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The Politically Correct Myths About Islam – Part II


Taken from the book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades by Robert Spencer ISBN 0-89526-013-1

The Crusades

Why the Crusades Were Called

Guess what?

  • The Crusades were not acts of unprovoked aggression by Europe against the Islamic world, but were a delayed response to centuries of Muslim aggression, which grew fiercer than ever in the eleventh century.
  • These were wars for the recapture of Christian lands and in the defense of Christians, not religious imperialism.
  • The Crusades were not called in order to convert Muslims or anyone else to Christianity by force.

Muhammad vs Jesus

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:8-10

"Allah assigns for a person who participates in (holy battles) in Allah’s Cause and nothing causes him to do so except belief in Allah and his messengers, that he will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to paradise (if he is killed in the battle as a martyr)."

 

The Crusades: Myth and Reality

Guess What?

  • The Crusades were not early manifestations of European colonialism in the Middle East.
  • The Crusader massacre of Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem in 109 was a terrible atrocity, but it was nothing unusual according to the rules of war at the time.
  • The Crusades were not called in order to target Jews as well as Muslims.

Muhammad vs Jesus

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain  mercy…. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than the others?" Matthew 5:7, 46-47

"Muhammad is Allah’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to unbelievers but merciful to one another." Qur’an 48:29

 

What the Crusades Accomplished – and What They Didn’t

Guess What?

  • After the Crusades, the Muslims resumed their attempts to conquer Europe by jihad.
  • Christians were as responsible as Muslims for the Islamic conquest of Eastern Europe: They made short-sighted and ultimately disastrous alliances with jihad forces.
  • Western leaders who think non-Muslims can "win hearts and minds" among Islamic Jihadists are similarly naive and shortsighted.

Muhammad vs Jesus

"The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God" John 16:2

"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and his messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of truth, even if they are of the people of the Book (Jews and Christians), until they pay Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." Qur’an 9:29

 

What If the Crusades Had Never Happened?

Guess What?

  • Although the Crusades failed in their primary objective, they played a key role in staving off the jihad conquest of Europe.
  • The peoples who lived in the "tolerant pluralistic Islamic societies" of old dwindled down to tiny, harassed despised minorities.
  • Islamic distaste for unbelievers is a constant of Islamic history and persists today.

Muhammad vs Jesus

"And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved." Mark 13:13

"there is for you an excellent example to follow in Abraham and those with him, when they said to the people: ‘We are clear of you and whatever ye worship besides Allah: we have rejected you, and there has arisen, between us and you, enmity and hatred forever, unless ye believe in Allah and him alone.’" Qur’an 60:4

 

Islam and Christianity: Equivalent Traditions?

Guess What?

  • Most modern-day presentations of the Crusades are politically motivated, historical nonsense.
  • The problem the world faces today is not generalized "religious fundamentalism" – it is Islamic jihad.
  • We will not be able to resist jihad without recovering pride in Western civilization.

Muhammad vs Jesus

" And when those who were about Him saw what would follow, they said, ‘Lord shall we strike with the sword?’ And on e of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, ‘No more of this!’ And He touched His ear and healed Him." Luke 22:49-51

"Narrated Abu Qilaba: Anas said, ‘Some people of ‘Ukl or ‘Uraina tribe came to Medina and it’s climate did not suit them. After they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the prophet and drove away all the camels. The news reached the prophet early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron. They were put in Al-Harra and when they asked for water, no water was given to them.’  Abu Qilaba added, ‘These people committed theft, murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and his messenger.’"

Rid Me of Myself


 
Lead Me To The Cross
Brooke Fraser


Saviour I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemptions hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost

Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
O lead me
Lead me to the cross

You were as I
Tempted and tried
Human
The word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now You’re risen

Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost

to your heart
to your heart
lead me to your heart
lead me to your heart

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True worship begins with ridding yourself of self. It’s a place that few of us here in the west reach. We live in a me oriented society. It is what ever benefits self that is most important. So says the media. It is saturated with things that teach you that above anyone else, you are the most important person. A person that is filled with themselves is one who will find it impossible to worship in Spirit and truth. The only thing they can focus on is what is going on in their world. We have all been there at one time or another. We are bothered by that person who sings too loud or the person who sings off key. We don’t like a certain song or find the worship goes on too long. Our minds are on what has gone on during the past week or on the fellowship afterwards. Or maybe our thoughts are on the latest television show or movie we saw. Our minds can be all over the place during worship except on the One we are supposed to be worshipping. In my last blog I spoke about abandonment. It is casting of every care and every thought to concentrate on Jesus. Worship is an offering and we are to bring it to the Lord as pure offering without spot or blemish. When we come into worship we need to come with humbleness and a repentant heart getting rid of any thoughts of self. Coming in by the blood of the Lamb. In the Book of Malachi, God has some harsh words for those that came with an offering that was less than pure. I want you to read it and apply it to your life of worship. Let the Spirit speak to your heart through it and reveal your heart attitude.
 

6 “ A son honors his father,
      And a servant his master.
      If then I am the Father,
      Where is My honor?
      And if I am a Master,
      Where is My reverence?
      Says the LORD of hosts
      To you priests who despise My name.
      Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’
7 “ You offer defiled food on My altar,
      But say,
      ‘ In what way have we defiled You?’
      By saying,
      ‘ The table of the LORD is contemptible.’
8 And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice,
Is it not evil?
      And when you offer the lame and sick,
Is it not evil?
      Offer it then to your governor!
      Would he be pleased with you?
      Would he accept you favorably?”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
9 “ But now entreat God’s favor,
      That He may be gracious to us.
While this is being done by your hands,
      Will He accept you favorably?”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
10 “ Who is there even among you who would shut the doors,
      So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain?
      I have no pleasure in you,”
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      “ Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.
11 For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down,
      My name shall be great among the Gentiles;
      In every place incense shall be offered to My name,
      And a pure offering;
      For My name shall be great among the nations,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
12 “ But you profane it,
      In that you say,
      ‘ The table of the LORD is defiled;
      And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’
13 You also say,
      ‘ Oh, what a weariness!’
      And you sneer at it,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
      “ And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick;
      Thus you bring an offering!  (NIV)
      Should I accept this from your hand?”
      Says the LORD.
14 “ But cursed be the deceiver
      Who has in his flock a male,
      And takes a vow,
      But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished—
      For I am a great King,”
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      “ And My name is to be feared among the nations. Malachi 1:6-14 (NKJV)

To be honest I see how my own heart at times reflects the very things that God talks about in this passage. We at times forget our first love and our worship becomes a reflex action that we perform once a week instead of what we live each day. We give God less than our best and pamper ourselves and say it’s because we are worth it. The last thing that any Christian should think about is themselves. God has promised to take care of us if we do His will and walk in His truth. He told us to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. Luke 9:23 It’s not about what we can get in worshipping our Creator, but what we can give to Him which is our all. Holding nothing back. Sometimes you may not feel like worshipping, but do it anyway. The best worship I have experienced is when I did that. Either my body or my spirit didn’t feel well, but I chose to ignore them and press on in worship anyway. And God meets me there every time.

Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
O lead me
Lead me to the cross