"AXIS OF EVIL" ESSAY I: ISLAM
"There is no terror threat in this country. This is a lie. It's the biggest lie we have been told. And it was a lie told in service of stirring up Americans to accept a new Crusade. A Crusade sponsored and led by Christian theocrats who were working to take control of this country, institute Biblical law, and use America's immense might to launch their mission on a global scale."-Michael Moore, certified lunatic"
We have ruled the world before, and by Allah, the day will come when we will rule the entire world again. The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world, except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquility under our rule, because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history. The day will come when everything will be relieved of the Jews - even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew." -Radical Islamist Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris proving that Michael Moore is a lunatic.
One of the primary protagonists in the new Babylon Mystery Orchestra CD, "Axis Of Evil" is, unsurprisingly, Islam. I have been researching the subject a lot over the last few years and have already written several essays on the subject. There will be more to come as well. This one is aimed primarily at the claims made in this new work about Islam. This is not something I have undertaken frivolously. Quite the opposite. I have taken Islam to task both seriously and aggressively but without the fraudulent theatrics that often accompany other forms of music that regularly desecrate Christianity such as Black and Death Metal. I contend that Islam is not a religion, as we in the Christian West understand the meaning of religion.
There is no separation of religion from the state in Islam as there is in Christianity. In fact the two are intentionally married together and are inseparable. Unlike Jesus, Muhammad was most definitely interested in an earthly kingdom and Islam is the apparatus he constructed to acquire and control it. Therefore Islam is better understood as a tool created for a certain purpose by a certain creator. And yes I do identify that creator...Satan.
On the preceding CD, "The Great Apostasy: A Conspiracy Of Satanic Christianity," my intention was to display an active, if uninvited, negative spiritual influence in Christianity. Certainly if one is prepared to accept the reasonable, and obvious, premise of Satanic influence within the sphere of Christianity, it should not be difficult to understand that such an influence would be much easier to peddle in a world less interested in truly divine spiritual powers.
I will return to a favorite metaphor for describing the influence of these spiritual forces and how they operate. It is the way Jesus referred to himself as the "Good Shepherd:
JOHN 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
In this instance we see Jesus as the "Good Shepherd." Unfortunately there is another shepherd out there who is not so good. It seems reasonable to assume that if Jesus is the door that leads to the flock of sheep that shall be saved, that another door might produce substantially lowered expectations. And who might be the door to that flock and what kind of "sheep" might one expect to find therein? Would not these sheep be subject to the protection and nurturing that would be of a considerably more diabolical nature? At the risk of violating a lot of people's timid sensibilities I am going to say it clearly: Islam is comprised of the sheep of Satan. They belong to him. They serve only him. The god of Islam is...Satan. Learn it. Live it.
If you were to try to construct a religion whose values would stand in perfect opposition to those established by Jesus, you could not do any better than Islam. Whereas Jesus was a nonviolent "martyr" who sacrificed his own life in a thoroughly humiliating and humble death so as to take the consequences for all the sins of mankind upon himself, Muhammad devoted his life to violence aimed at extracting vengeance from those who offended him by rejecting him as a prophet. Could there be more difference? Muhammad used violence as a tool to acquire the wealth that he needed to finance his new religion. We have a word for this sort of thing: piracy. He was humiliated by the Meccans who forced him to flee to Medina. Then he was offended by Jews who would not accept him as a prophet of God and had the annoying habit of pointing out his doctrinal errors. This, in spite of the fact that he went out of his way to steal many of their religious ideas, celebrations and traditions and incorporate them into Islam in an attempt to gain their favor. When they still rejected him as a prophet of God he felt himself justified in killing them and was compelled to justify the killing of them in his new religion.
Qur'an 5:51 Believers, take neither Jews nor the Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. God does not guide the wrongdoers.
Was it something they said? You bet it was. It would appear Muhammad did not handle rejection so well. Jesus allowed himself to be not only rejected but humiliated before the world. Most Christians would view this as a major display of both strength and love. However Islam doesn't view things this way. Karen Armstrong, an Islam apologist and author of many books on Muhammad and Islam, even had the audacity to ask the question: "is a Christ-like failure the only way to God?" Well Karen, the answer is yes. Though I would be careful about using that word "failure."
Jesus lived a life unblemished by sin. He therefore was fit as a sacrifice to exchange his blood for ours and pave the way for our salvation. If he had even one sin attributed to him he would be unable to fulfill this purpose. This is in keeping with Old Testament laws about sacrifices that were made in the Temple. The sacrifice had to be unblemished or perfect. Isn't it an amazing coincidence that Muhammad is revered throughout the Islamic world as al-insan al-kamil, the perfect man? Apparently, however, there are two very differing views on perfection. The differences between the two examples of perfection are many:
Muhammed's disciples killed for their faith; Christ's disciples were killed for their faith.
Muhammed and his fellow warriors murdered thousands; Christ and his disciples murdered none but saved thousands.
Muhammed's method was compulsion; Christ's method was voluntary conversion.
Muhammed was a warrior; Christ is a deliverer.
Muhammed was swift to shed blood for his gain. Christ shed His own blood for the salvation of others.
No nation has ever willingly converted to Islam. None....Ever. Let that sink in, for it says everything you will ever need to know!
We find the differences spelled out clearly in the "Holy" books from both competitors for your worship. The Bible and the Qur'an. Those who would claim that both religions are "equals" are misrepresenting the facts. There is no comparison. Islam is in complete opposition to Christianity.
MATTHEW 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Qur'an 8:60 Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.
MARK 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Qur'an 9:5 But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Qur'an 9:29 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.
As we can see from these and so many more examples, Islam is in direct contradiction to the teachings of Jesus. Coincidence? Not likely. This is direct proof of the involvement of the very spirit beings mentioned in the above verse from Ephesians. A religion entirely fabricated by Satan to be exactly what he is to this world. The opposition of all that is true and Holy. Satan is a liar and Islam is his lie. There is absolutely no equivalency between the religion of Christianity and Islam. They are polar opposites by diabolical design.
There is also an all to common misconception about the equivalency of violence between Judeo-Christianity and Islam. This often revolves around the book of Joshua. In chapters 8-11 there is considerable killing. All justified by God himself. However, unless you are one of those people who inhabited that land God was giving over to Israel, this doesn't apply to you. Also God did explain why those people were not to be spared in the takeover. The violence in the Bible is descriptive of the events that took place at that time and at that place. They are in no way written as instructions for future people to use in any other situation. If anything it goes to great lengths to point out that this particular campaign was ordained by God for his purposes. Specific instructions were given to specific individuals to be carried out at a specific time and at a specific place. And only at that time and only at that place.
Islam on the other hand endorses an open ended campaign of violence against non believers. The Qur'an clearly teaches its followers to commit acts of violence against them.
Qur'an 2:190-193 Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.
Worse still, is Islam's intolerance of its own rejection. There is no allowance for turning away from or rejecting the "truth" of Islam. There is also no allowance for the toleration of other beliefs or the freedom of conscience to even entertain the idea of another system of belief. The hand of judgement for offences against Islam is not reserved for "Allah," but instead is the duty of every Muslim.
Qur'an 4:89 They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing as they: But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah From what is forbidden. But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and in any case take no friends or helpers from their ranks.
Contrast that with Jesus instructions for handling the rejection of his word.
MATTHEW 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
MATTHEW 19: 21-22 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
There is something very important there. Jesus Christ, the son of God and Saviour of the world, did not chase down the man who walked away from him. He did not curse him. He did not authorize anyone to do any harm to him. And, perhaps even more importantly considering the "liberalizing" of modern day Christianity, he did not alter his message to make it more appealing to those who would reject him. What did Jesus do? He just let him go in peace. Islam cannot allow that kind of freedom of choice. Why? Because Muhammad is a false prophet and "Allah" is a false god. Power must be demonstrated through suppression and oppression. Jesus, on the other hand, is God. He knows you will answer to him. He has all the power in the universe and he has all the time in the universe to wait and give those who reject him every chance to hear the truth...and accept it. If only they will. Quite a difference.
The Qur'an is a terrorist manual which condones and encourages fighting, conflict, terror, slaughter, and genocide against those who do not accept Islam. Muhammad was no martyr and neither are his followers who constantly view themselves as such. Using your own death as a weapon to kill others is not martyrdom. Its murder. It is perfectly acceptable to someone whose Kingdom is "of this earth" as is Muhammad's. He has his reward.
It is foolish to look upon the violence in Islam as being the work of a few "Islamic Fundamentalists" who have hijacked an otherwise peaceful religion for their own purposes. It is true that the great majority of Muslims do not partake in violence but their silence or lack of participation should not be misinterpreted as disapproval of it. Though the jihadists are a minority within the larger Muslim community, they do insist that their actions are based in Islamic theology. Those hoping for some Muslim equivalent with the Christian "reformations," that led to the removal of a lot of institutional corruption within the Christian religions, will be very disappointed. The jihadists claim they ARE the reformers and it is they who are practicing the truest puritanical Islam.
It is of interest to point out that nowhere in the Muslim world is there an anti-jihadist movement. Muslims all over the world rioted over the publishing of Muhammad cartoons in a Danish newspaper, yet they danced in the streets in celebration of the destruction of the World Trade Center. They attacked non-Catholic Christian Churches in the Middle East after Pope Benedict quoted some unfavorable remarks about Islam, yet they never criticize Osama Bin Laden for hijacking their "peaceful" religion. Quite the opposite. There is no greater hero in the Muslim world today! So is Islam a religion of peace? No! Not now. Not ever.
The Bible is a missionary manual to spread the gospel of peace to all the world. Jesus was a martyr who, in possession of all the power in the universe, allowed himself to be killed for the benefit of others. A real martyr. The concepts of the two religions cannot be in more total opposition. There is no equivalency between Islam and Christianity. Islam is death. Tolerance for Islam is tolerance for death. Yours!
Religious ideology runs deep. The fact that you don't believe in their god or any god will not alter their reality. 1400 years of history cannot be ignored. Pursuing the myth of moderate Islam only provides them with more time, and they are fastidious in their use of time as a weapon. These people are more committed to their agenda than anyone else. They give their lives for it. Believe their own words:
"Islamic governments have never and will never be established through peaceful solutions and cooperative councils. They are established as they always have been, by pen and gun, by word and bullet, by tongue and teeth.
Islamic government would never be established except by the bomb and rifle. Islam does not coincide or make truce with unbelief, but rather confronts it. The confrontation that Islam calls for with these godless and apostate regimes does not know Socratic debates, Platonic ideals, or Aristotelian diplomacy. But it knows the dialog of bullets, the ideals of assassination, bombing and destruction, and the diplomacy of the cannon and machine gun."-Al-Qaeda Manual
As of this writing a new milestone has just been reached. There have now been over 10,600 Islamic terrorist attacks since September 11, 2001. Not just terrorist attacks, but ISLAMIC terrorist attacks. 10,600!!! If Islam is a "religion of peace," how do you define war?
Matthew 7:20 "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Indeed my Lord. We know them well
Sunday, February 24, 2008
"Axis Of Evil" Essay I: Islam
"AXIS OF EVIL" ESSAY I: ISLAM