Will The Real God of Creation Please Stand Up!!!

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There are many in the world today that make the claim that the God of the Bible and Allah are the same deity. There are even those that identify with the Christian faith that make the claim that when Muslims pray to Allah they are really just praying to the God of the Bible; they are just confused. These claims mostly come from those involved in interfaith dialogues with followers of Islam. Some of those involved try to show similarities between the two faiths in an effort to demonstrate that we are all the same and can get along; after all, we even worship the same god…but do we really?

The word for “god” in Arabic is allah. Arabic speaking Christians refer to the God of the Bible as Allah. Allah is not His name, but his position or title. The Allah “God” of the Bible is called Yahweh. That is much different than the god of Islam. Allah is the name of the Islamic deity.

The God of the Bible makes some very bold claims about His creation and His character. Genesis 1:1 states “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth. John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” Revelation 19:13 says, “His name is called The Word of God.” John 1:14 states, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Yahweh is the God of Israel. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The same cannot be said for Allah. Allah is just one of the deities the pagans in Arabia worshipped.

The Bible makes the claim that God cannot lie. Jesus is identified as the way, the Truth, and the life. In Revelation 19:11, John identifies the one riding on the white horse (Jesus) as being called Faithful and True. The Bible forbids lying and Revelation 21:8 identifies the lake that burns with fire as the final dwelling place of all liars.

The Bible identifies Satan as the father of lies who was a liar from the beginning. He is a liar, deceiver, and schemer. The Qur’an teaches in 3:54 that Allah is the best of deceivers. 1 John 2:22 asks, “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. “ The Qur’an teaches in 9:30 that the Christians call Christ the Son of God…God’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth. Surah 19:92 says, “It is not consistent with the majesty of Allah most gracious that He should beget a son.”

Here we have a problem. The foundation of the Christian faith is based upon the Biblical teaching of the Deity of Jesus, His death by crucifixion, and His resurrection. The Qur’an denies each of these foundational elements. We need to remember that it is alleged that Allah transmitted the information for the Qur’an directly to Muhammad.

It does not seem that the Muslims that worship Allah are confused. I would say they are deceived. The ones that are confused are those that claim Allah and Yahweh are the same deity. But, if they are not the same deity than who is Allah?

Muhammad was from the Quraysh tribe in the area of which is now known as the Arabian Desert. The moon god, Allah, was just one of the many gods the pagans worshipped before Muhammad arrived on the scene and demanded that Allah should reign supreme. This moon god had been worshipped for more than 1,500 years and those that worshipped it are even referenced in the book of Judges. Judges chapters seven and eight tell the story of Gideon’s conquest of the worshippers of the moon god. These worshippers had killed some kinsmen of Gideon. These men wore pendants and their camels wore crescent ornaments. This false deity has been around for thousands of years. The followers of this moon god have always been at opposition with the God of the Bible.

Consider this, the Bible identifies Israel as the specific location for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham and his descendants. God promised the land to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob’s sons became the tribes of the land of Israel. They were Jewish. Jesus, our Savior, descended from the tribe of Judah and from the line of David the second king of Israel. Esau, Jacob’s brother, sold his birthright and was not from the line that would give birth to the Messiah. Genesis 16:12 says that Esau would dwell to the east of all his brothers. Ishmael as well, was not the heir of choice chosen by God through which our Messiah would come. Yet, Islam teaches that the line of promise went through Ishmael.

If the Jewish people are God’s chosen people to bring about the birth of the Messiah, if they are the ones that were promised the land of Israel as an everlasting possession, then why does the Qur’an teach that Jews descended from apes and pigs? Why do the Islamists promise to push the Jews in Israel into the sea? Why do the Islamists look to dominate all other religions? Why do the Islamists behead Christians? Why do the Islamists burn down churches? Why do the Islamists deny the cross? Why do the Islamists demand that we silence our criticism about Muhammad? Why does Shariah law call for the death of Muslim apostates?

Revelation 12:17 declares that the dragon (Satan) was enraged with the woman (Israel) and went off to make war with the rest of her offspring (Christians), who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. Who hates Israel, Jews and Christians more than any other group on earth? Islamists that want to dominate the globe, deny the death and resurrection of Jesus, and want to establish Islamic law across the globe. It would serve us well not to side with the enemies of the one TRUE God.

“The Apostasy”

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II Thessalonians 2:3

“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first…”

Modern day prophecy teachers frequently steer their followers to look at the condition of the culture in America as proof that the return of Jesus is near. Now I am in agreement that the return of Jesus is near, but their attention on American culture needs to be refocused.

Merriam-Webster defines “apostasy” as a renunciation of religious faith. Has the United States made a renunciation of Christian faith? Certainly many in America have. One could even make the argument that our government is hostile to Christianity. But According to a 2008 Gallup poll, 78% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. Although many may not be living their lives as Christ would, their backslidden ways, although problematic, are not renunciations of their Christian faith.

So what is this apostasy Paul is warning us about in the letter to the Thessalonians?

In order to understand what Paul was referring to we need to look to the Middle East. When prophetic verses in the Bible are evaluated in light of history and the Middle East everything begins to come in crystal clear.

Christianity continued to spread throughout the Middle East and Europe on the heels of Paul’s three missionary journeys. Churches sprang up throughout the world. It was not until the introduction of Islam that the apostasy began. Today in the Middle East Islam dominates the region. Christianity has been decimated. The apostasy, or falling away, Paul talked about has been in full force for over 1,400 years. If only those apostates had heeded Jesus warning:

Matthew 24:13

“But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”

To understand how this happened to the Christian world we need to understand what motivated the Islamists and what the Christians had to endure after the introduction of Islam to their living environments. Islam is supremacist by nature. The Qur’an states that Islam must reign supreme. Through Jihad and the introduction of a group of rules governing the living conditions for Non-Muslims Islam easily pounded submission into the consciousness of the infidel.

The Islamists that moved into new territories typically gave occupants of a given culture three options. Option number one was to convert to Islam. The second option for the occupant was execution if they would not convert to Islam or submit to Islamic authority. The final option was for those who did not want to convert to Islam but were willing to submit to the authority of Islamic law. These people were willing to live as second-class citizens and abide by Islamic rules governing their way of life and behavior. They also had to pay a poll tax called the Jizya. This was in accordance with Islamic Law.

Qur’an 9:29

“Make War on those who have received the Scriptures [Jews and Christians] but do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day. They do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden. The Christians and Jews do not follow the religion of truth until they SUBMIT and pay the poll tax [Jizya], and they are HUMILIATED.”

These second-class citizens, Dhimmis, were a great source of revenue for the Islamists. Dhimmis also had a variety of restrictions imposed on them by the Islamists. These rules (sometimes called the Treaty of Omar, Pact of Umar, or Conditions of Omar) restricted the Dhimmis from:

  1. Building or repairing churches
  2. Worshipping the God of the Bible publicly
  3. Displaying crosses or Bibles
  4. Clanging cymbals, ringing church bells, or singing hymns that Muslims may hear.
  5. Riding on horses
  6. Proselytizing
  7. Blasphemy (Any statements critical of Mohammed or Islam)

These rules of Dhimmitude also had some requirements for the infidel:

  1. Dhimmis must maintain a humble attitude
  2. Dhimmis must cut the hair from the forehead
  3. Dhimmis must wear certain clothes and a belt to identify themselves
  4. Dhimmis must offer lodging for Muslims
  5. Dhimmis must keep homes lower than Muslim homes.

Bill Warner makes this observation in his book, A Self-Study Course on Political Islam:

“The actual attitude of Islam toward the dhimmis was more contempt than hatred, and over time the dhimmis disappeared. They either left or converted. It was too hard to be a second-class citizen, and the extra taxes were a burden. As time went on, both Christians and Jews became more Arabic in their outlook; they started to treat women as the Arabs did and their customs became more and more Islamic. Finally it was easier to accept Islam as their religion and stop all the pressure and contempt.”

These people were true apostates. They had renounced their faith completely. Jesus warned us to endure to the end. He warned us that we would be hated and experience persecution. Many failed to heed Jesus’ warnings. That is how the apostasy has come and how Islam has come to dominate the once Christian world of the Middle East.

Here is the point. It appears that Christians have two options available when confronted with Islamic governance. Christians may choose to maintain their faith and NOT submit to Islamic authority. Many have chosen this path

Rev 6:9-11

“I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.”

The other option is to follow the words of Jesus:

Matthew 24:13

“But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”

 Apostasy should NEVER be an option!