Jesus Founded a True Religion of Peace
I find it remarkable that Islam tends to pass itself off as a religion of peace, when in point of fact, Muhammad carried a sword and routinely entered into physical conflicts with others. If you want to see a religion of peace, then look no further than Christianity.
Jesus preached peace and carried NO weapon. He did not enter into any physical confrontation with anyone. When arrested, illegally tried, and convicted, He did not rebuke anyone, nor did He fight back.
I realize that many people today have a problem with Christianity and with Christians. That is because too many people SAY they are Christians without actually being Christian. The true measure of a Christian is in their life following their conversion experience (based on John 3).
I would hasten to add that of all the various religions out there, Christianity is the ONLY one whereby a conversion is done through spiritual means. In other words, according to Jesus Himself, in order to gain eternal life, one must be “born again,” or “born from above.”
In order to become a Muslim, all one has to do is repeat the Shahada. This then brings them into the fold of Islam. You must say this with conviction: “There is no true god (deity) but God (Allah), and Muhammad is the Messenger (prophet) of God.”
What this amounts to is a statement of belief. The adherent is testifying to the truthfulness of Islam, whether he/she knows it is truthful or not.
In Christianity, a spiritual birth occurs when a person becomes an authentic Christian. This has confused people because people wonder how you know that you have actually become a Christian.
First of all, there must be knowledge of the truth in Christ. As Paul tells us in Roman 10:9-10, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
It is not so much what a person says. It is what they believe. From that belief comes the testimony of who Jesus is and what He accomplished.
As mentioned, no other religion says a person has to be born again. In fact, for most religions, all one has to do is start “practicing” the beliefs of that religion. Christianity is supposed to be a religion of love, but the meaning of love is up for grabs these days.
If someone speaks out about sin in a person’s life, they are said to be a “hater;” someone who actually hates someone else because they dare to call sin, sin. The truth of the matter though is that John the Baptist, Jesus, Paul and the apostles all called sin, sin. It is in recognizing that we are imperfect and that we can do nothing to save ourselves that we realize we need something else; something outside of ourselves. That something is a Someone; Jesus.
Jesus never married. He was not gay. He was celibate. He never sinned at all. He was found to be perfect and when it came to give His life a ransom for many, He was found worthy.
It is any wonder that no other religion has a founder who died for his followers? Is it any wonder that religious ideologies like Islam deny that Jesus died on the cross? That was Satan’s biggest mistake; inspiring people to kill Jesus by crucifixion! He had no clue that He was actually prompting people to fulfill prophecy and thereby fulfill the will of God!
No other religion has a Founder like Jesus. Muhammad had a wife who was nine years-old. He actually took her as a wife when she was six, but did not consummate the marriage until she turned nine. Muhammad carried a sword and lived by that sword. He slaughtered many groups of people and came to hate Jews.
Yet of the two religions, which religion gets a pass today? It is not Christianity. It is Islam. Why? Because Islam will play some part in the End Times scenario and because of that it needs to grow. People are wising up to it though.
Not long ago, I wrote a letter to a school board member in Florida because of their allowing and actually inviting an Islamic representative to come into the classroom and indoctrinate students. My concern was that the Imam would not represent Islam in a truthful light.
I received a nice letter back from the president of the board who assured me that this was all for the students’ benefit as it would allow them to become quality members of society.
My response to her was as follows:
Thanks for taking the time to respond. I really appreciate it.
I spent about ten years teaching 6th grade in the public school system in California. Frankly, I would have preferred not to teach Social Studies at all, because so many students needed more help with math and reading. Certainly, I incorporated reading methods into Social Studies, but so much of it is critical thinking-based.
At any rate, my large concern regarding Islam is the white-washing that many within that system are involved in as they foist their ideas upon the public as well as the schools.
Young people have a difficult enough time trying to wade through things. If an Imam comes into the school system and denies that Muhammad had a six-year-old wife (he consummated the marriage when she was nine, but used “thighing” until then), or that he was a man of peace, these lies are accepted as truth. He slaughtered villages. Did Jesus? Jesus didn’t even carry a weapon.
There are also too many school textbooks that spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on Islam, using up many pages in the text to do that, whereas Christianity and Judaism might have 1/4 or less total pages with their subjects.
People simply do not realize the broad brush that proponents of Islam are using to present Islam in a very palatable way; a way that can be easily digested by the public, thought that way is fully incorrect and misleading.
You will not learn in the classroom that women are treated like slaves, or they are routinely beaten for the smallest infractions. You will not learn that gays are routinely hanged to death for their “crime.” There are many things that you will not learn about Islam or its founder.
I realize someone will come back with the comment that there are extremists in every religion. This is true, but how often are those extremists catered to in society? Without question, Muslims are routinely catered to and they should not be given unofficial special status. Besides, extremists within Christendom are easily recognized and they are proud of being an extremist. Within Islam, it is permissible to lie until you have the upper hand.
I personally believe that much of what students are being spoon fed in the classrooms can easily wait until they get into college.
If schools focused on reading, writing, and math, we would actually have students who as you say, would “…excel as citizens of this wonderful nation as adults who can make a living and build a life.” You can’t do that without being able to read, write, and perform math.
These three subjects noted are the ones that will allow students to do just that.
I’m glad the teacher is with the class (by law, they would have to be, unless of course Florida allows the teacher to leave the classroom without a certificated individual left in the class), but that doesn’t mean much if the teacher is not aware of the propaganda that is being perpetrated by Islamic Imams.
I’m a Christian, yet I say leave religion out of school. It is far too divisive and in the case of Islam, all one needs to do is read the Qur’an to determine just how different the lives of the “moderate” Islamists are from their radical counterparts. The only real difference is that moderates (otherwise known as peaceful Muslims) allegorize the Qur’an, whereas the radicals take it verbatim.
Frankly, I believe that if the school board read the Qur’an individually, they might think twice about allowing Imams into the classroom in the first place. Rather than burning the Qur’an, I encourage people to read it for themselves.
While Muslims will say those outside of Islam (infidels) cannot understand it, reading the Qur’an is like reading the Proverbs. There is very little context and each verse nearly stands alone. It’s a quick read and is extremely eye-opening.
I daresay that you have probably never read it, but I would strongly encourage you to do so. You NEED to know about Islam.
The tragedy is two-fold. People think they know all about Christianity and these same people think they know the truth about Islam. In many cases, they know little to nothing about either.
Jesus’ life is literally an open book. So is Muhammad’s, though in his case, Muslims prefer we not know the sordid details of the life of their founder.
Routinely, the Name of Jesus is used as an epithet. Nothing happens to those people. However, say something negative or draw a picture of Muhammad, and you could face death.
Islam is the only religion I know of that purports to be peaceful, yet nearly everything it stands for represents not peace, but the sword.
Christianity is the only religion I’m aware of where Jesus was actually a Man of peace, yet His followers are often persecuted to death because of it.
Muhammad carried a sword and lived by the power of that sword. Jesus carried no weapon and preached and practiced peace. Which one represents a religion of peace?
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