Thursday, 15 February 2018

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? (Part 2) By Silas


Topic 1:  The plan for the believers until the final judgment
This topic compares the Gods’ final injunctions for Their followers and contrasts Their character and divine will. 
We’ll start by reviewing the Quran 9:291.  In the Sura’s first few passages Allah commands the Muslims to extend Islam’s domain by persuasion or force.  Chapter nine’s initial passage deals with ending the treaties Muhammad had with polytheists and thereafter making war upon them (refer to 9:5 - the Verse of the Sword2).  Subsequently, Allah turned His attention towards the Christians and Jews.  Here are two translations of 9:29:
Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given as believe neither in God nor the last day, who do not forbid what God and his apostle have forbidden, and do not embrace the true faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and feel utterly subdued. (Dawood).
Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, nor in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of truth, until they pay tribute out of hand and they be humbled.  (Rodwell).

Verse 9:29 was spoken by Muhammad about a year and a half before he died.  Different Muslim scholars present differing chronological arrangements within chapter nine but they all agree that was the time frame when verse 29 was spoken.  (Just like the Quran as a whole, this chapter itself is not necessarily arranged in chronological order.)  Also, many Islamic scholars, Muslim and non-Muslim, agree that chapter 9 was the last or second-to-last chapter Muhammad spoke.  Therefore, the commands in chapter 9, including 9:29, are final commands from Allah to the Muslims regarding their future ongoing relations with Jews and Christians.  If you doubt that this Islamic subjection was the relational norm then do a quick study of how Muhammad, and the following Caliphs, acted against outlying communities and states of Christians and Jews, (as well as members of other faiths).  Muslim historians detail how Muslim armies attacked, conquered, and subjected them.  Within 100 years the Muslims had forcibly carved out one of the largest empires in human history stretching from Spain to China.
In 9:29 Allah commands the Muslims to subject the Christians and Jews by force if necessary.  If the Christians and Jews did not want to convert to Islam they could remain true to their faiths if they paid extortion in a humiliated state.  (This is called “tribute”, “jizya” in Arabic.  If the Christians and Jews were unwilling to accept Islam’s rule over their lives and refused to pay the extortion then they would be fought against and killed.   This extortion “jizya” came about when the Meccan polytheists complained to Muhammad that after converting to Islam they had to abandon their careers making idols and consequently had no income.  Muhammad told the Muslims to take money from the Jews and Christians as a “compensation” (the root word for “jizya”) for their leaving of paganism.)  In 9:29, Allah tells the Muslims to forcibly take money from the Jews and Christians as a “compensation.”3
9:29 presents Allah in action:  Allah is commanding Muhammad and the Muslims to do his will and to fulfill his desires and intentions.  Issuing this command tells us something about Allah’s final plans for his followers.  They are to:
1)     Make war against the Christians (and Jews) and kill them if they refuse to convert to Islam or refuse to pay extortion.
2)     If they pay the extortion they are to be subjected and humiliated, and pay in a humiliated state (subdued, humbled, brought low).

Allah did not give Muhammad an option here, it was not an elective, it was a command.  Muhammad didn’t get to say “I don’t like that command because it is cruel and unjust,” or, “That’s not the right thing to do.”  These commands are from Allah and as such they were the right thing to do and they needed to be obeyed.
It is important to note that these commands were not abstract or foreign to Muhammad.  Muhammad had already begun to subject Christians and extort them.  One such example is his expedition to Tabuk and the subsequent subjection of the Christian town of Aylah and other local Christian communities.
The details are that Muhammad led a large force of Muslims north because he believed there was a Christian army near Tabuk that he wanted to fight.  However, when he arrived there was no Christian army.  Not far from Tabuk, was the small Christian fishing village of Aylah, a port at the head of the Red Sea.  Different Muslim historians record similar details concerning the communication between Muhammad and the leaders of Aylah.  In sum, Muhammad issued an injunction against the Christian village.  Read it carefully and notice how it corresponds to 9:29
"To John ibn Rabah and the Chiefs of Aylah. Peace be on you! I praise God for you, beside whom there is no Lord. I will not fight against you until I have written thus unto you.Believe, or else pay tribute. And be obedient unto the Lord and his Prophet, and the messengers of his Prophet. Honour them and clothe them with excellent vestments, not with inferior raiment. Specially clothe Zeid with excellent garments. As long as my messengers are pleased, so likewise am I. Ye know the tribute. If ye desire to have security by sea and by land, obey the Lord and his Apostle, and he will defend you from every claim, whether by Arab or foreigner, saving the claim of the Lord and his Apostle.But if ye oppose and displease them, I will not accept from you a single thing, until I have fought against you and taken captive your little ones and slain the elder. For I am the Apostle of the Lord in truth. Believe in the Lord and in his Prophets, and in the Messiah, son of Mary; verily he is the Word of God: I believe in him that he was a messenger of God. Come then, before trouble reach you. I commend my messengers to you. Give to Harmala three measures of barley. And indeed Harmala hath interceded for you. As for me, if it were not for the Lord and for this (intercession), I would not have sent any message at all unto you, until ye had seen the army. But now, if ye obey my messengers, God will be your protector, and Mahomet, and whosoever belongeth unto him. Now my messengers are Sharahbil and Obey, and Harmala and Horeith ibn Zeid. Unto you is the guarantee of God and of Mahomet his Apostle, and peace be unto you if ye submit. And convey the people of Macna back to their land."   (Page 188).

Here are the key points.  Notice the correlation between the injunction and 9:29:
1.      Muhammad told the Christians that they had to convert to Islam (believe), or “pay tribute.”
2.      The Christian people were to obey Muhammad and please his emissaries.  But if they displeased the emissaries Muhammad would:  “not accept from you a single thing, until I have fought against you and taken captive your little ones and slain the elder.”  (Rejecting the extortion would have displeased the emissaries).

By revealing 9:29 Allah codified Muhammad’s prior conduct and actions.  Often Muhammad would do things and then later receive subsequent revelations from Allah justifying his previous actions or rulings. 
Some Muslims today argue that violence was only to be used aggressively for a limited time during early Islam.  But that is incorrect.  Muhammad intended force to be used until the entire world was subjected to Islam.4
Muhammad declared that Allah commanded him to fight non-Muslims:
“I have been commanded to fight against people until they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and they establish prayer, and pay the religious tax, and if they do it, their blood and property are guaranteed protection on my behalf except when justified by law, and their affairs rest with Allah.”5

Allah commanded Muhammad to fight men until they bend the knee to Islam.  Take Allah at His word.  
By examining 9:29 and taking into account its contexts, historical setting, and Muhammad’s words and deeds recorded by the Islamic source materials we can conclude that Allah commanded the Muslims to subject and oppress non-Muslims, including Jews and Christians, until the time of the final judgment.


Now we’ll contrast that with God’s statements, commands, and plans for the church, found in the New Testament.  All quotations are from the New American Standard Bible.
In Matthew 24 the disciples asked Jesus what are the signs of the end times.  Jesus answered and said,
“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.  At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.”  Matthew 24:9-11
Similarly in Luke:
“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.  It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.  Luke 21:12-19
The Christians in Thessalonia suffered persecution:
… so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this. For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; and so it came to pass, as you know. 1 Thessalonians 3:3-5
Paul repeats what Jesus told His disciples:
Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me!  Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:10-13
And in the last days persecution against the Christians would continue:
And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.  It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.  All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.  If anyone has an ear, let him hear.  If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.  Revelation 13:6-10

It is clear that God told His Christian followers that they were going to suffer persecution until Christ’s return or the end of the world.  God did not tell the Christians to go out and conquer and persecute others.  There are no verses in the New Testament that say or even imply, “Once you have enough men to fight go out and make Christianity the official religion” or “If you have the ability to use force to get people to convert, then do it.”  No, instead God commanded them to go to all the world and preach the Gospel, love your neighbor, do good works, and endure the persecutions.  Yes, throughout history there were times when sincere and devout Christians persecuted and oppressed non-Christians.  But that was not the directive given by God.  They were commanded to endure oppression, not to oppress. 
If you are up to date with current events you’ll know that in this age the Muslims are the chief persecutors of Christians.  A recent study by Open Doors ministry states that Muslim countries are the chief persecutors of Christians.6 7  Another recent study reported that 75 out of every 100 people killed due to religious hatred were Christian.8
It can be said clearly that today, the Muslims are fulfilling Allah’s command in 9:29 by killing and oppressing Christians, and that the Christians are fulfilling God’s commands by enduring Muslim oppression and persecution.


CONCLUSION ON THE PLAN FOR BELIEVERS
Allah commanded his followers to conquer, subject, and oppress non-Muslims, including Christians, throughout the world.  God commanded His followers to love their neighbors as themselves and endure persecution until the end.  These commands are polar opposites.  They are mutually exclusive.
This isn’t a comparison of philosophical or theological “understandings” or “conceptions.”  This isn’t a difference in a form of terminology, worship, or approach.  Here, we have two living deities issuing opposite commands. 
Their plans and their commands on how their followers are to conduct themselves are opposite.  They contradict each other.  A cannot be non-A.  Therefore, they are not the same God.
End of Part 2.  Continue with Part 3.
(Back to Part 1).

References

1 For those of you who are interested in this first passage of chapter 9, Ibn Ishaq’s biography of Muhammad, available as “The Life of Muhammad” by A. Guillaume contains a commentary on its verses.
2 http://www.answering-islam.org/Silas/swordverse.htm
3 (Ref. “The Life of Muhammad,” Guillaume, p620).
4 This article discusses Islam’s integral element of violence: http://www.answering-islam.org/authors/silas/sheila_musaji.html
5 Muslim, Abu’l-Husain, “Sahih Muslim”, volume 1, number 33, International Islamic Publishing House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1971, translated by A. Siddiqi
6 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/us-religion-christianity-persecution-idUSBRE9070TB20130108
7 http://www.examiner.com/article/open-doors-ministry-rallies-christians-to-cover-the-persecuted-during-ramadan
8 http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=40596&wf=rsscol



Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? (Part 1) By Silas


Introduction
When Christians ask “Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?” they are asking:
      “Is the Allah of Islam the same as God the Father?”
    “Is the God of Islam the same God of the Old Testament who created the world and spoke with the prophets?”
     “Did the same God who spoke with Jesus, James, Peter, John, Paul, and Ananias, send His angel Gabriel to speak the Quran’s words to Muhammad?”
They want to know if Muslims and Christians are worshiping the one and the same Divine Person, the one and only one God.
Of course we know that both faiths refer to the One Almighty Creator God.  Muslims believe that they worship the God of Abraham, the God of Moses, the God of Jesus.  The question, however, is not if they refer to the same God, but rather, from the way They are identified, revealed, and described, are they the same God.
Christians who ask this question approach it from a matter of personal faith.  It is more to them than an academic question.  The answer counts.  They understand that even if the faiths present differing aspects about the Gods, They could still be the same God, and on the other hand, if there are contradictions and opposites between these Gods then They would not be the same.
For the Christian, if the answer is “Yes” then it validates Islam and the Quran to some degree.  If the answer is “Yes” it implies that they are ignorant of much about the God they worship and love.  Further, if the answer is “Yes” it means that when Jesus prayed in the Garden He was praying to Allah.
The most important aspect of this question is its eternal significance.  Although this question’s theme is in play as Muslims and Christians interact in worldwide record-setting breadth and depth and its answer affects how they view, interact, and treat each other, of far greater consequence is that these Gods demand accurate worship.  They both require correct theological beliefs in worship.  Neither of Them take idolatry and the worship of a false god lightly and in both faiths idolaters are condemned and sentenced to hell!  Eternal consequence outweighs temporal relations.  Jesus said as such:  “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
This is a five part article which examines historical, religious, and Scriptural evidence to answer that question.  Its pace is slower than normal but I am convinced that the answer to this question is of the utmost importance for Christians.  It affects how we relate to God, practice our faith, understand Islam, and how we practice outreach to Muslims. 

Groundwork
Three principles must be established before we move on to examine the evidence.
Principle 1:  The Integrity and Authority of the Faith’s Scriptures
To answer the question accurately we need defined and established references.  Therefore, the general integrity of each faith’s Scriptures is assumed in order to facilitate an honest and accurate investigation.  Each Scripture must be viewed as portraying the faith’s God accurately.  Let the Quran speak for Islam’s God and let the Bible speak for Christianity’s God.  The statements we’ll examine are not abstract, masked, or mysterious.  While the textual integrity of both the Quran and Bible is not perfect scholars agree that what is written closely represents the originals.
The authority of the faith’s Scriptures is fundamental.  Christians and Muslims know about their God through their Scripture’s teachings.  While exterior religious sources may provide extra-Scriptural information about their God, (such as the writings of the Early Church Fathers or Islam’s Traditions), those faiths’ Scriptures are their primary theological sources.  We understand the God of Christianity because of the Bible’s teachings.  Christians believe that God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and so on because of what the Bible states.  In the same way, because of the Quran’s teachings, Muslims know that Allah is all powerful, all merciful, and so on.
The Scriptures that tell us of these Gods’ omnipotence, eternity, unity, etc., also give us their words, commands, intentions, plans, and communications with mankind.  If we take their lofty statements at face value then we should also take their plain spoken statements at face value.  We must be honest and fair in our treatment and acknowledgement of these Scriptures.  If we ignore some verses out of personal preference, or out of a desire to win an argument, then we only create a laughable mysticism or a valueless superstition lacking substance.  That approach is worthless and deserves mockery.
Of course the Scriptures are limited in what they tell us about God.  Concerning this Francis Schaeffer said in Escape from Reason:
In this way we know true truth about God, true truth about man, and something truly about nature. Thus on the basis of the Scriptures, while we do not have exhaustive knowledge, we have true and unified knowledge.

We have limited, but accurate, truth and knowledge about God from our Scriptures.
We do not create these Gods from our imaginations.  Rather these Scriptures tell us about these Gods and from those Scriptures we perceive God’s attributes and upon those Scriptures we stand and build our metaphysical conceptions.  Our perceptions and conceptions must be established upon the Scriptures which tell us about these Gods, and they should not contradict what the Scriptures state.
I make this point because some theologians pick and choose specific Scriptures for their argument while conveniently ignoring or discounting other Scriptures that undermine their argument.  How would God have felt if Moses gave the Israelites the “Eight Commandments”?  Jonah refused to proclaim God’s words to Nineveh and we know the results.  When Muhammad compromised with idol worship he was rebuked by Allah through Gabriel.  Shouldn’t today’s theologians be held accountable and expected to engage all of God’s word?

Principle 2:  Theological Setting and Scope
The Story of the Blind Men and the Elephant.
There is a notable parable about several blind men examining an elephant.  One man feels the tusk, another the trunk, and another the tail.  They discuss what attributes they’ve identified and declare a truth about the elephant.  Thereafter they argue and disagree about its identity and attributes.  “The elephant is solid, smooth, and strong,” “No! The elephant is pliable like a rope,” “No! The elephant is large and rough.”  There are variations of the story but in general it is used to teach the message that although all faiths have different understandings or different truths about the one God they do indeed worship the one and the same God.  Therefore all faiths should accept and learn from each other, respect each other, and live in peace.
The problem with this story is that from its beginning it concedes and concludes that an elephant is being examined.  There is no real argument here because we know that the differing truths about the elephant are complimentary, not contradictory.  This story allows for no possibility that the blind men are examining different creatures, for example a bird, an elephant, or a fish.   Applying this allegory to our question establishes the answer from the beginning that Christians and Muslims are indeed worshiping the same God.  They just have different understandings and know different characteristics of that One God.
However for our question a story could be titled “What the Blind Men Examined.”  It would start out by having each blind man examine an unidentified creature and allow the possibility that they were examining the same or different creatures.
In the case of the elephant the blind man who identified the tusk’s strength made an accurate observation.  It is not contradicted or cancelled out by the testimony of the blind man who identified the tail’s flexibility.  But if one man examined a fish and stated “my creature only breathes underwater,” while another man examined an elephant and said, “my creature only breathes in air,” then we could conclude that they are not talking about the same creature.
The challenge here is to identify key attributes that confirm these Gods are the same, could be the same, or are not the same.

Principle 3:  The Living Gods and the authority of the Christian and Muslim Scriptures
We are talking about living and speaking Gods whose actions are recorded in the faiths’ Scriptures.  These Gods were not silent observers.  They were involved actively with their followers and interacted with them.  These Gods make it rain, save people from death, and kill people.  Comparing these Gods requires evaluation of their attributes, words, and deeds.  Comparing these Gods must involve more than abstract academic fluff, metaphysical rhetoric, and trite philosophical points.  All too often the theologians approach this question from an academic perspective which does not recognize that they are examining living, powerful, and active Gods.



 A “Yes” answer’s implications:
  • If they worship the same God then all believers would enter heaven/paradise.
  • If they worship the same God then Christians and Muslims could view each other as fellow believers destined for eternal life.
  • If they worship the same God then it is possible that the one and same God is behind both Scriptures:  the God that inspired the New Testament also sent Gabriel to give the Quran to Muhammad.
  • If they worship the same God then could they be free to mix practical elements of both Scriptures and faiths?  Wouldn’t it make sense to take the best from each faith and apply it to our lives?

A “No” answer’s implications:
  • If they don’t worship the same God then one group is committing idolatry.
  • If they don’t worship the same God then the good and sincere believers of one group are going to hell regardless.
  • If they don’t worship the same God then one group should be doing all it can to spread the true faith to the other.
  • If they don’t worship the same God then at least one group’s Scriptures, as a whole, are false and poisonous.



“Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?”
I’m trying to methodically present an examination based on what both faiths teach so that we may reach a definitive answer.  To that end I’ve chosen three different theological topics to examine and compare.  The burden of proof is on me to show that they are either the same, could be the same, or are not the same.
I need to arrive at a simple and concrete “Yes” or “No” answer.  I’ve read two books and some 20 articles on this subject and many, (not all), of the answers are confusing, abstract, and unclear.  This answer has eternal consequences and it had better be more definitive than a personal or philosophical opinion and involve more than cursory work.
NOTE:  to simplify things from here on out, when I’m differentiating between the Gods I’ll refer to Islam’s God as “Allah” and Christianity’s God as “God.”  When referring to them both at the same time, or in a general sense, I’ll use “God” or “Gods.”  The context will define whom I mean.  I understand that Arabic Christians refer to “God” as “Allah” and that is fine.  But for ease of reading here, when warranted, I’ll distinguish them simply by calling Islam’s God “Allah” and Christianity’s God “God.”  No disrespect is meant to One or the Other.



Definitions - Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
I need to define the key term “same” for the context of our question.   Words have different contexts and different meanings at different times.  Sincere people in earnest conversations may misunderstand and disagree on a word’s definition.  On the other hand, when Bill Clinton lied to the grand jury investigating his illicit sexual encounters he said, “It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is.”  So too we must define what we mean by the word “same.”
Defining “same” here is also important because as we’ll see later some of the “theologians” who address this question are reluctant to, or have difficulty in, defining “same.”  They are uncomfortable with it.  That such a fundamental aspect of this equation is avoided or fumbled by the theologians is a sign that they are not up to, or unwilling, to tackle the question as it should be addressed.
Below is Webster’s Online Dictionary’s definition, and I’ve included its synonyms and antonyms because they provide contrast:
same 
1
a: resembling in every relevant respect
b: conforming in every respect —used with as
2
a: being one without addition, change, or discontinuance : identical
b: being the one under discussion or already referred to
3
: corresponding so closely as to be indistinguishable
4
: equal in size, shape, value, or importance —usually used with the or a demonstrative (as that, those) in all senses
Synonyms: coequal, duplicate, equal, even, identical, indistinguishable, much of a muchness
Antonyms: different, disparate, dissimilar, distant, distinct, distinctive, distinguishable, diverse, nonidentical, other, unalike, unlike

Webster’s gives us a foundation to build upon.  For our purposes, “same” is “resembling, conforming, identical, indistinguishable, equal in all respects and senses.”  Can it be shown that these two Gods are distinct and different enough that they cannot be construed as being the same?  If we cannot detect and identify distinctive differences, dissimilar characteristics, or disparate attributes between Islam’s Allah and Christianity’s God then we may conclude that they are, or could be, the same.  However, if we can distinguish such differences then we must conclude that they are not the same.  Agreed?
Let’s draw a further distinction here:  “similar” does not equal “same.”  For example, both texts generally describe their God as being omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.  If those were the only considered attributes then we could end the discussion now and conclude they are the same.  But their Scriptures contain many more attribute details about these Gods.  If there are significant differences then we could conclude these Gods may be similar but they are not the same.  Just because they have similarities, or have some attributes in common, does not negate the attributes in which they differ.  Amanita mushrooms are similar in many ways to white mushrooms but no mycologist would declare that they are the “same.”  Sulfuric acid is similar in some ways to water but no chemist would declare them the “same.”  Otherwise people would suffer pain and death.  Experts in such fields who made such fallacious declarations would be either pernicious (therefore deserving punishment) or ignorant and laughable (thereby proving they are not true experts).
In sum, when we ask “Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?” we are asking if their essence, attributes, character, and identities, are identical or distinctly different.


The Approach - Questions
There are several key elements that must be defined and then used to establish the basis for our final decision.
Q1:  Where can we find the data we need to examine and compare to evaluate these Gods?
Answer:  As mentioned earlier, we must use the Bible and the Quran.  They contain the data we must draw from and examine.  These primary books provide definition and distinction for their God.  Islam has second and third sets of theological writings: the Traditions (Hadith) and the biographical writings (sira) respectively, which I will reference to expand the understanding of certain points, but the Quran alone is our foundational text for Islam.  Additionally, I may refer to Christian and Muslim theological commentaries (tafsir) related to each faith respectively.

Q2
:  What attributes, identifications, and characteristics do we evaluate to decide if they are the same God?
Answer:  We must examine their Scriptures and identify their words, actions, instructions, plans, intentions, commands, and relationships with their followers.  From this we can identify and establish cross-characteristics to evaluate.  By evaluating, comparing, and contrasting those characteristics we compare and contrast these Gods.
We’ll have to have something more significant than varying shades of gray or an ambiguous comparison to reach a firm conclusion.  For example, Allah has 99 plus names, (these names are attributes of Allah), and not all of these names are attributed to the God of the Bible.  Just because a particular name, title, or attribute is not declared and shared between the two does not necessarily mean that they are not the same God.  It only shows that that attribute has not been declared and attributed to that God.

Q3
:  How can we decide if the differences are distinct enough to allow us to conclude that they are different Gods?  (Distinguishing between similar Gods may not be as easy as distinguishing between coal and oranges).
Answer:  We need answers that identify these Gods’ attributes and characteristics distinctly.  One of the fundamental laws of classical logic is the law of non-contradiction, i.e. "A is not B" or “A cannot be non-A.”  Using the definition of “same” above if we find different and distinguishing features between Islam’s God and Christianity’s God then we must conclude that “A is not B,” i.e. that Islam’s God is not the same as Christianity’s God.  I’m not talking about shades of gray, (even within Christianity’s theological branches there are strong shades of grey), I’m talking about opposing or distinctly different characteristics.



The three topics we’ll compare and contrast.
We could approach this question from many different directions and this topic could easily take up an entire book.  If you examine the books and articles that address this question you’ll find very different methods and approaches are used.
I’ve chosen these three areas of comparison for our evaluation:
1)  The plan for the believers until the final judgment
2)  Jesus’ “Sonship”
3)  Intimate knowledge and relationship with God
The Bible and the Quran provide God-spoken words and deeds for each topic.  These three aspects are distinct from each other and provide a spectrum of comparison & contrast.  I think this approach is more beneficial than simply using one topic, such as the trinity, for an area of comparison which focuses only on the “personage” or “oneness” of God.  (Using the trinity is fine but I wanted to take a broader, perhaps less common but less metaphysical, approach.)

End of Part 1.   Continue with Part 2.

Ayatollah Khomeini schrieb in seinem Buch “Tahrirolvasyleh”, vierter Band, Darol Elm, Gom, Iran, 1990

Ein Mann kann sexuelles Vergnügen von einem Kind haben, das so jung ist wie ein Baby. Jedoch sollte er nicht eindringen; das Kind für Sexspiele zu gebrauchen ist möglich ! Wenn der Mann eindringt und es verletzt dann sollte er für sie sorgen ihr ganzes Leben lang. Dieses Mädchen jedoch gilt nicht als eine seiner vier dauerhaften Frauen. Der Mann ist nicht geeignet, die Schwester des Mädchens zu heiraten Es ist besser für ein Mädchen, zu einem Zeitpunkt heiraten, dass sie die erste Menstruation im Haus ihres Ehemanns anstatt ihres Vaters bekommt. Jeder Vater, der seine Tochter so verbindet, hat einen dauerhaften Platz im Himmel.

...Derselbe Aff übrigens auch Folgendes von sich gegeben..

“Juden und Christen sind dem Schweißgestank von Kamelen und Dreckfressern gleichzusetzen und gehören zum Unreinsten der Welt… Alle nichtmuslimischen Regierungen sind Schöpfungen Satans, die vernichtet werden müssen.“

und
 
 „Ein Mann kann Geschlechtsverkehr mit Tieren wie Schafen, Kühen, Kamelen haben. Jedoch sollte er das Tier töten, nachdem er seinen Orgasmus hatte. Er sollte nicht das Fleisch an die Leute in seinem eigenen Dorf verkaufen; jedoch das Fleisch ins nächste Dorf zu verkaufen ist erlaubt.”
und


“Ein Mann kann ein Mädchen heiraten, das jünger als 9 Jahre ist, ja sogar wenn es noch ein Säugling (Brustkind) ist. Einem Mann wird (Sexual)Verkehr mit einem noch nicht neunjährigen Mädchen verboten, andere sexuelle Aktivitäten wie Vorspiel, Reiben, Küssen und Analverkehr sind erlaubt.

IHS
Source: https://michael-mannheimer.net/2012/08/13/fundstelle-des-tages-krieg-ist-ein-segen-fur-die-welt/

Monday, 1 January 2018

Islam: Evil in The Name Of God

I have written a 980-page book, entitled Islam: Evil in The Name Of God, revealing the truth of Islam. It can be ordered from http://www.felibri.com/node/21 [updated link: https://www.amazon.com/Islam-Evil-Name-Jake-Neuman/dp/098099487X]. Following is an excerpt from the book.

It will take guts and courage to read this book. You will never read a book like it. This book is a take-no-prisoners, no-politically-correct examination of a very evil political and military ideology — Islam — masqueraded as a religion.

The front and back covers are grotesque but reality. The picture of the Iranian woman hanging from a construction boom is dedicated to the two thousand women hanged in Iran since the revolution. This is Sharia Law in action. They are all the first Nedas. (Go to page v for a summary of young women murdered by Islam in Iran. Read what happened to Taraneh Mousavi (19), who was recently gang-raped in prison by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thugs and her body burned. This is Sharia Law in action. The 3 men hanging on the back cover are gays – still President Ahmadinejad stated there are no gays in Iran. This is Sharia Law in action.

The pictures of these murdered Muslim women are real pictures of real women murdered by Islam. They will be your daughters, your wives, your mothers if you don’t fight Islam. Hanging in this fashion is a very gruesome way to die. The humane method to hang someone (although there is no humanity in hanging) is to break their neck by opening a trap door. This ensures instant death with little or no suffering. The Iranian woman on the cover is strangled to death by a rope attached around her neck. Can you imagine choking to death hanging in midair at the end of a rope – a process that would take 15 to 30 minutes. Can you imagine your daughter being dragged to the city center, her hands tied behind her back, a rope lowered over her head, and then swinging in midair strangling to death. This is Sharia Law in action. This is Islam in action.

You will read why the Quran is the book of greatest evil ever written. Why Islam is a total renunciation of and a great crime and sin against the supposedly benevolent God. The total moral depravity of Prophet Muhammad will be exposed in all its sickening detail. The questions that will be asked: How can 1.2 billion people believe in this evil? How can 57 nations be supporters of the evil Allah? How can the President and Western political, intellectual, religious, and media elites support such diabolical evil.

The cold, hard reality is that Osama Bin Laden and Major Hasan are true and good Muslims, following the teachings of Islam exactly. It will be demonstrated that the Quran is not a holy book of the divine, timeless words/teachings of God, but an evil book containing the words/teachings of psychopathic mass-murderer, Prophet Muhammad. 

[Author : Jake Neuman]

Source: http://www.faithfreedom.org/features/book-review/islam-evil-in-the-name-of-god/

IHS


Western Woman: Wanna be Muslim’s Wife? Here’s Your Crash-Course!

A Muslim man is asking for your hand in marriage, and you have [madly] fallen in love with his bronze Middle Eastern complexion. He seems to be intelligent, romantic, handsome, kind of rich, well-educated and well-mannered, too! He shows deep love and affections towards you. Showers his unlimited attentions, caresses; he really really cares for you and your heart flutters when you hear his voice or when you are near him…. You are attracted to him like to none other!

So, what more can a woman ask for in life? This most eligible bachelor is also a Muslim!

“There will be no problems”, he will say, adding: “you can keep your religion, I will keep mine”. It is indeed true that Islam does allow a Muslim man to marry a Christian woman [infidel]. But is it true that there will be no problems in such a marriage?

To answer this question, a Western [infidel] woman has to examine what it is like to be a Muslim’s wife?

Below is a ‘Crash Course’ on being a Muslim wife

 All Western infidel women must familiarize with it before marrying a Muslim.

Muslim Wife’s Status!

* Islam teaches that Muslim men are superior to women. (Surah 2:228)
* Islam teaches that women have half the rights of men:

- In inheritance (Surah 4:11)
- In court witness (Surah 2:282)
* Islam considers a wife to be a personal possession of the husband.
“Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: women and sons, heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses…” (Surah 3:14)
* Islam commands women to veil themselves always when they are outside their homes:
“…says to the believing women… that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty” (Surah 24:31)
* Mohammed teaches that women are lacking in brain and religion:
“I have not seen any one more deficient in intelligence and religion than women”. (Al-Bukhari 2:541)
* Mohammed teaches that women are a bad omen:
“Bad omen is in the women, the house and the horse”. (Al Bukhari 7:30)
* Mohammed taught that women are harmful to men.
“After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women”. (Al Bukhari 7:33)

Status of Your Muslim Marriage!

* Islam allows polygamy for men:
“A man may marry up to four wives at one time.” Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four…” (Surah 4:3)
* A Muslim man can divorce his wife by oral announcements; the wife has no right to divorce at all.
“Divorce is permissible twice”. (Surah 2:229)
* When a Muslim husband has pronounced divorce three times on his wife, she then may not lawfully remarry her husband until she has married another man, properly consummated the marriage and has been divorced by her new husband.
“…So if a husband divorces his wife he cannot after that, remarry her until after she has married another husband, and he has divorced her”. (Surah 2:230)
* Islam teaches that a wife is subject to punishment by her husband; beating a wife or abstaining from sexual relations with her is legally allowed under Islamic Sharia.
“As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them…” (Surah 4:34)

Your Muslim Sex Life Status!

Islam considers wives as a sex-object.

“Your wives are as a tithe [a field to be ploughed] unto you, so approach your tithe when or how ye will”. (Surah 2:223)

Status of Your Muslim Children!
Your children have to be raised according to their Muslim father’s religion, i.e. Islam. If he divorces you, he gets complete custody of all your children; you wouldn’t be able to see your children ever again.

The Islamic Sharia Law states that in mixed marriages, “the children will follow the better of the two religions of their parents”, which in your case is considered as Islam! The Koran explicitly states that Islam is the only true religion:

“…the true religion before Allah is Islam” (Surah 3:19).

Non Muslims [infidels] can not act as protectors to Muslims.

“O ye who believe; take not for friends [protectors] unbelievers rather than believers”. (Surah 4:144)

Your Future Status as a Muslim Wife!

Should you survive your Muslim husband, and his wealth is in an Islamic country, the Islamic Sharia Law will apply henceforth. The wife, who has not converted to Islam, gets nothing; the wife, who has converted to Islam, gets very little. According to the Koran, a Muslim wife does not inherit all her husband’s wealth. If the husband dies and he leaves no children, she gets a fourth of his wealth, his parents, brothers, uncles etc. will get the rest. If the deceased husband leaves any children behind, the wife gets an eighth part of the property; the children get the rest. The male child gets double the portion of the female.

“In what ye leave, their [wives] share is a fourth if you leave no child; but if you leave a child, they [wives] get an eighth; after payment of legacies and debts.” (Surah 4:12)

Before You Say “I DO” to a Muslim!

Before you commit yourself to marry a Muslim, it is a good idea to examine their motives behind marrying you. While your motive may be true love, his motive could be just to obtain a “Green Card”.

They say, “Love is blind”. But I, however, hope that this message will serve as an eye-opener for you.

You may say that your husband-to-be is a non-practicing Muslim. But let’s not forget that, Islam is more than a religion; it includes complete legal codes for Muslims and non-Muslims to follow in an Islamic State! In case of a dispute between you and him, all he needs to do [to get the upper hand over] is for you is to travel to an Islamic country.

If you are still in doubt, may I suggest that you see the movie “Not without my daughter”, which is based on a true life-story of an American woman, who married a Muslim man. Other similar movies are: “Princess”, “Dreams of Trespass”, and “The Stoning of Soraya M”.

This may be a life-saving experience. The lives you will save are your own, your families and those of your future children.

Source: http://www.faithfreedom.org/articles/women-in-islam/western-woman-wanna-be-muslim’s-wife-heres-your-crash-course/

IHS