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Islam’s ONLY Hope For True Reform Comes From A Surprising Source. And What Of America’s Only Hope For Reform?

December 17, 2015

I’ve recently been contemplating the Qur’an and the pathological tendency toward violence within Islam.  And I’ve been contemplating how morally idiotic liberals irrationally and continually pronounce Islam as “a peaceful religion” when they would NEVER say the same thing about biblical Christianity given the Bible’s blatantly clear stances of abortion, homosexuality and socialism.

Is Islam a religion of peace?  Is Mars a planet with breathable atmosphere?  No and no, with both deserving a “No, stupid” delivered with suitable incredulous and condescending stare.

I’ve made the points recently: both the Bible and the Qur’an contain commands to violence and death.  Here’s an article from a decidedly liberal (i.e., hostile to Judeo-Christianity) perspective about the Bible being even MORE violent than the Qur’an in the eyes of progressive liberalism.  Penn State religious history professor Philip Jenkins launched his own “investigation” of the Bible vis a vis the Qur’an and concluded, “”Much to my surprise, the Islamic scriptures in the Quran were actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible.”

And of course everyone is agonizingly aware of the ten top Christian terrorist organizations inflicting mass death in tens of thousands of terror attacks.  Oh, wait, they’re not, BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ANY CHRISTIAN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS the way we’ve suffered al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Islamic State, Taliban,  al-Shabaab, Hezbollah, Hamas, Ansar al-Sharia, al-Nusra, Muslim Brotherhood, etc., etc.

It’s just a complete mystery to liberals why a “religion of peace” like Islam is inspiring so much terror and hate and violence.  When they believe with ever fiber of their being that it ought to be the Christianity that they so despise that is the true source of all the violence.

Let’s consider this leftist professor’s claims and see if they are actually true.  I’ll begin with the Bible and proceed to expose a critical fact that Jenkins leaves entirely out of his false comparison.

Yes, the God of the Bible, in judgment of sin, commands the Israelites to wipe out and exterminate the inhabitants of the land He is giving His people.  God gives Abraham’s descendants through Isaac the Promised Land.  Shortly before Abraham dies, God tells Abraham this:

 “As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age.  Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.” — Genesis 15:15-16.

Understand that God had already promised Abraham this land that belonged to another people in Genesis 12.  In the very passage I just quoted for you from Genesis 15, God immediately after verses 15-16 proceeds to specifically define the boundaries of the Promised Land that He just promised:

On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates–the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.” — Genesis 15:18-21

So God tells Abraham, “I am giving you THIS land, land that other peoples are currently on.  But not YET.  God’s promise unfolds throughout Genesis chapter 15. Look at the unfolding context:

  • 7He also said to him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”
  • 13Then the LORD said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.
  • 14But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
  • 15You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.
  • 16In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
  • 18On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates–
  • 19the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
  • 20Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,
  • 21Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

The Book of Genesis records Israel being invited into Egypt by a grateful Pharaoh but ultimately being cruelly enslaved by a subsequent Pharaoh.  And just as God had foretold to Abraham, Israel would spend 400 years in bondage as slaves.  But the Israelites were finally delivered through Moses.  And they came in and took the land that God had promised them.  And God gave them this land after having given the wicked people who inhabited it 400 years to get their moral acts together.

God tells the Israelites under the command of Moses’ successor Joshua to wipe out these peoples (i.e., the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites).  In Deuteronomy 20:16-18 God commands:

16“Only in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leave alive anything that breathes. 17But you shall utterly destroy them, the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite and the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, as the LORD your God has commanded you, 18 so that they may not teach you to do according to all their detestable things which they have done for their gods, so that you would sin against the LORD your God.…

This theme – and the reason behind it – is repeated several times by God in the Old Testament, as Numbers 33:55 demonstrates:

‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.

So in these passages we have the commandment and we also have the REASON FOR the commandment: if Israel destroys its enemies and wipes them out, they will not be corrupted.  If they refuse or fail to wipe out their enemies, then the very same evil that brought God’s judgment on their enemies will enter into Israel and God will have to bring judgment upon THEM.

Which, for the record, is ultimately precisely what happened to Israel as is declared in numerous biblical passages.  We find in 1 Samuel 15:17-24 a simple statement that Israel refused to obey God’s commands.  They didn’t drive out these wicked peoples, who ultimately morally contaminated them and perverted the righteous culture God commanded them to create where previously only the wicked cultures of the Amorite, Jebusite, etc. had been.

Because Israel did NOT drive out the wicked peoples who inhabited the land God gave them according to God’s command, Israel became just as wicked if not MORE wicked than those people as their evil ways contaminated Israel’s culture:

But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites. — 2 Kings 21:9

Habakkuk chapter one records the people becoming evil and the LORD raising up the Babylonians to judge them.

And so just as God used the Israelites as His weapon against the wicked peoples who inhabited the land that God gave to Israel, so God used the mighty Gentile nations such as the Egyptians, the Assyrians and the Babylonians against Israel.  God is sovereign over the nations, and He providentially uses them to ultimately accomplish His will.  And in His sovereign providence He uses the righteous and the wicked alike.

Israel was first subjugated by Gentile powers and ultimately after rejecting their Messiah ceased to exist for two millennia until God, in fulfillment of His word through Ezekiel, literally resurrected the nation back from the “dry bones” of the dead.  And in miraculous fulfillment of Isaiah 66:8 – “Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children” – Israel was born in a day when the United Nations officially and historically declared her existence on May 14, 1948.  This was in direct response out of international outrage over the world having allowed six million Jews to be slaughtered in the Holocaust.

Liberals may not like it because they hate the God of the Bible, His righteousness, and His sovereignty over the nations when they yearn for a totalitarian socialist global new world order that exalts itself far above the God of the Bible.

God is sovereign over the nations.  Liberals despise Him for that; they want a world where the nation – the totalitarian human government – is sovereign over God.  They want a world where they dictate to God and to mankind what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil.  But I digress.

We have seen up to this point that in a violent world, God not only condoned but actually commanded His people Israel to employ the same violence that all the other people were employing.

BUT… we ultimately come to a critical turning point in the Bible: we come to the promise of a New Covenant.  The Old Testament itself affirms a coming New Covenant:

31 Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”Jeremiah 31:31-34

Hebrews 8:6-13 also affirms that this New Covenant has been fulfilled in Christ Jesus.

During the Last Supper Jesus said:

19And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”  — Luke 22:19-21

Hebrews 9:15 states, “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”

So we have a progression in both Testaments of the Bible from the Old Covenant to a New Covenant.  And the New Covenant is literally and even physically embodied in the Word, Messiah Jesus.

And what is it that Jesus taught?  What did He command?  Violence?  No, the Virgin-born fulfillment of Isaiah 9:6 came to be “the Prince of peace.”  And Jesus taught even as He was being led away to be viciously flogged and then crucified, “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

Liberals completely fail to comprehend this: the Bible begins with violence and moves to peace.

Not so the Qur’an.  Not so Muhammad.  When you read a Qur’an, understand that “Muhammad was like two different persons at two different times and the Quran is like two contradictory books pasted together.”  Understand that in Islam you have 1390 Years of Violence and only 10 years of Peace.

When Mohammad first began to proselytize his new religion in Mecca and claim that he was receiving revelations from Allah, he was decidedly the underdog.  And correspondingly all of his revelations centered around peaceful coexistence and tolerance.

But then Mohammad went to Medina in what is today called “Al Hijra.”  He was able to garner followers and became militarily powerful.  And suddenly all of the revelations of his Qur’an took a decidedly violent turn.

The Qur’an was NOT organized in any kind of chronological order; rather, it was organized by length, from the longest to the shortest suras.

When you re-arrange the Qur’an by chronology, you get this order: and you get not violence to peace as the Holy Bible gives, but peace to VIOLENCE.

So, for example, do your own research.  Consider the very first violent Sura 2:191-193 found in the Qur’an which states, And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killingbut if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful.   And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.  But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”.  And lo and behold, when you examine the chronological order and look to the right column to see where it was organized according to the tradition based on length of sura, you find that this edict found in Sura 2 to “kill them wherever you may find them” is the VERY FIRST sura Mohammad conveniently claimed he received from Allah when he arrived in Medina and became the dominant power. 

This is not merely a command for violence; it is a UNIVERSAL COMMAND for violence.  I’ll talk about that more.

Keep going down the list of violent suras and look at where they are found, whether they were written earlier in Mohammad’s Mecca phase or later when he arrived at Medina and became militarily powerful.

You will find that without any question, the vast overwhelming majority of violent sura that commanded violence and death were given in Medina just as the vast overwhelming majority of suras commanding any kind of “peace” was given in Mecca.

A simple historic statement of fact: Mohammad and the Qur’an takes us from peace to viciousness and hate and murder and death and slaughter.

Now, this is bad, but it actually gets WORSE.  Because Islam has a doctrine called “abrogation” by which later suras correct and supercede earlier ones.

In other words, if Mohammad first said “peace” and then he said “war,” the ONLY correct interpretation of the Qur’an MUST BE WAR.

Now, abrogation is not necessarily such a terrible thing; every parent has done it: your child may ask you if she can go to a party, and then you find out something you don’t like about the party that makes you change or mind, or your child misbehaves and you say, “Now you can’t go.”  You’ve abrogated your previous statement.  You’ve said yes and now you’re saying no to the same thing you’d said yes to.  So if your child comes to you and says, “You said on Monday I could go, so I went,” you are enraged as you point out, “But I said on TUESDAY you could NOT go, so you are in a heap of trouble!”

It’s different when it comes to a revelation from God, though: God isn’t supposed to be caught by surprise or change His mind with new information or be wrong and then correct Himself.  How did Mohammad respond to this dilemma?  It seems that Qur’an 2:106 was “revealed” in response to skepticism directed at Muhammad that Allah’s revelations were not entirely consistent over time. Muhammad’s rebuttal was that ”Allah is able to do all things” — even change his mind.

And hence we have examples of blatantly obvious abrogation in the Qur’an such as:

In Surah 58, Al Mujadilah, verse 12, the believers are commanded to give alms before a private consultation with the Messenger. In verse 13 they are told that it is no longer necessary.

In Surah 33, Al Ahzab, verses 50-51 Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) is allowed to marry and divorce an unlimited number of women. In verse 52 he is prohibited to continue to do so.

In Surah 73, Al Muzzammil, verses 2-4, the prophet of Islam is commanded to spend about half of the night in prayer and reading of the Quran. In verse 20 of the same Surah this is changed into what is easy for him and those who followed his example.

But this Islamic view of Allah is in very direct contrast to the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible, and so we have passages like Numbers 23:19: “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Sneering liberal pseudo-intellectuals claim that Christianity has the same issue of abrogation, BUT WE DON’T.  And they are frankly moral idiots of the very lowest order to make such a blatantly false claim.  Here’s why:

  1. In every single example of violence in the Old Testament, it is ALWAYS in EVERY CASE a specific command by God to a specific people to do a specific thing at a specific time for a specific reason.  There is NO universalized commandment by God to always kill everyone the way we see in the Qur’an, no “kill them wherever you find them.”  There are no verses in the Bible that say “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you…” (Qur’an 2:216), no “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah” (Qur’an 4:76).  God never gives a universal command that He later has to take back.
  2. If the Bible were given the same way the Qur’an is given, Moses would have commanded peace and Jesus would have come after Moses and subsequently taught, “But I tell you, hate your enemies and slaughter those who persecute you.”  When Jesus, in fulfillment of the New Covenant that even the Old Covenant itself anticipated hundreds of years before Jesus’ arrival on earth, as the Prince of Peace, actually taught, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).  You need to comprehend how absolutely MASSIVE is the difference between a religion that begins with violence and then moves to peace (Christianity) verses a religion that begins with peace and then ends with commands to universalized violence.
  3. The Bible pointedly “abrogates” ITSELF in terms of violence because it promises a New Covenant and then it DELIVERS one in the form of the Prince of Peace, Jesus.  The “abrogation” of violence was not for the sake of Jesus’ convenience, the way the abrogation of peace for a call to violence clearly was politically oh-so-very convenient for Mohammad.  Let me put it this way: Jesus told Peter, “Put away your sword” (Matthew 26:52) in order that He could be arrested and beaten and go to the cross where He would die a terrible, humiliating, agonizing death in our place for our sins.  Versus Mohammad who said let’s be peaceful when he was the underdog and then turned on a dime and ordered mass violence the moment his forces gained the upper hand.
  4. The Bible doesn’t “abrogate” violence merely because times had changed and the world was no longer a violent place and the Bible was correcting a problem that was obviously out of step with the rest of the world.  Any such notion is simply FALSE.  The Romans at the time of Christ were as vicious and brutal as ANYONE ever had been; what they did to Jesus itself proves that.  And Jesus’ disciples wrote the New Testament not only in light of what Rome had done to Jesus, but in light of the fact that even as they were writing, Rome was treating Christians viciously.  St. Peter and St. Paul were both executed by Rome, as were many other disciples.
  5. The God of the Bible is a God of wrath just as He is a God of love.  But all of His attributes are perfectly balanced, such that His wrath is manifested in the attribute of justice that ultimately flows from love.  And the toleration of evil results in a lack of justice.  And so God gave His people the sword and used them as an instrument in defined, limited circumstances and only in accordance with His command.  But ultimately He was always preparing for the arrival of His Son, the Prince of Peace.
  6. Finally, the thing that changed in the Bible was this: “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:4-5).  God prophesied a coming Messiah who would epitomize and usher in a “new covenant,” and Jesus came as foretold.
  7. And so Jesus completely fulfilled the Old Covenant (Matthew 5:17).  The various laws and regulations and customs of the Old Testament weren’t “abrogated,” but rather they were fulfilled and served their purpose and were no longer necessary because the promised Messiah took their burden off our necks.  And so Christians have realized even in the time of St. Peter that unless a principle or a command from the Old Covenant is specifically repeated/restated in the New Covenant, it was fulfilled by Christ and no longer applies to New Covenant believers.  We can compare the Old Covenant and the New to the abacus vs. the computer or the horse vs. the automobile: the former things weren’t “abrogated” and declared wrong; rather they served their purpose and we now use the superior things.  Christ is the Superior which fulfilled the inferior and the inferior that served as a type or a shadow (see for example Colossians 2:17Hebrews 8:5) of the Superior is therefore no longer needed.

It is for this reason that I point out the fact and hereby state for the historical record that Penn State religious history professor Philip Jenkins is an abject moral idiot and the worst kind of intellectual fraud.  He is, as are all progressive liberals, a pathologically ignorant fool masquerading himself as someone who is wise and knowledgeable when he in fact teaches the precise opposite of wisdom and knowledge.  Jenkins is not only utterly blind to what is actually going on all around him in the real world as Muslim terrorists murder and bomb innocent people in the name of Allah, but as I have just proven he is just as utterly blind to the religious theology that he claims that he is an expert in.

A passage from Colossians sums these liberal fools up well: “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” – Colossians 2:8.  Tragically, modern universities teach very little BUT “empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense.”

The fact that the Qur’an does NOT begin with violence and then end with peace, but rather the opposite, and the fact that abrogation forces true Muslims to accept that the later “revelations” to Mohammad supercede previous ones, puts Islam in a deep, dark pit of endless violence that is NOT true of Christianity.

Which is why Christianity and Christ are attacked all the damn TIME by liberals and Christians don’t unleash waves of violent hate the way Muslims routinely do the moment they even THINK their Prophet might be getting insulted.

We are left with a giant problem of Islam: we find that Islam, Mohammad and the Qur’an spent ten years deceiving people by preaching peace and tolerance in order to grow strong and powerful, and then the rest of history practicing force and violence and terror the moment they were able to gain the upper hand.

We find that Islam does NOT mean “peace” as liberals love to adoringly say; it means “submission.”  AND YOU WILL SUBMIT OR ELSE YOU WILL BE KILLED.

A historical study of Mohammad’s life reveals that the “Prophet of Peace” had fought in over thirty violent military campaigns and had at least another thirty campaigns planned at the time of his death in 632 AD.  In fact I can quote you Islamic sources that state, “that the Prophet waged jihad operations 77 times in the first 10 years as head of the Muslim community in Medina.”  But it is a fact of history that when Mohammad showed up at Medina, he became a violent terrorist warmonger who waged unrelenting war until he defeated and subjugated everyone around him.  What you will also find is that Islam did NOT practice peace after Mohammad’s death; in fact it split due to terrifying, graphic and vicious violence that continues to this very day as the viciousness created Sunni and Shiite Islam.  But within 100 years of Mohammad’s death, warring, violent Muslims were attacking Christian Europe and had killed an looted and pillaged their way all across the entirety of Europe before finally being crushed by Charles “the Hammer” Martel at the Battle of Tours in France in 732.  Violent warring Muslims had already poured across Africa and seized the Christian realms established by St. Augustine.  All of the vast peaceful Christian provinces of North Africa had fallen to the bloody sword of Allah by 711.  Violent, warring Muslims poured into Christian Spain to be finally defeated by El Cid.  Violent, warring Muslims poured into the Christian Byzantine Empire and besieged Constantinople and the Christian Emperor pleaded with the Pope to send Christian warriors to defend a Christian realm from Muslim conquest in what became known as the Crusades.

The United States of America, from its infancy, almost immediately came into contact with violent, warring Islam as the violent, warring Muslims from the Islamic Barbary States began a vicious campaign against the United States.  So we had ten years of “peace” and yes, fourteen centuries of violence and war.

The ONLY thing in history that has stopped Islam from violence against their “infidel” neighbors is raw military power and the Muslims’ naked fear of the “infidels'” willingness to use it.

The Muslims who are attacking us are doing nothing more than reading their Qur’ans in light of the life of their moral and spiritual paradigm, their Prophet, Mohammad.  Their lives are matching his teachings, and that is why they are “killing us wherever they may find us.”

Jesus, by contrast, never harmed anyone.  He was the Lamb of God who never harmed anyone or ever commanded anyone to ever harm anyone.  Jesus is the antithesis of Mohammad.

If you want peace, there is ultimately one one place and one Person to go to: to the foot of the Cross, to the feet of Jesus, who came to allow violence to prevail so He could ultimately prevail against all violence when He returns as King of kings and Lord of lords.

So, how then do you reform Islam?  If you have any honesty or intelligence, you ought to see the nearly insurmountable difficulty by now.

There is only one possible way and it is interesting where it is found:

It is found in the Qur’an itself.

What you have to do is go to one interesting and frankly incredibly embarrassing period for Muslims: when Mohammad received his “Satanic Verses.”

Here are a couple of links to understand what is going on from Answering Islam (another here) and from Muhammadanism.  But here’s what happened in a historic nutshell: while Mohammad was in Medina (his “peaceful” period), he was weak and had few followers.  He was estranged from even his own tribe.  And he had a “revelation” that it was okay for his followers to acknowledge and affirm the existence of three pagan goddesses alongside Allah: Lat, Uzza, and Manat.  When the inhabitants of Mecca heard Muhammad’s confession of the ancient goddesses inside the Ka’aba, they immediately revoked the ban they had placed on him and gave his movement political breathing room.  But the moment he was able to become strong enough to rescind his confession, he took it back by claiming that while he had believed it had come from Allah, it had actually come from Satan.  And so he went back on his confession because what he had put in the Qur’an as a revelation from Allah had actually come from Satan.  Hence the title, “the Satanic verses.”

I’m just going to say it: the ONLY hope for Islam in terms of any meaningful reform into a religion of actual peace is for Islam to affirm that the ENTIRE Medina portion of the Qur’an came from Satan.

It is a simple and undisputable fact of history that Mohammad HIMSELF took back part of his Qur’an and claimed it had actually been from Satan; ultimately, Muslims are going to have to take back a much bigger chunk of it and recognize that every violent sura came from the same Satan.

Mohammad himself acknowledged that Satan could enter into him and alter his revelation.  Run with it.

But what of the United States?  What is our only hope for reform?

Another fact of history to point out is that the United States actually has some powerful experience with dealing with fanatic death cults.  We faced one called “Imperial Japan.”  Believe it or not, Muslims were NOT the first people to fly planes loaded with bombs into human-inhabited structures: think “Kamikaze pilots” during World War II: not merely hundreds but THOUSANDS of them.  3,860 Japanese Kamikaze pilots died as their explosives-laden planes either crashed into American ships or were shot down trying to do so.

Oh, yes, America has dealt with “suicide bombers” and the ideology that sent them at us before.  Do you understand me?  WE’VE DEALT WITH THIS KIND OF VICIOUS MENTALITY BEFORE.  And we did not prevail over it by adopting any modern liberal pile of inane Obama blathering drivel.

How we defeated that existential threat to freedom and peace is a matter of history.

The Japanese Imperial fascists were every BIT as much of a national death cult as what we are confronting now with Islam: but the United States of America stopped being “a sleeping giant” and woke up enough to unleash a violent jihad of our OWN and we BROKE THE NECK of that national death cult.

I remember the quote from the Japanese admiral who had planned the Pearl Harbor attack and then realized what he had done as America began to rise up in righteous anger:

I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.” Japanese Admiral Yamamoto

Islam is NOT going to reform by itself.  Any more than the Japanese were going to reform by themselves.  They’re going to need some confrontation.  They are going to need to be confronted with reason and with truth and with fact and with their own history and they are going to need to be confronted with a terrible resolve to use all the power we can bring against them until they are forced to see reason as the Japanese were forced to see reason.

But that means that the United States needs to reform as well if it is going to survive.  We desperately need to manifest the same “terrible resolve” that we were able to find in the days of our greatness.

Pain can be an awesome tutor when it is combined with truth.  That is the only chance to drive even a fool to finally see reason and do the right thing.

Liberals are people with a pathological hatred of truth.  And so what they keep repeating in their condescending moral idiocy is that everyone ought to be just like them and ignore truth, ignore reason, ignore history, ignore reality and just follow the blatherings of Obama.

The TRUTH is that Islam has an inherent, intrinsic, pathological problem with violence.  Ultimately, the ONLY way through to any genuine peace is to make Islam recognize that truth and DEAL with it.  Any liberal notion that the path to peace is to ignore the truth, bury our head in the sand and hope the truth somehow goes away is another word for “suicide.”

Liberals tell us over and over again that to confront Islam, to associate it with terrorism, will “radicalize” the Islamic world.  But here’s the thing: every single time liberals affirm this proposition, what they are in fact acknowledging is their own belief that every single Muslim is hair-trigger psycho and all it will take is the slightest provocation, the littlest nudge, to send them over the edge of madness and into bloodbath jihad.  They acknowledge that the very Christianity they revile so is a FAR superior worldview to every other worldview including Islam, because it is only in Christianity that we can have peace even with our enemies as we follow the teachings of Jesus as true disciples.  Let’s get beyond “Piss Christ” (a crucifix of Christ placed in a jar of urine) and Ofili’s “Holy Virgin Mary” (a mockery of the Virgin Mary smearing her with dung and pornographic images); just imagine the response if a Barack Obama tried to impose homosexual marriage on a Muslim country and imagine every single Muslim willing to crawl over the dead bodies of their own family members so they could get to Obama and cut his head off for his blasphemy.  Or how about this one: why don’t you Democrats try forcing the American people to fund “Piss Prophet” with tax dollars the same way you imposed “Piss Christ” on us and see how crazy insane Muslims get?

You don’t DARE do that.  Why not? 

And the answer is: because the mere act of drawing a cartoon – and let me assure you that a cartoon is FAR less offensive than your filthy, vile, disgusting urine, liberal – is enough to set off the entire Islamic world into a murderous rage.

And the answer is: because you KNOW Christianity is the only true source of peace on earth – as much as you hate it.  Just as you KNOW Islam is the source of violence just waiting to explode regardless of your dishonest rhetoric about “the religion of peace.”

Every single time a liberal so much as mentions the possibility of “radicalizing” the Muslim community, they affirm the spirit of violent hate just waiting to be unleashed by a religion that is manifestly violent.  Nobody worries about “radicalizing” Christians because you know full bloody well we don’t act that way.  You fear Muslims “radicalizing” if you so much as breathe wrong because no matter how much you want to suppress reality, bury the truth, deep, deep down you know how very wrong you are.

Go ahead, be a good liberal and follow the liberal way of burying your head in the sand so you won’t have to deal with REALITY:

The Bible spoke of wicked Israel before its judgment.  Let it speak to us before ours as well:

You boast, “We have struck a bargain to cheat death and have made a deal to dodge the grave. The coming destruction can never touch us, for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception.” — Isaiah 28:15

And we’ll see how long you keep your fool heads attached to your bodies the moment these people get to you:

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If you bury your head in the sand to reality, you might as well lose your head, you deserve to lose your head – and we now live in an age where lose it you surely will.

We absolutely cannot continue to ignore the true reality – and yes, the terrifying reality – that is Islam.  We have to confront them with the truth and force them to acknowledge that truth and embrace the change they must embrace.  Or we will surely be fighting until the end of the planet in nuclear Armageddon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mormon Church Finally Acknowledges Its Founder Joseph Smith Was An Adulterer And A Child Molester

October 27, 2014

(Regarding Joseph Smith’s alleged first vision where celestial personages appeared to him) . . . “My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right — and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong, and the personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in His sight: that those professors were all corrupt . . .” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 5-6).

And today we’re able to say, “Yeah, right.  And look who’s talking…”

Mormonism is a terrible sham and I am always amazed when I see a person standing at my door in his white dress shirt and black tie who in spite of all appearances of intellect is a completely brainwashed idiot.

It has often been said, “The only thing wrong with Christianity is Christians.”  And – aside from the rather obvious fact that this charge could fit ALL groups and ALL professions whether we want to talk about black people or white people or police officers or teachers or nurses – it’s true.  Many Christians are hypocrites who too often do not act out their faith in their daily lives.  According to the Christian Scriptures, Christians are filled with the Holy Spirit when we’re saved to new life in Christ.  But the same Christian Scriptures also point out the fact that the sin nature remains and that the temptation to sin will remain a part of our human natures and our lives until the day we leave this earth.

Another fact of human nature is that we do not have perfect knowledge and if you put a group of people into a room and have them talk in detail about the beliefs most important to their lives, they will invariably all disagree with each other.  And to the extent that they haven’t disagreed yet merely means that they haven’t talked long enough or deeply enough yet.  People who agree to nine levels of sub-headings will disagree on the tenth level.  Or the eleventh.  Or the twelfth.  Because we’re all ultimately different.

Joseph Smith was a religious charlatan who exploited those two facts of human nature when he fabricated his own religion.

It has always amazed me how otherwise intelligent people could buy into such a fraud.

I still think of the Branch Davidian cult brainwashed by David Koresh:

Doyle sits in his cluttered living room, detective paperbacks, tomes on theology and Laurel & Hardy videos crammed on bookshelves. The only item that has room to breathe is a photograph of his 18-year-old daughter, Shari.

I wondered, I asked, ‘Is this God or is this horny old David?’
–Clive Doyle, Branch Davidian

She was one of Koresh’s “wives.”

In the photo, Shari is flaxen haired, flushed and smiling, hugging the family dog.

That Koresh bedded his daughter makes Doyle shift in his seat, and when he speaks of it, his jaw tightens.

Doyle says his daughter started having sex with Koresh when she was 14. Koresh fathered at least 13 children with sect followers and engaged in sexual acts with underage Davidian girls, according to the Justice Department, numerous affidavits of Davidians and interviews CNN conducted with survivors. Watch a video Koresh recorded of himself with his children inside the compound during the siege. Video

Davidian Kiri Jewel testified during 1995 congressional hearings on the siege that Koresh slept in a bed with women and children, and she believed that he had impregnated a 14-year-old. Koresh, she said, often talked about how the young girls at the compound pleased him sexually. Jewel described in graphic detail how Koresh sexually assaulted her. She testified that she wasn’t afraid of getting pregnant; she was too young, she explained. She’d not even started menstruating yet.

Doyle insists that his daughter Shari, even at a young age, was capable of deciding whether to have sex with Koresh. The teen was also clearheaded, he says, when she chose to remain inside the compound despite having the chance to leave.

“She wanted to be with David and to hear and follow the message,” her father says.

There is silence for a moment. Doyle knows that trying to justify Koresh having sex with underage girls incites nothing but outrage from nonbelievers. And, initially, when David began preaching a message that his holy seed must be spread to any girl he preferred, married or in pigtails, Doyle admits he was bothered by it.

“I wondered, I asked, ‘Is this God or is this horny old David?’ ”

But Doyle’s concern didn’t last long.

“I couldn’t argue because he’d show you where it was in the Bible.”

I still marvel that men sat placidly while this false messiah had sex with their wives and with their young daughters.  I wonder what went so mentally and morally wrong with them.

One of the beautiful passages in the Bible declares that “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

We find in the Bible acts of savagery, to the point of genocide.  There is a time for war and there is a time for peace.  And yeah, there is a time for girls to become women and become wives.

But not to a roach like David Koresh.  And not to a roach like Joseph Smith.

And you just shake your head and wonder how people can so butcher Scripture that they allow a self-serving malignant narcissist to take over their lives and their wives’ lives and their daughters’ lives.

I know you don’t know me, so allow me to tell you one personal detail about myself: if I’m in a church and my pastor comes up to me and points to a passage in the Old Testament and declares that he gets to have sex with my wife or with my fourteen-year-old daughter, I will (in this order): 1) punch the pastor’s lights out; 2) tell everyone in the congregation and the outside community that this “pastor” is a demonic fraud; and 3) walk out of that church and never darken its doors again unless and until that pastor and every elder who in any way supports him is thrown out.

It’s really not that hard.  Christians have held a very simple principle for two millennia: if an Old Testament passage remains valid for New Testament Christian believers, it will be restated in the New Testament.

If you want to try to show me where you can practice polygamy, have sex with women who are the wives of other men, have sex with my wife, or have sex with my young daughter in the New Testament, you have at it.

I’m standing right here, waiting.  Okay, I’m sitting.  Because it’s gonna take you a long, loooooong time to come up with anything.

Christians do not belong to the Old Covenant.  God understands that times change.  He revealed Himself in a progressive way first to Adam and to and through the Patriarchs and then to and through Moses.  There was a season and a purpose under heaven for that Old Covenant, but it ended.

The Old Testament is crystal clear that God was going to inaugurate a New Covenant:

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. — Jeremiah 31:31-32

The Book of Ezekiel foreshadows that New Covenant by describing the key detail that would happen only in that New Covenant:

“I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. — Ezekiel 36:27 (see Acts 2:38-39 for context in the New Testament).

It was through the work of Jesus on the cross that we can have God’s Spirit within us.  And through nothing else can we have that Spirit.

In another example of the Old Covenant ending, we have a vision of God’s glory leaving the Temple in Ezekiel chapter 10.  Israel had rejected God and God would not dwell in the midst of their rebellion and sin.  Ezekiel prophetically described that the glory of God would one day return to the Temple in Ezekiel chapter 43, but that event has clearly not happened as the Temple described has yet to be built.  When you consider the dimensions of that future Temple as described in Ezekiel 43, when you consider it would have no wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles and no court of women, for instance, it has clearly never been rebuilt.  True Christians join Jews in believing that one day there will be such a Temple, but it will not be built until Messiah returns as King of kings.  Anyway, the glory of God did not reappear to Israel in any form until it arrived in the form of Jesus of Nazareth (see Hebrews 1:3 and 2 Corinthians 4:6), the divine Son of God, who came to live a perfect life in our place and then take our sin upon Himself so that He could suffer and die for our sins and we in exchange could rise to new life with Him and through Him.  Jesus assumed a human nature in addition to His divine nature, but God can’t stay dead.  And so Jesus rose bodily from the grave.  And everyone who calls on His name can rise with Him, such that death has no power over them.

The Glory of God departed from the Temple in Ezekiel 10.  And the glory of God never returned to any man-made place since.

In Ezekiel 43 the glory of the Lord will re-enter through that very same East gate that it departed from in Ezekiel 10.  When Jesus entered Jerusalem as the Messiah during His First Advent, He entered through that same East Gate through which the glory of the Lord had departed (Luke 19:28-48).  And when He was rejected as Messiah, He too departed through the East gate (see Matthew 21:12-17).  And then Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-39) and said, “From now on you will not see Me until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD” (v. 39).

The Temple of Ezekiel will be built by Jesus Christ after He returns as King of kings and Lord of lords.  And His national people Israel will say, “Blessed IS He who comes in the name of the LORD!”

Anyway, true Christians are not bound by any Old Testament practice that is not affirmed by the New Covenant as revealed in the New Testament.  We don’t have to keep the dietary laws, we don’t have to practice animal sacrifice, we don’t have to have to wipe out the Amorites, etc.  And anyone who tells you that it is okay to marry polygamously or that they can have relations with your wife or your young daughter is a demoniac who perverts the Scriptures rather than a Christian who follows the Scriptures.

In any event, let’s consider what the Mormon church acknowledges about their founder and the founder of their entire system of theology, Joseph Smith:

The Mormon church acknowledges in a new essay that founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the faith’s early polygamous days, a recognition of an unflattering part of its roots that historians have chronicled for years.

And let us consider what the Old Testament Scriptures that Joseph Smith was illegitimately exploiting to satiate his own lusts had to say about how he should have been treated by that Old Testament system:

Leviticus 20:10 — “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of his neighbor–both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

Oops.  Sorry, Joe.  But we’re going to have to stone you now.

“An unflattering part” indeed.

Not that the rest of the Mormon Church’s history has ever been anything other than “unflattering.”  Because from a diseased root grows a diseased tree.

Mormonism is a sham revealed by a demon through a wicked man.  The very name “Mormon” actually conveys this, because the demon’s name was “Moroni.”  Mormons are really following a demon.  And the life of their founder illustrates it nicely.  Joseph Smith was far more a petty con-man than a prophet of God and the founder of a new religion.

As do ALL satanic false religions, Mormonism denies the true deity of Jesus.  Through Mormonism, Satan literally drags Jesus down to his mere equal by claiming that Jesus is the spirit-brother of Lucifer rather than the divine God the Son.

The Scriptures ARE the Word of God.  And every word of God’s Word is true.  In addition to the Scriptures – and in particular the New Testament Scriptures which define true belief for Christian believers – we have the historic first Seven universal ecumenical councils of Christianity in which the orthodox, the TRUE, nature of Christianity was clearly defined and delineated.  The main heresy of Mormonism – the rejection that Jesus was merely a created being – was ruled by the Early Church and by the Church Fathers nearly two thousand years ago.

Don’t be a fool.  Don’t be deceived by a fools’ religion.