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Islam & Christianity

by on February 9, 2015

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Many people have asked me what my thoughts were on the President’s remarks last week at the National Prayer Breakfast. As someone who attended the breakfast last week I’m not speaking from a perspective of hearing a sound bite from a news report, I’m speaking from someone who has a broader view of the entire event. 

Let me begin by noting some important things about the National Prayer Breakfast:

• The NPB began when a few republicans and democrats who were Christians decided that once a week they would come together to pray, study the word for one hour.

• They were to leave their political offiliations and disagreements outside the door and focus on seeking God for our leaders and country. 

• These leaders took turns every week. One week a democrat would share from the Bible, the next week a Republican would share from the Bible. 

• President Eisenhower caught wind of this event and wanted to join. The rest is history. It has become a national event where countries & religions from all over the world come together for 3 days of prayer. 

• Every President since Eisenhower has attended the NPB. 

• The main focus of the NPB centrals around JESUS CHRIST and JESUS CHRIST ALONE. Every singer, entertainer and keynote speaker will be one who glorifies and honors Jesus Christ!

Now, let’s get to the President’s remarks. On Thursday, February 5, President Obama made the following remarks:

“There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency, that can pervert and distort our faith.” And that there will always be people willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.” So we shouldn’t “get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place—remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

Now before I give you my opinion let me educate you on some interesting facts:

• President Obama is right! Many evil things were done and have been done in the name of Christ!

• However, the individuals that did these evil things in the name of Jesus did them in contradiction to what Jesus Christ taught!  

• These people “hijacked” Christianity by using the name “Christians” to go against God’s word and fulfill their agenda to hurt and kill people.

To compare the crusades to what is happening today with these Islamic terrorist groups is ridiculous, not to mention, completely wrong.

Here’s where we have to understand where Christianity and Islam differ: 

• Islam is not being hijacked by anyone.

• The violence and evil that is being done by these terrorists is actually in obedience to the Qur’an and the teachings of Muhammad.

Let’s review some verses from the Qur’an itself:

SURA chapter 8 (my emphasis added)

[8:12] Recall that your Lord inspired the angels: “I am with you; so support those who believed. I will throw terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved. You may strike them above the necks, and you may strike even every finger.”

• Here you have a direct order to “strike above the necks” – this is a clear command to engage in violence to those who don’t “believe” as Islam does.

[8:13] This is what they have justly incurred by fighting GOD and His messenger. For those who fight against GOD and His messenger, GOD’s retribution is severe.

• And now it’s taught that if you disagree with Islam then you’ll be punished, and in that punishment if you are killed, beaten or tortured it’s YOUR FAULT. 

• After all, “Islam” means “submission” and if you don’t submit to its teachings, you should be punished, right?

[8:14] This is to punish the disbelievers; they have incurred the retribution of Hell.

• These terrorists actually believe that they are doing God’s work in helping “punish” people that disbelieve what they believe. 

• The point here is that they are being taught and commanded to “punish” people who disagree with them.

• As a Pastor, I meet many people who disagree with what I believe, even as I write this I know some people will disagree. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to send someone to hurt you because we disagree. 

Let me also say that I know that many Muslims do not agree with violent jihadists. However there are many who do, and they justify their actions with the Qur’an. Because according to the book itself, they are commanded to do so. 

[8:15] O you who believe, if you encounter the disbelievers who have mobilized against you, do not turn back and flee.

• Here Muslims are taught that if they run into a “disbeliever” don’t walk away, engage them! In the next verse they are warned that if they walk away, God will punish the Muslim, he will go to hell and his destiny will be miserable!

[8:16] Anyone who turns back on that day, except to carry out a battle plan, or to join his group, has incurred wrath from GOD, and his abode is Hell; what a miserable destiny!

[8:60] You shall prepare for them all the power you can muster, and all the equipment you can mobilize, that you may frighten the enemies of GOD, your enemies, as well as others who are not known to you; GOD knows them. Whatever you spend in the cause of GOD will be repaid to you generously, without the least injustice.

• Here they are taught to come after the “disbeliever” with everything they have!

• To instill fear into the hearts of those who don’t agree with them. 

SURA chapter 9 (my emphasis added)

[9:5] Once the Sacred Months are past, (and they refuse to make peace) you may kill the idol worshipers when you encounter them, punish them, and resist every move they make. If they repent and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), you shall let them go. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

• Here is a direct order to commit violence.

• This is NOT a religion of peace! This is a violent, and aggressive religion, commanded to engage in violence against anyone who does not believe as they do! 

[9:29] You shall fight back against those who do not believe in GOD, nor in the Last Day, nor do they prohibit what GOD and His messenger have prohibited, nor do they abide by the religion of truth among those who received the scripture, until they pay the due tax, willingly or unwillingly.

• Again, here is a commandment to “fight” against “disbelievers”. 

• How can you say this is a religion of peace?

[9:30] The Jews said, “Ezra is the son of GOD,” while the Christians said, “Jesus is the son of GOD!” These are blasphemies uttered by their mouths. They thus match the blasphemies of those who have disbelieved in the past. GOD condemns them. They have surely deviated.

• As in many other verses in the Qur’an, there is a constant attack against Jews and Christians!

• Christians are seen as “blasphemers” because they claim Jesus is the son of God! Hence, Islam’s justification for killing Christians. 

SURA chapter 5 (my emphasis added)

[5:33] The just retribution for those who fight GOD and His messenger, and commit horrendous crimes, is to be killed, or crucified, or to have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or to be banished from the land. This is to humiliate them in this life, then they suffer a far worse retribution in the Hereafter.

• And now that the violence has been justified, it is detailed: kill them, crucify them, and cut their hands & feet off.

• And this is to humiliate people for not believing the same things Islam believes.
Some religion of peace! 

And now, I’ll give you my opinion and what I think about the Presidential speech at the NPB.

There’s absolutely no way you can compare Christianity and Islam, in any way, on any level. 

Now, let’s for one moment, not judge either religion by extremists who as the President said “hijack” them. But let’s look at the fundamental principles of what both believe.

What does Jesus say?
Love your enemies.

What does the Qur’an say?
Punish by beheading those who don’t believe as you do. 

What does Jesus say?
Pray for those who persecute you.

What does the Qur’an say?
Pray so you can persecute others. 

What does Jesus say?
Plead & pray for those who are non believers.

What does the Qur’an say?
Crucify and cut the legs and feet of those who are non believers.

What does Jesus say?
Be an ambassador of God’s love to those who don’t know Him. Share the message of the gospel with them and even if they don’t recieve it, continue to love them.

What does the Qur’an say?
Strike the unbeliever above the neck and come against them with everything you have in order to judge them for not believing. And don’t worry when you punish them, it’s their fault! 

The bottom line is that you can not compare Christianity and Islam. For our President to even remotely compare the two was something that provoked my spirit to speak what I believe. 

Now let me say that I am in no way speaking bad or disrespectfully about our President. My Bible tells me to respect, honor, and pray for those in authority over me. And although I was bothered by what was said, it made me pray for my country, my leaders and the world even more. I love America, and I believe as my father always said that “America, with all its faults, is still the greatest country in the world.” 

But I will not stand back and let anyone compare any one to my Savior. Not Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, or anyone. 

Let me make one thing clear: 

To the Muslim: Muhammad can’t save you, Muhammad was a sinner just like you and I. He was not and never will be God, God’s son, God’s prophet, or God’s representative. You will never make heaven believing in him or in what he taught.

To the Buddhist: the teachings, laws and principles of Buddha will not save you. You will never make heaven believing in them. They may be nice and decent but they will never justify you before a holy God!

To the Krishna, Hindu, Athiest, Catholic, and every other religion in the world: Your good principles, deeds, charity, education, religion, rules, and demands WILL NEVER MAKE YOU RIGHT WITH GOD, THEY WILL NEVER SAVE YOU OR GET YOU TO HEAVEN. 

JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD AND GOD HIMSELF AND THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED ON CALVARY IS THE ONLY WAY FOR A MAN OR WOMAN TO BE SAVED!! 

• “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

THERE ARE NO MULTIPLE WAYS TO MAKE HEAVEN, NO OTHER LOOPHOLES FOR OTHER RELIGIONS, OR OPTIONS FOR OTHER PEOPLE.

• Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6

JESUS WAS NOT A PROPHET SENT FROM GOD, A GOOD TEACHER OR A NICE MAN WHO DID GOOD THINGS. HE IS GOD!!

• “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

YOU MAY THINK WE SERVE THE SAME GOD BUT WE DONT. THE ONE TRUE GOD LOVED THE WORLD SO MUCH HE SENT HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, NOT OTHER FORMS OF JESUS LIKE MUHAMMAD OR KRISHNA AS MANY RELIGIONS THINK!

• “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

• But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

• And THERE IS SALVATION IN NO ONE ELSE. For there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven that has been given to men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

The word of God is very clear! 

JESUS IS GOD!!

JESUS AND JESUS ALONE SAVES!

THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO BE SAVED!

You may be reading this and may not agree with me. You may think I’m wrong, and may feel totally opposed to what I am saying.

However it is the word of God not mine. This is what the Bible says, this is not my opinion.

You may may not believe what I’ve just written, and that’s ok. God called me to preach the Gospel, & that’s what I’ll do.

One thing for sure is this: I pray you recieve it and surrender your life to Jesus, repent of your sins and recieve Jesus as your Lord and Savior so that you may be born again, and make heaven for yourself.

However, if you choose not to believe, be assured I won’t hunt you down and engage violence upon you. 

….I’ll just pray for you and love you. Because after all, that’s exactly how my Savior taught me to treat you. 

Expect A Miracle, 
Pastor Jubal García

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