Delivered By
C.C. Risenhoover
Delivered On
April 10, 2016
Central Passage
Jude 1:4, 12
Subject
Christianity vs. Islam
Description

April 10, 2016

CLOUDS WITHOUT RAIN

…certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.  They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only sovereign and Lord…They are clouds without rain” (Jude: 4, 12).

This letter from Jude…a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James…is short in length but powerful in its wording and theology.  And, that phrase “They are clouds without rain” is one of the most compelling statements in the Bible when describing deceivers within the church whose words and teaching provide nothing to nourish Christian spiritual growth.  They, in fact, pervert the Gospel.

You see, Satan both mimics and mocks God in every possibly way that he can.  For example, we worship a Triune God…Father, Son and Holy Spirit…and we are warned about a triune evil…Satan, the Antichrist and the False Prophet.  So, knowing that God reveals Himself to us through the Bible…I’m just as confident that Satan reveals himself to us through the Qur’an and the Hadiths…the sayings and actions of Muhammad.

Our God is not Allah…and Allah is not God.  They are as different as night and day.  Comparing the two is akin to comparing holiness and righteousness with a serpent and its fangs…fangs that are dripping with poison deadly to one’s spiritual life.

The Bible calls for winning the world by accepting the substitutionary death of Christ on the Cross for one’s sins…and belief in and acceptance of Jesus as one’s Savior.  The Qur’an and Hadiths…on the other hand…call for the murdering of…and enslavement of everyone who does not accept Allah and Islam.  And, the reward for men who are killed in achieving this Islamic goal is the sexual fantasy of being rewarded with 72 virgins in heaven.

And, if there is a shortage of virgins in heaven…no problem.  Muhammad told his followers that women could be refurbished and their virginity returned to them.  This guy had an answer for everything.  He invented perpetual virginity.

I say without apology that the sword of Muhammad and the Qur’an are enemies of all civilization, liberty and truth…but also say that Muslims ignorant of the truth are actually the first victims of Islam because they are hell-bound.  So there’s no greater gift that a Christian can provide for a Muslim than to liberate him or her from the clutches of Islam with the truth of Jesus Christ.

I also say…without apology…that we must triumph over this Satan-inspired enemy without becoming like it.  That is our greatest challenge.  We must…in the face of a pervasive ignorance of the truth…continue in love to demonstrate and speak the truth of Jesus Christ.

After 9-11, President George W. Bush announced that Osama bin Laden and his cohorts had hijacked a great religion for their own deranged private objectives.  I don’t know how Brother George came up with this assessment…but he, obviously, had not at the time ever read the Qur’an…or studied the actions and teachings of Muhammad.

My contention is that it’s actually an intimate knowledge of the Qur’an…and Muhammad’s words and actions…that fosters the actions of Islamic terrorists worldwide.  Both the Qur’an and Hadith incite terrorism.  For example, you probably won’t hear this from liberal media…but Western embassies in Muslim countries frequently put out bulletins warning non-Muslims to do their shopping and sight-seeing on any day other than Friday.

That’s because Muslims coming out of mosques on Friday…after having heard an imam give an inflammatory sermon from the Qur’an…often attack non-Muslims, and especially Christians.  If the Qur’an is a book of peace…one would think that Friday would be the safest day of the week for non-Muslims living in a Muslim country…but that’s far from the truth.

Can you imagine Christians leaving a worship service on Sunday so riled up that they attack everyone they perceive to not be a Christian?  A much more likely scenario would be the road rage of Christians racing to beat other Christians to a favorite restaurant for lunch…not dragging apostates off their golf carts and beating them up.

Throughout the world since 9-11 there have been five Islamic terrorist attacks daily…but this is only a media coverage average…not the actual number done as a perceived religious duty by Muslims.  And, there will be an increasing number of these attacks…because those committing them are given great honor and acclaim in the Muslim community.

When I was writing and directing a film in the Gaza Strip several years ago, I was warned not to share my Christian faith with any of the Muslims there.  As many people know, telling me not to do something is a sure way to incite me into doing it.  So, I didn’t pay any attention to their warnings.  And, since I was in the country as a guest of Yasser Arafat…and had two guards with me at all times…both armed with AK-47s…I felt pretty safe.  It was only later that I found out the two guards had no bullets for their weapons.

Anyway, I talked openly with Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist leaders about the fact that there would be no peace in Gaza without a strong Christian presence.  But, in doing so I was quite aware that the goal of many of the people living there was to murder both a Christian and a Jew…and preferably a number of both Christians and Jews.

The Gaza Strip is only 25 miles long and 3.7 to 7.5 miles wide…but there are 1.85 million people living there.  It is the sixth most densely populated polity in the world.  There are now only about 1,300 professed Christians in the Gaza Strip…and no more than 100 of them are evangelicals.  I worshiped at the only Baptist Church there…along with less than 100 other believers.  One of those believers…a bookstore owner…was later murdered.

I believe this brave remnant of Christians in Gaza are allowed to live there without converting to Islam because the Islamic government of Gaza fears America might cut off its $300 million or so in aid if these Christians were to be eliminated.  But, obviously, this fact provides for a very uneasy existence…and any hint of proselytizing anyone from Islam to Christianity is taboo.

And, by the way, we give more than $10 million a day to Israel…one of the richest countries in the world…which is another source of contention.  You can’t win the friendship of a country by giving it money…especially if you’re giving its avowed enemy even more money.

Christians attempt to covert people by telling them about God’s love for them…along with intellectual reasoning.  Muslims use force…even genocide…in their attempts to convert people to Islam.  That’s because love and reasoning are not called for in either the Qur’an or the Hadiths.  Both the Qur’an and the Hadiths advocate violence as a primary means of converting people.  Terrorizing people is the norm…rather than the exception.

Captured and enslaved people have the option of converting to Islam or dying…and a part of this forced conversion experience is the circumcision of both men and women…often with unsterilized scissors.  It’s painful and humiliating.  But, of course, we would consider much of what radical Islam expects of captives who choose life over death to be painful, humiliating and uncivilized.

Millions of Muslims credit the Qur’an with divine inspiration without ever even perusing the book.  They are devotees to the book without knowing its content.  You might consider that stupid…but just remember that we have many alleged Christians who claim devotion to the Bible who don’t have a clue as to its content.

In my opinion the Qur’an is much closer to Hitler’s Mein Kompf than it is to our Bible…although Muhammad did steal some few passages from the Old Testament…which he greatly distorted.  Of course, Muslim apologists prefer that we be left ignorant of 109 the war verses in the Qur’an.  In fact, one of every 55 verses in the Qur’an is a war verse.

Muhammad’s intent…stated clearly in the Qur’an…was to arouse his followers to murder, enslave or heavily tax any non-Muslim who refused to convert to Islam.  So let’s put this guy under a microscope and try to understand what made him tick.

First of all, he was born around 571 A.D. in Mecca…a major center on a north-south caravan route that in western Arabia roughly parallels the Red Sea.  It was also site of the Ka’aba…a shrine that housed 360 gods that various Arab tribes worshipped.

Muhammad was orphaned when a child…raised by an uncle and never became literate.  He worked his way up to management in a Meccan caravan company owned by a wealthy widow who was several years his senior…married her…and she bore him four daughters.

In the early 600s…he sought spiritual enlightenment…and figured the best place to do that was in a cave on Mount Hira…which was near Mecca.  Soon thereafter he claimed to be experiencing visitations from Gabriel…an archangel mentioned by both Jews and Christians.  Gabriel, it seems, represented the same God worshiped by Christians and Jews.  Muhammad decided to call that god Allah.

Allegedly, Gabriel told Muhammad that he was to oppose all pagan gods…including those in Mecca’s Ka’aba…which displeased the wealthy keepers of the Ka’aba.  Then Muhammad had the audacity to declare himself a prophet and began preaching against idolatry.

In 622, Muhammad…and a few followers who accepted his claim that the God of the Jews and Christians had appointed him as a prophet of the Arabs…were basically run out of Mecca and settled in Medina…another caravan stop some 200 miles to the north.  One reason Arabs were skeptical about Muhammad being a prophet was that they had never had prophets…so some would only accept his claim of being a prophet if the few Jews living in the area would confirm his claim…which they would not.

Jews in Mecca…a tiny minority of the population…preferred to not be embroiled in the festering Muhammad problem…and Jews in Medina found themselves increasingly pressured to voice their opinions about the so-called prophet from Mecca.

In Medina, Muhammad offered his services as an arbiter of disputes…and in that role constantly sought to ingratiate himself with fellow Arabs…and initially with the city’s sizable Jewish population.  The Jews observed him closely…looking for any signs that he had received prophetic gifting from God…such as the ability to perform miracles…but he could not offer a single physical miracle as evidence of his prophethood.

In the Qur’an Muhammad makes known his dismay over people who kept demanding miracles as support for his claims…but couldn’t even impress Jews in Medina with his knowledge of their sacred books.  What he claimed as divine inspiration could not compensate for his lack of knowledge of Scripture.

The Exodus story was his favorite…obvious from the fact that his renditions of it appear 27 times in in the first 89 chapters of the Qur’an…or once every 3.3 chapters.  However, he failed to include the most important component of the story…that being the Passover.  Jews, obviously, would have difficulty giving prophethood to a man who either didn’t know about the Passover…or who didn’t understand its importance.

Of course, the Passover was not his only lapse when it came to Scripture.  The Qur’an reveals that he thought Adam and Eve had sinned in Paradise (Qur’an 7:19-24 or 7:20-25)…not in an earthly garden…and had then been cast down to earth.

Muhammad further taught that Haman…a Persian in the Book of Esther…was an associate of the Egyptian pharaoh with whom Moses confronted 900 years earlier (Qur’an 28:5-6, 8).  He also confused King Saul with Gideon, who chose 300 men out of 10,000 by observing how they drank water (Qur’an 2:249 or 250).

Muhammad also taught that when God gave His Law to Israel at Mount Sinai…they initially refused to receive it.  They accepted it only after God lifted the entire mass of Mount Sinai and held it over the Israelites and threatened to drop it on them.

My guess is that literate Jews in Medina probably laughed at and ridiculed Muhammad…which caused him to unleash a mini-genocide upon them…thus giving Adolf Hitler as example to follow.  And, of course, in World War II Muslims sided with Hitler.  And, Hitler even said Islam was superior to his Catholicism.

Since Muhammad’s time Muslims have enjoyed such total control in North Africa and the Middle East that few people have asked them to justify anything.  They have not experienced the full weight of critical investigation by free Western minds…so the ground has just begun to heat up under Islam’s feet.

There is no historical account…nor is there any account in the Qur’an or in any Islamic literature…that the Jews in Medina engaged in a single act of physical aggression against Muhammad.  The Jews did taunt, criticize and oppose him and his followers on intellectual grounds…but never physically.

Arabs in Medina were asking Jews for their honest evaluation of Muhammad and his claim of being a prophet…and the Jews were exercising the freedom of speech they had always enjoyed prior to Muhammad’s arrival.  That freedom of speech would seal the fate of most of them.

Next week I’ll fill in more blanks about how Muhammad evolved to lead the political ideology we know as Islam…how different he was in his thinking and actions than Jesus Christ…the leader and lord of Christianity.

Of course, Jesus was born of God…and Muhammad was born of Satan…one of the antichrists spoken of in the New Testament.  Note that I said one of the antichrists…not the Antichrist spoken of in the Revelation of Jesus Christ to the Apostle John.  Hitler was one of the antichrists…as was Stalin…Nero and every other genocidal maniac who ever lived…or who is alive today.

God called us to warn people about the evil in the world…and to crush it like we would stomp on a roach.  We’re also called to combat the ignorance of those who don’t know God…no matter what their ethnicity or beliefs.  And, we’re to do it the way Jesus told us to do it…not with depravity of mind and spirit.

The Holy Spirit has called you to be greater than the world’s definition of great.  He has called you to win a world with God’s love…not with weapons of hate.  Jesus told us that He had overcome the world.  And, so can each of us when He is by our side.

Are you a cloud without rain…or are you ready to rain down God’s grace and truth on the entire world?  It’s time to be a shower of blessing to all those with whom you come in contact.

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