5. FUNDAMENTALIST MUSLIMS AND THE GOD OF LOVE
(Some Muslim-Messiah differences)
The Messiah teaches:
If we are to truly know God and serve Him,
We are to love,
never to hate and kill.
We are to hate evil, alone, especially the evil which grips at our own hearts, and at the hearts of our brothers and sisters.
And, without harm to even one, ours is to work to rescue every heart from evil's awful grasp.
The Messiah said to His disciples,
"The hour is coming when anyone who kills you,
will think he is doing a holy duty for God.
And they will do these things because
they know neither the Father, nor Me,
but I have told you all this,
so that when the time comes
you will remember I told you."
He also says: "All must honour the Son, (in the same way) as they honour the Father. Who refuses honour to the Son, refuses honour to the Father Who sent Him." (John 5:23; 1 John 4:14) (...because the Son is the eternally generated Living Image of the Father - See Article 20.)
Yet the Koran and Muslims teach: "the Son is no more than an Apostle. We do not distinguish between any of them." (Koran 2:136; 5:75, 19:88) And, the Angel who Muslims credit as having dictated the Koran to Muhammad (Koran 2:97-8) they believe to be the same Angel (Gabriel) who declared to the Virgin that the Child to be born of her would be conceived in her by the power of the Holy Spirit and would be called the Son of God. His name shall be Jesus, (Luke 1:31; 2:11) which in Hebrew means 'God saves' and in both the Old and New Testament Scriptures He is referred to as 'Emmanuel' which means 'God with us'. It was taught that, "God Himself will come and save you." (Isaiah 7:14; 35:4; Matthew 1:23)
So, the angel of the Koran who told Muhammad that Jesus, the Son of God, was "no more than an apostle" clearly contradicts the angel of the Old and New Testaments and cannot possibly be the same Angel Gabriel who spoke to the Virgin. (Daniel 8:16; 9:21 & 1:19,26; Luke 1:19, 26-38)
The Messiah also teaches that, "We must love our enemies, and do good to those who hate us." (Matthew 5:23, 24, 44; John 6:27)
Yet fundamentalist Muslims teach, worldwide, that a 'Fatwa' may be put upon anyone who dares challenge the religion of Islam. (e.g. Sir Salman Rushdie) They may even kill members of their own families who 'shame' their religion. (e.g. A father killed his daughter "because she had become too Westernised." A brother killed his sister "because she was mean and knew too many men.")
And regarding terrorists and Suicide Bombers: "Even if I deliver my own body to be killed," says St Paul, the Apostle, "and I have not love (for everybody) then my death profits me nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:3)
Truly, the Messiah teaches through His Apostle St John: "Anyone who says, "I love God", and hates his brother/sister is a liar, because a man who does not love the brother that he can see cannot possibly love God, whom he has never seen. So, this is the Commandment that He (the Messiah) has given us, that anyone who loves God must also love his brother." (1 John 4:20,21)
Any teaching, therefore, which says a man may kill himself and/or the brother/sister/child he must love, is an evil deception and not a true teaching at all. We must love our brothers and sisters and do only good to them; even to our enemies, and to all who hate us. (Matthew 5:23,24,44 & John 6:27)
To everyone, we all must learn to say: "I love you."
Love, and do no harm. Only then may we say to the Awesome God, "O God, I truly love and serve only You!"