Thursday, March 30, 2017

If God is God - Then Who is Allah?

The birth of Islam came through the birth of Ishmael. Ishmael is well described in Genesis 16:12: "And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren." Because of a union, not sanctioned by God, came the Arab nation which has been in conflict with the Jewish nation ever since. Out of the Islamic faith was born "Allah" introduced by an Arabian visionary named Muhammad. So! If God is God, then who is Allah?
In Genesis 16, Sarai urged Abram to have a child with her servant Hagar. Though this recommendation contradicted God's promise of a son through Sarai, Abram chose to follow his wife's advice. But because of the unwise decision not to trust God, Abram faced many difficult, painful trials. And today Israel and the world is experiencing the consequences of Islamic terrorism because of his poor choice.
In Genesis 17 God reveals to Abram his covenant as the true God to the Jews and later to the world through His son Jesus that will be established through Isaac. Verse 21 explains "But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year."
But in Genesis 16 God promises Hagar that a vast nation will grow through the descendants of her son Ishmael. This nation (The Arabs), as described in verse 12 will be violent against each other, the Jews and the entire world.
One of these descendants, an Arabian visionary named Muhammad (570-632 A.D.) was born in the city of Mecca and claimed he received supernatural revelations from God through the angel Gabriel. These revelations were written down by others and compiled into a book called the Koran (or Qur'an), the Muslim Bible. Muhammad was uneducated and could neither read or write.
Muhammad himself confessed his own doubts as to whether or not he was possessed by an evil spirit. In fact he was on his way to commit suicide when he claims Gabriel intervened in a vision. It is said that his companions could recognize from certain physical signs when a revelation was about to come. He would sometimes fall into a trance. Today thousands of mediums, spiritualists, and "channelers" also enter trance states to receive revelations from alleged angels and spirits.
There is little doubt that the Koran could be the product of a supernatural revelation. But what was the ultimate source of the miracle. Assuming that a spirit did inspire Muhammad, what kind of a spirit was it? What kind of a spirit would tell Muhammad that he was a messenger of a pagan god (Allah)? What kind of a spirit would distort the Bible, deny Christ, oppose God's plan of salvation, and teach lies.
The teachings of God in the Bible were well established long before the birth of Muhammad. So if these new supernatural revelations denied those Biblical teachings we must logically conclude they could not have originated from God. So what other supernatural source exists which could have inspired Muhammad, except Satan himself.
Because Muslims teach that Allah alone is the one true God, they claim that Christians worship a false god, a pagan idol. However, scholars agree that before Muhammad, "Allah" was only one of the pagan deities of the pre-Islamic Arabic collection of gods. It was therefore Muhammad who transformed and elevated this pagan deity into the supreme God of Islam.
History proves that before Islam came into existence the Sabeans in Arabia worshiped the" moon god" who married the "sun goddess", who gave birth to three goddesses. They were called Al-lat, Al-uzza and Manat. They later became idols and were worshiped throughout that part of the world as the "Daughters of Allah" The moon god was "Allah". He was just one of 360 idols in the Kabah* in Mecca. And Muhammad knew this. The crescent moon is everywhere in Islam. Even Ramadan begins and ends with the crescent moon.
Muhammad wanted to create his own religion. He needed the backing of his powerful tribe, so he picked "Allah the Moon-god" which they worshipped, to be the one, and declared himself to be Allah's prophet.
In the 1950's a major temple to the Moon-god was excavated at Hazor in Palestine. Two idols of the Moon-god were found, proving Allah was a pre-Islamic pagan deity.
Allah lacks such attributes as holiness, grace and love. If we compare the Muslim God with the biblical God, we can see that Islam and Christianity have entirely different views of God.
FIRST: Allah is a distant God with whom no one can have a personal relationship as biblically described. But the God of the Bible desires to have a personal relationship with each of us.
SECOND: The Muslim God has a different nature and character from the biblical God. For example, Allah is not a God of love but of power, violence and corruption. But the Bible teaches that God is love.
Throughout the Koran it is stressed that Allah only "loves' (is merciful to) those who do good, but that he is not merciful to those who are bad. Allah repeatedly emphasizes that he does not love the sinner. Thus the love of Allah is not the love of the God in the Bible. The biblical God does love the sinner: in fact He loves all sinners.
THIRD: Allah is considered the author of evil. But the biblical God is not the author of evil. Rather he is infinitely holy and righteous. "His eyes are too pure to look on evil".
FOURTH: Muslims deny the triune nature of God as revealed in the Bible. The Koran emphasizes that Christians are unbelievers and infidels because they believe in the historic Christian doctrine of the trinity. But the Bible tells us that God has revealed Himself as a triune Being, as one God eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Islam can no longer be ignored by the rest of the world. Why? Because the ultimate mission of Islam is to conquer the world and then rule it according to Islamic law. Islamic law teaches that conversion may be achieved though persuasion or subjugation, but fundamental extremist hold that if these fail, "infidels" or unbelievers may be eliminated if necessary. According to Islamic tradition, the complete military subjugation of the earth is mandated by Allah.
The Good News Is: God loves all sinners including Muslims, and has provided them the opportunity to have an eternal life in heaven. Allah offers no guarantees that you will make it to heaven regardless of what you do or don't do. But everyone is offered the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ the Son of God that guarantees them a place in heaven.
John 3:16-18
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. KJV
If you are one of the millions of Muslims that have been deceived by Satan, and would like to accept Jesus as your personal savior pray this prayer:
Dear God:
I acknowledge my sinfulness before you. I confess that I have been trying to earn my own salvation by following the teachings of the Koran. But I now realize that Allah is not the true God. I recognize my need for forgiveness and now realize that Christ died for my sins on the cross. I now receive Him as my personal Savior and Lord. Give me the courage and strength to face the opposition I may encounter. Help me to lead others to You as well. In Jesus' name.
The best way to defeat Islam is to tell and convert the Muslim world to Christianity.
Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
[Additional information may be found in "The Facts on Islam'" By John Ankerberg & John Weldon. - ISBN 0-89081-913-0]
Author: Ray Turner -- Retired school teacher from Oklahoma State University's School of Technical Training "Communications". Website dedicated to encourage and teach others to find God's gifts in their life, and to use them to bring others to Christ.
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