||WAR ON or OF TERROR?
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The war ON terror may have started on September 11, 2001, but the war
OF terror started many centuries before America was discovered.
It began at the very inception of Islam in the Seventh century.
In order to effectively fight the "war on terror", we need
to understand that the "war of terror" is a basic concept of Islam
for obtaining world dominion. Jihad is the Islamic mission strategy.
Before I elaborate on this, I need to back up in history to the rise
in political power and simultaneous spiritual decline of the
Christian Church. Islam could not have gained such a strong foothold
in the world if a depraved Christianity had not paved the way.
The early Christian church got off to a great start and
grew rapidly during the first century of its existence. The apostles were
aware of their God-given mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and
teach converts to follow his teachings. The early Christians were
ambitious about getting the job accomplished as soon as possible.
The "gospel of the kingdom" was a message of peace and joy, but it also included a somber
warning to converts, that there was a good possibility or even probability
that they would suffer persecution in the process. The attractiveness of the
gospel to many was found in the teaching of "the blessed hope of the Lord's
return to set up his eternal kingdom". In spite of persecution, growth was
astounding. Common people, Jewish priests, educated and wealthy citizens began
to embrace Christianity in large numbers.
After Constantine embraced the Christian faith in 312, church leaders began to achieve new
levels of prestige and affluence. Greed for power and
wealth began to erode the church spiritually. The situation in the Roman
Church got so bad, that Constantine moved the capitol of the Roman Empire to
Constantinople (Istanbul). It was not Constantine, but his follower
Theodosius, who made Christianity the official religion of the empire in 390.
He misused the popularity of the Christians to solidify his holdings,
requiring all subjects to be baptized into the church. A
"state-church" was formed in which the Emperor proclaimed heresy to be a crime
punishable by death. On the other hand, church leaders reminded the
pious of their "God-given duty" to be subject to the Emperor.
It was not long
before dissenters were being confined to dungeons and torture chambers. Laws
of the state became religion and submission to the church was enforced by the
With the creation of the state church, teachings of the Old
and New Testaments gradually lost significance in political decision-making
and even in church affairs. Ruling Bishops and secular monarchs fought over
territorial rights and Priests were also caught up in these bitter power
struggles. Biblical teaching soon gave way to empty sacramental
observances. Both government laws and church discipline were primarily
designed to keep subjects in line and to secure a steady income for the
Emperor and church hierarchy. Lowly peasants had no say in politics or
religion and even a mild protest could lead to torture or death.
THE PAPAL STATE
In 590, Gregory the Great became Pope. It was he who laid
the foundations for a papal state. Although Christianity continued expanding
in Europe and Asia, few of its adherents were happy with this "Holy Roman
Empire". The "blessed hope of the Lord's return" lost much of its allure with
the passing of time, and the "Kingdom of God" had come to represent an
oppressive dictatorship. Exorbitant taxation was levied to finance wars and
support the lavish lifestyle of the nobility. The church hierarchy also placed
heavy demands on the common people. Church leaders lived in palaces and
enjoyed every conceivable luxury. Bishops vied with one another over who could
erect the most magnificent cathedral, but the peasants knew only hard work and
AN INTERESTING ALTERNATIVE
Mohammed was born in 570 and began espousing his views soon
after Pope Gregory created the Papal state. Islam offered an interesting
alternative to Christianity and its theology was not difficult for many to
accept. Mohammed gave credence to both Abraham and Jesus, considering
them to be legitimate prophets. Like Christianity and Judaism, Islam believed
in only one God, and Muhammad was his prophet. Some teachings of Jesus and
passages of the Torah (Old Testament) were included in the Koran, so both the
Old and New testaments seemed unnecessary. The scriptures were only
available to a few select persons who could read Latin and afford
the expensive manuscripts. Few members of the educated class showed
interest in the scriptures. The Koran, on the other hand, was written in
Arabic and at least the Arab populations were exposed to its teachings.
Adherents were induced to memorize large portions of it.
THE FIRST JIHAD
Mohammed was a good observer and student of history. He recognized the
great power potential that a coalition of church and state offered, but he
also recognized its shortcomings. What the Christian Church and Roman Empire
could do in coalition, he could do better as a singular unified religious
kingdom! Islam was promoted simultaneously as both a government and
religion. Its advances were primarily of a military nature. "Jihad" means to
convert or destroy the enemy, but because those who converted to Islam
voluntarily were released from taxation and church dues, many converted
willingly. Bounty seized from those who resisted, sufficed to finance much of
Islam's "first great Jihad". Islam grew like wild fire, expanding from the
Arabian Peninsula in every direction. No religion in history grew faster than
Islam in the first two centuries after its founding. By the time Muhammad died
in 632 AD, the Western Roman Empire was a shambles and the
Eastern Empire in Constantinople was trying futilely to maintain some
semblance of its early grandeur. Charles Martel of France, the father of
Charlemagne, was able to temporarily stop Muslim advances at the battle of
Tours in 732, but Muslims continued their campaign to conquer the West until
they were finally driven out of Spain at the battle of Granada, in the same
year Columbus discovered America.
THE SECOND GREAT JIHAD
The second major thrust of Islam was directed towards the East and South. The Ottoman Turks
came to power in 1450 and brought down the Christian stronghold of
Constantinople on May 29, 1453.
A contributing factor in the success of Islam in Western Europe can be found in the decadent
religious situation of the times. Biblical truth had become unimportant to
Roman church leaders. Not a few Bishops, priests and monks lived in open
immorality. The Habsburgers, who ruled much of Europe for six centuries,
relied heavily on peasants to fight the Turks, but many peasants wondered if
they were fighting on the wrong side.
During much of the 15th and 16th centuries, the protestant reformation took its toll on the
Emperor's military and financial resources.
By 1600, a good majority of the
empire had become protestant. Many of the nobility had defected and most of
the peasants followed Lutheran or Anabaptist teachings. Printed New Testaments
and Bibles in the language of the people were spreading rapidly throughout
Europe. Repeated decrees of the Emperor, demanding that subjects return to the
Catholic fold, fell on deaf ears. The reformation movement continued to pick
up momentum well into the 17th century.
On several occasions, the Emperor even
found it necessary to make concessions to protestant Lords, in order to get
money and soldiers to fight the Muslim Turks.
Although Islam had fractured into warring sects and bitter
rivalries, the Byzantine Empire continued to grow under the Ottomans. In the
last two decades of the 15th century, however, the Ottomans suffered a series
of defeats on both land and sea. Turning westward again, they experienced
their greatest humiliation in an attempt to capture Vienna in 1683. It was
some time before further attempts were made by the Turks to expand their
territory. Islam was divided by cantankerous, Emir dominated sheikhdoms and roving
tribes of nomads. Anti-western sentiment grew among Muslims, who were
not willing to accept blame for their failures. This situation set the stage
for an Islamic revival known as Wahhabism.
THE THIRD JIHAD
Wahhabism was born before World War I in Saudi Arabia and called for the rejection of
anything that was not based on the original writings of the Prophet Mohammed.
It demands strict adherence to the commands of the Koran,
which calls for a holy jihad similar to those which had brought great
territorial gains for Islam in the past. We can recognize the
forcefulness and effectiveness of this Muslim military sect in activities and
practices of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. The
latter is now widely recognized as leader of the "third great Jihad", but
Sadaam Hussein also strove for this highly prized recognition until his
political demise and captivity.
THE UNIFYING FORCE OF ISLAM
In general, Muslims are divided and can hardly
agree on anything, but hatred for Israel is an effective catalyst which
transcends Middle Eastern borders, uniting Muslims of different sects and
nationalities. A common hatred for Israel is the unifying core of Wahhabism.
The United States is Israel's primary defender, making America a prime target
of Islamic terrorists.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ISRAEL
Israel existed as a nation two thousand years before the birth of Muhammad. Although Israel was
conquered and occupied by Assyria and Babylon, Palestine was generally
recognized as the homeland of the Jewish people. Following
the Jewish revolt of 63, Roman troops under Titus destroyed Jerusalem in 70
A.D. For the next 500 years, Palestine was a desolate wasteland, ruled by the
Romans and Byzantine Empires. Palestine was conquered by Muslim Arabs
in 635 AD, but that subjection lasted only 22 years. For the next 400 years,
little changed until Palestine fell to the Seljud Turks around 1000. Crusaders
took Palestine from the Turks only to have it recaptured by Egyptian
Marmadukes, who lost it to the Ottoman Turks in 1517.
For the next three
centuries, Palestine was sparsely populated by Jews and nomadic peoples. The
British drove out the Turks in WW I and after the Balfour Declaration was
signed by the League of Nations, diaspora Jews began to return to their
homeland. When Hitler came to power, even more Jews arrived, resulting in the
first round of militant Arab opposition. In spite of all
these conflicts and occupations, Palestine was always considered to be the
homeland of Jews up until the 20th century.
The newly formed United Nations voted in 1947 for the formation of two independent states, an
Arab and a Jewish state with the city of Jerusalem being internationalized.
The Jews accepted this ruling and declared the establishment of the nation
Israel in 1948. Arabs rejected the resolution and so there never was an Arab
state in Palestine. The Palestine Liberation Organization (POL) was founded by
Arab guerillas from neighboring lands in 1964 and it was not until 1967 that
the term "Palestine People" came into use. In 1974, bloc voting of Arab,
Communist and some African states granted the POL "observer status" in the UN.
A year later, the same countries voted for PLO involvement in the Security
Council debates. It was at this time that the term "occupied territories" was
introduced, referring to the legal territory of Israel. This same voting
constellation ruled in the 30th session (1975) of the UNO, that Zionism was a
form of racism and racial discrimination.
INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM
As already mentioned, the United States is
Israel's closest ally and Israel is the only country in the Middle East which
shares America's democratic and humane ideals.
Those Muslim terrorists who perpetrate systematic attacks against contractors and members
of armed forces allied with America in Iraq, openly declare their willingness
to exclude countries from terrorist attacks, who do not support the "American
and Jewish devils". Europe has for the most part already taken this approach
in dealing with terrorism. Since WW II, Muslims view Germany and Austria as
allies in their hatred of Israel. France not only has a large Muslim
population, but seems to delight in anything that causes Americans grief. One
terrorist bombing was sufficient to bring Spain to its knees.
There is little doubt that Americans could temporarily stay
off terrorist attacks against our nation if we would agree to stand by and
allow the Muslim jihad to annihilate Israel. Some Americans in high
political positions would like to see the United States turn its back on
Israel. Such an action would be a cheap way to keep Muslim terrorists from
attacking us – but only until they succeed in exterminating Israel. Anyone who
knows anything about history, knows that the jihad will not stop with Israel.
According to the Koran and declared goals of Wahhabism, every "infidel" (non
Muslim) must be converted or destroyed. Another way of
putting it: the last vestiges of freedom must be vanquished and every people
and nation placed in subjection to Muslim terrorists.
Wahhabists believe that killing innocent people is a legitimate way to achieve these
goals. They do not seek sympathy, but attempt to strike fear into their
enemies, thus breaking their will to fight back. As stated above, the jihad,
or holy war, seeks to rid the world of "infidels" (Christians, Jews, Hindus
and any other non-Islamic groups). The ultimate goal is to make the entire
world subject to Allah, meaning of course his earthly representatives.
No holds are barred in this process. Even the sacrifice of
fellow Muslims is a planned concept of the jihad. We are all familiar with the
suicide bombers and it is no secret that most of those who have been killed by
Iraqi insurgents were Muslims.
Muslims who support the Wahhabist movement and El Kaida would do well to study their own
history. They would soon realize that a future Muslim dictatorship would be no
kinder to the general Muslim populace than those of the past.
It is common knowledge that Osama bin Laden's murderous global design is to create
worldwide Islamic rule by killing or subjugating non-Muslims. The immediate
aim of Hamas is to drive all Jews out of Israel, but the organization is
affiliated with the international Muslim Brotherhood, whose purpose is
subjecting the world to Islam. The P.L.O. charter also calls for the
destruction of Israel, but has the same ultimate ambitions. Abu Sayyaf seeks
to rid the Philippines of Christians but has close ties to the Taliban and the
international terrorist movement. The same is true of Chechen rebels, who
demand independence, but espouse the goals of radical Islamic Wahhabism.
The Muslim minority government in Dufor (Sudan) has slaughtered at
least 100,000 blacks and millions more have been forced to flee and face
starvation unless something is done fast to prevent this catastrophe. Turkey is the
only Muslim nation with a democratic type of government, but even here, there
is little if any religious freedom and atrocities against Armenian Christians
have not yet been forgotten.
To civilized people, the idea of terrorism is repulsive. Christians and
most other religions consider human life to be sacred, but Muslims seem to
have no trouble justifying the cold-blooded murders of innocent women and
children on behalf of Allah. They even entice young Muslims to become
suicide bombers by promising sensual pleasures in the next life. More
recently, people have been pressured or forced into perpetrating terrorist
attacks by chaining them to the seats of vehicles packed with explosives, or
holding their loved ones hostage under threat of death until the their
dastardly deeds have been accomplished. The family of a Palestinian suicide
bomber receives $40,000 (the equivalent of 8 year's salary) for sacrificing a
child to the cause. Sadaam Hussein was once the largest contributor to this
monetary package, but since his capture, others are paying his share.
OUR MUSLIM ALLIES
Oddly enough, a number of Muslim nations seem most supportive of the American war on
terrorism. They know that they would have much to lose if Osama bin Laden is
successful in accomplishing his purposes. Leaders of Arab
nations such as Saudi Arabia understandably do not relish the idea of their
subjects showing greater allegiance to anyone other than themselves.
This is the only reason most Arab states did not interfere with and in some
cases even cooperated in the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts.
At the outset of the present war in Iraq, the media showed mobs of demonstrators all over the
Middle East, calling for a jihad against "the American aggressors", but their
leaders quietly supported the invasion and rejoiced in the arrest of Sadaam
Hussein. Sadaam also vied for international recognition of the Arab people. He
would have been assured of this honor had he succeeded in destroying or
dealing a devastating blow to Israel. America was the primary reason his goal
was not realized.
OSAMA BIN LADEN
Osama bin Laden wrongly assumed that the attacks of 9-11 would cause America to reconsider its
position towards Israel, thus paving the way for uniting Arabs in a final
conquest of Israel. Millions of Muslims in many Arab nations still cheer each
El Kaida victory and long for an "Arab Messiah", who can unite Muslims and
lead them to world conquest.
Arab Muslims have a dream, and they have already gotten a taste of what the fulfillment of that
dream may be like. You see, Arabs have a near monopoly on the world's oil
supply. While natives pay little or no taxes and live in luxury, foreigners do
much of the work. America itself is an example of what the Muslim dream could
look like. To them, Americans are wrongfully enjoying the luxuries and
pleasures that rightfully belong to them. Muslims may
accuse America of being immoral (for many Americans, this is a correct
assessment), but the Muslim idea that a man who blows himself up in order to
kill a bunch of infidels, will enter paradise and have many virgins to serve
his lustful appetite can hardly be considered moral.
While visiting the Sultan's palace in Istanbul, a tour guide showed our group extensive
kitchens, where "free meals were served to the poor people of the city". Most
of the historically ignorant tourists nodded in approval, but these "poor
people" were actually slaves of the Sultan!
Muslims dream of regaining their past glory, when the Sultans lived in sheer luxury and ruled
much of the then known world from their harems. They are ignorant of their own
history, which reveals the ugly side of that era. The Sultans were little or
no better than Sadaam Hussein in many respects.
The Muslim dream is similar to the Communist dream which
became a nightmare for the masses in Russia and Eastern Europe. American children dream of being a prince
or princess surrounded by knights in shining armor in a medieval castle, but
if they had lived in those times, their chances of being a prince or princess
would be a million to one. Only a select few enjoyed any semblance of luxury
during the Middle Ages. Everyone else was subjected to poverty and hard
The Democratic party proudly states that it gets a large portion of the black vote. It even
claims that this is because blacks are an underprivileged and poor group. But
Democrats generally vote against measures that would help black Americans
become independent of political handouts. Neither the blacks nor the Democrats
desire to bite the hand that feeds them. By keeping them poor and ignorant,
the Democrats can be assured of their votes.
When Spanish explorers discovered massive gold treasures in
Peru, they held the great Inca hostage until a room was filled with gold.
Then they benevolently baptized the Inca into the Catholic fold and
sent him off to paradise. Today, most descendants of the Incas are poor and
Catholic, who show their gratitude to the church for its handouts. This
"Christian" brand of political despotism stems from a denial and distortion of
the teachings of Christ.
Islam demands absolute subjugation and anyone who does not bow his or her knee to Islam may
be killed by any Muslim desirous of getting into paradise. A good Muslim in
the eyes of most Westerners is a poor Muslim according to the Koran.
Christian, on the other hand, is one who follows the teachings and example of
Christ. Jesus taught us to love one another, to forgive those who trespass
against us, and to do good to them that persecute us. Unfortunately, only a
minority actually attempt to follow his teachings and even most "Christian"
leaders are more interested in money, power and the comforts of life.
THE WAR ON TERROR
Terrorism is a tactic of warfare, used to achieve totalitarian ends. The standard practice of
conducting war has changed dramatically in the past decade, and it could
change again if deemed necessary. A war without national boundaries and fought
by unseen forces cannot be won by firing rockets any more than a medieval
castle could be defended against jet bombers. If terrorism fails to meet its
objectives, a new tactic will be forthcoming because Islam remains unchanged
and is still very
much alive. Even if we should succeed in containing terrorism, we have not
defeated militant and fanatical Islam.
CONFLICTING MARCHING ORDERS
The following words of a conservative American who recognized the real danger, have been
espoused by may Americans:
"It's time we speak out: Radical Islam - not just the tactic of terrorism - threatens
Israel, America and every other democratic nation. It is also time for
moderate Muslims and Imams to raise their voices and unequivocally condemn the
violent aims of their radical brethren. Finally, it's time to fight back. We
cannot pretend that we don't know who is responsible for today's deadly
terrorist attacks, and we cannot afford to be passive. Above all and for
everyone's good, militant Islam must be confronted through a united effort of
all civilized nations."
This may sound reasonable to many, but I am convinced that following the "marching orders "
of Jesus Christ is the most effective way to combat militant Islam. Like the
Islamic terrorists, God's goal is also the subjection of the entire world, but
not through violent means and definitely not to earthly representatives who
could and would misuse their invested powers. He calls us to direct subjugation to
his kingdom. He has given us the rules of his kingdom in the New
Testament and he only accepts volunteers. No one is subjected against his or
her will. The primary goal is love and forgiveness, and the method of attaining this goal is called "spreading the gospel." If Christians would
follow the rules of the Kingdom of God, many Muslims could be won over to
I am not a pacifist, but I believe in Jesus and encourage everyone else to do the same. It certainly would eliminate the need for much of the violence we are
THE FACTS OF HISTORY
Muhammad founded the Islamic movement
based on tactics similar to those of the so-called "Holy" Roman Empire.
Although Europe claimed to be Christian, neither the Roman Church nor the
Roman government displayed many characteristics of Jesus Christ and his teachings.
Both the Muslim and Christian movements were dictatorships of human design,
propagated under the guise of religion.
For six-hundred years, the Habsburgers ruled in coalition with the Roman Church. During this
period, peasants had no rights and owned no property. Anyone who questioned
seemingly insignificant doctrines and practices of the church or protested the
unbearable taxation could expect imprisonment, torture and/or death.
It was during this period, that Muslim leaders built their own empire.
The Crusades and Turkish wars are examples of how these opposing dictatorial
systems frequently clashed, but generally speaking, both Christian and Muslim
nations utilized a combination of religious teachings, political suppression
and military force to achieve their ends. Turkey has managed to retain
minimal political freedom by cleverly playing their Europe and Mid-East cards
alternately, but all other Muslim nations are dictatorships. Democracy was
born of the reformation movement when people were encouraged to return to the
teachings of Jesus.
The goal of Islam and of the Arab world is to impose exactly that kind of government which
signers of our Declaration of Independence intended to prohibit in America:
religious despotism. This beast, a coalition of an authoritarian religion and
terror regime, whether Islamic or Christian in origin, enslaved Europe for
centuries and has been successful in suppressing subjects of Arab states of
the Middle East, Africa and Asia to this day. Islam has done nothing to
enhance the situation of the common people and if it were not for the
discovery of oil in 1938, most Islamic states would be economically destitute
today -- and many still are.
America has consistently sought and fought for the establishment of the human rights and
freedoms it enjoys at home in other parts of the globe. Wherever human rights
and freedoms are being trampled under foot, America can be expected to speak
up or even take forceful action. If it were not for American intervention,
much of the world today -- including Europe, would likely be suppressed by
On the other hand, America doesn't generally meddle in the affairs of other nations without
good reason. Consider the fact that America has lived with a Communist
dictatorship on its southern doorstep for decades. Only once, under John F.
Kennedy, did America threaten to attack, when Castro tried to test the
nation's vigilance by importing Russian weapons of mass destruction. Following
the demise of the Communist bloc and Iron Curtain in Europe, it might have
been a simple matter to get rid of this Communist nuisance, but that is not
America. If Castro decides to harbor terrorists, it would be quite different.
In 1979, 22 years prior to 9/11, hostages were taken in the Iran Embassy. In 1983, the Beirut,
Lebanon Marine Barracks was attacked. Then came the crash at Lockerbie,
Scotland of a Pan-Am flight to New York in 1988. The first New York World
Trade Center bombing was in 1993; the Khobar Towers Military complex in Saudi
Arabia was attacked in 1996; the Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy in 1998; Dar es
Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy in 1998; the USS Cole attack in 2000 and finally
(don't we wish!), the infamous 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington. These
are only the most prominent incidents. Between 1981 and 2001, there were a
total of 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide, nearly all of them directed
against the United States and Israel.
In each case, the attacks on the US were carried out by Muslims. Muslim nations make up around
25% of the world population, but there are millions of Muslims living in
non-Muslim nations as well. Are most Muslims peaceful? Hopefully, but that is
immaterial. Most Germans were peaceful, but under the
dictatorship of Hitler (who was incidentally Roman Catholic and had the
support of many protestant leaders), that made no difference. You
either went along with the administration or you were eliminated.
Everyone has heard that the Nazis exterminated six million
Jews in the holocaust. But did you know that they also killed millions
of Christians? Seven thousand Polish priests, many
Jehovah's Witnesses (who refused to bear arms) and others who simply failed to
return the infamous Nazi greeting were considered traitors to the cause and
It is no different with Muslim terrorists. They may focus on the hated Jews and the US,
but they will kill all who don't conform. Thousands of Iraqis have been killed
by insurgents and they don't care if their victims are women or babies. All
who stand in the way are infidels and must die in order for them to achieve
their goal of world dominion/subjugation.
MAN'S WAY OR GOD'S WAY?
After Muslim terrorists attacked America on September 11th, 2001, most of the world
expected the young and inexperienced American President, George W. Bush, to
react rashly and with vehemence. Although America had the
sympathy of much of the western world following the attacks, most nations
feared an all out war against Islam. This is what many Americans were
demanding and expected. After all, it was Muslims who
perpetrated these vicious acts and Muslims in many nations were cheering
unhindered in the streets at America's calamity.
To the surprise of all, the President who had been elected by an extremely narrow margin and
who had no international experience, kept his cool. Instead
of doing what nearly everyone expected – declare immediate war on the enemy,
Bush did what no President in recent years had done. He called on Americans to
pray. He asked them to pray for the nation, for the world situation,
the government and most of all, he asked prayer for wisdom.
Of course we also know that Bush declared America's intent to find the
perpetrators and bring them to justice. He added that any nation which
harbored or supported terrorists would be considered an enemy, but he placed
prayer at the top of his priority list.
Pacifist Christians believe that this should have been the end of the
matter. America should not have gone to war against Afghanistan and Iraq. Did
not Christ teach that men should love one another and forgive those who
trespass against them? He instructed his followers: "do good to them that persecute you" and "turn the other cheek". We must be
cautious not to interpret such admonishments falsely. Jesus performed many
acts of kindness, healed thankless lepers and even the servant of the High
Priest, whose ear Peter had cut off. But Jesus also showed himself to be a man
of harsh actions when necessary. He threw out the money changers and sellers
of sacrificial animals because they had turned the "house of God into a den of
thieves". He encouraged soldiers to fulfill their duty with
We need to differentiate between defending our
personal "rights" and defending the country or opposing evil forces that
threaten our society and freedom of worship. Terrorists bombed Spanish trains
and demanded that their troops be withdrawn from Iraq. The government caved to
their wishes and "did good to their persecutors". Is that what Jesus meant?
Three men are beheaded by Muslim terrorists because the Americans refuse to
release prisoners. Would it not have been Christian to release the prisoners
and save the captives, thus doing good to everyone? We can only contend this
if we ignore the fact that there is sin and eternal punishment for sinners.
God loves everyone, but he knows that hell is a horrible
reality. He goes to drastic limits when necessary, in order to gain the
attention of men and women headed in that direction. He sent his Son Jesus to
suffer the horrible agony of the crucifixion because he wants to save us from
hell. His sharpest words were reserved for hypocritical Pharisees and High
Priests who hindered others from hearing and recognizing the truth. He said
that it would be better for them to have a millstone tied around their necks
and be thrown into the sea, than "to cause one of these little ones to stumble."
He advised people that cutting off their own hands or plucking out their eyes
would be better than allowing these members to lead them to sin. He healed a
man who had been lame for 38 years and then told him, "go and sin no more,
lest something worse come upon you." The consequences of sin are much worse
than the most horrible afflictions we can imagine here on this earth. Eternity
is a long time!
Even God's own children are punished rather than allowing them to cause greater grief by
continuing in sin. "Whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth."
A good Muslim in our eyes is a poor Muslim according to the
Koran. On the other hand, a good Christian – one who follows the
teachings of Jesus, is extremely rare and even suspected or despised by the
majority of those who claim to be Christians. But he or she holds the key in
the battle against terror. Saul of Tarsus was a terrorist until he became a
Christian. We know him today as Paul the Apostle who said, "For I am not
ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to
every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Today, he
would add, "and to the Muslims."
Ralph V. Harvey