Islam: A Religion Of Peace, Another Example

In a story covered by the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA), the Egypt for Christ ministry reports that police officers sexually assaulted Samuel both at the National Security office in Heliopolis and at the El-Nozha police station. In a continued attempt to force her return to Islam, police also beat and tortured Samuel. According to AINA, Samuel’s children, aged four and two years old, are being denied food to increase pressure on Samuel. Her husband has been taken to the National Security office in Alexandria. [Click here to read the full article]

What can you say to something like this?  A convert from Islam to Christianity is raped, tortured, and food is withheld from her small children in order to force her to deny Christ and revert back to Islam.  The story also mentions that her own family has tried to murder her because of her conversion to Christianity.

This is not an isolated or uncommon event.  Things like this happen all the time in Muslim dominated countries.  Does Islam appear to be a “religion of peace” to you?  Pray that God would eradicate such things and He would be glorified.

One more thing, do you realize that many make the claim that Muslims and Christians worship the same God?  Do actions like this seem compatible with what the God of the Bible teaches us?  NO!!!  Don’t be fooled by those who make such nonsense claims.  Examine the attributes and teachings of the god of Islam and the One True God and you will see that they are NOT the same.

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20 Responses to Islam: A Religion Of Peace, Another Example

  1. incogman says:

    Truly horrible photos from inside Gaza here:

    http://portail.islamboutique.fr/gaza2008/

    If you look at these sickening and heart-rending photos, you’ll feel like I do about the Jews — I hate the evil little *******! [edited by Tom]

    http://incogman.wordpress.com/

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    • Tom Shelton says:

      incogman,

      Yes, those are truly terrible pictures but they only show half the story. You should show the picture of the things that have been done to the Jews as well.

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  2. jeanettewindle says:

    I appreciate what you had to say here. Having recently been in Afghanistan myself, I’d like to invite you to my latest blog posting, ‘Is Democracy Enough?’ at http://www.jeanettewindle.blogspot.com/ My own upcoming book, Veiled Freedom, set in Afghanistan and scheduled for release May, 2009, with Tyndale House Publishers, explores just what is the true source of freedom–and its cost. I’d love to hear back from you.

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  3. Jesse says:

    Apparently it’s Islam’s turn to be the barbaric religion after Christianity recently turned brutality over to it after 400 years of slavery and apartheid. ..

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    • Tom Shelton says:

      Jesse,

      It is true that some evil men in history have used Christianity as a vehicle / justification for their evil. But that does not mean that it is what Christianity teaches. Christianity does not teach its adherents to commit evil in order to convert people. Islam teaches its adherents to convert people by any means necessary. That can’t be denied.

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  4. In 1 Samuel 15, God commanded Saul to kill the Amalekites: men, women, children, possessions. This would be considered a vile, repugnant war crime by almost anyone on Earth. How would you defend this as an act of a good, peaceful God?

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    • Tom Shelton says:

      LEP,

      Here is the passage that you are referring to:

      1 Samuel 15:1-3 “And Samuel said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the LORD. (2) Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. (3) Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'”

      I would not try to defend this passage as an “act of a good, peaceful God”. I can only defend this as an act of a sovereign, righteous God. As you read the rest of my response, please keep that distinction in mind.

      There are a couple observations I want to make about this passage. First, notice that this is a direct command from God through the the prophet Samuel. He is active giving his blessings and in bringing His wrath. Second, notice that God gives the reason for the command that follows. God in never required to give us a reason for His commands but He chose to in this case. The Amalekites had attacked the Israelites during the exodus from Egypt. As such, they were deserving of God’s wrath. Third, all people are born sinful and deserving of God’s wrath after the Fall. This include, men, women, and children. Fouth, God is sovereign over His creation. He has the right to bring His judgment at any time, in any way, and in in measure that He deems. As such, if He wants to execute His judgment on an entire nation / people group then He has that right.

      With that background, we can move on. I never claimed that God was a “good, peaceful God.” God is a God of justice, righteousness, and love. These are all attributes of God. You can’t pick and choose which attributes we like and ignore the rest. We must also understand that we can’t apply human standards to God’s commands / actions. This is an important point that we can’t overlook. God is sovereign. His ways are always right. He always has a plan and purpose and we don’t or can’t understand it. As such, these stories in the Old Testament have never given my any reason to question God’s reasons.

      I don’t know if this has helped but if not, I will try again.

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  5. l3rucewayne says:

    This mp3:

    [audio src="http://www.rfmedia.org/RF_audio_video/RF_podcast/Did_God_Commit_Atrocities.mp3" /]

    “Did God Commit Atrocities in the Old Testament?”

    Is the best talk I have heard on the subject bar none, I wish everyone would listen to it. It doesn’t specifically address the Saul thing, but a good overall discussion on the topic that isn’t terribly long, I learned some good stuff and again I think anyone honestly looking for good answers on the subject would do well to check it out.

    On Jesse’s comment concerning slavery and Christianity, I feel the need to point out a couple things, I believe that historically slavery was not restricted to Christianity but was widespread, also I believe it is Christianity that has had the largest influence in getting rid of slavery.

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  6. The reason why the description of God being “good” is relevant is because the Bible explicitly states it. And while you did not describe God as “peaceful”, your attempt to contrast Christianity and Islam implies that Christianity is truly a religion of peace.

    If 1 Samuel 15 were in the Quran instead, it would be used to attack Islam as non-peaceful. The same standards should be applied to the Bible. The only reason you attempt to defend this passage is because you must accept the Bible as true.

    It bothers me to simply cover this passage as “God is always just”. Is there not a part of you that says “Hey, I’m defending a genocide as moral, and that really doesn’t make sense.”?

    l3rucewayne, I’m glad to see you’re still around. Although the NT told masters to treat slaves well, the flipside is that nowhere does the Bible condemn slavery as an institution. The OT passages on slavery are even less comfortable. I will listen to the mp3 when I have access to sound.

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  7. A small note on God’s command about Amalek: why slay them at that time? It was their ancestors that opposed Israel. Why kill all their descendants, who had no say in that decision?

    If this is justice, I want no part of it.

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  8. Jesse says:

    The Koran has been misinterpreted to allow for the killing of infidels – can’t remember being beheaded by the hundreds of muslims I have known in my life, nor have they tried to forcibly convert me. You are taking a small minority and extrapolating the results to the rest. I think there is a word for that…

    As to Chrisitianity being a potent force for abolition, I say “Islam is a potent force for charity all around the world.” Hamas and Hezbollah run schools and clinics. Osama bin Laden has built loads of buildings for charitable purposes. But since they are all terrorists, we ignore the good they do and focus on the bad. Nothing wrong with that, but then don’t do the exact opposite with Christianity. Don’t take radical imams’ sermons as the true nature of Islam and then get all quiet when I say that the musings Joel Osteen or Jerry “9/11 is God’s judgment on America” Falwell is what Christianity is all about –don’t say “Well, they are false prophets.” Or all the white southern preachers that openly endorsed slavery and apartheid by referencing the Hametic curse. Don’t get me started about the German protestant church that looked the other way during the Holocaust. To paraphrase some hipping looking guy who hung out with hos, you will rightly be judged by the same measure you use to judge.

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  10. solacharis says:

    Jesse,

    If “hipping looking guy who hung out with hos” is a reference to Jesus, then it’s important to remember that he also said you’ll know a false prophet by their fruits. Do Falwell, Osteen, those white southern preachers or the German Protestant Church saw the qualities that Jesus commanded in his followers? Just because someone claims to be Christian and claims to be obeying the Bible doesn’t mean they are.

    This is also my first time posting here, so hello everyone!

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  11. myviewonlife says:

    What a great site! I am a Christian also and have really enjoyed your articles and comments. I’ll be coming back often.

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  12. PJ says:

    [blockquote]Just because someone claims to be Christian and claims to be obeying the Bible doesn’t mean they are.[/blockquote]

    Agreed. Yet they’re blamed all the same. Too bad such double standards don’t seem to apply to atheist governments.

    -PJ

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  13. solacharis says:

    You’re right, PJ, it doesn’t seem fair and unfortunately, we’ve inherited the blame for the mistakes of our predecessors. The best solution is to live as Christ would and slowly turn that around.

    Which atheist governments are you referring to?

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  14. rogeriopfm says:

    Well this is just a pretty good example how irrationality gains “biblical proportions” when fundamental religion is involved.
    Historically christian based religions can also be attributed to such unforgiving actions: http://www.evilbible.com/Top_Ten_List.htm

    Even recently members of clergy in the US were prosecuted for child rape just to state an example as to were depravity can exist even among christian leaders.

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