The Spirit of Islam

Individual Muslims are not the problem. Certainly most are kind gentle people who are just trying to live their faith, and like many “Christians” may not even know what that really means. The problem is the spirit of Islam. What we see happening now is a spiritual battle between Jehovah (Yahweh) and Satan and we humans are either soldiers or captives. Hear me out…
Jesus Himself, Paul, James, John, Peter all talk about a specific spiritual individual who opposes God. He is named Satan and also called “the enemy” or “that old serpent, the devil.” We see him early in Genesis using deception to coerce Eve into rebellion against God by lying to her. No matter your view of the nature of the Adam and Eve story, it is clear that there was another party that entered in to derail the plans of God.
Most don’t take Satan seriously and Dana Carvey’s Churchlady, which is pretty funny, helps drive the picture of a silly red suited, horned, pitchforked childish thing – and that is exactly how the devil wants it – no one taking him seriously. Jesus and the writers of the New Testament did take him seriously.
Paul sums it up best in Ephesians 6 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
God has made promises to humankind. The devil’s goal is to stop the fulfillment of them. His primary tool is deception.
God promised Abraham a son. That promised son was Isaac and is the patriarch of Jews and therefore of the Christians. But Abraham was impatient and made his own fulfillment by having a son with his servant Hagar. That son, Ishmael is the patriarch of the people group who make up most of Islam. God told Abraham early on that he would bless Ishmael and multiply his seed, but that he would be a wild man and cause Isaac much trouble.
Through Isaac, God promised Abraham’s seed the land of Israel and a blessing to them and the Gentiles (see Genesis 11-12) – that would be Jesus, the redeemer of humankind.
Since that promise to Abraham, the devil has worked to prevent the fulfillment of the promise – to keep the Jews (Abraham’s seed) out of the land of Israel. And who does he use? Ishmael, the illegitimate heir of Abraham. The best strategy is to destroy the Jews altogether. No other people group has ever had so many planned exterminations. No other piece of ground has been so hotly contested as Israel, and it’s the only middle eastern country without oil! And who is it that wants to destroy Israel? Islamic countries. Do you REALLY think this is a coincidence?
There is a real God and His son Jesus is the only name by which people can be saved (Acts 4:12). ANY teaching that says otherwise is a demonic deception that threatens a person’s eternity.
THIS is why I oppose Islam. Not because it’s violent. Not because most terrorists are Islamic. I oppose it even though most Muslims are peaceful wonderful people. For the same reason I oppose Buddhism, Paganism, Hinduism etc. even though they are in fact beautiful, peaceful religions that have done great good on the Earth. But they all say that Jesus is not necessary. And that is the subtle piece that reflects Satan’s deception toward the goal of stopping the promises of God. Paul said it best – “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”
I oppose Islam because the spirit behind it is God’s enemy and therefor the enemy of every human being and he is bent on your destruction.

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