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Preaching the Real Point

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Sep 28, 2011 at 15:51

Taking an opportunity here to weigh in on the last of the observations here, points 1 through 4 being peripheral to the central issue of point five and the following comments of Mr. Banerjee, that of 'preaching Christianity to Muslims' under the guise of military actions, a contradiction of circumstances if ever there was one. Again, Christ never, NEVER said: 'conquer the world for Christianity.' To try under force to obtain conversion defeats the free moral choice afforded to the individual to see one's sinful nature in the eyes of a Holy Almighty God and to seek His forgiveness through Jesus Christ' death on the cross and His resurrection.

Debating the 'religious' situation in the Middle East has come full circle in the historical implications we now see. The historical segment happening within our respective lifetimes has produced the very situations called for in the Holy Bible, where millions upon millions of people are in the sights of the fanatical call for world domination; and who will survive if one side or the other wins? Under the circumstances, were it not for the Holy Bible providing an answer of how to escape, none will win.

Islam exists to counter Christianity. Asking why brings one to the conclusion that at the time the Quran was dictated, Christianity, under the commission of Jesus Christ to 'preach the Gospel,' had strayed from the truth enough to allow other 'messages' to seep in and cloud the original intentions of Jesus Christ. Places where the Gospel was supposed to have its witness of truth were now being overrun because of demonic deceptions being introduced and the witness covered over and witnesses exterminated, a circumstance explained in the Holy Bible.

Now, others have called Christianity weak because it is dependent solely and completely upon the love contained in the WORD of the LORD as expressed by Jesus Christ. So if love is the environment by which the Gospel is witnessed, how does that message get through the cacophony of gunfire? Its' not going to; nor are true Christians called upon to use arms to witness Christ. But is that weakness? Think about it…..if an Almighty God needed to resort to arms to get His message across, what would have been the point of Jesus Christ going to the cross if all He needed to do was exterminate by His power all who dared to refuse Him His due? That is not, and never was, the plan.

Preaching the Gospel in places like Algeria, Iraq, and wherever else the Quran holds primary religious rule is like going into the lion's den and expecting a response from a people who have been taught over the years not to trust Christianity because it feeds on fear. But the opposite is true: true Christianity does not feed on fear; fear is conquered in the trust of love through Jesus Christ. But is that the message being taught today? In small circles, it is; and even former Muslims who braved the condemnation and death for accepting Christ as Savior will tell you there is a freedom they have never experience in the soul before. But these are in the minority, for fear keeps those numbers small.

Islam will offer the details of certain 'tenets' of Christianity, using them as a sort of logical validation to usurp the truth and simplicity of the Gospel, arguing them as points of human rationale as to why they should supersede Christianity- but the Holy Bible will even tell you that is a danger that will keep one from seeking to meet Jesus Christ as He truly is, something that mainstream Christianesque religiosity has left from witnessing. So for Islam, debating the virgin birth, the miracles exclusive of their testimony of who Jesus Christ is, etc., is something they have been well schooled on, but to the exclusion of the real reason Jesus Christ should be a part of every believer's life.

But that is exactly what Islam is set to prevent, even as the 'ummah' is set in Islam's mission to replace Christianity as a world influence. In the assertion that Islam should be introduced to the America military, setting aside the subversion that is clearly intended there, one only needs to remember the Ft. Hood assassin's witness of his Muslim influences to know exactly why Gen Petraeus said what he did-know your opponent-making friends if one can, but being ready if one cannot. It is actually somewhat of a Christian principle, one that Islam does not teach to those who do not know who Jesus Christ really is and do not understand true Christianity.

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