Islam is the problem. Jesus is the answer.

It is almost impossible to reflect on the 10th anniversery of September 11th without considering the centuries of warfare that have occurred between Christians and Muslims. September 11th itself was part of that warfare.

As we all know both sides have been guilty of some horrible massacres. During the middle ages both the Muslim and the Christian world accepted the idea of Holy war, That God is behind a specific national army as it goes to attack another country. The Muslims believed this because it was clearly taught in their Holy Book, the Quran. The Christians, on the other hand, did not have a similar excuse. The New Testament clearly discounts the idea of a Holy War, until Christ comes back at the end of the age. Jesus said “My Kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world my servants would fight, so that I would not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”  (John 18:36)

Christians today have no excuse if they endorse the idea of a Holy War. Almost every Christian today has access to a Bible. If they read it they will see that Jesus did not come as a warrior: He came to serve. He died to save His enemies, not to kill them. By doing so he provided an example to all true Christians. We are not to treat our Muslim friends with hatred. We are not to hurl derogatory epitaphs at them or bar them from employment. We know how to treat them from the example that Jesus left for us. He told us to “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” We need to love our Muslim friends and, if necessary, even die for them because we love them so much. Unfortunately, many Christians are forced to do just that in Muslim majority countries today.

Muslims on the other hand do not have the testimony of our Jesus to guide them. The Jesus they believe in never died for His enemies: He would never have dishonored God by showing that kind of weakness! Instead they have the testimony of Muhammed, a man who had approximately 9 wives, cruelly tortured His enemies, and proudly stole the wives of those he defeated in battle. This is the man that Muslims claim is the ultimate example for human conduct.  He never blessed His enemies the way Jesus did (Luke 23:34)!

Not all Muslims believe in jihad. I understand this. Some of them are peace-loving citizens and friendly neighbors. But they are not peace-loving citizens as a result of believing that Muhammed is God’s prophet; they are peace loving citizens despite this. Some of them are probably secretly doubtful of the claims of the Quran, but will not leave Islam publically because they are afraid for their lives and the lives of their families. There are many cases, even in America, where former Muslims have been killed for changing their religion. 

As the ten year anniversery of 9/11 approaches tomorrow we need to remember the victims of that horrible day. But we also need to remember the killers. Not because we hate them, but because we need to be aware that evil is still alive and well in this world. Not all Muslims endorse what the hijackers done. But all of them believe the same dangerous lie: that Mohammed’s bloody rampages were sanctioned by God, and that Jesus never died for his enemes.  Islam must be defeated. It must not and cannot be ultimately defeated by war and blood shed. It must be defeated by love. Christians must show their Muslim friends that they love them even more than they love themselves. We must show the love of Christ in our actions, so that Muslims will learn that God loves them enough to die for them. This, alone, is a powerful enough antidote to defeat the legacy of Muhammed.


13 Responses to “Islam is the problem. Jesus is the answer.”

  1. 1 The Open Wall September 11, 2011 at 8:07 am

    hey, the article is well written and you do have some good points, but i do think you should consider this passage from surah 2 of the Qu’ran: “And fight in the cause of Allah those who fight and persecute you, but commit no aggression. Surely, Allah does not love the aggressors.”

  2. 2 madstickynotes September 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    You seem well-versed in the teachings of the Bible and Jesus. Maybe you should do the same with regards to Islam and Quran and Muslim teachings before passing judgement and leveling accusations on their prophet, and get your facts straight, especially where you mention how he was supposedly cruel?
    I know you can delete my comment; it wouldn’t make any difference to me. I think opinions should only be bandied about once a person is in possession of all their facts. But of course, Islam is the problem.

  3. 3 schildan10 September 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks for your comments.

    Open wall: I admit that not all Muslims interpret the Koran to say that you should attack nonmuslim nations. Actually, The Koran seems to be open to both interpretations.

    Mad sticky notes: I admit that I do not know the Quran as well as I know the Bible, but I have read through it once. I have not consistently read through the hadith because they are so long, but I would like to some day.

    However, I think that My accusations above against Muhammad (the man who is supposed to be an example to all true believing Muslims) are accurate. I make three accusations of him in the article above: That Muhammed was a polygamist, that he tortured some of his enemies, and that he stole one of his enemy’s wives after he killed him. That He was a polygamist is beyond debate. As for torture, the Hadith tell how he tortured Kinana to get his gold, and the cruel things he did to the camel thieves, which go far and beyond anything one humane person should do to another. And also one of His wives was Safiyya Bint Huyayy Ibn Akhtab, who was first married to Kinana. Muhammed took her for his own wife when the Jewish women were distributed to the victors after the Battle of Kaybar.

    This man does not provide a good example of how human beings should treat one another. The memory of His actions inspire a lot of people to do harm. On the other hand, the Jesus whom I believe in died for His enemies. This gives us a much better example of how people should treat one another.

    • 4 The Open Wall September 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      Hey, I can see that you’re not a crazy close minded extremist, and for that reason if i can make a personal suggestion, I would change the title of this article – it just seems extremely strong, you know what I mean? You can interpret the Bible in different ways as well, for example:

      Zechariah 13:3
      If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, “You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord.” When he prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall thrust him through.

      Numbers 31:7-18
      7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man. 8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.

      I’m not saying Jesus was evil, not in the least. And I’m not great expert in either religion. But what I do think is that it is slightly foolish to judge what people did in both the Bible and the Quran by todays standards, because they were written so long ago. It’s like hating George Washington for owning slaves. Sure, it would be immoral today – but since back then it was pretty much the status quo, you can’t say much against him in that regard.

    • 5 madstickynotes September 12, 2011 at 2:41 am

      I wonder what sort of Hadith you’re reading? Maybe it would be better if you quote. He was the person who marched into Makkah and told everyone they are forgiven…all those people who threw garbage at him and tortured him and called him the worst names ever and physically tortured the believers, everyone, without an exception! Of course, that makes him such a bad example to follow!
      Stealing gold and stealing wives. Oh, my friend, how naive you are!
      And you say “distributed”? Doesn’t sound like you’re talking about women; sounds more like you’re talking about cattle!
      A lot of women who accepted Islam were married to Muslim men so that they have homes and protection. Not auctioned off to the person with the most money, not forced into marriage, not made slaves. If they didn’t want to, they were not married. No one was ‘distributed’ like war bounty. And certainly no one who was not a Muslim. People of different religions were guaranteed safety and protection as long as they didn’t take up arms against the Muslims (which the Jews of Khyber did; they broke their treaty).
      Yes, he was a polygamist but Islam allows polygamy. I’m sure you don’t understand the concept especially since your religion does not allow it and you admit to not having read the Quran or the Hadith properly. But there you have it. Cruel? Not really. Terms and conditions apply.
      DItto for where the Quran says to attack non-muslim nations. However, this last line is like putting words in God’s mouth (naouzubillah) because it is a very narrow interpretation of the true verses of Quran. I can’t explain it because I’m not a religious scholar. But personally, I understand it and I understand enough not to go writing about things that I fail to grasp fully so that I don’t make the same mistake: putting forth one view. You have the right to your opinion but it means squat if you base it on personal judgements.
      Three accusations

  4. 6 schildan10 September 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for your response. The reason why I judge the Muslims by todays standards is because they believe that the Koran is God’s guideline for today.

    I, on the other hand, do not believe that the Old Testament is God’s guideline for today. I believe that it is only God’s guideline to Israel during a speficic time in history. (I will defend what they did, when they did it, although the same is not permitted today).

    In summary: Christians believe the New Testament gives God’s command for behavior today (between Christ’s first and second comings), and that Christ himself is the example for how Christians should live.

    Muslims believe that the Koran is God’s command for behavior today, inbetween Muhammad’s coming and the Mahdi’s coming. They also believe that Muhammed is the role model in the meantime for how people should live. I know that the New Testament does not command any of these torturous things that you find in Muhammed’s life.

    • 7 madstickynotes September 12, 2011 at 2:48 am

      It doesn’t matter that you believe that Quran cannot be a guideline for today’s Muslims. The belief of a Muslim in the Quran being a book for all of eternity is what matters.
      See, I won’t come and tell you that no, the Old Testament is what needs to be followed; how can you discard a book like that; the principles still apply because your religion says (according to you) that the Old Testament is for a specific time and the New one is for now. So really, you can’t judge anyone on following their book.
      And where Muhammad’s life is concerned….I’ll put it in today’s terms: this is slander. If you are so concerned, read up on his life from authentic sources and consult people who are experts on this matter.
      That is all I have to say.

  5. 8 schildan10 September 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thanks for your reply. Concerning the women of Kaybar, Bukhari volume 5, book 64 bo. 4200 says “The Prophet had their warriors killed, their offspring and women taken as captives.”

    Quran, 33:50 “Prophet, We have made lawful to you the wives whom you have granted dowries and the slave girls whom God has given you as booty”

    Bukhari volume 3 #432 Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri that while he was sitting with Allah’s messenger we said, “Oh Allah’s messenger, we got female captives as our booty, and we are interested in their prices, what is your opinion about coitus interruptus?” The prophet said, “Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it. No soul that which Allah has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence.”

    There are several other quotations like the one above from the Hadith, but I will not quote them for the sake of common decency. Some of them are extremely explicit.

    • 9 Julian Modiano September 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

      it seems like you’re just quoting things, same as i did, but oh well.

      i’m not saying i agree with all these but i do think they make you think:

      Top Ten Signs You’re a Fundamentalist Christian

      10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

      9 – You feel insulted and “dehumanized” when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.

      8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

      7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the “atrocities” attributed to Allah, but you don’t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in “Exodus” and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in “Joshua” including women, children, and trees!

      6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.

      5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.

      4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs — though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most “tolerant” and “loving.”

      3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in “tongues” may be all the evidence you need to “prove” Christianity.

      2 – You define 0.01% as a “high success rate” when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

      1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

  6. 10 schildan10 September 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for your comments Julian. I just want to make it clear, though, that I am not “insulted” or offended by the fact that you or anyone else disagrees with me. You are free to believe what you want. One of the purposes of this blog is to encourage open dialogue about religious topics. It would kind of defeat the purpose of this bog if I were to get angry at people for disagreeing with me.

    As regards the original topic of discussion, I still stand by my portrayal of Muhammad. Nobody can credibly deny that Muhammad allowed his warriors (and himself) to have sex with female captives. This can be shown from both the Quran and the Hadith.

  7. 11 ishiwoman December 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

    As an ex-muslim, I can tell you that everything you have said Daniel is correct about the muslim religion. It is 100% a demonically inspired ‘religion’ – a doctrine of demons. I lived in the Middle East and grew up in a very conservative Arab household, my grandfather was a shikh (a muslim priest) and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Arab and moslem people are the most beautiful, generous and grateful people I have ever met. I love them. But when it comes to Islam they are deeply deceived.

    I thank God everyday that He rescued me and converted me to become a true Christian, I pray this miracle happens to every moslem who truely is seeking the face of God.

  8. 12 schildan10 December 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Wow. Thanks for you comment Layla. I did not know that you were a former Muslim. I read the Quran for the first time this year, and I have had occasional contact with Muslims on the internet. I am trying to learn about Islam and am praying for more conversions in the Middle East. I know that it is very hard for Arabs/Muslims in the middle East to convert to Christianity, and when they do, I imagine it is very difficult for them to find other Christians they can trust.

    I’d be curious to hear your story if you wanted to tell me. You can find my e-mail address on my about page.

    Your brother in Christ,


  9. 13 schildan10 December 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I just read your blog and your testimony. You’ve got a great site. I appreciate the recovery work you do with people.


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