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What You Need to Know About Islam and the Bible (John Hagee)

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What You Need to Know About Islam and the Bible

Friday, 21 August 2009 11:23 AM EDT John Hagee
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There comes a time in a nation’s historyand there comes a time in the churchwhen spiritual fog and religious deception must be removed by a clear, unbiased, passionate pursuit of truth. America and the church are now in a spiritual fog over the issue of Islam.

But Islam and Christianity are not “sister faiths,” and a side-by-side examination of the texts of the Bible and the Quran will quickly identify some of the differences related to Islam’s teachings about Christ and the truths of our own Bible about the Son of God.

Islam instructs its followers to kill their enemies, but Christianity in-structs its followers to love their enemies.

The Quran says to “fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them” (Surah 9:5). But our Holy Bible tells Christ’s followers to: “Love your ene-mies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matt. 5:44, KJV).

Islam denies Christianity’s core truth-the death and resurrection of Jesus.

That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;but they did not kill him, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they did not kill him. Surah 4:157

Islam says that Jesus did not die on the cross. The Bible says that Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead.

Islam also denies the deity of Jesus Christ.

The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the Son of Allah. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! Surah 9:30

Not only does the Quran deny Christ’s deity-but also, as we see in the verse from the Quran above, it puts a curse on all who confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Islam brings Jesus Christ lower than Muhammad, making him no more than a messenger:

Christ the son of Mary was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how Allah makes His Signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth! Surah 5:75

Since there are such marked differences in these areas between Islam and Christianity, we must be prepared to test the “truth” of each. History has re-vealed to us that the Islamic Bible, the Quran, is a collection of the revela-tions Muhammad said he was given by an angel, or from a voice coming down from heaven, or sometimes as a message from a dream. Christians are commanded to “try the spirits” to see if they are from God:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Anti-christ, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 1 John 4:1-3

Every person who calls himself a prophet must be tested by Scripture. (See 1 Corinthians 14:29.)

Every revelation and every prophecy must be judged by the Word of God. If it is not scripturalif it denies Jesus Christ as the Son of God-it is the spirit of the Antichrist.

By applying these tests to the teachings of Muhammad, we will quickly discover that this prophet doesn’t pass the test. From Genesis to Revelation, every page of the Bible testifies of the deity of Jesus Christ. “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Fighting Fear (Ulf Ekman)

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Without having an open mind you never get anywhere in life. Then most things remain closed and inaccessible. You do not pray, you do not seek, you do not knock and nothing seems to be open. Then suddenly, unexpectedly, everything seems to be a threat, unpleasant or unpleasing.

But then, it is not possible to have an open mind unless you deal with various kinds of fear and phobia in your life. Fear is perhaps one of humankind’s greatest enemies. It holds us in its grip and hinders us from growing into the real potentiality God has for us. Faith, confidence, trust always means taking risks. Things can go wrong. You can miss it. Fear of taking risks is something you have to deal with. No risk – no growth, no open doors, no adventures.

I remember when I stood in the queue outside the American Embassy in 1981 waiting to get a study visa so I could travel to the USA with my family and do a year at Bible school there. Behind me stood someone I knew who was talking the whole time about how impossible it was because I did not have any approval on paper from any school there. So, I might as well go home. If I had done that, dejectedly left the embassy and gone home, I would have missed out on a 25-year long adventure. I did not get a study visa, just a normal tourist visa. But we had prayed and knew that the Lord was exhorting us to go. So we sold our house, took our children and went anyway.

On the plane, my head was spinning and I could see myself going back again without having even gone in – totally crushed. Then I made a decision again, and I held fast to the word from God and the Bible verse He gave me. There was some to-ing and fro-ing at customs in New York, and they sent us to an official in another department. I showed him an ordinary letter I had received from a pastor, which in quite vague and general terms was welcoming us to visit his church some time. And suddenly, the official changed his mind and gave us a 6-month visa, there and then. We were in.

At one of the first meetings I visited there was an elderly couple who were preaching together – the man in a loud suit and white shoes, the woman in a pink dress with unbelievable bows on. I was so critical, Swedish as I was. And immediately I felt the Lord correcting me and showing me how biased, negative, narrow-minded and through-and-through Swedish I was being. I wanted to have it just the way I liked it. There and then I knew I had to change and so I decided to have an open mind and to be led neither by fear nor by prejudice. I have benefited a lot from that ever since.

A year in a totally different and truly faith-filled atmosphere, very much characterised by the activity of the Spirit and His word really did the trick in my life. It created in me an atmosphere of positive faith, a counterbalance against the negativisms I was previously used to. Now, I have of course not been totally perfect in keeping to that (Phew!), but anyway, it has been an enormous help for me in revealing the resistance, suspicion and negativism in my own life over the years. It has also continued to open many doors, develop new acquaintances and uncover hidden treasure in areas I would otherwise normally have avoided and gone past. It has truly made life richer and more fun, having an open and positive mindset. It does not mean that you do not have clear principles or are able to and do draw boundaries, since there are such things which are objectively right or wrong. But it does mean that one’s first reaction to something is not always negative, suspicious or condemnatory. So much more fun!

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