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Thursday, September 28, 2006



Boy slave ‘crucified’ by Sudanese Muslim
Now a youth, he tells Voice of the Martyrs he’s forgiven attacker


Posted: September 28, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern


© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com


Boy who was ‘crucified’ by Muslim

A Sudanese slave who was assigned to watch his Muslim master’s camels was "crucified" when he was caught sneaking out to attend a Christian church, according to reports from Voice of the Martyrs.

The aid organization that helps persecuted Christians worldwide said the reports come from witnesses in the Sudan who were in contact with the youth, now about 15.

Damare Garang was seven when the attack happened, officials said. He had been captured by Islamic soldiers when his Sudanese village was attacked, and then sold as a slave to a Muslim family in Tuobon, Bahr el Gazel.

His duties were to tend the master’s camels, but one day one fled.

"How could you do this? You will surely have to pay! You stupid slave, I should just kill you now," he was told.

However, the child escaped any injuries at that point.

Then the following day Damare, who had been raised in a Christian family, sneaked away for a time to a small church service across the village.

His master was waiting when he returned.

"Where have you been?" he was asked, and partly from fear and partly from not having another answer, he said, "to church."

"You have made two grave mistakes," the slave master said. "Yesterday you lost one of my camels, and today you worship with infidels!"

The master went to a barn and returned with a large board, some rusty spikes and a hammer, the report said.

"Frozen in fear, Damare was dragged out to the edge of his master’s compound where he was forced to the ground with his legs over the board," the VOM report said. "The savage brutality of the master was unleashed as he proceeded to drive the long nails through Damare’s knees and then nail his feet securely onto the board."

While Damare was screaming in agony, the slave master simply walked away.

The boy’s help arrived in the form of a Good Samaritan who happened by, and saw the small boy. The man sneaked into the compound and carried the boy to a hospital where the board and nails were removed.

Damare later was released to the custody of his helper, with whom he lived for the next 18 months.

Once again, then, there was a militia attack on his village, and he was separated from his protector. When the Islamic army soldiers were driven off, a commander of village forces recognized Damare’s speech as being of the Dinka tribe, and took charge of him.

That commander eventually adopted Damare, who now lives in Mario Kong.

He remains disappointed he is unable to run quickly like other boys, but he says he’s forgiven his attacker, because Jesus was nailed to a cross to forgive all sins.

"Before leaving, we gave Damare a care package with mosquito netting, soap, new clothing, shoes, a hat, a new Bible, a soccer ball, and a fishing line and hooks," said the VOM report by Tom Zurowski.

"Please tell the Christian children in America to remember to pray for the children of Sudan," Damare told his visitors.

Dialogue With the devil


 

ROME — Pope Benedict XVI brought together diplomats from more than 20 Islamic countries Monday and told them that Christians and Muslims must overcome historical enmities and join to reject all forms of violence and intolerance.
The extraordinary gathering at the pope’s summer residence just south of Rome was the latest effort by Benedict to quell the furor stirred two weeks ago by controversial remarks he made about Islam. He is attempting to channel the emotion into what he calls an authentic and respectful dialogue

Expressing his "esteem and profound respect" for Islam’s believers, the pope said world peace and the future of the human race depended in large part on the ability of Christians and Muslims to build "bridges of friendship" and engage one another as they confronted danger and challenges.
"Faithful to the teachings of their own religious traditions, Christians and Muslims must learn to work together … to guard against all forms of intolerance and to oppose all manifestations of violence," the pope said. And as "religious authorities and political leaders, we must guide and encourage them in this direction."

Hmmm, sounds good doesn’t it. Let’s sit down amid reason together and talk and maybe we can come to some kind of agreement that will bring peace in our time. The problem is that very tenants of islam give no place to any other religion except islam. If you are not a muslum, then you are an infidel. If you are a Jew, you are a pig and if you are a follower of the cross, a dog. Infidels must pay a protection tax until they convert to islam. If they refuse they could be killed.

Go to any muslum nation and see if those of other faiths are free to worship and live as they believe they should. Go and try and give out a bible in Saudi Arabia and see what happens. It’s against the law to even bring a bible into that country and they are confiscated at customs. And yet in the west people are free to worship in whatever faith they follow.

The pope should have stood his ground. What he said was the truth. Instead now he wants dialogue with the devil and is calling on all Christians to do the same. I’m sorry but islam is the total opposite to everything Jesus taught. It is a religion born in the pit of hell.

Satan tried to dialogue with Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,  and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘ He shall give His angels charge over you,’  and,
‘ In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’”
Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Jesus put the devil in his place. Further we are told that we should not have any partnership or fellowship with the darkness of this world.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness?

What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial [the devil]? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

What agreement [can there be between] a temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 2 Cor. 6:14-16

Do not mistake me. God loves the muslum just as much as He loves the Christian. It is the longing of His heart to see them come to the saving knowledge that is found only in Jesus Christ and no other. But there is no common ground between Christianity and islam. There will never be.

We as Christians need to speak up because the world is facing an evil much worse than what came through Hitler and yet most refuse to see it. The world has been blinded to this danger by those who are in the media and the leftists. Muslums who follow the true tenants of islam don’t fear death and embrace martyrdom. They believe it is their right to become rulers of this world and conquer it for allah. They will do what ever is necessary to achieve this.

Martin Niemoller was a protestant pastor in Germany who was arrested and persecuted under Hitler. Don’t think this could happen again, think again.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)

Counterfeit


The angel of the LORD said to her further,
         "Behold, you are with child,
         And you will bear a son;
         And you shall call his name Ishmael,
         Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction.
"He will be a wild donkey of a man,
         His hand will be against everyone,
         And everyone’s hand will be against him;
         And he will live to the east of all his brothers." Genesis 16:11-12 (ASV)

Abraham and Sarah became impatient. They had been given the promise of a son by God and yet they were now both getting old. So Sarah decided she would help God out and give her handmaiden Hagar to Abraham. Of course Abraham was just as guilty because he didn’t refuse. So was born Ishmael and the world has been paying for Abraham and Sarah’s lack of faith in God since then. Isaac was the son of the promise. He was the legitimate son. Through Isaac came the nation of Israel and the Jews and from his line came Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of the promise. No other person has effected this world more than Jesus. He brought to the world the salvation it longed for. The main message that Jesus preached was God’s love toward man. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that who ever would believe in Him should not perish but would have eternal life. John 3:16 Through Jesus the way opened for anyone who repented of his sins and confessed Jesus as Savour to heaven. The right to become sons of God. Eternal heirs to the throne. He preached that as He loved us, we should love one another. He said to forgive those who did wrong to us and to love our enemies. On the cross after being beaten, whipped, spit upon, scorned and crucified. He prayed; "Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing." What love.

Ishmael was the counterfeit. He was not supposed to be and the nation that rose up out of him has given trouble to the world ever since then. Out of him sprung mohammed, a false prophet born four years after his father left his wife. Mohammed is the only founder of a major religion who was himself a ruler, conqueror, enslave, bandit, polygamist and pedophile.

Muslim biographers have documented in detail:

  • surprise raids and attacks on trade caravans and tribal settlements,
  • the use of plunder thus obtained for recruiting an ever growing army,
  • assassinations of opponents,
  • blackmail,
  • expulsion and massacre of the Jews of Medinah,
  • attack and enslavement of the Jews of Khayber,
  • rape of women and children,
  • sale of these victims into slavery after rape,
  • trickery, treachery and bribery employed to their fullest extent to grow the
    numbers of his religion Islam which ironically was supposed to mean ‘Peace’!
    (Islam more accurately means ‘Submission’.)
  • Islam is the counterfeit to Christianity. The exact opposite of what Christ taught. The Koran teaches that mohamed followers are not to tolerate unbelievers in their midst. They are taught that an infidel must either covert to Islam or be executed or pay a head tax to the Islamic authorities and be considered a second class citizen. Kind of like the Nazis did to the Jews. The Koran also teaches it is permissible for men to beat their wives and that they are possessions than the co-heirs that Christ teaches us they are. Christians are told to love their wives as Christ loved the church. That means even as far as laying down their lives for them just as Jesus did.

    Islam teaches hate and intolerance and those who say it doesn’t are disobeying their own scriptures. Christianity in it’s right form as the bible teaches, teaches love and tolerance and forgiveness. Almost every terrorist is a muslim and last week they proved the pope right in his statement by the way they behaved.

    Choose this day which side you are on because a day is coming that you’ll have to do it with a gun to your head or a sword to your neck.  

    Offending Islam


     

    Raymond S. Kraft
    September 19, 2006

    Islam is offended.  Islam is easily offended. Islam is very easily offended, by the slightest suggestion that Islam, the Islamic world, the Prophet Mohammed and Muslims, are anything less than perfect.

    A few days ago, Pope Benedict XVI improvidently quoted a 14th Century Christian Emperor of Byzantium as saying, "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

    In response, and proving the point, the Islamic world, much of which is busy spreading the faith by the sword, erupted in outrage and indignation, demonstrations and riots, and in some places the Islamic world erupted in gunfire aimed at Christian churches. "I don’t think the church should point a finger at extremist activities in other religions," said Aiman Mazyek, president of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany.

    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) rose to the defense of Jihad and called upon Christians to learn more about Islam. CAIR did not, however, condemn the Muslims rioting in Pakistan to protest the Pope’s remarks, or the Organization of the Swords of Righteousness that unleashed volleys of gunfire on Christian churches in Gaza, or those who tossed Molotov cocktails into Christian churches in the West Bank.

    It is axiomatic that those with the least to be honestly proud and confident of are the often quickest to take offense at any real or imaginary slight. Those of real achievement tend to ignore their detractors, knowing that criticisms, if true, should be heeded, and, if untrue, are merely displays of ignorance, jealousy, or the hatred that grows from the slacker’s internal morass of envy and self-loathing.

    "Those of real achievement tend to ignore their detractors, knowing that criticisms, if true, should be heeded, and, if untrue, are merely displays of ignorance, jealousy, or the hatred that grows from the slacker’s internal morass of envy and self-loathing."

    Those of little achievement, or none, are the people most sensitive to being "dissed." The greatest underachievers are the most easily offended, precisely because every criticism, especially if true, threatens to penetrate and evaporate their tenuous, false, and exaggerated illusion of self-importance, the illusion by which they justify themselves. They are ostentatiously proud, because there is nothing to them but their ostentatious pride.

    Muslims feel free to call Jews "apes and pigs," they feel free to march in the streets calling for "Death to America," the Great Satan, they feel free to riot across France, burning thousands of cars and homes and businesses, for weeks. They feel free to execute homosexuals for their homosexuality, and send women to prison for the crime, or sin, of having been raped, or stone them for actual or suspected adultery. But at the slightest suggestion that they, or Islam, or the Prophet, are any less perfect than they claim to be, they erupt in fury and violence, the behavior of a culture fixated at the emotional level of a narcissistic four-year-old who throws a screaming tantrum every time he does not get precisely what his childish little heart desires.

    With this thought in mind I turned to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual-IV (DSM-IV) of the American Psychiatric Association, to the section on Narcissistic Personality Disorder. And now I am going to offend Islam, again. For the tantrums of Islam that we see in every day’s news match precisely all eight of the diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

    "Narcissistic Personality Disorder: A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

    (1) Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).

    The Islamic world of today has precisely this grandiose and delusional sense of self-importance, as it declares Islam to be the cure for all the world’s ills, despite the rather obvious fact that where militant Islam is dominant, as with the Taliban in Afghanistan, society regresses into barbarity. Each day I open the paper to see that the Religion of Peace has slaughtered another hundred Iraqis in Iraq, or that, having failed to develop anything even vaguely resembling a self-sustaining economy and destroying most of what was left to the Palestinians by the Israelis when they withdrew, Hamas in Gaza cannot even pay the salaries of its own employees and must go about panhandling the "international community" for enough money to feed its people, dependant on the charity of its enemies. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, rattling his nuclear saber, threatening the annihilation of Israel and proclaiming that Iran is better suited than America to "lead the world," blithely avoids the fact that the prosperity of Iran, and the populist largesse it allows him to shower on the Iranian people, and his own derivative sense of power and purpose, largely depend on the sale of Iran’s petroleum to the Western countries he despises.

    The Islam of today does not export science, or literature, or music, or art, or charity, or humanitarianism, or freedom. Islam has produced no Einsteins, no Da Vincis, no Beethovens, no Churchills or Franklin D. Roosevelts, no Declarations of Human Rights, no Mother Theresas. Islam today exports oil, and terror.

    Yet Islam wallows in the self-inflicted delusion that it is the center of the world and the quintessence of civilization.

    (2) Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success.

    The Islamic Jihad of today is rather publicly preoccupied with the fantasy that it will destroy Israel and the rest of Western Civilization, and usher in an eternal Fourth Reich of Theocratic Islamic Totalitarianism, fulfilling the word of the Prophet at Koran 9:33 – "He it is who hath sent His Apostle with the Guidance and a religion of truth, that he may make it victorious over every other religion…"

    (3) Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).

    Islam from its inception has taught that it is "Special," and that Muslims should associate insofar as possible only with other Muslims. As the Prophet said in Koran 5:60, 76: "O you who believe! Take not Jews and Christians as friends. They are but one another’s friends. If any one of you taketh them for his friends, he surely is one of them! God will not guide the evil doers…Infidels now are they who say, ‘God is the Messiah, the Son of Mary;’ for the Messiah said, ‘O children of Israel! worship God, my Lord and your Lord.’ Whosoever shall join other gods with God, God shall forbid him the Garden, and his abode shall be the Fire; and the wicked shall have no helpers…"

    Indeed, "Specialness," the instant and effortless "Specialness" that does not come from achievement or accomplishment, or from humanitarian service, but merely from the act of belief in the Prophet and in Islam, is the great and terrible seduction of fundamentalist Islam, and those who become martyrs, who commit suicide and murder, killing Infidels (who are not "Special," because they are not Believers), achieve the greatest of all possible "Specialness" in the eyes of Allah and in the annals of Islam and are greatly rewarded in Paradise.

    Islam, unique among the world’s religions, is the only religion which confers its highest accolade of "Specialness" upon those who murder others and themselves, acts which other religions call "sins." Christianity and Judaism honor those who minister to others. Islam honors those who kill. In the world of militant Islam, only Muslims are Special, and among Muslims, the most Special people of all are its mass murderers, who in any other culture would be condemned to prison or death or ignominy as mass murderers.

    (4) Requires excessive admiration.

    This is a corollary of Islam’s pathological obsession with its "Specialness" and the inferiority of those who are Unbelievers, those who follow any other religious faith, or no faith at all. When Islam is insufficiently admired (or, God forbid, critiqued) by those it is attempting to kill, enslave, dominate, and subjugate, Muslims around the world riot and protest that they have been offended and demand apologies. The stance of Islam toward the West is, We can slaughter you, but you cannot criticize us. We can call you pigs and apes and infidels worthy only of death and hell, but you must admire us.

    (5) Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or compliance with his or her expectations.

    Throughout Europe, and in other non-Muslim countries, Islamic immigrants and communities expect special treatment. They expect respect for their demands to be governed by Sharia, rather than by the laws of the countries to which they have immigrated. They do not want to assimilate into the cultures and societies into which they have come, rather, they demand that France, Denmark, Germany,  England, and all other Western nations that now have large Muslim communities, accommodate them. Islam sees itself as the defining force of every community and culture and country into which it spreads. It is intolerant of all others, and it intends, in time, to displace and then replace all others. Islam dreams of a world in which there is no East and West, no Judaism, no Christianity, no Hinduism, no Buddhism, no Agnostics and no Atheists, only Islam. This is what the Prophet has promised, and to this it is entitled.

    Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday" "[Muslim nations] should have tanks, warplanes, warships, guns and missiles…Yes, they need to have nuclear weapons too, because only with the possession of such would their enemies be deterred from attacking them…Well, if you allow Israel to have them, why should the others not have them too?"

    He ignores, of course, the fact that Islam has enemies only because it has declared war on everyone else. If Islam were in truth a religion of peace, it would have no enemies, and it would need no weapons.

    But they are Special. They are entitled.

    (6) Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.

    Islam has been, for years or decades now, taking advantage of the immigration policies and public generosity of Europe, America, Canada, Australia, in order to achieve its own ambitions of global domination, as explicitly explained in The Management of Savagery by Abu Bakr Naji. Islam and Muslims, as a cultural trait, take every possible advantage they can of everyone they can, including other Muslims. As a Muslim client once explained to me, "We are different from you Americans. When you make a deal, you make a contract, that’s it. You make a contract, then you do it. With us Muslims, a contract is just for today, and tomorrow it is the place to begin negotiating again." Another, an Iranian with a PhD in pharmacology, came to California to escape the purges of the Khomeini revolution in Iran after the Shah was deposed.  peaking no English, he went to work in a restaurant owned by two of his nephews, doing whatever needed to be done, prep, cooking, cleaning, bussing. They paid him minimum wage for forty hours a week, although they never actually paid him in full, and required him to work from opening to closing every day, seven days a week, more than a hundred hours a week. He was allowed to sleep on the floor in the store room, and he was not allowed to leave. In other words, they made their uncle their slave. He escaped, and with an Iranian acquaintance to translate went to the Labor Commission to file a complaint for unpaid wages, and after he returned his nephews beat him nearly to death. He wanted to know if he could sue them. I replied that he could, but asked what they would do to him if he did. He answered, "They will kill me."

    (7) Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.

    Lack of empathy – indifference to the emotions and feelings, the pain and suffering, of others, is also a defining trait of psychopaths, "…predators who use charm, manipulation, intimidation, and violence to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs. Lacking in conscience and in feelings for others, they cold-bloodedly take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without the slightest sense of guilt." (Hare, Robert D., Psychopaths: New Trends in Research, The Harvard Mental Health Letter, September 1995).

    This narcissistic psychopathy is amply on display in the embrace of terrorism by militant Islam. Those who have empathy for the emotions, feelings, grief, pain and suffering, for the lives of others, do not blow up nightclubs filled with vacationers in Egypt or Bali, wedding parties in Jordan, schools full of children in Beslan, Russia, trains filled with commuters in India and Spain and England, buses, synagogues, banks, and consulates in Turkey, police recruits and shoppers in Iraq, cafes in Israel, and they do not plot for years to fly airliners full of innocent passengers into the World Trade Center in New York, killing thousands of people from dozens of countries, Muslim and Infidel alike. They do not decapitate Daniel Pearl and Nicholas Berg on TV.

    If Islamic terror were not hiding behind the Mosque and the Koran, and if America and Europe were not intellectually blinded by its camouflage of religion, and its outspoken protestations of "offense" at every criticism, and by our own uncritical and indiscriminating Liberalism, which is a sort of inverted Nihilism (while the Nihilist approves of nothing, the Progressive Liberal approves of everything except rational discrimination between good and bad),  America and Europe would not hesitate to call these terrorists and their allies what they are, pre-meditated mass murderers, and the Jihad, the Global Intifada, what it is – a world-wide conspiracy to commit mass murder, serial murder, in the relentless narcissistic pursuit of religio-political power.

    (8) Is often envious of others, or believes that others are envious of him or her.

    It is probable that one of the driving forces underlying the Jihad, the Global Intifada, perhaps the most powerful and dangerous one, is jealousy, or envy, the unspoken, perhaps unrecognized, inarticulate envy of many Muslims who resent Israel and the West for their success, which contrasts badly with the failures of much of the Islamic world. The Islamic world should (according to Islam) be most greatly blessed by Allah, it should dominate the globe, and the greater achievements and prosperity of the West presents a stark challenge, a desperate cognitive dissonance, to the ideology of Islamic perfection, supremacy, Specialness. To the narcissist who seeks Specialness above all else, to compensate for his lack of real accomplishment, those who achieve what he has not, or will not, or cannot, are hateful. He despises them, because they become a mirror in which he sees himself for what he is, or what he is not, but cannot admit to being or not being. 

    A mirror which must be broken. 

    (9) Shows arrogant, haughty behavior or attitudes.

    The Islam of Jihad, the Islam of the Global Intifada, displays absolute arrogance. This Islam assumes that it is privileged to attack every continent, and any nation, killing people all over the world, burning churches and synagogues and temples, killing Christians and Jews and Hindus merely because they are not Muslims, without remorse, without apology, killing Muslims by the thousands to destabilize Iraq to prevent Iraq from becoming a peaceful and prosperous democracy friendly to the West. Then in the next moment Islam takes extreme offense at any criticism or disparagement of Islam, demonstrating, rioting, calling for retractions and apologies, disdaining all other political traditions and religious faiths as illegitimate. Its arrogance knows no limitations. It is infinite.

    Islam is in desperate need of soul-searching, of self-reflection, of reality. Islam needs a long hard look in the mirror. Islam needs to see itself as others see it, not merely as it sees itself.

    If Islam continues down the path of Jihad, the path of Global Intifada, the path of Islamo-Nazism, it will continue making enemies of the rest of the world, and in the conflagration that will inevitably follow either Islam, or Civilization, or both, will be devastated. Islam calls itself the religion of peace, but Islam is making itself a religion of blood. And I am offended. We are offended. We who love life more than death, and peace more than war, and freedom more than totalitarianism, we are offended.

    When the Pope says that "Jihad" is contrary to God’s nature and to reason, and calls for a "genuine dialogue of cultures and religions so urgently needed today," Islam does not respond with dialogue, but with outrage. And we are offended.

    When the news reports that 100 people were found dead in Baghdad in twenty-four hours on Wednesday, or that 400,000 Iraqi bodies have been exhumed from the mass graves of the Saddam Hussein regime, not a single Muslim government or spokesman expresses outrage. CAIR does not condemn Al Qaeda for killing Muslims in Iraq, CAIR condemns Pope Benedict for calling for dialogue and peace. Dalil Boubakeur, president of the French Council for the Muslim Religion, does not condemn Al Qaeda for killing Muslims in Iraq, he calls on the Church to "clarify its position" so that it does not confuse Islam with Islamism. And we are offended.

    When in Pakistan women are sent to prison for committing adultery, or for having been raped, Haken Al-Mutairi, leader of the Islamic Nation Party in Kuwait, expresses no outrage, but he demands an apology from Pope Benedict for "unaccustomed and unprecedented remarks" and calls on all Arab and Islamic states to recall their ambassadors from the Vatican and expel those from the Vatican until the pope says he is sorry "for the wrong done to the prophet and to Islam, which preaches peace, tolerance, justice, and equality…" Yes, Mr. Haken Al-Mutairi, tell that to the two million Sudanese killed by Muslim raiders in Darfur. Tell that to the widows and fatherless children of 9/11. We are offended.

    We are offended by the disingenuousness and duplicity of Islam that claims to preach "peace, tolerance, justice, and equality," in one breath, and in the next breath promises the abolition of Israel and the Islamization of Europe and the Death of America. We are offended by the Islamic world that is not offended by the slaughter of Sunnis by Shias, and the slaughter of Shias by Sunnis, and the slaughter of 100,000 Kurds and 400,000 Iraqis by Saddam Hussein’s regime but has not lifted a pen to denounce him, a world in which Abdullah al-Amiri, the judge presiding over the trial of Saddam, can make the astonishing statement to Saddam from the bench that "You were not a dictator. You were not a dictator. You were not a dictator." Three times.

    We are offended by an Islam that hears Ahmadinejad promise the "abolition of Israel," racial genocide, the final solution, and applauds him, or, if it does not, raises not a voice to oppose him. By silence, Islam consents.

    Yes, there are a few Islamic leaders trying to find a civilized path for Islam, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq, comes to mind, who in a recent speech to Congress said, "The fate of our country and yours is tied. Should democracy be allowed to fail in Iraq, then the war on terror will never be won elsewhere…This is a battle between true Islam, for which a person’s liberty and rights constitute essential cornerstones, and terrorism, which wraps itself in a fake Islamic cloak, in reality wages a war on Islam and Muslims and values and spreads hatred between humanity…"

    He is right. But far too few Muslims seem to accept his perspective, and we are offended. We are offended every time the Global Intifada, commits another atrocity, and the leaders of Muslim organizations in America, and Europe, and of Muslim states in the Middle East, fail to condemn it. We are offended every time Muslims are "outraged" by any criticism of Islamic barbarity, rather than admitting that Islam has a malignancy in its soul which only Islam can expunge. We are offended that Islam is failing, day by day, to take responsibility for the atrocities committed in the name of Islam, to punish the offenders, to root out the offenders, to heal its disease of Jihad, its disease of Global Intifada, its disease of Islamic Nazism.

    We are offended that Islam is not offended by its own atrocities.

    We call on Islam to apologize. We call on Islam to apologize for the atrocities of Saddam Hussein, and for the atrocities of 9/11. We call on Islam to apologize for the riots in France, and for the bombings in London and Spain and Bali. We call on Islam to apologize for the dead children of Beslan. We call on Islam to apologize for the Taliban in Afghanistan, and for the safe haven and protection given to Osama bin Laden, and for the barbarities of Al Qaeda, and Hamas, and Hezbollah. We call on Islam to apologize for its invidious, racist, hatred of Israel and Jews. We call on Islam to apologize for the Global Intifada, the Islamic Jihad against all non-Muslims. We call on Islam to apologize for the rise of Islamic Nazism.

    We call on Islam to rise up against terrorism. If Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, justice, and equality, then we call on Islam to open its hearts and doors to Christians and Jews,  Buddhists and Hindus, as the world has opened its doors to Muslims. You can build a mosque in America, but you cannot build a cathedral in Tehran. You can build a mosque in Jerusalem, but you cannot build a synagogue in Mecca.

    We call on Islam to build a cathedral in Tehran. We call on Islam to build a synagogue in Mecca.

    We are offended.

    Raymond S. Kraft is an attorney and writer in northern California.

    Love Them While You Can


    Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. 1 Peter 5:8

    Yesterday seemed like an ordinary day for me. I had the day off from school and planned to get a lot done. At around 2 o’clock in the afternoon I sat down at my computer with my tea to check the latest news. The first place I checked was Fox news. I shocked to read the headline. It said "Columbine copycat shooters in Montreal" I thought back to those horrible killings that took place at the Columbine high school in the United States where 13 students were gunned down in cold blood by two deranged teenagers. The thought of something like that happening in Montreal horrified me. I turned on hour local news talk radio station to find out what was going on.  It turned out that a lone gunman wearing a trench coat had walked into Dawson Collage and just started randomly shooting people. Fortunately a couple of who were responding to a call saw him walk into the collage and immediately followed him in. It could have been much, much worse than the one dead and twenty injured.

    Montreal has been the scene of other school shootings before. Canada’s worst mass shooting took place in Montreal when gunman Marc Lepine, 25, killed 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnic on Dec. 6, 1989, before shooting himself. There was also a case that happened at Concordia university when a disgruntled teacher went in and killed four of his colleagues during school hours.

    Fortunately I know no one who goes to Dawson Collage. But others do and with a student population of 10,000 it affects a large part of the population of this area. I listened to many harrowing stories of parents who were desperate to find their children. They were so worried that they might be among those who were fatalities. In listening to their stories I thought about how fragile life is. You could see your loved one off in the morning never knowing that could be their last day on earth. There is no mistaking about it, the devil hates us. He hates all of God’s creation with a passion and he loves it when he can get a hold of a person like the one who did this and try too take out as many promising lives as possible. He loves the destruction people like this man bring and the pain they cause.

    Don’t let a day go by without letting those you love know you love them. Pray for them every chance you get. Cherish them while you can because tomorrow they may be gone. We tend to take each other for granted and at many times when a loved one passes from this earth we regret that we didn’t show them the love or give them the time they needed. Parents love your children. Never think of them as a burden. God has given them to you as a blessing. Husbands cherish your wives. Ravish them with your love always. Remember that you are called to love them as Christ loves the church. Wives love your husbands and let them know how much you need them. Don’t nag. Men respond better to love than nagging. Children listen to and respect your parents. Most of them really want what’s best for you. We are never promised tomorrow. Love them while you can.

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 1 John 4:11-12 (NKJV)

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    The Kings and I


    Reading through the books of Chronicles has made interesting reading. Even though I have read them before there was something this time that stood out very clearly to me. Something of these books parallels in my life and in the life of every believer. The books of I and II Chronicles follows the events of Judah after the rest of Israel separated from them.

    The good kings were; Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Amaziah, Uzziah, Jotham, Hezekiah, and Josiah.

    The bad things were; Rehoboam, Abijah, Jehoram, Ahaziah, Athaliah, Ahaz,  Manasseh, Amon, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah.

    Whenever a king obeyed the ways of the Lord things went well for the kingdom of Judah and whenever enemies came against them those enemies were defeated. But if they did what was evil in God’s sight, the whole kingdom suffered and they suffered defeat at the hands of their enemies. It all goes along with the commandments that were given by God through Moses in which he said:

    ‘And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’ Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, lest the LORD’s anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.

    “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth. 

     “For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him— then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand against you; the LORD your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you. 

     “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:  the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known. Now it shall be, when the LORD your God has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. Are they not on the other side of the Jordan, toward the setting sun, in the land of the Canaanites who dwell in the plain opposite Gilgal, beside the terebinth trees of Moreh?  For you will cross over the Jordan and go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and you will possess it and dwell in it. And you shall be careful to observe all the statutes and judgments which I set before you today. Deuteronemy 11:13-32 (NKJV)

    They had been warned beforehand there would be consequences to disobedience, so they were without excuse. The more they cursed God the worse things got for them. But if they turned their hearts around God was able to bless them.

    Have you noticed that interesting parallel in our own walks with God? When we serve the Lord with all our hearts and do all that He has required of us, things go well for us. Even in the difficulties we may face God gives us the strength to go through them. There is a peace that goes way beyond our understanding. We can face whatever this world may throw at us. But if we push God aside for a while and set up idols in our lives and give in to sin, things can get pretty messed up. We lose sight of God’s promises and every trial we face seems like an up hill battle.

    The Lord wants our obedience. He won’t force it from us. He wants us to serve Him willingly. Our lives need to be built upon Christ and Christ alone. Only then when will we have the success that we have been promised. Only then will we prosper in all we do.

    Jesus said; So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock. and the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell–and great and complete was the fall of it. Matthew 7:24-27 (AMP)

    I love the old hymn "Trust and Obey" It’s words are awesome and so true.
     
    When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

               Refrain:
               Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
               To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

    Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
    But His smile quickly drives it away;
    Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
    Can abide while we trust and obey.

    Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
    But is blessed if we trust and obey.

    But we never can prove the delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay;
    For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.

    Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
    What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
    Never fear, only trust and obey.

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    Jealousy


    WHAT LEADS to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members?

    You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask.

    [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures. James 4:1-3 (AMP)

    Have you ever noticed two infants playing together? Each will be given a toy but will eventually start fighting over one of them. Why? Because one of the children thinks that what the other has is better than their own. When we grow up nothing changes. We still want what others have because we think what they have is better. We envy the guy next door because he has a Mustang GT and all we have is a Toyota. We envy our friends because we think they seem to have a better spouse than we do. We forget that God has blessed us with exactly what we need.

    Another thing children will do is say things like; "My dad can beat up your dad!" or "My house is bigger than your’s! Nah! Nah!" or "I have more toys than you do!" In saying these things the child is trying to make the other jealous as well as boost his own ego. Nothing really changes when we get older. Getting older doesn’t always mean you get wiser. You have all seen the bumper sticker, "He who has the most toys when he dies wins!"

    Human nature without God loves one-upmanship. It tickles our flesh to think that we are better than others at certain things or to show others up. In the workplace there are those who will stop at nothing to get to the top, even if they have to destroy lives to do it. We also love to see others fail, especially when they may have the same gifting or talent we have. We want what they have or the position they have and think we could do a better job than them if given a chance. Hard to believe it but these things exist in the church today as well. They have existed from the beginning as the portion from James testifies to. 

    It is also why churches have trouble working together. They are territorial and feel threatened when a new church opens in their city or town or a church in the same city has a program that seems to be more effective than some they have in their own. We should rejoice when another church opens. The first thing that should be done is to approach that new church and establish ties with them. But so many churches want to continue building their little kingdoms and afraid to do that lest they lose some of their members to that new church.

    We are told to think highly ourselves. For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.  Romans 12:3 (AMP)  This is not an option. It is the only way to satisfy God.

    Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 (AMP)

    How many of us actually follow the above verse. Imagine if everyone put that verse into practice the harmony we would have in the body. Unfortunately it is not the case. We who are more mature should know better and help those who are young in Christ and struggle in this area.  We need to be honest with ourselves in this. We need to examine our every motive. Is it for our benefit or for the benefit of others? Many times it is because we try to meet our own needs or make our own paths. Jesus told us that if we take care of the things of the kingdom He would take care of us. Matthew 6:25-34

    Remember also that with the church, it was never meant to be the way it is today. There are so many denominations and factions within the body. Jesus’ last prayer in John chapter 17 was for us, the body. That we would be one as He and the Father are one. We have failed miserably. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t work to change things. If you believe that Christ who was in the very nature God, lived, was crucified and rose from the dead after three days as a ransom for our sins, we have the basis for that relationship.

    But our greatest driving factor needs to be love. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 1 John 3:11 (NKJV)

    I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves]. John 13:34-35 (AMP)

    Love must be the one thing that guides us in all we do. Without it we become just noise and we lose the harmony God desires for us.  Let’s put away the childish things. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (AMP) Let’s grow up and stop thinking that what somebody else has is better than what we have. Be satisfied in all things. God knows what you need and has given you the gifts and talents that are unique to you. What’s most important is not how others see you or how you see yourself, It is how God sees you.

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