Just a few things of interest…

Check out this post called “No, Islam and Christianity Are Not the Same” by Bill Muehlenberg. It’s in response to the latest wave of commercials shown here in Australia that will attempt to show how Islam is a religion of peace. Bill hits the nail on the head when he writes…

Consider the doctrine of God more closely: In Islam, Allah is totally transcendent and inaccessible to man. We have no personal self revelation of His character and all we know of Him is through what He has commanded. The foundation of Islam is the oneness and omnipotence of Allah. The love of God is rarely even mentioned. He is a despotic sovereign, not a loving Father. He is the God of fate who has unalterably predestined all things, evil as well as good. He is bound to no moral absolutes and His actions are determined simply by His own arbitrary will.

In Christianity God is also transcendent, but He is also personally concerned with, and intimately involved in, the affairs of men. His omnipotence is tempered by His moral character. His mercy never conflicts with His justice, righteousness and holiness, as there is a unity in His moral character. God is a heavenly Father who loves all men equally and desires to have fellowship and communion with them. However, His holiness demands that we approach Him cleansed of our sin, which the work of Christ makes possible. The love of God is an essential part of His nature   indeed, God is love.

Another thing I wanted to bring to your attention is how Islam is being taught to school children in Europe. Those children are from non Islamic backgrounds. Check this out (note of warning, the language in the comments of the link provided may offend some) …

Here’s an excerpt from the British government website that provides information on the national curriculum. It describes a programme of lessons called “The Achievement of Muhammad (pbuh)” and discusses how to grade the childrens’ essays, quoting a few examples:

Over a number of lessons, the pupils had read and discussed texts about Muhammad’s (pbuh) life, covering his family’s reaction to his claims, as well as the reaction of people in Mecca and Medina. The pupils debated Muhammad’s (pbuh) achievements in groups and as a class.

And the last thing that I want to share with you is what is happening in Libya. Now that the despot  Moammar Gadhafi has gone, a big chasm waits to be filled. Sharia law may fill this void

The transitional government’s leader, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, laid out a vision for a new Libya with an Islamist tint, saying Islamic Sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation, and that existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam would be nullified.

He outlined several changes to align with Islamic law, including putting caps on interest for bank loans and lifting restrictions on the number of wives Libyan men can take.

“We are an Islamic country,” Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council, said as the sun descended. “We take the Islamic religion as the core of our new government. The constitution will be based on our Islamic religion.”

I have no doubt that this is the beginning of sorrows. Just keep up your prayers and your eyes on Him and His Word.