Monday, August 14, 2006

Militant Islamic Fundamentalism: The Satanic Religion

The Koran does not teach Muslims to hate or kill Christians and Jews. It does accuse Christians and Jews of being hypocrites, and Judeo-Christian literature (including both the Old Testament and the New Testament) is filled with similr complaints. If the Jews accuse their own of hypocrisy, and if the Christians accuse their own of hypocrisy, should anyone wonder that other peoples will accuse us of hypocrisy.

There are fundamental principles of Islam which should sound familiar to many Christian: God (Allah) will judge the righteous and the unrighteous. He will repay all offenses at a time of his choosing. And men should leave it to God to determine who is right and who is wrong.

But like the Biblical books that speak about hypocrites, the Koran also contains passages that rail against the unbelievers who pretend to be good Muslims. In The Cow, the book opens with:
[2.1]Alif Lam Mim.

[2.2] This Book, there is no doubt in it, is a guide to those who guard (against evil).

[2.3] Those who believe in the unseen and keep up prayer and spend out of what We have given them.

[2.4] And who believe in that which has been revealed to you and that which was revealed before you and they are sure of the hereafter.

[2.5] These are on a right course from their Lord and these it is that shall be successful.

[2.6] Surely those who disbelieve, it being alike to them whether you warn them, or do not warn them, will not believe.

[2.7] Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing and there is a covering over their eyes, and there is a great punishment for them.

[2.8] And there are some people who say: We believe in Allah and the last day; and they are not at all believers.

[2.9] They desire to deceive Allah and those who believe, and they deceive only themselves and they do not perceive.

[2.10] There is a disease in their hearts, so Allah added to their disease and they shall have a painful chastisement because they lied.

[2.11] And when it is said to them, Do not make mischief in the land, they say: We are but peace-makers.

[2.12] Now surely they themselves are the mischief makers, but they do not perceive.

[2.13] And when it is said to them: Believe as the people believe they say: Shall we believe as the fools believe? Now surely they themselves are the fools, but they do not know.

[2.14] And when they meet those who believe, they say: We believe; and when they are alone with their Shaitans, they say: Surely we are with you, we were only mocking.

[2.15] Allah shall pay them back their mockery, and He leaves them alone in their inordinacy, blindly wandering on.

[2.16] These are they who buy error for the right direction, so their bargain shall bring no gain, nor are they the followers of the right direction.

These verses could easily describe the followers of Al Qaeda, who clearly have taken it upon themselves to exercise judgement against their fellow man, disregarding the teachings upon they were raised.

These verses could easily describe the Islamic insurgents in Iraq and other countries who, hating Al Qaeda, nonetheless pursue Al Qaeda's policies of attacking and terrorizing their brothers.

These verses could also easily describe various Christian fundmentalist groups that form militias and embrase white supremacy.

Hatred and hypocrisy go hand in hand. Philosophically, they are the children of Satan, his two most influential and widely followed teachings. Hate your brothers and show them no mercy. Disregard the teachings of God, his prophets, and apostles if they become inconvenient barriers of fact.

History is filled with so-called Christian abuses of other peoples. Missionaries, priests, and self-proclaimed apostles and prophets who have enslaved, massacred, and made war upon non-Christians in every generation have served the causes of hatred and hypocrisy well. They have driven more people away from knowing God through the eyes and words of Jesus Christ than Islamic revolutions.

Militant Islamic groups, however, are the brothers of Christian Crusaders and Militant Mercenaries. They all serve the same false god. They all brutalize and terrorize their brothers. They all disregard the teachings that were handed to them with love and reverence.

Some people say that Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike all share different views of the same God. Jesus taught that salvation may only come through him. The Jews do not accept Jesus as their Messiah but they believe their Messiah will one day come for them. Muslims learn that if their good deeds outweigh their evil deeds, they will be rewarded in Paradise; or, if they die as martyrs defending Islam, they will immediately be sent to Paradise.

Of course, before Islam can be defended, it must be attacked, and right now no one is attacking Islam. The militant Islamists who speak about their fallen suicide bombers and soldiers as martyrs are utilizing deceit to mask their sins. They only commit evil deeds in the name of Islam, so by the teachings they have been raised upon, they have no hope of achieving paradise.

If the United States wanted to stamp out Islam, it would have to begin at home. There are millions of Muslims who live in the United States, both as citizens and as resident foreigners. Many hundreds of thousands of Muslims visit the United States on business and for recreational purposes. All of these people would have to be subjected to persecution, torture, and murder if we wanted to separate our nation from Islam. Of course, we've done nothing of the sort.

In fact, at a time when Satanic-inspired militant Islamic fundamentalists are continually shouting "Death to America" and plotting ways to kill Americans, the American people are more consumed with the debate over what to do about 12 million illegal immigrants (most of whom are Hispanic Christians).

If the Islamic world ever rose up in a mass war to destroy the western nations that merely allow all peoples to live side-by-side in relative peace, we would undoubtedly crush them. Wars built on lies seldom have lasting consequences. When Christian knights stormed out of Europe to seize lands held by Islamic peoples, they only accomplished moderate and temporary successes. Some Christian groups have continued to live in those lands down to this day, but they don't control the regions their ancestors once held as conquerors.

When Islamic revolutionaries spread their faith across the Mediterranean world with war and blood, they were acting more out of political ambition than for any other reason. They were no better than the Christian Crusaders who came after them.

Jihadists and Crusaders alike are brothers in evil, hatred, and intolerance. They know nothing of God's love for man, or of forgiveness or salvation. Only time will tell whose teachings are correct or even close to correct. As a Christian I believe that God loves all his children, and he waits as long as possible for each to see him in the proper way. He waits even though he knows relatively few will ever truly walk that path.

Satan is more popular than God because he has more prophets and apostles. It's easier to deceive people with lies that inflame their misery and poverty than it is to induce them to accept what they have as being sufficient. In fact, when the 9/11 attacks occurred, President Musharraf of Pakistan was asked (on international television) what he thought led to the rise of militant Islamic fundamentalist, which he -- a lifelong Muslim -- also denounces. He named the cause in one word: deprivation.

Deprivation spreads poverty and misery across the world. But if there is one lesson that millions of Christian and Jewish families learned, and that millions of Islamic families also follows, it's that you can improve your life upon Earth without abandoning your faith. It's not easy to rise up out of poverty. But history is filled with rising and falling middle classes. When a culture develops a middle class, it usually comes from the development or acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

Education is the enemy of poverty. Poverty is the foundation of militant fundamentalism in all religions. People who feel they have nothing feel they have nothing to lose. Following the path of hatred and murder therefore seems as easy and rewarding as any. It's a golden path, lit by many false lights of promise and hope. It's the Satanic road down which Osama bin Laden and his followers have foolishly and hypocritically tread. For them, even by Islamic standards, it's too late. They cannot possibly do enough good with their lives to counterbalance the evil they have done.

Ironically, if they were to accept the teachings of Christ, there would still be hope for them. But they appear to have burned that bridge. That is because they are true infidels (unbelievers). For them, there is only one god, a false god. They just call him by the wrong name.


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