On the "International Burn a Koran Day," 9/11

The "Dove World Outreach Center," Florida, is asking people to burn Qur'ans on 9/11. The Center is a "Fivefold ministry" (from Ephesians 4:11 : Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher; in my view, these are Christian synonyms) church headed by one, Dr. Terry Jones.

Let's briefly critique the "Ten Reasons to Burn a Koran":

One

The Koran teaches that Jesus Christ, the Crucified, Risen Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords was NOT the Son of God, nor was he crucified (a well documented historical fact that ONLY Islam denies). This teaching removes the possibility of salvation and eternal life in heaven for all Islam's believers. They face eternal damnation in hell if they do not repent.

The Qur'an does teach this. The historicity of Jesus is disputed by many. Even some claiming to be Christians doubt he was divine or crucified and/or resurrected in the flesh.

Jesus was and is as portrayed in the Christian Canonical Gospels. There are very few textual issues with the oldest surviving copies, but we have Polycarp and Irenaeus who give direct, unbroken continuity to John the Evangelist directly to Jesus. Polycarp and Irenaeus were well known by the ante-Nicene Fathers. I, for one, believe them.

Two

The Koran does not have an eternal origin. It is not recorded in heaven. The Almighty God, Creator of the World, is NOT it's source. It is not holy. It's writings are human in origin, a concoction of old and new teachings. This has been stated and restated for centuries by scholars since Islam's beginnings, both Moslem and non-Moslem.

There are a couple of apostrophes that shouldn't be there. "Its" is often confused with the contraction for "it is," which is typed as "it's." It's not a make-it-or-break it. We all make typos, etc.

As for the points, there are many writings that are anti-Christ that we don't burn.

It appears that burning the Qur'an on 9/11 is a direct statement concerning 9/11 and Islam versus 9/11 and the 9/11 Truth Movement.

The 9/11 Truth Movement does not believe that al Qaeda is what it has been portrayed as being and that 9/11 was masterminded and carried out by more than the very small group claimed in the "official" conspiracy theory presented by the federal government and the mainstream media in its propaganda service.

To call for burning Qur'ans on 9/11 is a Christian-Zionist-type thing to do. Christian Zionism is a terrible misreading of scripture. I've gone into that in great detail on this site even as recently as yesterday.

What will burning the Qur'an accomplish? I would imagine that the Center and its leader(s) think that it will rev up the masses and reinforce anti-anti-Christ sentiments. The Center's call is to "stand up," which wouldn't be bad at all provided the Center were to stand up for the whole truth.

Where does the Center stand on violence? Violence is anti-Christ too. Vengeance and violence is God's despite the writing attributed to Paul, which I say is from Paul, called Romans 13, in which Paul leads the people to be the sheep of state but without clarifying when the people are to say "No" to that state when that state conflicts with the message of Jesus. Jesus did not do as he was told by the state when the state (false state; Roman Empire and its proxy temporal and spiritual rulers of Israel; Herod and the Pharisees, etc.) conflicted with what God told Jesus to do. The state murdered Jesus for speaking out against that particular anti-God state.

Three

The Koran's teaching includes Arabian idolatry, paganism, rites and rituals. These are demonic, an ongoing satanic stronghold under which Moslems and the world suffer.

Well, Mohammed did use the Kaaba and the statutes inside and the black stone outside (that fell and broke). As to whether he was saying the things themselves are Allah or not, I believe it is safe to say that he did not. I don't count him as an idolater, per se.

He did conveniently switch the direction of worship from Jerusalem to Mecca when he was rejected as a prophet by the Jews – Sour Grapes.

Jesus didn't teach praying in any particular worldly geographical direction but rather said that worship would become worldwide. I love that. Jesus enhanced and enhanced and enhanced understanding. Mohammed claimed superior knowledge to that revealed by Jesus as recorded in the Gospels because the Gospels were a constraint upon Mohammed's ego. Rather than bring himself into line with Jesus, he "changed" Jesus's message to then allow Mohammed in Mohammed's mind to do what Mohammed wanted, which was worldly empire building.

Four

The earliest writings that are known to exist about the Prophet Mohammad were recorded 120 years after his death. All of the Islamic writings (the Koran and the Hadith, the biographies, the traditions and histories) are confused, contradictory and inconsistent. Maybe Mohammad never existed. We have no conclusive account about what he said or did. Yet Moslems follow the destructive teachings of Islam without question.

It is true that in Islamic tradition, all the copies of the Qur'an were burned save one, from which deliberately retain version all subsequent copies were supposed to derive without the slightest edit. What was in all the destroyed versions if they existed, which I believe they did? It was Mohammed's reputed 9-year-old bride who once she was grown was responsible for which text survived.

I said reputed because her age is debated, although it appears to me upon fairly exhaustive searching and analysis of the various positions on the matter both pro and con that she was in fact 9 when the marriage was consummated, which is highly informative as to the nature of Mohammed's heart and regardless of the "antiquity" of the culture. Sex with a 9-year-old in any age or era goes against the natural law of God. It was and is pedophilia. Nothing can excuse it. The only things to do are to never fall into pedophilia, or if fallen into it at all, to completely repent of it forevermore. Certainly, never rationalize it away by reason of culture or age.

Five

Mohammad's life and message cannot be respected. The first Meccan period of his leadership seems to have been religiously motivated and a search for the truth. But in the second Medina period he was "corrupted by power and worldly ambitions." (Ibn Warraq) These are characteristics that God hates. They also led to political assassinations and massacres which continue to be carried out on a regular basis by his followers today.

This actually gives more benefit of the doubt to Mohammed then I'm prepared to extend. I'm not saying that he had in mind at first to do all that he ended up doing, but I'm saying that I'm not prepared to say that he "seems to have been religiously motivated [in] a search for the truth." He may have been, but it doesn't seem it. It seems that his core was misdirected leading to false-angelic (fallen spirit) visitations.

It is fair to say that Mohammed's teachings have lead to what Islam has done in the imperial and dictatorial senses. Mohammed was imperialistic and dictatorial in the worldly senses. Such is not the case with Jesus.

Only a completely twisted and distorted obfuscation of Jesus's teachings has falsely allowed anyone to do worldly imperialistic and dictatorial things in his name.

Six

Islamic Law is totalitarian in nature. There is no separation of church and state. It is irrational. It is supposedly immutable and cannot be changed. It must be accepted without criticism.

This is an area where I agree but also strongly disagree.

I agree with the statement, but I disagree with the obvious attempted point that it is wrong for a religion, and thereby Christianity, to be totalitarian in nature. I do know that the author(s) mean to say "totalitarian" in the evil mode. There is though the righteous sense or mode, which is the real or true mode, not the false-hearted mode. God is totalitarian but in the right way, by definition. Jesus was and is totalitarian. What he wasn't, and isn't, is violently coercive.

There does come a point though where the wicked are separated from the righteous for the sakes of the righteous. It is their salvation from evil. The process of salvation does appear from some perspectives to be God meting out violence upon the wicked, but it is wickedness itself that actually punishes itself. God is not the author of evil. These are difficult concepts for many, and that is why Jesus said, "Few there be that find it": the way to Heaven.

"There is no separation of church and state." This is true of Islam, but it is also true of real Christianity for the reasons I've just given.

"It is irrational." Well, Islam is a self-contained logic. Where Islam fails concerns what is rightly pointed out by the authors and that is that "It must be accepted without criticism." When Islam is subjected to criticism, the hypocrisy shows through. Islam is not a religion of the Second Great Commandment that is the Golden Rule as exemplified by Jesus Christ in the Christian canonical Gospels. Doing unto Mohammed what he did unto others would result in killing him for cause even under Qur'an commandments, for he did things which were offenses to those closest to him who went along to get along, to have their worldly share in the spoils of violent conquest – the booty of evil warfare – highway robbers on a self-styled grandiose scale.

"It is supposedly immutable and cannot be changed." This is true of the words of Jesus as well. Understanding can be increased though. I assume this is what the author(s) had in mind.

Seven

Islam is not compatible with democracy and human rights. The notion of a moral individual capable of making decisions and taking responsibility for them does not exist in Islam. The attitude towards women in Islam as inferior possessions of men has led to countless cases of mistreatment and abuse for which Moslem men receive little or no punishment, and in many cases are encouraged to commit such acts, and are even praised for them. This is a direct fruit of the teachings of the Koran.

Christianity is not compatible with secular and coercive democracy either. It is compatible with real human rights, as keeping Jesus's New Commandment {A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (John 13:34)} is the highest form of keeping and ensuring human rights that exists.

"The notion of a moral individual capable of making decisions and taking responsibility for them does not exist in Islam." I will not defend that statement here. I will say that ultimate Islamic morality is not synonymous with ultimate Christian morality. Muslims do make individual decisions and do take responsibility in their eyes. It is an exercise in stretching the language into the unusable to make that statement without first defining the terms.

Women in Islam are placed in a bad position vis-a-vis men largely by reason of Mohammed's polygamy, where men may have multiple wives (but not the other way around). All sorts of strange rules have developed concerning women on account of Mohammed sexual appetite and fear of the same in other males. Men can have multiple sexual partners, but those partners must not be even looked upon by other males in Islam or otherwise because by Mohammed self-analysis (in his mind), males are so utterly morally weak and easily tempted that they readily cave in, etc.

It's not teaching conducive to freedom from evil. Women should be able to be natural and not the target of oversexed, out-of-control males. The right religious teaching is for women not to be suggestive and for men to control themselves and be harmless and show real Christian love toward females, per se.

Eight

A Muslim does not have the right to change his religion. Apostasy is punishable by death.

This is a huge evil in Islam. This comes directly out from Mohammed's fear that what he built up out of ego would later be crushed by exposure to higher teachings. This is why the Torah is allowed in Islam before the New Testament for example. This is why Mohammed placed more emphasis upon distorting and misleading Arabs about Christianity than he did even about the Old Testament.

No religion is worth its salt that cannot stand sincerely motivated and properly managed intellectual debate.

Nine

Deep in the Islamic teaching and culture is the irrational fear and loathing of the West.

Well, the West is a mess, so where's the inherent harm in this view. It isn't irrational to know that the worldly Anglo-American-Israeli (false Zionists) Empire is out for spoils and booty by any and all means it can get away with in its so-called mind (mindless; dead spirit in Christian terms).

Ten

Islam is a weapon of Arab imperialism and Islamic colonialism. Wherever Islam has or gains political power, Christians, Jews and all non-Moslems receive persecution, discrimination, are forced to convert. There are massacres and churches, synagogues, temples and other places of worship are destroyed.

"Islam is a weapon of Arab imperialism and Islamic colonialism." There is a great deal of truth in that. However, the Arabs, per se, have not been more oppressive than have Talmudists or Nationalist Hindus, etc.

Real Christianity does not coerce the other religions. Islam though is coercive by nature. It's an intellectual and moral and spiritual weakness in Islam. Mohammed knew that if Islam had to constantly debate on the merits, real Christianity would win out. Hence, he twisted it, what he knew of it, and Islam demands that Arabs never convert.

[An Addendum:]

Christians are called to live and speak the truth, and to tear down the strongholds of the kingdom of darkness. Islam is of the devil and the Koran is a lie. Millions of people all over the world, Moslem and non-Moslem, are held captive by these lies. The world needs a beacon of warning and of hope.

Like the Christians in Acts 19, we are publicly burning a book that is demonic. We are not, like the Nazis, stealing books, destroying properties or harming any people.

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"Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver." (Acts 19:19)

It is true that Mohammed blasphemed against Jesus Christ and the God of Jesus, who is the LORD (YHVH; Yahveh) and spiritual Father of all Christians and rightly of all real Jews and all people really.

Yah is the God from the beginning whose nature was and is reveal by Jesus Christ (Yahoshua Mashiyach; God Save the Anointed One). Yah is not the unenhanced understanding of God as given everywhere in the Old Testament but only in how that understanding suggested the coming unfolding of the greater knowledge Jesus has imparted but that many could not consume and digest and retain — Mohammed being one of those.

If a person or group burns a Qur'an or the Bible or what have you, that is up to that person or group. I will not be burning a Qur'an on 9/11. I distance myself from the half-truths that are the basis of this call to burn Qur'ans on 9/11.

I call on people to dig deeper into the truth for the whole truth that includes that 9/11 was, at the very least, greatly facilitated by the US government within the government and at the behest, actually commandment, of the plutocrats who are the global or world bankers, rightly called banksters. Mammon is the monster and one of the monsters. Frankly, I believe the whole thing (9/11) was mostly conjured up by the core neocons/Zionists who duped many Muslims. It is a standard operating procedure of the psy-ops, intel types going back to the liar from the beginning, Satan their father, not God, not Zeus, not Allah (that is simply Arabic for God), not the Great Spirit (Grandfather) of the American Indians, and not Brahman or Atman or the like when those are taken as Yah was taken by Moses. When all God(s) are rightly enhanced, having the untruths or inconsistencies and hypocrisies removed, one is left with the one true God who is the God of Jesus Christ.

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