John R. Houk
© July 12, 2014
I am one of those guys that many would describe as a Counterjihad writer. Muslims and Leftists would look at the word “Counterjihad” and visions of an Islamophobic Muslim-hater enters into their mind. For Leftists and Muslims the word “Islamophobe” is meant to be a pejorative word to describe a person that should be reviled.
Here’s a thought that is sure to rile Leftists and Muslims: I do not view myself as a person that hates Muslims as people. It is true I do hate the religion that is known as Islam. As a Christian I am not a big fan of any religion that has an antichrist spirit about it. Islam specifically calls non-Muslims infidel (kafir) AND the Quran specifically singles out Jews and Christians as untrustworthy dudes worthy of death. It is true the Quran describes Jews and Christians as the “People of the Book” meaning the Bible. However, Islam teaches that the Holy writings of Jews and Christians are a corruption of Allah’s original message and hence an error that will lead to whatever Islam calls hell.
While Mohammed preached in Mecca before fleeing to Medina from persecuting polytheistic Arabs who were displeased about being told their pantheon of gods were non-existent idols and that only Allah is worthy of worship. Mo’s followers in the early Mecca days ONLY numbered in the hundreds at that time. In those days of Mecca preaching he thought of ways to entice two of the monotheistic religions Judaism and Christianity to join him as the true prophet of Allah (God). It is one of the reasons you will read of Old and New Testament Patriarchs, Prophets, Kings, Jesus and Mother Mary as true Muslims. In other words Mo stole the content of the Holy Bible and rewrote (or retold) them from a perspective that favors Arab superiority and indicating the Holy Bible had become corrupted from the truth. Unfortunately for Mo Jews were already pros at having kings and nations trying to change their Judaic faith typically in not a nice way. Christians had become the dominant religion of the Middle East by Mo’s early 700s; however they also experienced a bit of harassment from Romans trying stamp them out as not being Roman enough such as viewing Caesar-Emperor as a divine entity. So Mo had little success with getting adherents from Jews and Christians.
Thus as People of the Book, Jews and Christians were initially not to be recipients of the convert or die imperative. Polytheists on the other hand were to be completely reviled as idolaters worthy of death for not seeing the truth of submitting to Allah and the prophet Mohammed.
AS A CHRISTIAN I have a problem as being singled out along with Jews to be tolerated as long as I don’t practice my faith openly or don’t act out or say anything deemed insulting to Islam or Mo. The nail in the coffin of looking the other way to Islam is that religion’s treatment of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
Mo steals Jesus as one of the great prophets just before Mo’s revelation. Furthermore Mo denies the death on the Cross, burial and the Resurrection all occurred within three days. AND Mo tells his followers specifically that Jesus was just a man the human son of Mary and not the Son of God both equally man and equally God as the third person of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit as three persons and ONE God simultaneously.
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,3 and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4: 1-6 NKJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
30 I and My Father are one.”
Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”
33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’?[a] 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[b] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”39 Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand. (John 10: 30-39 NKJV)
13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. (1 John 4: 13-15 NKJV)
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”[a] (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”[b] 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”[c] (Romans 8-13 NKJV)
30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20: 30 NKJV)
Now I realize a Muslim devoted to the Quran will quote suras in an attempt to show the Holy Bible is corrupted in the same way I quote the Bible to the Quran is an antichrist document. Yet here’s the thing to think about. The Lord Jesus of the Bible asks those who believe in Him to share and not coerce or threaten. If you freely and willing choose to believe that Jesus is the Christ (the anointed ONE of God) and the Son of God the new believer has life in the name of Jesus.
Islam does not mean peace as apologists and propagandists tell us non-Muslims. The true meaning of Islam is submission. The context of Islamic submission is the acceptance of the way of life as governed by Sharia Law. What this means for a non-Muslim none of the benefits Islam defines for its adherents is applicable to the non-Muslim. If you are lucky enough to be a part of the People of the Book there are a set rules that are acceptable for a non-Muslim to live under. PRIMARILY even as a non-Muslim you must submit or face severe consequences. This means especially in a Muslim dominated society the severe consequences is usually death. And even a Muslim nation’s authorities fail to enforce these consequences many interpret the Quran, Hadith and Sira (Sunna) to allow Muslims not associated with law enforcement to exact the consequence of death themselves.
That friends (and enemies) is the difference between “believe” and “submit”. I will never submit to the directives of Islam.
I have to go back to the pejorative meant term of Islamophobe. My Christian faith precludes me to hate people whether believing Christians or non-believers in the Risen Savior. Admittedly my particular personality places me in a position that challenges me to prevent being angry at unjust people. I too often find myself in the position of having to repent from not nice thoughts I may place into unseemly words. I pretty much have overcome the urge to express violence toward ideological idiots and antichrist-minded individuals. In writing this full disclosure I rarely hold back in denouncing Left Wing ideologies, overtly antichrist religious individuals and venom spewing antichrist atheists. BUT I will never make plans to harm individuals or groups of people for their open thoughts. On the other hand I am a firm believer in self-defense. I will not be a doormat rug in which individuals violently stomp me down and I will call for duly representative authorities to protect the public good from violent individuals or groups of peoples. God has ordained authorities to exist to protect law abiding Christians.
1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (Romans 13: 1-7 NKJV)
The term Islamophobe used as a pejorative although accepted today is actually greatly misused. In breaking the word down Islam refers to the religion and phobe comes from phobia. Phobia means fear. Thus Islamophobia really means an unnatural fear of Islam.
1. I do not fear the religion of Islam, I loathe it.
2. Neither do I have an unnatural fear of the adherents of Islam i.e. Muslims. Rather I feel sorry for them for being blinded by an antichrist spirit and thus pray for the eyes of their understanding become enlightened.
3. I have no problem with defending myself from adherents of Islam when they embark in acting nutso-crazy.
4. I have no problem with the ordained authorities to use lethal force against the perpetrators of violence and the protectors of the violent whether it be civil police or the duly trained military.
Points three and four will undoubtedly be twisted by Leftists and Muslim apologists will harangue me for being an unchristian hypocrite. I do disagree. I do believe in the principle of turning the other cheek and the Christian Golden Rule of doing for others as you would have them do for you. Turning the other cheek does not mean being an unwilling target for violence when God has ordained the authorities of a government exist by the Hand of God to protect me with the rule of law. Turning the other cheek has is designed for insults and individuals that desire to brawl. Insults are provocative and brawling indicates participating in a heated argument between an individual and/or individuals. Turning the other cheek does not mean putting yourself in a position to be a victim of crime, terrorism and war between nations.
Another accusation delivered by Leftists and Muslim apologists is the documented history of nations that have called themselves Christian perpetrating atrocities in the name of Christ. Trust me there are plenty of examples of atrocities committed in the name of Christ. The two most common by Muslim apologists seem to be the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition.
History shows the Crusades being initiated by Pope Urban II under the reasoning that Muslims were attacking Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land and Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus asked the Pope for help. The Muslim Seljuk Turks had conquered the Levant and Anatolia away from the Byzantine Empire and was threatening Constantinople. The city built and named by Constantine that ended Roman civil wars and made Christianity the State Church after hundreds of years of Roman persecution of Christians. The Europeans that cared realized that Constantinople was a block to Muslim conquest invasions to Europe that would end Medieval Christian culture of the time.
The pride problem the Byzantine emperor faced is that Constantine was the leader of the Eastern (Greek) Orthodox Church which split from the Latin Churches of Europe largely over the issue of Ecclesiastical primacy between Latin and Greek Churches (See HERE and HERE). Frankly I believe Urban II was less interested in aiding Emperor Alexis I Comnenus and more interested in preventing Muslim lunatics from ending Christendom in Europe.
So Pope Urban II gave one of the most famous (or infamous depending on perspective) sermons of the Medieval Church inspiring European Nobleman from typically warring kingdoms (but French leadership) to unite and march to deliver Byzantine and the Holy Land from Saracen (Muslim) control.
There is currently a bit of scholar war going on pertaining to the actual historical motives of the Crusades but that is simply to weighty to address here. For the sake of clarification I’m on the side that Muslim conquest and raiding was more responsible than the politically correct historians that distort history to make it appear the Crusaders were marauders purely interested in unprovoked booty and land conquest.
No matter the perspective scholars promote there is no getting around the facts that all the Crusader incursions into the Holy Land was followed by the bloody slaughtering of Muslims, Jews and even occasionally Byzantine Greek Orthodox Christians. The atrocities occurred in the name of Jesus. BUT should we blame the Biblical theology pertaining to Jesus Christ as a part of Christian doctrine toward non-Christians? NOT AT ALL!
The entire New Testament is about sharing the Love of God to humanity to choose freely to be in Christ or reject Christ. There is NO WHERE in the New Testament that calls for the death or execution of non-believers in Christ. The treatment of rejection I think is best by said by the Son of God Jesus Christ:
15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but[a] have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3: 15-21 NKJV)
51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”[a]
55 But He turned and rebuked them,[b] and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.”[c] And they went to another village. (Luke 9: 51-56 NKJV)
Jesus did not favor destroying the lives of humanity that rejected Him. Contrast Jesus with the words of Mohammed for those who rejected him:
191 And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.
192 But if they desist, then lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
193 And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against wrong-doers. (Quran 2:191-193 – Pickthal)
56 As for those who disbelieve I shall chastise them with a heavy chastisement in the world and the Hereafter; and they will have no helpers. (Quran 3:56 – Pickthal)
89 They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them, (Quran 4:89 – Pickthal)
12 When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. (Quran 8:12 – Shakir)
29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (Quran 9:29 – Yusafali)
Well you get the idea. Mo is fairly intolerable to people who deny Allah and his antichrist prophet Mohammed. (Hat Tip: The Religion of Peace)
The next most cited accusation against Christianity is the Reconquista of Spain and the Spanish Inquisition. The Reconquista lasted 700 years with Isabella and Ferdinand delivering the final blows around 1492. Yes the violence and atrocity toward Jews and Muslims was horrendous. BUT again no, it is not what Jesus commanded to do. The reassertion of the Catholic Church over the land conquered by invading Muslims was just as brutal as that of the Muslims. The greater tragedy is that the Catholic Christians exacted some ethnic cleansing to rid Spain of the Jewish and Muslim presence.
The biggest losers in discrimination against non-Christians were definitely the Jews. After Muslims faced expulsion from recaptured land by Christian leaders, the Muslims ultimately had a land to fall back on for an Islamic way of life. Unfortunately for the Jews, the losing of a few religious related rebellions against the Romans between roughly 66 AD and 135 AD. Romans grew weary of suppressing the Jewish national identity in their own homeland; hence the Romans expelled the Jews. Thus the Jews were without their God Promised homeland until they were restored in 1948 AD.
Nations that called themselves definitely were not innocent of violence and atrocities. BUT I need to reiterate, atrocities committed in the name of Christ was absolutely contrary to Christian Scriptures.
On the other hand if you look at the atrocities committed in the name of Allah and his prophet Mohammed were executed directly as a result of the writings considered holy in the Quran, Hadith and Sira (and Sunnah a part of the Sira).
As far as religious atrocities go, Islam far outstrips all atrocities committed by any other religions that have had periods of intolerance. AND as far as the world’s major religions goes, Islam is the only religion that demands to make all other non-Muslim cultures and non-Muslim religions extinct:
These figures are a rough estimate of the death of non-Muslims by the political act of jihad.
This is one of those posts in which my meandering thoughts could me a badly written unpublished book. I think you get the point. Islam as a whole is an antichrist religion bent on intolerant domination forcing society to mold its every action under the theo-political doctrine of Islam and Sharia Law. Islam is evil. Non-Muslims and Islamic adherents who do not see this are blinded be the Deceiver Christians call Satan.
I have to be honest. This post actually was to be an introduction to a short Bill Warner video posted on Political Islam entitled “Good Muslim, Bad Muslim” posted three days ago. The video is only four minutes and fifteen seconds long. The mini-lecture is there questions about a Moderate Muslim and a Radical Muslim or perhaps your nice Muslim friend as compared to the Muslim that wants to chop your head off for being a kafir.
Bill is sure to irritate Leftists, Muslim Apologists and Muslims who consider themselves law abiding citizens of the USA. Bill simply tells it like it is according to Islam’s own considered holy writings.
Astonishingly Bill Warner pulls out one nice Muslim’s name that is a loyal American, a Medical Doctor, who served time in the U.S. Navy and actively is one of the few Muslims of note that denounce Radical Islam as evil – M. Zuhdi Jasser MD. It is people like Dr. Jasser that I have wavered back and forth over years that Islam has a shot of abandoning the Mohammed of Medina and emphasize the Mohammed of Mecca before he went nuts with power. Then Bill Warner brings me back to the belief that Islam is unredeemable as a religion of peace and tolerance.
Good Muslim, Bad Person
By Bill Warner
July 9, 2014
A good Muslim is one who practices Islam. Since there is no unmitigated good in Islam for the Kafir, it follows that someone who practices Islam has no unmitigated good for the Kafir. There are good people who call themselves Muslims, but their goodness comes from something other than Islam.
VIDEO: Good Muslim, Bad Person
Published by Bill Warner
Published: Jul 8, 2014
Counterjihad Exposes Islam
John R. Houk
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Good Muslim, Bad Person
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