “furnace, fireplace.” Scholars have thought that Topheth was at the edge of the valley of Ben Hinnom before connecting with the Kidron Valley. The valley of Ben Hinnom has been identified with Wadier-Rahabi southwest of the City of David. Many consider Molech to be a netherworld deity featuring rituals with Canaanite origins focusing on dead ancestors.”
[5] Graphic Art by Rob Robinson
[6] J.B. Hennessey, Palestine Exploration Quarterly (1966)
[7] “There is archaeological evidence that the Canaanites of the second millennium BCE followed the custom of child sacrifice owing to excavations of a shrine near the city of Gezer which has yielded clay jars containing the charred bones of babies.” Retrieved from: http://www.baal.com/baal/about/divine_overview.shtml
[8] Illustrated Map by Rob Robinson
[9] http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks-2014.htm
[10] “The Crusades were military campaigns sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. In 1095 Byzantine Emperor Alexios I, in Constantinople, sent an ambassador to Pope Urban II in Italy pleading for military help against the growing Turkish threat. The Pope responded promptly by calling Catholic soldiers to join the First Crusade. The immediate goal was to guarantee pilgrims access to the holy sites in the Holy Land under Muslim control. His long-range goal was to reunite the Eastern and Western branches of Christendom after their split in 1054 with the pope as head of the united Church. A complex 200-year struggle ensued.” Source: Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusades
[11]  1.Baldwin, Philip B. (2014). ‘Pope Gregory X and the crusades’. Boydell & Brewer Ltd. ISBN 9781843839163. 2. Barber, Malcolm (1992). The Two Cities: Medieval Europe 1050–1320. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-09682-0.
[12]Nelson, Laura N. (2007). The Byzantine Perspective of the First Crusade. ProQuest. ISBN 9780549426554.
[13} Davies, Norman (1997). Europe – A History. Pimlico. ISBN 0-7126-6633-8.
[14] Asbridge, Thomas (2011). The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land. Ecco. ISBN 978-0-06-078729-5.
[15] Cohn, Norman (1970). The pursuit of the Millennium.
[16} Davies, Norman (1997). Europe – A History. Pimlico. ISBN 0-7126-6633-8.

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