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It has always been a popular thing to make movies about Jesus. Mel Gibson made one and so have many others. Now it turns out that Muslims are getting in on the action. This link connects to an interview with an Iranian man who made a film about Jesus ‘from a Muslim point of view’:
A new movie in Iran depicts the life of Jesus from an Islamic perspective. “The Messiah,” which some consider as Iran’s answer to Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ,” won an award at Rome’s Religion Today Film Festival for generating interfaith dialogue.
The movie will be adapted into a television series to be shown on Iranian TV later this year.
Filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh spoke to ABC’s Lara Setrakian in Tehran.
There is so much wrong with this man’s understanding of Jesus and Christianity that I hardly know where to begin so I will restrict myself to a few observations:
The gist of what his movie is about is this: virtually everything, according to him, is left the same. The glaring exception is the crucifixion of Jesus. He said:
NT: We are talking about the same beautiful man, the same beautiful prophet, the same divine person sent from heaven. In the Koran, it emphasizes maybe three main points: about the birth, about the fact that he was not the son of God, and then, that he was not crucified. The rest is [the same] Jesus … the sermons, and the miracles, and the political situation.
NT: The virgin birth was the same. The difference in the Koran, God says Jesus was saved. Instead of having him hung and crucified, the person who betrayed Jesus was crucified. This is how the Koran sees it, through the Gospel of Barnabas.
LS: So, you gave the alternate ending.
NT: Yes, two endings. I thought, the Christians, when they see it, it’ll be important for them. [In the Koran] God says, emphatically, he was not crucified. Somebody was crucified in his stead. In the Gospel of Barnabas, there are explications of this. The majority of [Muslims] say the one who betrayed Jesus [was crucified].
This is exactly why the Koran is not the Word of God in any sense whatsoever. The crucifixion is not only Biblical, Theological, and Necessary, but it is historical.
If this is what he put in his film, then he did not make a movie about Jesus of Nazareth. If this is his film, then he is not making a film that is worth anything. If this is what he put in his film, then it has nothing to do with Christians, Christianity, the church of Jesus Christ, Christ of the Scripture, Jesus the Son of God. It is another piece of Satanic propaganda (see below) intended to accomplish no meaningful purpose in this world. It matters little what the Koran says about Jesus because what matters is what the Christian Scriptures say about Jesus and they declare emphatically that Jesus was crucified. History declares that Jesus was crucified. It matters nill if the Koran or the Muslim respect Jesus and Mary. Jesus didn’t come to earth for mere respect. I don’t know why Christians would want to see a movie that has effectively removed any possibility of salvation because that is the state of the Christian if Christ has not been crucified. If Jesus has not been crucified then he has not been resurrected. If Jesus has not been resurrected from the dead, then Christians are without hope. We may as well party it up if Christ has not been Resurrected from the dead. (See the Scripture quote from Corinthians below.)
He goes on to answer a question concerning the sort of feedback he has received from Christians:
NT: Many thought this film is a good step for serious inter-religious dialogue. Many of them liked it — seeing the Koran-based ending. And I was very happy that the practicing Christians were very happy with the film. I have never found one case among practicing Christians who are offended [by the movie].
Well, since he has not ‘found one case among practicing Christians who are offended’ let me be the first! I will gladly be the first to announce without reservation that this film is blasphemous! There is no Koran based ending to the Gospel. The Gospel and the Koran stand in complete opposition to one another. There is only the Gospel ending to the Gospel. What the Koran does not understand is that our sin must be dealt with and if it has not been dealt with, and is not dealt with in the death of Christ then we, and all of humanity from the beginning until the end, are simply obligated to be 100% obedient to the law. (And no one is nor can anyone be.) In other words, if we are not justified by the death of Christ then we are without hope in the world. Law cannot be a substitute for grace. I am offended because in creating a Christ in his own image, this man is attempting to rob the world of the only hope it has to be lifted out of this abomination of sin we call happiness.
So if there is no death of Christ as this man is purporting in his film, then exactly how will we be saved from our sins? There can be no dialogue. I’m not so much offended or outraged as much as I am saddened. I’m not shivering with anger as much as I am shuddering with fear at the consequences for humanity if Christ was not crucified. I am saddened because this sort of teaching takes away all hope of eternal life, all hope of rescue from sin, all hope of resurrection, all hope of escaping the penalty of sin–death. There can be no alternate ending to the story of Jesus. The only ending is an empty tomb that he Resurrected from after he was crucified.
Now, there are two stories in Matthew’s Gospel that at first appearance may not have anything in common. Here they are. The first is from Matthew 4 where Jesus is being tempted by Satan. The second is Jesus’ first announcement of his impending crucifixion and Peter’s response.
8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9″All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (Matthew 4:8-11)
Next, Matthew 16:
21From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
23Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. 28I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” (Matthew 16:21-28)
What these stories have in common is this: both the Devil and Peter were attempting to persuade Jesus to avoid the cross! Even back then the idea was to create a cross-less Jesus! Muslims preach the same thing: A Cross-less Jesus. The filmmaker says, in response to a question about the Mel Gibson film:
NT: We were almost finished filming when Mel Gibson started shooting. I saw the film, and it’s the first time the Gospel of John has ever been depicted. It was nice. But it was the wrong story. In my film, I respect that common belief with all the good intentions the Christians have … according to what Islam says. Yet, Jesus, at the night of the last supper, ascends to heaven [without being crucified]. A beautiful man, a beautiful prophet. Why should he be bloodied that way?
Well, the reason is simple: To save humanity from sin, its guilt and its power. That’s why he was bloodied ‘that way.’ If Jesus ascended to heaven without being crucified then we are hopeless. It is not the wrong story: It’s the only story! It’s the only hope we have! Oh Lord have mercy! Here’s what the apostle wrote:
1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
. . .
12But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:1-7, 12-28)
There is so much wrong with what that man (the Iranian filmmaker) is saying that it boggles the mind. But I’m not raising a voice of protest. No, I’m raising a cry of mercy. I’m crying out to the Lord for the poor souls who will see this film an accept it as truth. There is only one Gospel and there can be no other versions of it warned the apostle. Those who publish alternative Gospels are, according to the apostle, anathema; condemned.
Only the death of Jesus Messiah provides sufficient atonement for the sins of this world’s inhabitants. If Jesus has not been crucified, he is not the Messiah. And if He is not the Messiah, the Son of God, then we are without hope–that is, the entire world from the beginning until the end. What a sad, sad story this is. I pray this film will be a failure. I pray it will be rejected. I pray it will be destroyed before it is ever shown to anyone. I pray for the Muslims who think that their system of works righteousness is superior to the free gift of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria!
PS–The article mentions something called ‘The Gospel of Barnabas.’ For more information in this ‘Gospel’ (and why it is not a Gospel) click here. The article concludes:
The Gospel of Barnabas is not an authentic Gospel of Jesus. The author does not understand the language, history or geography of the 1st century A.D., and there is no ancient evidence for the book. The internal evidence of the book suggests it was written in the 14th century and there are Muslim scholars who agree with this dating. The book is a rewrite of the Biblical Gospel most likely by a Muslim who wanted to portray Jesus as a Muslim who taught Islam and predicted the coming of Muhammad. This type of rewriting has been done elsewhere by Muslims in the Gospel According to Islam. This type of behaviour is disgraceful, and it is disgraceful for Muslims to continue to publish, promote and distribute this false Scripture.
This story was reported on January 5, 2008 by the Christian Post: Vatican Announces ‘Historic’ Catholic-Muslim Meeting for Spring. I will quote the relevant part of the article:
In the Muslim letter, the 138 scholars focused on the commonality between Islam and Christianity – love for God and love for one’s neighbor. They also highlighted that Christians and Muslims make up about 55 percent of the world population and therefore reconciliation between the two faiths is a must in order to maintain world peace.
Much has been made of this letter. I read the letter that was sent from Christians to Muslims. It was a deplorable letter and beyond reproach. Recently, the signers of this letter were rebuked–and I think rightfully so.
The paragraph above highlights what I believe to be the main problem with this entire situation. Christians are somehow being deluded into thinking that there can be peace with Islam. Islam is not even at peace within itself so how can anyone possibly think there can be some sort of ‘reconciliation’ between it and other faiths?
First of all, I want to say this: There is nothing in common between Islam and Christianity. Nothing. The ‘love for God’ for starters is not a common thread because Islam rejects the saving work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and Jesus made it quite abundantly clear that NO ONE comes to the Father except through Him (see John 6:44, 65; John 8:20; John 14:6). Muslims and Christians do not ‘share’ a ‘love for God’ because Muslims, for all the esteem they heap upon Jesus, reject his efficacious sacrifice for sin. (I have elsewhere rejected the teaching that Christians and Muslim worship the same God for the same reason.)
Second, what does ‘love for neighbors’ have to do with anything? I know atheists who love their neighbors so does this mean that somehow, now, by some strange magic, I have something religiously in common with the atheist? Does this mean now there should be a reconciliation between the two of us, that we are both on equal tracks to godliness? No. It does not. It means that we have a shred of common sense, but it does not mean that we are religiously equal at any level. The church, while inhabiting the world, is also ‘called out’ of the world. That is, we are somehow ontologically separated from the world even while living in it. We are not ‘better’ than the world, but somehow we are strangers, aliens, sojourners (1 Peter 1) who do not quite fit into this place.
Third, note what it says the Muslim letter said, I’ll repeat it for emphasis:
They also highlighted that Christians and Muslims make up about 55 percent of the world population and therefore reconciliation between the two faiths is a must in order to maintain world peace.
I am the only one who sees in this ‘hightlight’ a threat? There must be ‘reconciliation…in order to maintain world peace’?? Really? We can have world peace if Muslims will stop blowing themselves up in crowded malls and stop flying airplanes into buildings and stop sponsoring terrorism around the globe, stop killing Jews, Christians, one another, and anyone else they don’t care for. And peace will also be maintained when Christians stop compromising Faith in Jesus Christ by trying to reconcile with Atheists and Muslims and the American Culture as the last two posts have shown. This is a test for Christians and so far, Christians are failing miserably.
Besides, what reconciliation can take place between Faith in Jesus Christ and a religion–however ‘moderate’ some may be–that advocates conversion by the sword in their book and death to all infidels (i.e., Christians and Jews)? That Christians and Muslims make up 55% of the world’s population is a meaningless statistic, because while anyone can be Muslim anywhere they want, people cannot be Christians anywhere they want. I defy this notion that Muslims want peace with anyone, let alone with Christians. They want control over every nation on the planet. And I defy this idea that we can sit down at a table and talk about ‘what we have in common’ because we have nothing in common and that mere table talks will achieve anything. Table talks are a way of trying a new tactic to achieve the same goal: Death to all infidels.
This is another attempt by the Muslim community to wrangle more control. It is another attempt by the Muslim community–however ‘moderate’ some may be (I defy the notion that a Muslim, who follows the Qu’ran faithfully can be anything remotely close to moderate)–to get another foothold. Christians are being duped. And Benedict is an idiot for even supposing this is a good idea just as those ‘evangelicals’ who signed a letter to Muslims are idiots for supposing it was a good idea. (I’m sorry. Use of the word ‘idiot’ is strong and unbecoming. Perhaps I should follow my own advice and be more gracious and use a word like ‘dense’.) Does anyone see the devil at work here besides me?
Are the 138 Muslim scholars who signed the letter suggesting that if Islam and Christianity do not reconcile that there will be no peace in the World? (Who holds that power in their hands: Christians? Muslims? Are Christians blowing themselves up in pizza parlors and road-side cafes? Are Christians sending bomb laden children onto busses at midday after prayer? Who holds the power for such peace?) That’s what I hear. And if that is what they are saying, it’s quite a hefty statement. I suppose it is too much for them to simply go on with their lives, work hard at converting people through preaching, say their prayers, and get up each day and go to legitimate jobs where they work hard at providing for their families and allowing Christians to do the same. That would bring some peace to the world. If more Mulsims would stand up and denounce and condemn those radicals of their faith that would be a place to start. Physician, heal thyself!
My criticism, however, is not really of the Muslim community. They are smart. They know what they are doing. Rather it is the Christian community that concerns me. Christians must divest themselves of this silly notion that there is going to be anything remotely close to peace in this world simply because we have ‘reconciled’ with others–what reconciliation can there be? There is only One legitimate way for there to be peace and that is through Jesus Christ and His Cross Work. Apart from the Cross, there will be no peace in this world. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33) “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
I know, we are told to–if possible, and as far as it depends upon us–live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18). I don’t see how compromise is going to solve anything: And it will not be the Muslims who compromise to make this world peaceful.
Soli Deo Gloria!
In my ongoing public service blog posts, I am continuing to bring you timely updates on the religion of Islam. I fully realize you cannot define an entire religion by a few nut-jobs, but by and large these stories are representative of something much more insidious than appears on the surface of Islam. I wonder how long the peaceful Muslims will continue to stand by while their religion is defined by pure evil.
First, in a story that is making international headlines: Pakistan’s Bhutto Killed in [Homicide] Bomb Attack.
Bhutto had returned to Pakistan from an eight-year exile on Oct. 18. On the same day, she narrowly escaped injury when her homecoming parade in Karachi was targeted in a suicide attack that killed more than 140 people.
Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban hated Bhutto for her close ties to the Americans and support for the war on terrorism. A local Taliban leader reportedly threatened to greet Bhutto’s return to the country with suicide bombings.
Second, there’s nothing like living in a land where freedom of the press is rampant. How about, say, Malaysia where Christians are reportedly being banned from using the word ‘Allah.’
“We cannot let other religions use it because it will confuse people,” Malaysia’s Deputy Internal Security Minister, Johari Baharum, told the DNAIndia publication.
He said “only Muslims can use the word ‘Allah.’”
Now words are owned? Is this guy for real? Christian Post is reporting that some Christians are mounting a challenge to this, but I don’t know why. The Christian God is not named Allah, and should not be referred to by the name Allah. ‘Allah’ is not the name of the Christian God. And Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God. The Christian God is named Jesus Christ:
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father.”(Philippians 2:10-11, NIV)
He is our King!
In my ongoing public service posts, I am reporting on the profoundly peaceful nature of the Islamic religion. In the previous six reports I have linked and commented on several different aspects of the Islamic faith that send shudders up and down the spine.
It was reported earlier this week that a 57-year old Canadian Muslim killed his 16 year old daughter by strangulation because she wouldn’t wear (or wasn’t wearing) a ‘traditional hijab’ which is a head scarf of some sort. ABC News reported
A 57-year-old Canadian man suspected of strangling his teenage daughter for not wearing her traditional Muslim head wear will appear in court later today for a bail hearing.
Some Muslims are asking people to reserve judgment and not sensationalize the issue, which may not have played a major role in the death.
“Keep in mind it may have been an issue, one of many,” said Homa Arjoman, of Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada. “If people are going to make this an issue about hijab it is potentially a stretch.” Shariah is Islamic law.
Yes, we should reserve judgment because any rational human being can see that there are a plethora of reasons a father can give to justify the murder of a 16-year old girl who is his daughter. I agree. Let’s not make this about the hijab. Let’s make this about Islam. Let’s make this about a 57 year old man murdering is 16-year old daughter for, say, baking the cookies too long or for looking him in the eyes too long or for listening to Madonna or, well, you name the reason. Any reason will do.
Is there any reason on the planet to justify the murder of a 16 year old girl? Yes, I agree that we should withhold judgement for now. For now, let us weep that a religious system exists that potentially justifies the murder of a 16 year old girl. Well, at least if she died like this she won’t have to suffer the indignity later of strapping a vest of bombs around her waist and blowing up a pizza parlor full of Jews or Christians or Atheists.
(I say ‘if’ because the man has not been convicted of any crime yet. Could be the story is a hoax. Could be that he didn’t confess. Could be he didn’t do it.)
I realize that by now this might be old news, but I cannot help that the news media continues to report it–as if it’s new news. Here’s the latest: Saudi Punishes Gang Rape Victim with 200 Lashes. So:
A court in the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is punishing a female victim of gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
The 19-year-old woman — whose six armed attackers have been sentenced to jail terms — was initially ordered to undergo 90 lashes for “being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape,” the Arab News reported.
But in a new verdict issued after Saudi Arabia’s Higher Judicial Council ordered a retrial, the court in the eastern town of Al-Qatif more than doubled the number of lashes to 200.
A court source told the English-language Arab News that the judges had decided to punish the woman further for “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.”
Saudi Arabia enforces a strict Islamic doctrine known as Wahhabism and forbids unrelated men and women from associating with each other, bans women from driving and forces them to cover head-to-toe in public.
It is strange that we live in times where such barbarism is tolerated by the world. I wonder what sort public outcry we would hear if such things were taking place in America? I think that some of our more outspoken feminists in the United States would be appalled at such a travesty of justice and would be crying out, “Shame!” on the Saudi’s.
In my ongoing public service series of posts, I am hoping to educate the uneducated on some of the more salient aspects of the religion of Islam. I assure you that when I come across a story involving grace, mercy and true justice from and Islamic nation I will publish that as well. Maybe the news outlets that I frequent will help in this effort and publish some such stories.
In a stunning announcement, a member of the Iranian government has declared that homosexuals deserve torture and the death penalty reported Foxnews.com piggybacking on a story from The Times. Says the report:
Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured and possibly both, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference, The Times has learned.
Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.
In my ongoing series of public awareness posts, I am trying to spread the peace of Islam to readers who are otherwise ignorant of the aims of this peaceful religion. The article goes on to report:
The latest row involves a woman hanged this June in the town of Gorgan after becoming pregnant by her brother. He was absolved after expressing his remorse. Britain said that this demonstrated the unequal treatment of men and women in law and breached Iran’s pledge to restrict the death penalty to the most serious crimes.
It goes on further to say:
Minutes taken by an official describe a meeting between British and Iranian MPs at the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a peace body, in May. When the Britons raised the hangings of Asqari and Marhouni, the leader of the Iranian delegation, Mr Yahyavi, a member of his parliament’s energy committee, was unflinching. He “explained that according to Islam gays and lesbianism were not permitted,” the record states. “He said that if homosexual activity is in private there is no problem, but those in overt activity should be executed [he initially said tortured but changed it to executed]. He argued that homosexuality is against human nature and that humans are here to reproduce. Homosexuals do not reproduce.”
I hope that this ongoing series proves helpful to the public about the nature of Islam and Sharia Law practitioners.
See also: Iran Hangs Two Young Homosexuals
Sodomy Laws (warning, this site includes pictures of graphic violence)
In my ongoing series of public service blog posts, I am hoping to educate the uneducated masses on the basic tenants of Islam. I realize this is a risky proposition and I assure you that I do not take this responsibility lightly. Nor, I assure you, is this meant as a mockery of Islam. I am certain that not all Muslims interpret the Qu’ran in the manner that the so-called radical extremists have (a term, ironically, that some liberals and atheists in America use to identify Christians.) However, in this world, one cannot be so sure who is on what side of the Islamic fence.
But to the pressing question: how is The Al Qaeda Reader similar to Mein Kampf? A single sentence from the introduction of the 1999 edition of Mein Kampf, published by Mariner Books, goes a long way in answering this question: “He [Hitler] had made his ultimate goals clear in Mein Kampf as early as 1926: rearmament, the abolition of democracy, territorial expansion, eugenics, the ‘elimination’ of the ‘Jewish threat’” (Mein Kampf, xv).
The Al Qaeda Reader dwells on, if not obsesses over, four of these same five “ultimate goals” of Hitler—everything but eugenics, which is a temporal byproduct of 19thcentury pseudo-scientific racial theories. But al-Qaeda’s writings certainly dwell on dealing with the “Jewish threat,” overthrowing the “pagan religion” of democracy, both territorial re-conquests (from Palestine to Andalusia) and territorial expansion (to the whole world), as well as rearmament. Even more telling, the “fascistic” tone of Mein Kampf—ridicule and contempt for modernity and peace, praise for heroism and martyrdom, condemnation of promiscuity and lax mores—saturates The Al Qaeda Reader. Indeed, that there are many similarities is best represented by the fact that the German words “mein kampf” translate to “jihad-i”—or, “my jihad”—in Arabic.
Ibrahim demonstrates the parallels between these two books on thematic issues such as: The Jew, Democracy, Expansionism, and much more. It is a lengthy essay, but I think it will go a long way towards the education of those who do not fully understand the aims and ends of Islam. Ibrahim concludes:
In the final analysis, the theological aspects of The Al Qaeda Reader make it a much more disturbing read than something like Mein Kampf. That the ideologies presented in Mein Kampf are ultimately traced back to a man, whereas many of the ideologies of The Al Qaeda Reader are traced back to Muhammad and Allah—becoming theology—is a great matter. Man-made ideologies can always be discredited and allotted to the dustbins of history. Ideologies grounded in theologies, however, are not so easily dismantled, for they are grounded in the Immutable and simply must apply—yesterday, today, and tomorrow—regardless of all outward evidence to the contrary. To reject them is to reject the commandments of God and fall into a state of infidelity.
Here is more in our ongoing series to uncover the truth about Islam and to educate the masses of the uninformed. Many say they won’t comment on Islam because they ‘don’t know enough about it’ to ‘make a fair judgment.’ I’m presenting this as a public service so that the uniformed with be informed.
In part 3 of this series:
The following is an interview with Egyptian Mufti Ali Gum’a, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on September 13, 2007.
In this interview, the honorable Mufti teaches us about when it is right to execute an adulterer–female (I think he also includes a slight provision for the male also but there must be 4 witnesses against him). Read: How and Why an Adultress Should be Killed.
Ali Gum’a: “The kind of distinction you made creates the impression that there is a bias against women. There is no bias against women. Adultery is a sin for both men and women.”
Interviewer: “My question was whether you are in favor of killing them.”
Ali Gum’a: “I support killing them, but killing them if certain conditions are met. These conditions should not be neglected. These conditions show us what this killing means, and how it takes place. In over 1,000 years, we have not carried out the killing of an adulterer. In Egypt, we have not carried out the killing of an adulterer, and therefore…”
Interviewer: “What are the conditions?’
Ali Gum’a: “There must be four witnesses to testify against the adulterer. They must testify that they saw them having sex.”
Interviewer: “In other words, that is impossible.’
This is all very enlightening. Allow me, by way of comparison, to illustrate this story by quoting a story from the Christian Scriptures:
1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11″No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
But as I have pointed out, it is Christians we must beware of in this world. I hope this ongoing series of public service educational blog posts benefits those of you who may have been thinking of converting to Islam.
In my ongoing series, A Muslim Education, I hope to demonstrate some of the more potent aspects of the Peace of Islam. We all know that not all Muslims behave this way, although they doall read the same book (Qu’ran) which might lead some, like my friend Jeff, to conclude that all Muslims will eventually turn out the same way (that trick might only work for Christians though who read the Bible.)
Anyhow, in this installment of A Muslim Education or A Primer on Islam, we turn to the well advanced nation of Iran where,
An Iranian judge has concluded a woman who was attacked and beaten and had her sewing shop equipment destroyed by vandals has no legal recourse because she was guilty of “evangelism,” according to a new report from Voice of the Martyrs, a worldwide ministry to the Persecuted Church.
The story, Judge Rules Beating Victim Guilty of Evangelism, also reports
The woman, whose name was not revealed, was running a tailoring business, and had volunteered to teach three young ladies how to sew. As part of the conversations that arose, her testimony about Christianity came up, and in response to a number of questions, she started teaching them about Christianity, Voice of the Martyrs said.
Well, there you have it. The religion of Islam encourages free thinking! And finally,
Within fundamentalist Islam, the penalty of someone who turns from Islam is death. That is why they had the right to kill her if they wanted to. Obviously, their daughter was not staying with that seamstress, but the parents did not believe this,” VOM said.
But I think what we need to do is watch out for all the dangerous Christians who are running around the United States beating up all the atheists who refuse to convert, and raining down lawsuits on all the Darwinists who force our children to turn from Biblical Faith to hedonistic, anarchistic Darwinism.
I present this as a public service in order that you, the reading public, may be well informed about the nature of the Peace of Islam. I am thankful to World Net Daily and Voice of the Martyrs for bringing these stories to our attention.
For example, Christians are not allowed to print literature, including Sunday bulletins, and converts from Islam to Christianity are labeled apostate and subject to the death penalty. Christian pastors are under constant surveillance, and many are forced to sign documents saying they will not allow Muslims to be in their worship services.
I was writing back and forth with my friend Jeff at atheocracy when mentioned to him that he never criticizes Muslims because he doesn’t know anything about them. I suspect there is another reason why Jeff only criticizes Christians, but I won’t speculate out loud. In the meantime, I would like to help my friend Jeff and any others for that matter who know too little about Islam to adequately criticize it when they take so much time out of their lives to criticize Christianity.
Today’s educational segment will be this: How a young Muslim man should beat his wife. That’s right! Free of charge! Says the article:
He’s Saudi author and cleric, “Dr.” Muhammad Al-’Arifi, who in a remarkable segment broadcast on Saudi and Kuwaiti television in September, counseled young Muslim men on how to treat their wives.
Says the ‘cleric’:
“Woman, it has gone too far. I can’t bear it anymore,” he tells the men to tell their wives. “If he beats her, the beatings must be light and must not make her face ugly.
“He must beat her where it will not leave marks. He should not beat her on the hand… He should beat her in some places where it will not cause any damage. He should not beat her like he would beat an animal or a child — slapping them right and left.
“Unfortunately, many husbands beat their wives only when they get mad, and when they start beating, it as if they are punching a wall – they beat with their hands, right and left, and sometimes use their feet. Brother, it is a human being you are beating. This is forbidden. He must not do this.”
Can you imagine what would happen in the United States of America if Billy Graham advocated such things? Also, you can click here to watch the video: MEMRITV. I am grateful to foxnews.com for posting this educational story. And I am happy to do my part to help continue educating people on the peace that is Islam.
I don’t even need to say much. Just click the link, read the story, and pray for the enemies of Christ.
Now, members of which world religion did this?
The manager of a Christian bookstore in the Gaza Strip who was found dead last weekend was first publicly beaten and tortured by Islamic gunmen accusing him of spreading Christianity, according to witnesses and Palestinian security officials speaking to WND.
The body of Rami Ayyad, who managed the only Christian bookstore in Gaza, reportedly was found Sunday riddled with gunshot and stab wounds. Ayyad had been abducted the previous night as he closed his shop, according to a local Christian group.
“Blessed are you when you are persecuted because of me.”
It is hard for me to fathom that some people are convinced, President Bush among them, that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Who ever heard of such a thing!
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!
PS–Why do I never read stories of masked, armed Christians running around murdering Muslim book store owners? Can you imagine the international uproar that would occur if it did happen? And Muslims claim to be a religion of peace. Sad this is.
The President has said this before, but that doesn’t make it any better now.
Well, first of all, I believe in an Almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That’s what I believe. I believe that Islam is a great religion that preaches peace. And I believe people who murder the innocent to achieve political objectives aren’t religious people, whether they be a Christian who does that – we had a person blow up our – blow up a federal building in Oklahoma City who professed to be a Christian, but that’s not a Christian act to kill innocent people.”
I have to say that I am very disappointed that the President said this. I am a big fan of George Bush. I support him personally and politically. But this is just bad theology. No Muslim would concede this. No Orthodox Jew would agree to this. And no conservative, Biblical, Evangelical Christian can agree to this. It may be politically expedient. He may well believe it. But it is in no way an accurate reflection of Biblical Theology.
We are having an Iftaar dinner tonight – I say, ‘we’ – it’s my wife and I,” Bush told Nakouzi. “This is the seventh one in the seven years I’ve been the president. It gives me a chance to say ‘Ramadan Mubarak.’ The reason I do this is I want people to understand about my country. In other words, I hope this message gets out of America. I want people to understand that one of the great freedoms in America is the right for people to worship any way they see fit. If you’re a Muslim, an agnostic, a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, you’re equally American.
“And the value – the most valuable thing I think about America is that – particularly if you’re a religious person – you can be free to worship, and it’s your choice to make. It’s not the state’s choice, and you shouldn’t be intimidated after you’ve made your choice. And that’s a right that I jealously guard.”
This after it was reported yesterday that Muslims in Nigeria killed 10 Christians and burned down several church buildings. I’m sorry Mr. President, but we do not worship the same God–not under any circumstance.
Consider this report from World Net Daily:
Rampaging Muslims have killed 10 Christians, injured 61 others, destroyed nine churches and displaced more than 500 people in northern Nigeria, according to eyewitnesses – all because Muslim high school students claimed a Christian student had drawn a cartoon of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, on the wall of the school’s mosque.
According to Compass Direct News,which specializes in reporting on Christian persecution worldwide, there are 1,500 students at the high school, called Government College-Tudun Wada Dankadai, of which only 14 are Christians, and only seven of those actually live on campus. The Christian students at the school insist no one ever saw the alleged cartoon, and furthermore that no one in the tiny minority group of Christians would have dared such a feat, especially during Ramadan.
Here’s a little more:
Among the churches burned were: St. Mary’s Catholic Church; St. George’s Anglican Church; Evangelical Church of West Africa; Assemblies of God Church; First Baptist Church; a Pentecostal church called the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church; an African independent church, the Cherubim and Seraphim Church; and two other Pentecostal churches, The Chosen Bible Church and Deeper Life Bible Church.
The 10 Christians murdered included: Augustine Odoh and his younger brother Cosmos Odoh, both members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Another Catholic, Joseph Eze, was also killed. When Compass filed its initial report, the corpses of the three Catholics were lying at the City Hospital in Kano city. Seven other Christians murdered were buried in a common grave Wednesday, but government workers did not allow relatives or church leaders to identify the corpses.
But really, we should believe the Islamists when they say they ‘want peace’ and they ‘don’t want to destroy Israel.’ Or, maybe we should believe them when they say ‘we want to destroy Israel.’
This is outrageous. I tell you that if Christians did something like this every time someone like Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris or Kathy Griffen said something about Jesus Christ the world would probably turn inside out with rage. Let the President quote Scripture in a speech or let a candidate say they pray to Jesus and the world is all in a rage about separation of Church and State. Let a school board say they want alternatives to Darwinism taught in their local schools and the ACLU is on it like stink on a monkey! There would be calls from the out reaches of the Outback for Christians to apologize!
Where is the outrage!?!
Father in Heaven, I pray in Jesus’ Name for these ones of yours who have lost their lives. I pray for these ones who are suffering the loss of their families, their property, their churches. Lord, have mercy on those who curse your people. We bless our enemies and pray for their forgiveness. Father, comfort your people who suffer for the Name of Christ. Anguish fills my heart, and I cannot contain my sorrow for these ones who belong to you. Lord hear our prayers. Consider the threats and violence against your people and strengthen them so they will be able to stand, give them courage to proclaim your truth, and stretch out your hand and enable them, Lord, to honor your Name among your enemies. We bless You Lord.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Here’s some irony:
“Some of these people — especially Mr. Dawkins — spend a lot of time insulting the millions of folks who disagree with them, so you would think they would have a little tougher skin,” said Mark Mathis, one of the film’s producers. “The funny thing is they are whining about the fact that the film is going to allow them to insult people on a much larger stage.”
. . .
“I’ve never seen a bigger bunch of hypocrites in my life,” said Mathis, who set up the interviews for EXPELLED. “I went over all of the questions with these folks before the interviews and I e-mailed the questions to many of them days in advance. The lady (and gentleman) doth protest too much, methinks.”
You see what I mean? I’ll be anxious to see how many people who are opposed to religion decy these acts of Muslims as they decry the acts of Christians. What sad, sad hypocrisy! Would that the world could see the truth they claim to be looking for!
I think the Muslims got this one all wrong, but if you care: Madonna & Britney. First their careers tank, now jihad against them. These two can’t catch a break. I think it is time to cut Britney some slack. The poor girl just cannot get back on track. Life is rough for her right now and she, and perhaps Madonna too, need prayers not jihad. If Muslims cut off the heads of these two all that would happen is that people would worship them even more–as some sort of martyrs for the satanic causes they stand (or lay) for. According to WND, one evidently high ranking Muslim terrorist official said:
“If I meet these whores I will have the honor – I repeat, I will have the honor – to be the first one to cut the heads off Madonna and Britney Spears if they will keep spreading their satanic culture against Islam,” said Muhammad Abdel-Al, spokesman and senior leader of the Popular Resistance Committees terror organization.
The best bet, I think, is to pray for them both in the hopes that they will truly see the light of Christ. Don’t take this wrong way, but if the Muslims did do something like ‘cut off the heads’ of these two, of what would they be depriving the world; someone else (Christina A, Joss Stone, Shakira, Beyonce and 15 or 20 others) would take their place. Again, according to WND:
“At the beginning, we will try to convince Madonna and Britney Spears to follow Allah’s way. But I honestly don’t think they will follow. If they persist with their whoring music, we will prevent them by force. I don’t think that I can be in the same place with these singers. They might be killed if they do not respect our laws.”
The Committees’ Abdel-Al accused Madonna and Spears of “spreading this culture by the Americans as part of the war against Islam.”
“If these two prostitutes [Madonna and Spears] keep doing what they are doing, we of course will punish them. First we will call them to join Islam. But if they keep what they are doing … we can stone them or even we can kill them if they keep … tempting men in order to put them far from Islam. … A prostitute woman must be stoned or must be eighty times hit with a belt.”
I agree that Madonna and Britney are beyond stupid, but seriously, cutting off their heads accomplishes absolutely nothing, and they do have children. As an American, I demand an apology from the Muslims for threatening two of America’s greatest icons (although I think Madonna is now British). Finally,
Abdel-El said even before Islam takes over America he would personally kill Madonna and Spears if he ran into them. He boasted he would “be the first one to cut the heads of Madonna and Britney Spears.”
I wonder who would be the ‘second’ to ‘cut off [their] head’s'? Can a head be cut off more than once? Seriously, I wish that Muslims would practice their faith and leave the rest of us alone; we’re just not into jihad like they are. This whole ‘we’re going to cut off your head’ thing is really getting old. ‘Why can’t we all just get along?’ No one has a right to cut off anyone’s head. What are they, French?
PS–And there are people (liberals) who think we shouldn’t be at war with Islam. I’ll tell you what, when Britney and Madonna are threatened with beheading, damn it, some heads (pardon the pun) better roll.
If you never visit A Little Leaven again, visit this once and take the ‘Pop Quiz’. The Curator has done a good job of exposing the pathetic and meaningless wastes of time that are passed off as Biblical preaching in many of the bigger churches in America.
Now his findings about the preaching going on in churches stands in stark contrast with this survey about the health of churches which said in part:
While enhancing the health of Christian churches was listed as the lowest priority among Americans (44 percent), evangelicals listed it among their highest priorities in changes that need to be addressed.
It seems rather strange that those in the pews care about the health of churches and yet they tolerate the sort of preaching that is exposed by Leaven. Mostly it appears that the survey is telling us nothing new, but you’ll have to decide on your own.
In other news…from August 17, a story about a Christian being kicked out of…are you ready?…Israel! And yet, they keep asking for money from Christians–have you seen that show on INSP where the rabbi begs Christians for money so he can help Jews from around the world return to Israel? (His name is Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.) Imagine, that!
Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, Muslims are still threatening Christians with violence. It’s really not hard to figure out what’s going on. Some churches are being persecuted because they hold fast to the truth of Christ (Middle East Christians) and others are dying because they are clinging to pathetic lies and powerless preaching (North American Christians).
When will the Church in America wake up and realize that it is in great need of the truth? When will the church realize that it is in great need of a revival in the pulpit? I wonder if the people who are concerned about the health of the church (in the survey) are at all concerned about preaching?
1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. (1 Timothy 4:1-5)