Ignorance Is Bliss … Until You’re Being Beheaded (Part 2)

The three things required for Christian salvation are the three things denied in the Qur’an … this cannot be by coincidence!

The Qur’an does say Jesus was a prophet. It does not deny his existence; but it does deny that he was God; that he died on the cross; and that he ascended to heaven. Jesus said he was One in the same with his Father. Jesus died on the cross–we have  historical documentation as evidence to support this. Jesus was resurrected and ascended to heaven following his Crucifixion–we have first-hand written accounts to support this. To believe in these three things is all that is necessary for one to “saved” as a Christian. These three things are vehemently denied in the Qur’an. Belief that Jesus Christ is God and that he died on the cross is considered one of the greatest of all sins in all of Islam. You will forfeit your life,  afterlife, and go to hell for this:

Qur’an 5:72They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.

Jesus did say he was God:

St. Mark 14
53 And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.
54 And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
55 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.
56 For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.
57 And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,
58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. Joh. 2.19
59 But neither so did their witness agree together.
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Dan. 7.13
63 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?
64 Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. Lev. 24.16
65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.

The Book of Daniel  7
13     ¶ I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, Mt. 24.30 ; 26.64 · Mk. 13.26 ; 14.62 · Lk. 21.27 · Rev. 1.7, 13 ; 14.14 and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14     And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: Rev. 11.15 his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

God left the serenity of heaven to come here to earth, incarnate and suffer the humiliation of human flesh in order to die on the cross for our sins. It is intellectual dishonesty to say that Jesus was not crucified. We have many first hand witnesses and documentation thereof. You can deny the rest of the story, but the man lived on this planet and he died on the cross.

The father of Islam … and Islam’s inconsistencies …

Who was Muhammad? Muhammad was in born 570 AD. The Romans and the Persians were at war at this time. He is alleged to be the supreme prophet of all time.  From what I am able to find in my studies, his father died shortly before his birth, and he lost his mother at the age of six.  Orphaned, he was then raised primarily by his uncle, for whom he worked as a shepherd.  At a later age, he began accompanying his uncle on a caravans to Syria and then began to manage similar caravans for merchants before becoming a merchant himself. At age 25, Muhammad married Khadija, a wealthy Meccan widow 15 years his senior. Muhammad took no other wife than Khadija until her death 24 years later.

Discontent with life in his late 30′s, Muhammad often retreated to a cave in Mount Hira on the outskirts of Mecca for reflection, meditation, solitude and contemplation. In 610, at the age of 40, Muhammad returned from one such visit shaken, telling Khadija he was either possessed or he had been visited by an angel. Believing he was possessed he attempted to throw himself off of a mountain several times only to stop at the last moment. Three years after this event Muhammad started preaching these monotheistic revelations publicly and Islam was born. He was not initially accepted and his monotheistic preaching caused a great deal of strife, but because of his relationship with his uncle he was protected.

Muhammad did do some good things; he was a social reformer. He ended a pagan practice of infanticide and he assisted the poor and the orphaned. It is also believed he gave women some rights they didn’t have before Islam. He ended polytheism.

Muhammad left Mecca after Khadija and his uncle died in the same year (619) and he lost his “protected status”  … He decides to move to Medina, a city divided – arriving in Medina in 622, where three Jewish tribes and two pagan tribes coexisted. Jews saw him as fellow monotheist and the pagans looked to him as a fellow Arab so he was made their leader – arbiter and judge. Within months the caravans leaving Mecca were under siege by the Muhammad’s followers. A series of battles ensued. A trench was employed surrounding Medina. The Meccans were unable to bridge the trench and a stalemate resulted. This was known as the Battle of the Trench  – two of Jewish tribes had previously been banished and the third had tried to assist the Meccans, thus the adult men were beheaded and the wives and children sold into slavery and this began the “bad blood” between Jews and Arabs (Qur’an 33:26). (See hour 4 of Nabeel’s presentation from part 1 of this article.) Following one such conquest, Muhammad’s soldiers were rewarded with the women of the defeated and they want to have sex with them, but they were concerned about making them pregnant:

Sahih al-Bukhari 34:432 – Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: that while he was sitting with Allah’s Apostle he said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We get female captives as our share of booty, and we are interested in their prices, what is your opinion about coitus interruptus?” The Prophet said, “Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it. No soul that which Allah has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence.”

Ostensibly, Muhammad is saying, when having sex with your captive, it’s better if you do not pull out at the end. Is this something Jesus would have condoned? Holding someone’s wife or daughter against her will and impregnating her is acceptable in the eyes of Allah?

Qur’an 4:24“And all married women are forbidden unto you save those captives whom your right hand possess. It is a decree of Allah for you.

Yet, Muhammad is held up the moral exemplar and it is encouraged to imitate his actions.

Qur’an 33:21—Ye have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah.

After some more time, Muhammad was able to build allies and he marched on Mecca with an army of 10,000 soldiers. Mecca was soon under his control. He continues to receive “revelations” and build his theocratic empire and it grows with impressive speed. Muhammad conquers nearly all of the Sinai in mere 13 years.

Age of the Caliphs

Muhammad was poisoned by a Jewish woman whose family had just been brutally murdered at Muhammad’s order. Here is the story:

Sahih Bukari - Book 26, Number 5430:

Anas reported that a Jewess came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) with poisoned mutton and he took of that what had been brought to him (Allah’s Messenger). (When the effect of this poison were felt by him) he called for her and asked her about that, whereupon she said: I had determined to kill you. Thereupon he said: Allah will never give you the power to do it. He (the narrator) said that they (the Companion’s of the Holy Prophet) said: Should we not kill her? Thereupon he said: No. He (Anas) said: I felt (the affects of this poison) on the uvula of Aitah’s Messenger.


Who Killed Muhammad?

With his death in 632 AD, the early caliphate begins and a disagreement broke out over who would succeed Muhammad as leader of the Muslim community. Umar ibn al-Khattab, a popular colleague of Muhammad, nominated Abu Bakr, who was Muhammad’s close friend. Abu Bakr was made the first Caliph and waged the apostate wars in order to keep the newly formed theocracy united. There was disparity between Muslims their early history and in the writing of the Qur’an. Of course, because Muhammad’s teachings had been orally dispensed, arguments developed as to what verses should be included. This fact pretty much dispels that the Qur’an is pure and unaltered. Abu Bakr sent an emissary to round up all the various writings that had been preserved and the Qura’an was then assembled. The original material was then burned. 

After Bakr died in 634 AD, he was succeeded by Umar who was assassinated  ten years later. Umar’s Qur’an is the oldest version known – “variants of the Bible and the Qur’an” – Kieth Small PHD in Islamic studies. Then Umar was followed by Uthman ibn al-Affan, who was elected, but was facing opposition until he too was killed in 656 AD.  Ali ibn Abi Talib then assumed control fighting opposition lead by Iasha in the First Civil War. This is where the division with the Sunnis and the Shias is born.

The first caliphs are known as al-khulaf  (“Rightly Guided Caliphs”). Under their rule, the territory under Muslim control expanded deep into Persian and Byzantine territories; eventually founding the Umayyad dynasty–with its capital in Damascus.

According to the Qur’an, Muhammad was illiterate (Surah 7: 157/158 Chap 29: 48) so his revelations were memorized and dispersed in oral tradition. Muhammad’s sayings are recorded and are called Haddith. Qur’an means “recitation” so it wasn’t even intended to be written? It was revealed to Muhammad orally (Chapter 75 verses 16 thru 19) Allah tells Muhammad not worry about remembering the words recited to him by the angel Gabriel. But why doesn’t Allah tell him that the scribes are or would be writing it down for him? Muhammad apparently does not care about his revelations being repeated verbatim; he is more concerned about meaning.  The disputes surrounding his teachings didn’t begin until they began to try to write it down.

So, there was disparity between Muslims early in the writing of the Qur’an and arguments developed as to what verses should be included. Bukr had sent an emissary to round up all the various versions and even beat one such teacher to give up his version for the one Bukar 1st caliph after Muhammad’s death said was authentic, yet modern Muslims claim the Qur’an is perfect and unaltered down to the last period. The most widely accepted Qur’an in the Muslim world today is the 1924 version . Umar’s Qur’an is the oldest version known. Most of this information is not known by the common Muslim today. They see the Qur’an as “perfectly preserved” and were these facts widely known it would probably shake the Muslim world to its foundations.

The Satanic verses, Video amazed millions Caller Fort Hood massacre

Islam’s solutions to life’s problems always resort to violence …

Rape is accepted …
Pedophilia is accepted …
Amputation of hands for theft …
Beating your wife is accepted …
Kill nonbelievers …
Kill those who commit apostasy …
Kill homosexuals–both partners even if one of them was unwilling …

Would a just and benevolent God truly condone this type of barbarism? Islam is a battle for this world and it rewards death; it celebrates death and preaches the destruction of any and all who would oppose it. Naturally, there is an organized effort to discredit Nabeel Quereshi. They are utterly convinced of their superiority over all other cultures and religions. They think it is beneath them to examine any other possibility in terms of faith. This represents weakness to me. If you are unwilling to consider your opponents point of view, then you have chosen willing ignorance.

Why Zakir Naik Refuses to Debate Ex-Ahmadi Nabeel Qureshi

Listen to Zakir Naik defend oppression in the video clip below. You hear the absolute arrogance of Islam that simply says that because the Qur’an decrees it, it is the ultimate truth. They believe this alone gives them the right to subjugate and oppress other religions; because they are “wrong” (for not accepting Islam); they are deserving of mistreatment and or death. This is not a superior cultural practice; it is Seventh Century savagery!

Answering Zakir Naik by David Wood part 1

Answering Zakir Naik by David Wood part 2

David Wood and Nabeel Qureshi are friends and partners in their defense of Islamic oppression (you know this if you have viewed the accompanying videos) and their analysis is quite thorough. The Qur’an is fraught with controversy.

Christianity is a nonviolent battle for the next life …

“So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
- Jesus Christ

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.”
- Jesus Christ

Christianity offers options; whereas, Islam does not; there is no beheading. If you choose to renounce Christ, you just might not get to heaven. Then again, God may forgive you and decide otherwise. Christianity is not imposed against one’s will. Christians do not impose a tax on nonbelievers; do not make them step off the sidewalk if they should pass one another; don’t commit honor killings; and they do not consider their women and children property.

Luke 13
22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
26 then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. Ps. 6.8
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, Mt. 22.13 ; 25.30 when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. Mt. 8.11, 12
30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first; and there are first which shall be last

 Free will vs predestination …

One of several things the Bible and the Qur’an have in common is the subject of free will and predestination. This is a paradoxical quandary which Christian theologians have wrestled with for centuries. Some believe there is ample support in the Bible for free will, while others believe the Bible teaches God has sovereignty over all things to include salvation. I believe God leaves the door open for one to “choose” God’s will, rather than imposing His will (at least individually).

“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” –Luke 13:24

The Qur’an teaches that Allah knows all and everyone’s destiny is predetermined. So what ever happens is Allah’s will and we don’t really “choose” anything. Dying in the cause of jihad guarantees one’s entry into heaven. But this means one could commit any act of violence in the guise of jihad–justified or not. This does not make sense to me.

“[11] But as for you who forsake the LORD and forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny, [12] I will destine you for the sword, and you will all bend down for the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.” –Book of Isaiah 65:11-12

Christian prayer is quite different than the Muslim approach. Christians personalize their relationship with God in prayer; whereas, Muslims are more duty bound in their praise of God. Salat (prayer) is considered a duty for the Muslim and  prayers must be said while facing the direction of Mecca, five times daily at dawn (Subh), early afternoon (Zuhr), late afternoon (‘Asr), after sunset (Maghrib) and after dark (‘Isha).

Often when Christians pray we are doing so from our own perspective and many times are confused when those prayers are seemingly unanswered. This is because prayer is about God’s will rather than our own. We must relinquish the error of the human mind and allow it to be replaced with the Divine mind. Prayer is about acceptance of the spirit of God and thanksgiving to him even in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Many times we are too proud to ask for help from our friends and family; we are ashamed to expose our imperfections and in so doing we deny their love – a direct descendant from God. Whether we fear their criticism, or are simply blinded by pride, we choose to remain silent and in so doing deny ourselves the opportunities that God’s love might provide. This is the under-practiced art of humility–not to be confused with humiliation–two very different things. Fear of embarrassment can be infinitely more expensive than the embarrassment itself.

Other times the answer of a prayer may in fact come to us in an unrecognizable form. It isn’t necessarily the thing we prayed for, but it is, in fact, the thing we need. This is much a more difficult challenge to overcome and may require the assistance of someone besides our self to recognize. This is why we need one another. This is the essence of the human experience. Our shared compassion and friendship requires effort and it is why isolation can be so terribly debilitating. When we become defensive and build walls around ourselves, we limit the ability for others to access us and then again deny ourselves the opportunity to see things in a different light. There is but One that has the true perspective and that is why it is important for us to examine many such perspectives. Most of us have learned that something or some situation may appear to concrete at first glance and then learn that it is entirely different when we begin to become more involved with it. Things are almost never as they seem. It is a universe of freewill because it is up to us to decide. If you choose not to decide, you have, in fact, still made a choice.

Revelation 3
The Message to Laodicea

14 ¶ And unto the angel of the church of the La-odice’ans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. Prov. 8.22
15 ¶ I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: Prov. 3.12 be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

I am not a Presbyterian, Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian or a Methodist … I am a nondenominational Christian. I am open-minded to other other cultures and beliefs. But I am resolute in my belief in Jesus Christ. I have a scientific perspective as well. I believe there is room in science for God; and that there is room in God for science–so did Newton and Galileo. I have dared to touch the “third rail” here in this discussion and the voltage is flowing through me quite thoroughly. I am no scholar of religious studies. But I have confronted my doubt, and, in so doing, I have learned a great deal … and there is a great deal more to learn. Whatever your faith, I urge you to join me. Confront your doubt and your ignorance. Strive to enter the narrow gate.

My purpose for writing this is to ask Muslims to search their hearts and ask themselves if they can truly accept the violence that is appropriated in the Qur’an.

Part 3 to follow soon …

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