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As Christians who have the orders to take the Gospel to every ethnic group on this planet, we might be well advised to understand some of the attitudes that we will encounter. As we encounter Muslim believers it would be wise to understand the Islamic doctrine of al-walāʾ wa-l-barāʾ. In a...

October 28, 2014 0 1 comments
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In the Hamas charter there is a loaded statement that might pass the un-informed eye. It states:

   The Islamic Resistance Movement [Hamas| believes that the land of
Palestine is an Islamic waqf endowed to  all Muslim generations until
judgment Day. No part of it may be...

September 28, 2014 0 0 comments
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Before I left for this trip it was my understanding that Israel had reclaimed their rightful ownership of the Holy Land from a terrorist group named Hamas. After all, I grew up hearing about the Six Day War and seeing the carnage left behind by bombings along Gaza Strip. And didn't God give this...

July 17, 2014 0 0 comments
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The Damascus Gate is truly a sight to see, but the city within those walls is even more awe-inspiring. I was unsure of what to expect as I headed to devotions this morning. Due to reports we had heard last night of rockets landing in Jerusalem, we were not sure if we would still be able to...

July 14, 2014 0 0 comments
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Israel launched 34 air raids in Gaza Tuesday morning (not where the teens were from nor found), and the authorities discuss what actions to take next, while the nation and world mourn this tragedy and offer support to Israel.

July 2, 2014 0 1 comments
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Mother Teresa once said, “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?”

June 30, 2014 0 0 comments
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We visited the Church of Nativity this week. It was an old building under construction, full of middle aged European-American tourists snapping photos left and right.

June 25, 2014 0 0 comments
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Mariano, Sarah and I went to a time of prayer hosted by a Muslim Inman, a Jewish woman and a Christian pastor. We ended the time together by all joining hands as we formed a circle and sang, "We Shall Overcome." Amazing! Moving! Most were weeping as we prayed...

June 23, 2014 0 2 comments
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As a long-term resident in countries where dictatorships have come and gone, new theological movements have come and gone, short-term volunteers have come and gone, one thing is for certain: humans seems to love swinging on the pendulum.

June 23, 2014 0 1 comments
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Watch this brief recording of Brandon Haan articulating what it means to be a responsible global citizen.

June 9, 2014 0 0 comments
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Some of the us and them mentality is also found in scriptures.  "If they are not against us, they are for us."   but also "they went out from us"   "Being in the world, but not of the world."   There is an antithesis between good and evil, between right and wrong, between God and Satan.   In that way, the muslims are an example to Christians.   Even Jesus said, "Love your enemies.", knowing Christians would have enemies, and Jesus did not say, "have no enemies".   Jesus said that daughters would be set against mothers , and sons against fathers.  That he did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  Again, Jesus highlighted the dramatic changes that would occur, which were life changing.  Part of the struggle.  The antithesis.  Not peace at all costs, but surrender to God.  

 

On the other hand, Jesus did say, "Love your enemies."  Go the extra mile.  Give the extra cloak.  Forgive seventy times ( or more).  Follow the example of the Good Samaritan.  The sword Jesus talked about was not a sword of steel, but the sword of the word of God, the sword of the spirit working in men's hearts.   The armor was the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation.  

 

Muslim book, muslim faith, and muslim practice does not follow Jesus, but follows the sword carrying Mohammed, who has only one book, Quran, and did nothing more than many other leaders did who merely attempt to gain a following and gain earthly territory.  At most, he was a king like Alexander the Great, or Julius Ceasar of Rome.  At worst, he was a fraud and a charlatan, like the emperor Nero, or the leader of the Moonies, Sun Myung Moon.   In no way could he be shown to have a legitimate revelation from God, or to be a true prophet in the order of Elijah, Elisha, Nathan, Moses, Isaiah, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, the apostle John.   By neglecting the writings of these prophets, and the writings of the gospels, and of history, he has even lost the title of scholar or preacher or teacher of God's truth.  

That does not mean that everything that Mohammed has written or spoken is false.  Some things are true no matter who says them.  There are some truths in every faith and in every culture, and in every religion.   But these truths should not obscure the fact that the underlying basis is shaky, unstable, or false.  The bible clearly says that in the last days there will be false prophets and anti-christs.   

It is no good to merely say that Jesus was a prophet, and then ignore the most credible witness accounts of what Jesus said.  Ignoring those accounts (the gospels) is merely a way of making Jesus into the image of man, into a follower of other men such as Mohammed, rather than actually treating Jesus like a prophet.   It would be more honest for Moslems to say that Jesus was not a prophet at all, than to give him a superficial lip service.  It would be more honest to say that Jesus was not a prophet at all than to ignore the witness and testimony of those who lived with him for three years before his death, and talked with him for forty days after his resurrection.   Those followers followed Jesus teachings, and followed Jesus example.  Mohammed did not do so, and thus in practice disregards Jesus as a true prophet.  

 

Just as many atheists attempt to discredit the scriptures (unsuccessfully), by attributing human failings to writing, transcribing and translating, so Muslims put themselves into the same camp as atheists by using the same reasons for discrediting scripture.  So how are Muslims and atheists then different in this regard?   Do they not both attempt to impose their own wishes and desires on who Jesus should be, and on what Jesus can do?   Would this not be like attempting to say that Mohammed was actually Chinese, or Norweigan, instead of an Arab?   It would be false, just as the Moslem portrayal of Jesus is entirely false. 

The irony is that it is harder to love your enemies than it is to hate them.  It is harder to surrender to God, than it is to commit suicide.  It is harder to give your life for others, than it is to take the life of others.  Unless you have the spirit of God in your heart.  Unless you really know the Lord Jesus.  

Hello Salaam,

 

While I don't disagree that humans seem to swing on the pendulum, I think moving away from Christian Zionism to Christian Palestinianism is positive - if only as a corrective to a theological error. The fact is that Israel has forfeited the covenant as a nation - the hope of individual Jews is found in Jesus Christ. The hope of individual Palestinians is found in Jesus Christ. Therefore we no longer have a theological reason to prop up Israel. Yes Israel has every right to exist as a nation and to protect itself. But as Christians we are also concerned about the plight of the oppressed, the poor, the prisoner, and the Palestinians are prisoners in Gaza. So I don't think it is anti-semitic to hold Israel accountable for their actions in Gaza. I support some pendulum swinging - but as with all things - not too far.

Thank you so much for sharing your insight. These are important things to remember, especially in light of recent news. 

Being a friend of Jan's I am glad to hear they have arrived safely! It is clear God has great plans for their time there. But I am confused. If Muslim's (or a non-messianic Jew) doesn't believe in the Trinity, how can they be worshipping the same true God as a Christian? Maybe some one from Hope Equals can answer that for me? 

"They talked about us all being one as we worship the One True God."

I am sorry but Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God. This sounds like the "Chrislam" movement. Jesus is all I need.

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