Wednesday, October 8, 2008

He Reigns

When one looks at the news on television, in the newspaper, on various and sundry blogs, there seems to be a lot of reasons for worry. The stock market, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sharia Law gaining more ground, U.S. Presidential elections, and persecution of fellow Christians; all look scary to us. We may lose lots of money, we may be embroiled in more wars, we may find ourselves being dominated by Islam. Are these things worthy of our worry?

As believers we can rest in the peace we have with God through Jesus Christ, our Lord. God is sovereign and He rules providentially. Rest and trust in Him.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. ~ 1 Peter 5

The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. ~ Psalm 103

The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes. ~ Proverbs 21

Friday, October 3, 2008

The DoubleSpeak of Islam

Yesterday I was talking to two Muslims, along with another Christian. Muslims, in their conversations and deeds, most often demand to have the upper hand. If you politely disagree with them, they will do their best to silence you. From the get-go they try to dhimitize all those around them. These Muslims were American, and this is a sample of the discussions that we will encounter in the future in America.

Here is a sampling of the encounter:
Jawami told me, when I asked about a verse from the Quran that says Allah is a deceiver. (But they (the Jews) were deceptive, and Allah was deceptive, for Allah is the best of deceivers (Wamakaroo wamakara Allahu waAllahu khayru al-makireena)! S. 3:54; cf. 8:30), "That's an English translation of the Quran. You cannot use an English translation. You must use the tafsirs."

I replied, "The Arabic is there as well."

Jawami, "Did you not hear what I just said? It's English translation and it is corrupted."

So I enquired further, "Who translates the Quran into English? Are they not scholars?"

"No, anybody can translate the Quran into English. To understand the Quran, you must use the Tafsirs. I think you already knew the answer when you asked."

So I looked up a Tafsir and it concured with the English translation I presented. I pointed that out to Jawami, and he continued to accuse me of not listening. We had to continue to ignore their snide comments in order to continue the conversation.

"Christians always disassociate themselves from the whackos in their own faith. They say 'they aren't real Christians'", asserted Jawami.

I asked, "Does that mean you will not deny your brethen who use children, and mentally handicapped people to blow up non-Muslims?"

*crickets chirped*

"Let me ask again differently, does that mean you will not deny that Muslims that kill others in the name of Allah belong to Islam?"

I was ignored again. Then up piped Patience to change the subject.

Patience began to cite English verses to us about how Allah is merciful.

I kept asking if she was reading the Quran in English, or the Tafsirs? Again no answer.

She continued to cite more verses.

"Is that an English translation of the Quran? I was just told those are corrupted. I'm confused."

Patience began to tell us that Sharia Law was already in the USA. It's embedded in our laws because our laws are based on Islamic laws.