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“It Is Done”

It has got to be tough to be a Muslim. I have never been one, but I have read much on the subject (including the Koran) and I have to tell you, although it says “Allah is merciful, compassionate,” there is nothing in there that actually demonstrates it. It’s almost as if “Mohammed wrote it, it must be true.” But I don’t see an example of it anywhere in the Koran.

  

Jesus, on the other hand, said,

  

Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

 

 Just two verses later, Jesus said,

  

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

  

And then Jesus did it. He laid down his life for us.

  

For Muslims, it has got to be hard. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can never be totally sure you’re “in” with Allah, right? With the one exception, of course: dying as a martyr. In other words, to be sure that you’re acceptable to Allah, he requires a death sacrifice of you.

  

But let’s be straight: if God is holy, righteous, and perfect, is there any way you can be good enough for Him? The bible says our best is like “filthy rags” to him. (Isaiah 64:6), so what could we possibly do? Die for him? The death of a sinful person would just be a waste. Allah and God are most certainly not the same. The God of the bible doesn’t require that of anyone. What more is there for you to do to inherit eternal life? What can you add to what God has done? According to the bible, what’s on the list of God’s expectations for you to perform so that you can earn your way to heaven?

  

Nothing.

 

All the death and destruction of the whole world for all time was taken by Jesus when He died on the cross. The consequences of ALL sin and wrongdoing for ALL time was put on Him at the cross. And because He was the only perfect man, He is the perfect sacrifice, once and for all. As he hung on the cross, knowing all the sins of the world for all time were about to be dealt to him, he said, very simply, “It is done.”

  

All of the sacrifice necessary for us to get to Him was done – complete – in Jesus’ death and resurrection. God doesn’t require a sacrifice of you or I. He wants a relationship with you. He invites everyone,  and anyone (Muslims too) who says “yes” to the free offer provided by His Son Jesus, gets to be a part of His family. And you can be sure it’s a done deal.

  

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. – The Bible, Titus 3:3-7

  

God lovingly calls you to deliverance from all your sins, releasing you from all your fears, and freeing you to become all that He wants you to be with the power of His Holy Spirit in you.

  

You don’t need to blow yourself up, or get killed performing Jihad, to get right with God. Allah requires your self-sacrifice. Mohammed tells you to kill (in jihad) or be killed. Islamic leaders today tell you if you don’t do jihad, you are not good enough.

  

That’s not God’s way. You don’t need to be a sacrifice to save yourself (as if you could), He already was the sacrifice for you.

  

When you say “yes” to Jesus, you don’t serve Him because “he demands it of you or you’ll burn in hell if you don’t” (because that’s not true). You follow Him out of immense gratitude for the sacrifice He made for you.

  

You can become right with God right now by praying a simple prayer:

 

God, I know there is nothing I can do to please you, yet you desire a relationship with me, a relationship that is best for me, and will honor You. I give my life to you now, and I accept the sacrifice Jesus has made on my behalf. Fill me with your Spirit, and guide me in Your ways.

 The bible says,

  

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

 

And that is all. If you prayed that prayer, God’s Son Jesus has entered into your heart by His Holy Spirit. You are indeed a Christian (a follower of Christ). Although you probably don’t know all of what that means, God knows you’re just getting started with Him. He really is (by proof of His deeds) merciful and compassionate. Read the bible (starting with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), find a bible believing church, and tell a Christian you may know about the prayer you just prayed. I’m sure they’ll be glad to help you with your next steps in an exciting life with Jesus.

  

One more thing, if you found this interesting, pass the link on to someone who might be curious about how easy it is to get right with God and enjoy a relationship with him; a relationship full of life.

 

Now have a great day.

 

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God Completely Satisfies

Jihadists are never satisfied. Saudi Scholar Dr. Walid Al-Rashudi recently said, “By Allah, we will not be satisfied even if all the Jews are killed.” See? I though wiping out the Jews would accomplish much in Muslim grievances, and restore all things so that we can knock off with all this suicide bombing stuff. Well, I did sense it’s deeper than that. There is a daily soul craving that blowing yourself up for Allah doesn’t seem to satisfy. There is always some other “Great Satan” to blow up. I wondered to myself today if Jihadists have enough human bombs to finally and completely purify the earth once and for all.

  Nope. They don’t. Not because our will is more strong than theirs (right now it isn’t anyway), but rather because there will always be some spot of impurity in the world. Always. If the whole human race was wiped out except for two Muslims, I think one would kill the other for being impure.

 Note to westerners: this is THE reason they do what they do. We are such an affront to them they have to keep on cleaning us spots off the earth. The dirt of us kaffirs (unbelievers) still walking around just blows their mind (pun intended) and, inspired by the words of Mohammed and the Koran, they feel a deep desire to be the world’s dustbuster (pun intended).

 Why don’t Christians do this? We have far better resources here in the West, and greater access to decent bomb making materials, a good chunk of money, and the ability to fly them around the globe. How come Christians don’t give their all to cleanse the earth of all unrighteousness?

 In a nutshell: we know we can’t (get us or the world clean) and we don’t have to. What Muslims read in the Koran as their duty – subjugating or killing all infidels –  Christians know is both an impossibility and unnecessary. It is impossible because in your heart of hearts you know something is wrong with people in general. There is not a perfect person on earth. So what do you do with that? Kill everyone? Would Allah be pleased with that level of commitment? What kind of “compassionate, merciful” god is that?

 Now, any Muslim reading this might say, “Unnecessary? Why that would just let unbelievers run rampant, and their evil might take over the world!” Those same Muslims – maybe you – need to know that Jesus Christ does the purification, gradually, from the inside out. No sharia law will ever make you clean, yet if you accept God’s free offer of salvation, you have God’s Holy Spirit in you. Not a set of rules that you need to consult in anguish and frustration as you once again displease God, but an ongoing real relationship with the Creator of the Universe in which He takes care of the filth in our life, forgives us, and then guides us. Of course, any Christian is free to not listen to His voice, but since He is all wise and all knowing, ignoring Him is probably not the best decision.

 God knew ahead of time that living here on earth could be very frustrating. Shoot, He did it Himself when He came down in the form of a human: Jesus. He knows first hand the struggles you go through trying to lead a Holy life, only he managed to not sin while He was here, so it is safe to say He knows The Way. He is The Way. About purity: He knows you can’t do it, and He came up with a way around that issue: He decided to take your punishment for you. Do you deserve a consequence from a Holy God for all your wrongdoing? Yes. If you believe that Jesus took it all for you, you will never have to worry that you’re not “pure enough.” Never again. That burden is lifted from you, and you are free to live; To really live.

 

My perception is that Muslims live in fear. Fear that they are “not good enough,” and they always have to be more and more zealous in order to please Allah. That’s why the closer one gets to the Koran or Mohammed, the more fervent one gets about purifying the earth. But there’s only one catch: it’s impossible. And you know it is.

 Christians accept that God has “done the dirty work” of cleaning up, because they know He’s the only one who can. That is why a relationship with Him really satisfies. He loves me so much, that I want to honor him with my life, not because I have to in order to gain His favor (and I could never do enough anyway), but because I am so joyful for what He’s done for me that I can’t help but thank Him by giving him reverence as much as possible. He gives me real power to love others in spite of intense challenges. He makes me want to tell others how incredible He is.

 

If you want to “get right with God,” you need to simply pray,

 God, I know I can’t live a totally perfect life, no matter how much I try. I realize that You have provided away for me to get right with You, by accepting the sacrifice Your Son Jesus paid for me. I accept what You’ve done, I give you my life, and I ask Your Holy Spirit to come live inside me, and guide me forever.

If you prayed that prayer, you are a part of God’s family: a “Christian,” and that will never be taken away from you. Now isn’t that totally satisfying? Get a bible or right now check out www.BibleGateway.com and try reading through the book of John (just type “John” in the keyword search). That is the beautiful true story of God’s love for you, with some incredible examples from Jesus Himself on what living a Holy Life looks like, and He didn’t blow anyone up. Check it for yourself. Mohammed killed and instructed to kill. Jesus didn’t kill anyone, and He is the Author of Life. Do you want life for yourself? Follow Him. 

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 A Reason To Choose Christianity Over Islam

World War Three: the Global Jihad, is being fought from two directions

World War III: the Global Jihad, is being fought from two directions

  The first direction is defensive. And this stance is needed to win. 

It is necessary to combat the Jihad movement “over there,” wherever “there” is. It’s a nasty, dreadful, hideous job. And the American public – saturated with the mindset of sitcom-quick answers – is anxious to channel-flip away from Iraq. They’re in it for the long haul, and recent history tells them that all that is necessary to win it to keep the (relatively) small blows comin’; a bomb a day sends the US away. Currently we lack the will to defeat evil, and some of it is we don’t know how. I wonder if “the greatest generation” that brought victory in WWII would have had the support from home to beat Hitler if they had the internet and 500 channels of cable. At the time, the Allied military (the good guys) accounted for only 25% of the deaths in WWII. Allied civilians accounted for fifty eight percent; That’s over 41 million people, before the wars’ end. For a long time, peace-loving decent people let Hitler and Hirohito stomp their bloody boots everywhere they wanted (and we’re doing that now). Overwhelming civilian deaths is what it had to come to for good people to do something. More than one hundred times as many US soldiers died in WWII than have died in Iraq (both times). Yet 70 years ago we found the courage as a nation to join with other nations to beat two evil monsters. 

We have a new evil monster: Islamic Jihad. And this monster is tougher, and more sinister. Tougher, because it’s not contained in neat little geographic areas. Like a cancer: it has no boundaries, and can quietly metastasize deadly tumors anywhere it chooses in our un-immunized world. The number one Saudi export is not oil; it is radical Wahhabi Islam taught in Mosques in the US and worldwide, 90% funded by the Saudis. In the name of tolerance of germs everywhere, we allow it to infect us. Despite the fever it produces, it warms us, because we can be smug about the diversity of our thinking. That kind of enlightenment is killing us. If a christian Scientist says “no” to life saving drugs and willingly dies because of it, that’s one thing. But the survival of our nation, as well as the survival of God-given human dignity is at stake. The cancer of Islam loves death; and hopefully we still have a flicker of “love or life.” We need name the disease, surgically remove it, and apply chemo to whatever’s left, so that we might live. 

Islamo-fascism is more sinister because the jihad movement is not based on a political goal or an economic grievance, or even against one group of people. For Muslims it is an all-encompassing way of life. Islam is the way Muslims think about politics, social interaction, and personal behavior, and everything must conform. You can’t point out it’s failures (like communism) and let the rest stand. It is based on strict adherence to Islamic beliefs in the Koran; More correctly, the eradication of all that is not Islam, including those within Islam that are not Islamic enough. In that respect, no amount of chemo will inoculate us; we will always have to get booster shots. From Spain to Indonesia, from Turkey to Sudan, they’re setting up shop, and they’ve nearly got the former area from the “Golden Age of Islam” reconquered. With immigration and extraordinary birth rates, they are moving in and taking over. They are a large percentage in France, Great Britain, and other formerly great countries that are daily giving in to the cancer’s demands. Like WWII, are we going to wait until millions of kafir’s (unbelievers) are killed before we take action? Indeed, how will we take action when the enemy lives within us? They are not waiting to invade; they’re already in! How will we remove the cancer without destroying the body? The core idea from Jihadists that the world needs to hear is: non-believers (of Islam) will be subjugated or killed. Victory over the approaching horror requires a new strategy, a new way of fighting evil that we have never done before: to establish the supremacy of Christianity in the battle of ideas. 

It is not enough to just sweep a house [or a nation] clean of evil (Matthew 12:43-45). You need to fill it with good – the Spirit of God needs to occupy the house – or it will just end up more corrupt and evil than before. So…  

The second direction is offensive. And this stance is needed to win. 

I believe that most Muslims would become Christians if they knew the truth about both Islam and Christianity. Christianity offers freedom. Islam is a dead end; the only assured way out is death in a holy war. That’s why they love it. The western mind cannot grasp this: they love death. Preschoolers in Arab countries sing songs about the joy of martyrdom, write poetry on the hatred of the west, and their parents are so proud. Many hope and pray Allah will allow their children to be martyred. This is not extreme; This is their norm. It’s been the standard teaching in all Islamic countries for decades. How are we going to deal with that? 

It is not enough to pummel your enemies into submission in order to defeat them. In the case of Muslim radicals, they only go into temporary hiding. The good news is our enemy does think pummeling the infidel into submission is sufficient. No imam anywhere has made the case for why someone outside of Islam should choose Islam willingly; But of course they would be quick to say you must obey; Islam means “submit,” and that must come at any cost. Islam is a religion of external powers forcing compliance of religious rules amongst its adherents. For long(er) lasting peace, it is necessary to give people both a reason and a way to pursue a better way: Christianity.

Here is the reason. 

If you say to a Muslim during Ramadan, “Happy Ramadan.” They will tell you that is not what it is all about. Ramadan is a time of contemplation, and consideration of how one can better submit to Allah and honor his dictates in the Koran. Allah is not to be “enjoyed,” he is to be “obeyed.” This is what a billion or so Muslims worldwide get to swallow. It is a fearful religion, and  except in the case of martyrdom, a guaranteed ticket to heaven – you must try to be good enough at obeying to be found faithful enough to enter into paradise. That is why they love martyrdom. That is why so many Muslims willingly take the heavy rules: since there is nothing inside that compels one to perform correctly, anything external might give one a better chance to get to heaven. Not to mention that anyone who questions the method will be chastised even more. I’m reminded of the saying, “The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves!” Families threaten death on their children so they might comply. So yes, beat me into submission; and I might make it to heaven. 

In the battle of ideas, Islam has no footing, and Christianity has everything to stand for. This side of the battle will be won one-on-one. A Muslim who asks you questions will likely do it in secret (see the link above); and you’d better respect that secret to protect their life. Remember, God loves them.

Christianity is all about a relationship with Jesus Christ, who says, “I no longer call you servants … instead I have called you friends.” (John 15:15) I don’t know that any Muslim reading this can really comprehend that. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yolk of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) I don’t know that any Muslim reading this can really comprehend that.  “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons …” (Romans 8:15). I don’t know that any Muslim reading this can really comprehend that.  “Freedom.” “Friends.” “Sons.” Christianity is about revering God in a family-type relationship. 

This offensive is critical in this war. Christianity offers life. 

Here’s the Way. 

Muslims get this: God loves you. He is not waiting for you to screw up so he can harm you. He loves you. He knows you’re tarnished, and you can’t make it into heaven without someone paying the price of that clean-up job. So He offered to do it Himself. He came down from heaven in the person of Jesus Christ, who was not tarnished in any way, and he offered to put all of your tarnish on Him (through His death and resurrection) if you will just say “yes” to this offer. There is no prescribed way to do it. You can say “yes” right now in a short heartfelt prayer. If you do that, the bible says you are “born again,” and nothing and no one will ever take that away from you. That – not martyrdom – is a blessed guaranteed ticket to heaven. God has paid it, you just take it, and then the Holy Spirit fills you with an ability to live the holy life as you listen to His promptings.

More good news, (former) Muslims: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Do not use your liberty for selfishness (Galatians 5:13), but rather use the gifts God has given you to glorify Him by helping others. And where you don’t get it right, don’t worry, because, “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

The God of Love is bigger than the god of fear. 

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