There seems to be a difference of opinion, even among christians, of whether or not Islam is a peaceful religion. For me, I don’t want to just take someones opinion on an issue, but wanted to do a little research on the subject and see what the God of the Bible says.
First, to have a comparison, what does christianity teach on this subject?
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34-40
Jesus even went further than loving God and our neighbor:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:43-45
Jesus directs us to have a love for everyone and not just those that are nice to us. There is a word of caution here though. The word love has been kind of hijacked and given a new definition of a warm fuzzy kind of tolerance love. True love will also be willing to do things that may be uncomfortable for us if it is in the best interest of someone else. It is not loving to be silent about something that we see that is bad or destructive for another person. It is loving to confront and speak truth, in love, if we really care about someone that we see heading for trouble.
From my experience in communicating with a number of muslims through our ministry, there seems to be a definite point where they break from biblical teaching. It is in the account of Abraham’s sons, Isaac and Ishmael. Muslims believe that Ishmael is the promised son of Abraham and not Isaac. This is not what the bible teaches.
Abram’s (whose name was later changed to Abraham by God) wife had been barren, but God promised them a child (Genesis 15:4-6). Abram and Sarai (whose name was later changed to Sarah by God) had a hard time believing that God would be able to do this since Sarai was barren. Sarai decided to try to help things along and gave Abram her Egyptian maidservant, Hagar, to have children through (Genesis 16:1-4). Hagar, Sarai’s maidservant, conceived a son who was named Ishmael. (Genesis 16:15-16).
Ishmael came through Abram and Sarai’s own efforts and not through God’s promised plan. Abraham asked if God would make Ishmael the promised child that would have His blessing. God said that Ishmael would be fruitful and have many descendants, but would not be the child He would establish His covenant with. He told Abraham that Sarah would conceive a child and they were to call him Isaac and His covenant would be through him (Genesis 17:18-21). Isaac is the line in which, ultimately, God’s Son and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ would come through. God is very clear throughout the Bible, over and over again that God’s covenant is through the line of Abraham, Isaac and Isaac’s son, Jacob.
God said about Ishmael: “He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” Genesis 16:11-12.
These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps. Altogether, Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the border of Egypt, as you go toward Asshur. And they lived in hostility toward all their brothers. Genesis 25:16-18.
If this is the line that Islam has come through, this is exactly what we have seen throughout history. The God of the bible told about the religion of Islam almost 2700 years before it actually became a religion.
It was more than 600 years after the time of Jesus that Muhammad claimed to have received the revelation of the religion of Islam from the archangel Gabriel. In the Bible, Paul warned us about this revelation:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Galatians 1:6-9.
God tells us that Satan and demons are behind all false religions that lead people away from the one true God of the Bible:
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Timothy 4:1
What does God say about Satan and his demons?
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy … John 10:10a.
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44.
God has told us that Ishmael’s line will be against everyone and that he will be in hostility towards his brothers. We have seen this happen, in the name of Islam, all around the world and all throughout history.
Muhammad claimed to receive a new gospel which God tells us is a false gospel and that false gospels are taught by demons. We are also told that Satan is not peaceful, but has come to kill, steal and destroy. God has warned us of religions such as Islam and that they are not peaceful and will lead to eternal condemnation.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6.
Here are some links that I have come across that talk about the history of Islam and the non-peaceful teachings of the religion:
Political Islam – http://www.politicalislam.com/the-study-of-political-islam-2/
What does the religion of peace teach about violence? – http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/023-violence.htm
As christians, our desire should be to see all people of the world turn to the one true God of the Bible and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It does not mean that we do not seek to protect the innocent in our country and world from those that would want to harm or kill us.
Sin separates us from a holy God and the only place to spend eternity separated from God is hell. Sin separates us from God, but Jesus provided a payment for that sin so that we can spend our eternity in heaven.
Jesus was born of a virgin through the power of the Holy Spirit, lived a perfect life, was tortured, mocked and died on a cross at the hands of the people He came to save. He rose from the dead on the 3rd day, appeared to more than 500 people and then ascended into heaven to be at the right hand of the Father where He is today interceding for us!
Jesus told us to repent and believe. When we come to the place where we believe this and desire to turn from our ways to God’s ways, we can once again be right with God. Jesus calls us to follow Him as the Lord of our lives. This means we look to Him for what is right and wrong and what we should and shouldn’t do. He created a perfect plan and purpose for each of our lives that is a perfect fit for the way He created each one of us!
Now is the time to decide to turn to Jesus and believe! None of us know how much more time we have where we can make this decision before it is too late!