THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE. Issue 2. Fall 2017. Volume 36.
Dec. 16, 2017
esus Christ, the eternal Son of God, told his disciples that the Jews would soon manifest their utter hatred toward them and "put [them] out of the synagogues." In the same verse, he says something that is very telling in terms of what religious hatred can do to a person's ethic, particularly when love is not at the center of one's religion. "The time is coming," he says, "that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service" ( John 16:2). Can it be that a person can be so darkened in his or her understanding that he or she would believe that the way of the sword is a better way to proselytize? I believe such is the lamentable case with the religion of Islam. Islam is a religion of world domination by way of the sword. To understand the dangers of Islam if it were to attain the world domination it so desires, one must at least be briefly acquainted with its origin
In The Mainstream of Civilization, the authors point out one of the great challenges to understanding Islam's origin and histo- ry. Unlike Christianity, "Islam emerged from a largely illiterate society. There is no body of Arabic literature that we can turn to in search of the seminal ideas of Islam." Notwithstanding, some things may be known about Islam's past. Mohammed, the man who represents the human role in inventing Islam (the primary origin is neither human nor divine), was born in Mecca around 570. Around 610, Moham- med began to claim that Allah was giving him revelations about his divine will. Contrary to what Mohammed anticipated, those in Mecca were not open to his new teaching, much of which was an amalgamation of Christianity and Judaism among other things. As a result of this, Mohammed ran away to Medina, a journey that Muslims commemorate and call "the hegira."While in Medina, Mohammed gained a following and developed a community over several years, one that submitted to his rules and regulations. Eventually, Mohammed traveled back to Mecca and was refused entrance. After striking a deal with the leaders of Mecca, Mohammed returned to Medina to continue working on gaining power, popularity, and a huge following. Eventually, when Mohammed returned to Mecca in 629, he was a military leader who was too powerful and had too large a following. He was able to conquer Mecca. Within the details of this history, one can find at least two major reasons why Islamic global domination would be a serious threat.
John Wesley (1703-1791), the great revivalist from the eighteenth century who shook the world with his powerful ministry, was open to the idea of people disagreeing with him. Perhaps one of his greatest sermons reflecting his flexibility and openness was his sermon entitled "Catholic Spirit." In it, Mr. Wesley expounds on his ideology that we should all "think and let think." The sermon stands as a monument to Christian tolerance. "Every wise man therefore will allow others the same liberty of thinking which he desires they should allow him," says Mr. Wesley in sermon thirty-nine, "and will no more insist on their embracing his opinions than he would have them to insist on his embracing theirs." Yet Mr. Wesley was no doctrinal latitudinarian; he did make clear what he thought was wrong in other Christian theological traditions (e.g., Calvinism). However, in terms of his ethic of love, Wesley never believed in violence or forced religion. Yet this is not the case with Islam. In his sermon sixty-three, "The General Spread of the Gospel," Wesley has some stinging, albeit true, words to say about Islam:
A little, and but a little, above the heathens in religion are the Mahometans. But how far and wide has this miserable delusion spread over the face of the earth! Insomuch that the Mahometans are considerably more in number (as six to five) than Christians. And by all the accounts which have any presence to authenticity these are also in general as utter strangers to all true religion as their fourfooted brethren. As void of mercy as lions and tigers, as much given up to brutal lusts as bulls or goats; so that they are in truth a disgrace to human nature, and a plague to all that are under their iron yoke.
Such words may be somewhat humorous, but unfortunately they are accurate. All around the world, people are losing their lives to Islam. What many call "Islamic extremism"should be called "Mere Islam" since it has always been a religion of violence and bloodshed. Moham- med was not a preacher of peace and love; he was a vicious military leader.
While Islam has some features within its doctrines that might reflect virtue, it also contains some immoral teaching. Christ tells his followers to love their enemies; Islam teaches its followers to destroy infidels, which are all unbelievers. Thankfully, many Muslims live a happy inconsistency in which they are able to be very kind to their neighbors. Every religion is plagued with members that are not all that faithful to their own doctrines and Islam is no exception. However, what would happen if every Muslim were to take up the sword and do as the Koran commands?
In The Mainstream of Civilization, the authors point out that it wasn't too long after Mohammed had arrived in Medina that he "and his followers began attacking caravans going to and coming from Mecca, and by 628 the attacks had evolved into a routine war of attrition." How can this be reconciled with morality? Additionally, though Mohammed may have put "limits" on polygamy, his limit was "four wives at one time."Divorce was freely allowed, and one could replace one wife with another so long as she was legally divorced.
Through the global spread of Islam, what would happen to the treatment of women? What would happen to marriage? What would happen to Christians around the world, those who are currently suffering under the brutal beheadings practiced by Isis? One can only imagine the sea of innocent blood that would be shed as a result of the progress and success of Islam.
Though I have briefly explored the seriousness of the threat of Islam's global domination, I must disclose that I have been exploring this hypothetically, which is the only way I may explore this without being interrupted by the victorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Though Muslims all around the world try their very best to have global religious domination, they are in for a rude awakening. "He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision" as he declares, "I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion" (Psalm 2:4, 6). That King is Jesus and "to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed" (Dan 7:14). In the immortal words of Richard Watson, in "Ezekiel's Vision of the Dry Bones":
Will [the Gospel] ever lose its power? Never, if the promise of God "standeth for evermore." If the dagons of Greece and Rome could not stand before the ark, but "fell and were broken," neither shall the gods of China and Hindostan. If we worship Thor and Woden no longer; if, in these islands, the light has penetrated the gloom of druidical forests, and put to shame the abominations of our forefathers, the crude mythology of Africa and the Southern Isles shall not resist its penetrating beams and consuming energy. "The world cannot withstand its ancient conqueror." Once conquered, it already trembles before the second attack. "The arm of God is awake;" that arm which of old shook the gates of hell, and bowed down the pillars of the throne of Satan.
Like the Muslims, we also want to see religious domination around the world. Like the Muslims, we also are at holy war. Like the Muslims, we also want everyone to believe what we believe. Like the Muslims, we also desire to see a different kingdom on earth. The difference? We have already seen how the global narrative will end, victory is a guarantee, and best of all God is with us.