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RE: Islam

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Submitted by Kirby J. Killman (United States), Oct 20, 2008 at 23:54

I feel sorry for two kinds of individuals.

Number one those who "make it without religion". Some day you will need it. Many people go throughout a significant portion of their lives "never needing a god" and then suddenly - KAPOW!! Something comes up and they want to know why "God" doesn't answer their prayers, wishes, desires, etc. At that point you then get those who hate the "religious" because "god" didn't come up to their standard. It's ok, the real God never forces anyone.

Some do make it through life without a lot of major headaches and some just "seem to have it all together". Both will desperately clutch for something to hold onto when they they meet the Creator who has spent millenia trying to get mankind's attention. Some listen and some don't.

The Swedes seem to be a good people who get along with everyone and look the other way and/or become uninvolved when atrocities are commmitted. For example, when 6 million Jews were heinously slaughtered in World War II. Many so-called Christians looked the other way or pretended not to see. I say "so-called" because anyone can lable themselves to be whatever they want. Again, in the end, they will be sorted out. Don't bother to point out the atrocities committed by "Christians". They are extremely rare. In Islam, you find the opposite. Uncounted atrocities and persecutions - and for those dominated by their leaders - no hope. Jesus Christ was first preached in the Middle East, was himself a middle easterner, and is still preached there for those who will look for hope, justice, and truth.

Number two, I do feel sorry for the hopeless peoples who are dominated by various Arab leaders who terrify their own populations into "believing in Islam". The Christians have faced the same and worse at the hands of the Arab leaders. In every Arab and majority-Islam nation there are Christians. Where there is persecution for believing in Jesus Christ, you will find tens of millions who will stand up and take whatever the "leaders" and radical Muslims dish out. Believe me, in those nations the persecution takes many forms and can be incredibly horrific. They die horribly and in droves.

Unlike the Muslims, they don't back down. That is because they are backed up by an incredibly powerful God who gives his believers whatever they need to get through whatever they are facing. Unlike Islam, the true Christian God is looking for people of value who will sacrifice anything for truth, justice, love, and acceptance of the Son's sacrifice. Unlike Islam, people are allowed to convert in any direction they want. There are, however, consequences at the end. For those who stayed the course, the rewards in the life to come swamp and flood out any memory of however one dies.

I have observed many people who make it through life without belief in any god. They include Arab leaders, Jews, Americans, Swedes, British, French, Chinese, Pakistanis, and on and on. The "end" will insert a terrible shock for those who looked the other way when their fellow man needed them.

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