Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

Death Penalty For Apostasy

Posted: September 14, 2008 in Christianity
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On Sept. 11th, the Parliament of Iran approved the use of the death penalty for those determined to be apostate. Anyone turning from Islam and its teachings would lead to execution. This even includes blogs that it is determined promoted apostasy. Apostasy by definition is the abandoning of ones religious beliefs, political party, or cause. There are people in jail in Iran for converting to Christianity, who now could face the death penalty. In Matthew 24:9 Jesus in talking about signs of the end times says ” Then they will hand you over for persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My name.”. As we look at the world today, we can see that more and more nations are turning against Christ.

Where does the United States stand as a nation? While we are not to the point of persecution, we are slowly sliding in that direction. The day will come when Christian persecution comes to our country. The above verse says Christians will be hated by all nations, not just some.

Another sign of the coming of Christ is the apostasy of the Christian church. How many people would be left in our country if we adopted the death penalty for Christian apostasy?  In the two verses following Matthew 24:9, Jesus describes the apostasy that will take place. Because of the persecution some will turn against one another. And the love of many will grow cold because of lawlessness. It is easy to say you are a Christian when there are no consequences for belief. But when persecution sets in, we can truly see who is Christian and who is not. Those who have not truly committed to Christ will fall away when things get hard. A person only needs to look at the number of liberal churches in our country to realize that apostasy already abounds in our country. They change their doctrine with every new wind of cultural change. Instead of trying to change the culture to fit the bible, they change their interpretation of the bible to suit the culture around them. Many want to enter heaven by following the broad and easy path. Few want to follow the difficult path that leads to the narrow gate. The broad gate leads to destruction, and many liberal churches are leading people to destruction.

What will Jesus find when He comes back?  Read the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8. Jesus talks about praying always and not being discouraged. But He ends it with this question, “when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?”. If Christ came back today, would He find that kind of faith in you? What kind of faith would He find in your church? Would He see that you have pressed through during tough times? Or would He see that you gave up and took the easy path?

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View Of Women In Islam

Posted: August 29, 2008 in Christianity
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Today, Sarah Palin was announced as the GOP candidate for Vice President. Would this be possible in a Muslim nation? Absolutely not. We need to take pride we live in a Christian nation where this is a possibility. Let us take some time to look at how women are viewed in Islam.

Muslims follow the Qur’an and the hadiths. They consider the Qur’an to be the words of God and the hadiths to be the words and deeds of their prophet Muhammad. Not all sects of Muslims agree on the hadiths. That being said, there are some alarming views in both. According to Muhammad women are considered toys. He says that “the woman is a toy, whoever takes her let him care for her (or do not lose her).” Women as a result are treated like property. The Bible teaches we are to love our wives like Christ loved the church. That means sacrifice, even to the point of giving up our lives. In Islam, Sura 4:34 calls on men to protect their wives, but only if they obey. If they do not obey their husband’s commands they are told to beat them as a last resort.

Women are considered to be deficient in intelligence and in religion. The son’s inheritance is twice that of the daughters. And the witness of a women is only half that of a man. It is quite obvious they consider women inferior.

In cases of rape, the woman must have 4 male witnesses to prove the crime. If they don’t produce the required number of 4, they are then accused of adultery. It is reported that in Pakistan, 75 percent of women prisoners are actually rape victims.

This is just a handful of things that speak of how women are considered in Islam. There are many more. I am thankful to live in a country that treats women with the honor and respect they deserve. If Mrs. Palin is the next VP, I am sure that some here will not be happy. But look what happened to Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan. The first woman Prime Minister in a Islamic State, assassinated by extremists.

As Christians, we must stand for the rights of women everywhere. We must also stand against those who treat women in such an unbiblical way. The response by many Muslims, to those who speak against them, is usually with anger and violence. We can not let this stop us. The release of a book about Aisha, Muhammad’s six year old bride, was cancelled due to fear of Muslim backlash. Just an example of how we have already begun to cater to extremist fear in this country. We have come to far to fall back now.