This week Pastor Miles McPherson continued on in the series entitled True Religion? This is the third week we continued to look at the religion of Islam. A religion can be defined as a "system of beliefs and practices designed to lead someone into a relationship with the supernatural."
One of Pastor Miles' favorite movies is Tombstone. In this film Wyatt Earp who was a peace officer wanted to retire from fighting bad guys. So he and his family moved to Tombstone. However, a gang came to Tombstone and started to cause trouble, and things eventually resulted in a big battle. One of the main bad guys, Johnny Ringo, challenges Wyatt Earp to a duel. Wyatt Earp was advised that he couldn't beat Johnny Ringo because he's trying to get revenge for being born.
So many people have internal issues that they fight their entire life. Often times these internal issues cause people endless misery. These internal issues exist inside religions as well. The question Pastor Miles addressed is what the true motivation for the violence in Islam is, and can it be quenched?
Descendants of Abraham?
Jews claim to be direct descendants of Abraham through Isaac, while Muslims claim to be direct descendants of Abraham through Ishmael.
Genesis 15:4-6 states, and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir." Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
God promised Abraham many descendants. However, because Sarah, Abraham's wife went childless she asked Abraham to have sex with her maidservant Hagar so they could have a child. Hagar conceived a son, Ishmael, with Abraham.
However, in Genesis 20 we do see God's promise come to fruition when Abraham and Sarah became pregnant despite their old age, and have a son named Isaac.
Ishmael's descendants were predicted to live in hostility toward their brothers and the world.
Genesis 25:17-18 states, these were the years of the life of Ishmael: one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people. (They dwelt from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt as you go toward Assyria.) He died in the presence of all his brethren.
Hope to Death
The Q'uran claims to be the only hope for the world. Therefore, teaching that peace is only a result of Islamic rule, and that Muslims must fight the infidel to death. The interesting thing to note is that it is not Allah who is the hope for the world, but the Q'uran itself.
To fight the infidel is what Muslims are taught in the Q'uran and that dictates their lives. Islam is a faith that is established through violence. We may be told that this is radical Islam but this is what the Q'uran teaches. Though not every Muslim may abide by it, they are taught it.
Repent and Seek God
When we see the events occurring in our country today it may strike fear in our hearts or wonder as to what God is doing, and where our future is headed. As Christians, we must make the choice to move forward in a direction that seeks God by humbling ourselves, and repenting of our sins.
2 Chronicles 7:14 states, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
When we seek the face of God it is vital to pray. Pastor Miles covered three things it is important that we pray for. We should be praying for the desire for holy living among Christians as well as a spiritual revival among our nation.
It is extremely vital as Christians to pray for Muslims to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior too. Nothing is too big for God. We may not often recognize the admirable commitment of Muslims. We've seen it in Osama Bin Laden. We saw in the events of 9/11, Muslims who were extremely committed to their cause and beliefs.
A problem with Christians is that we aren't committed enough to God and holy living like we ought to be. Imagine the difference you could make if you had such a commitment to God. Pray and seek Him now, and step up and do what He is calling you to do!