Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Truth About Islam: Spiritual

Dr. David R. ReaganBy Dr. David R. Reagan

Islam is a typical works salvation religion centered around a false god. Its fundamental tenets deny the heart of the Christian Gospel, revealing its demonic origin.

The Koran — As I have already pointed out, the holy book of Islam is riddled with contradictions. Consider, for example, what it says about creation. In one place it asserts that Allah created everything in "the twinkling of an eye" (Sura 54:49-50). Elsewhere it says that the time period of the creation was two days (Sura 41:9, 12); four days (Sura 41:10); six days (Suras 7:54, 10:4, and 32:4); in "a day equaling 1,000 years" (Sura 32:5); and also in "50,000 years" (Sura 70:4). That's a total of six different time periods!

The Koran contains many scientific errors. A crude example is found in Sura 18:8-86 where it says that Alexander the Great followed the setting of the sun and discovered that it went down into the waters of a muddy spring!

Many Arabian fairy tales about genies are contained in the Koran, and the book is also full of historical errors. It presents Mary the mother of Jesus as the sister of Moses and Aaron (obviously confusing her with their sister, Miriam). The Noahic flood is placed in the time of Moses, and the claim is made that one of Noah's sons refused to enter the Ark and was drowned.

The Koran also pictures Abraham as offering Ishmael as a sacrifice in Mecca, whereas the biblical account has Abraham offering Isaac on Mt. Moriah in the area that would later become the heart of Jerusalem.

God — The Koran asserts that the god of Islam is the God of Christians and Jews (Sura 29:46). Nothing could be farther from the truth.1

The god of Islam, Allah, is most definitely not the God of the Bible. Allah is presented in the Koran as an autocratic ruler who is aloof and arbitrary (Sura 5:40). Allah is unknowable whereas the God of the Bible is knowable (2 Timothy 1:12). Allah is impersonal, unlike the personal God the Scriptures reveal (1 Peter 5:6-7). Allah is unitarian (Sura 4:48) whereas the God of the Bible is trinitarian (2 Corinthians 13:14). Here is what the Koran says about the God of the Bible (Sura 4:171): "Believe in Allah and say not 'Trinity.' Cease! It is better for you! Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from his transcendent majesty that he should have a son."

Allah is capricious (Sura 2:284), whereas the true God is trustworthy. And Allah is never anywhere presented as a god of love — which is the essence of the nature of the true God (1 John 4:7-16).

Jesus — The Koran denies point blank that Jesus was the Son of God (Sura 112:2-3). It also denies His atoning sacrifice by claiming that he never died (Sura 4:157). A substitute died for Him on the Cross. Jesus was translated to Heaven, like Enoch, where He will remain until He returns to kill all pigs, destroy all crosses, and convert the world to Islam. Jesus will marry, reign for 40 years and then die and be buried next to Muhammad in Medina.2 Jesus is characterized in the Koran as nothing more than "an apostle of Allah" (Sura 4:171).

Sin — There is no concept of sin in Islam and therefore no need for forgiveness. Shame replaces sin. Everything is a matter of honor verses dishonor.3 In the Muslim view, man does not need redemption, he only needs some guidance so that he might develop the inherently pure nature with which the Creator has endowed him. If he will be faithful in his prayers, almsgiving and fasting, God is likely to overlook his failures and usher him into Paradise.4

Ethics — The situation determines the appropriate action, not a standard of right and wrong. As an example, Al Ghazzali (1058-1111), one of the greatest Muslim theologians, wrote: "Know that a lie is not wrong in itself. If a lie is the only way of obtaining a good result, it is permissible. We must lie when truth leads to unpleasant results."5 The Koran sanctions revenge: "If anyone transgresses... against you, transgress likewise against him" (Sura 2:194).

Salvation — Islam is a religion of works. One obtains favor with Allah by performing the five pillars of the faith:

  • Reciting the creed that there is one god, Allah, and his prophet is Muhammad.

  • Praying five times a day toward Mecca.

  • Giving alms to the poor.

  • Fasting from sunrise to sunset one month a year during the month of Ramadan.

  • Making a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Another way to reach Paradise is to die fighting for Allah (Sura 3:157).

Islam is so works oriented that it teaches that good deeds cancel bad ones (Sura 11:114). In contrast to all this emphasis on works, the true Word of God teaches that it is impossible to earn salvation because it is a gift of God's grace that is received through faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Heaven — The Islamic Paradise is a place of sensual pleasure consisting of gluttonous feasts and endless sex orgies (Suras 52:17-24; 55:54-56; and 78:32-34).


Notes

  1. A good discussion of the differences between the god of Islam and the true God of the Bible can be found in the book, Islam, Israel, and the Last Days, by Elishua Davidson (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1991). See pages 47-62, 103-122.

  2. Lance Lambert, "The Messianic Expectations of Islam," Jerusalem, 1994. Produced by The Christians Friends of Israel Ministry in Jerusalem.

  3. Clarence Wagner, Jr., "Islam and the Land," an undated, unpublished manuscript.

  4. "Insights into Islam," an unsigned article on The Muslim — Christian Debate Website at http://www.debate.org.uk/topics.

  5. "The Dark Side of Islam," an unsigned article on The Muslim — Christian Debate Website at http://www.debate.org.uk/topics/coolcalm/Dark-Side-of-Islam.htm.


The next article will explore the truth about the intolerant nature of Islam.

13 comments:

son of thunder said...

It boggles the mind how so many people equate YHWH and Allah and Christianity and Islam as being the same, when all you have to do is do a little bit of reading.

Sheesh.

Aaron said...

Thx Dr. Reagan for all that you do.

Mitchell said...

Please continue exposing the religion of Satan Dr. Reagan.

Though Islam arose several centuries after the completion of the Biblical canon, there are verses in the Bible that describe Islam quite well:

2 Timothy 3:5 "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

1 John 2:22-23a "And who is the great liar? The one who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Such people are antichrists, for they have denied the Father and the Son. Anyone who denies the Son doesn't have the Father either."

John 16:2 "For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing God a service."

SeanOsborne said...

Mitchell wrote:

"there are verses in the Bible that describe Islam quite well:"

2 Timothy 3:5 "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

Nice try Mitchell, but you've taken this verse from Timothy, twisted it and applied it in gross error to the context of Islam where it does not belong. The context of this verse is specific to the Godlessness of people, humanity in general, during the the last days.

As for this verse you cite...

1 John 2:22-23a "And who is the great liar? The one who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Such people are antichrists, for they have denied the Father and the Son. Anyone who denies the Son doesn't have the Father either."

Yes, we are all very well aware that Islam denies the divinity of Jesus Christ, and that muslims are adherents of an anti-Christian religion. However, it also applies to a lot of others. It allies to Jews who deny Christ. it applies to all men and women who deny Christ. Singling this verse out as uniquely descriptive of Islam is a very poor bit of exegesis.

And then there's this...

John 16:2 "For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing God a service."

...which is specific to the context of Christians and has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam.

Saying that these verses have a relationship to Islam is definitively a false Christian teaching.

son of thunder said...

And let's not forget all of the "Christian" teachers who deny the divinity of Jesus, who say He was just a really swell guy.

SeanOsborne said...

Indeed... Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger of the Roman Catholic Church immediately comes to mind among this group of Christ-denying apostate Christians.

Mitchell said...

SeanOsborne, I did not say that those verses are referring directly to Islam, I said they describe Islam.

SeanOsborne said...

No, you said they "describe Islam quite well" when in fact they have nothing whatsoever to do with Islam at all. Islam (i.e. Submission to the false god allah) clearly was not present or the intent of God when he inspired these Christian writers to pen His Word into text for us.

2 Timothy is basically the Apostle Paul's last will and testament as he is imprisioned in ROME awaiting his death and martyrdom in contending for the Faith in Christ at the hands of the Roman Empire.

Your use of these verses in support of your Islamic antichrist view is pathetic at best.

Mitchell said...

SeanOsborne, admit it, those verses do in fact describe Islam quite well. The false religion of Islam:

** Has a form of godliness, but denies the power thereof

** Islam says specifically in the Qur'an that Jesus Christ was not crucified, and that Jesus Christ is not the Son of God. It is antichrist.

** Islam believes that killing Jews and Christian is what God commands them to do - their false god Allah.

Saying those verses do not describe Islam is just silly.

son of thunder said...

Mitchell, 2 Timothy 3:5 can relate to todays modern church, as Paul was writing about the last days, 1 John 2:22-23 again relates to many in todays church, and John 16:2 can can relate to Messianic Jews being expelled from congregations because they name Yeshua as Messiah and Sha'ul (Paul) thought he was doing God a favor by arresting and punishing the early Messianic church.

So to say these verses apply to only Islam is a stretch at best.

Mitchell said...

son of thunder, please re-read what I posted brother. :)

Anonymous said...

So I am true all these times by believing that Islam is satanic, even before I read and known all from the internet. Thank Lord Jesus for revealing the Antichrist to us.

Anonymous said...

"The" Antichrist isn't revealed yet, but his religion has been!