It will be pointless for Jew-haters and Christian-haters to claim that the aggressive, expansionist invasions with force of arms was an act of defence by Islam, or that Israel was guilty of such acts in their Old Testament history or in the history of the past 55 years. Israel did not try to use the sword to convert anyone to faith in her God, for 'faith' forced upon anyone is not faith. Nor were they commissioned by God to take over the world by force but they were given a 'promised land' of limited area with defined borders (Genesis 15:18-21), and this was because the wickedness of its inhabitants was so great that God in His righteousness had to remove all in rebellion against him, as He had done to all mankind with the flood, and as He will finally do at Armageddon and in the Final Judgement.
The fact that Muhammad and 'his' Qur'an call for the death penalty for any Muslim who turns from Islam to another religion is consistent with the fact that Islam was forced upon tens of millions with the sword and that Islam maintains itself today in many countries by threatening with death all who would think for themselves and choose what faith to embrace, based upon the evidence. Muhammad received contradictory 'revelations,' depending upon the circumstances and so his Qur'an contradicts itself many times on important issues and the verses seeming to indicate peace and tolerance were followed when the 'prophet's' new religion was just being launched and Islam was too weak to compel anyone to follow it. But later he received other 'revelations' instructing the use of force and killing in order to bring the whole world into submission to Islam. The sword was the 'evangelistic tool' for Islam's assassin evangelists.
Islamic scholars offer two differing explanations for this particular contradiction. Some declare that this verse (and others like it) was 'abrogated' by later revelations such as 'Whoso desires another religion than Islam, it shall not be accepted of him...' (Surah 3:85); 'Slay the idolaters wherever you find them' (9:5); 'O Prophet, struggle with the unbelievers and hypocrites and be thou harsh with them' (9:73), etc. Others admit that 'no compulsion' was a temporary revelation due to conditions, and that it can apply even today in those places, times and circumstances where Islam is not strong enough to use force. Thus, in the strong West, Islam presents a face of peace, but when it is strong enough it will turn to war. The terrorists are the advance troops. Claiming that those who hijacked and crashed the passenger planes could not have been Muslims because Islam condemns suicide, the facts combined with common sense unmask the lie. To sacrifice one's own life in the process of striking at Allah's enemies was not a new 'revelation'. This kind of 'suicide' has long been an honourable Islamic practice and struck incredible depths of vileness in the war between the followers of Islam's two major sects (Iraq's Sunnis and Iran's Shi'ites) when young schoolboys were sent to walk ahead of troops to clear minefields. In one incident alone, about 5,000 children were torn to pieces so the army could move across the cleared path. The Ayatollah Khomeini assured these innocent children that if they were killed in the battlefield they would go directly to Paradise! This teaching of Islam provides incredible fanaticism to sacrifice one's life in the destruction of infidels. Hundreds of devout Muslim suicide bombers have died in Israel and elsewhere during the past ten years because they were promised Paradise for killing themselves to murder 'infidels' (i.e., those who will not repeat the formula, 'There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet'). We have seen them celebrated as heroes by their families who are extremely proud of them--believe they have also been awarded a free passage into Paradise--and are often handsomely rewarded financially. Where have we heard a word of protest from the leading Islamic scholars in Afghanistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia or other Muslim countries? Suicide is forbidden as self-murder by most of Islam, but the sacrifice of one's life in the process of killing infidels supposedly gains a Muslim the highest reward. Tragically, these mainly young men and women have been deceived by a false gospel that rewards them only with eternal separation in Hell from the God of the Bible, because they reject His Son and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ and ally themselves to the false prophet and deceiver, Mohammed.
Islamic nations who vehemently declare that Islam is a peaceful religion which does not condone terrorism and stands for freedom will hopefully embarrass Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia to open its borders, allow some freedom, and relax its cruel hold on its citizens so that Christians are given the opportunity for the gospel of Jesus Christ to enter. Only then will those people who have been held in the iron grip of Islam be allowed to come to a decision concerning faith in the One True God (not Allah!) which is not imposed upon them under the threat of death. Orthodox Biblical Christians pray for this but do not look to Islamic relaxation of its Satanic principles, nor do we the UN or the USA to bring peace. We, in fact, expect a false peace in the Middle East which will be brought about by the Antichrist. That must be because the Rapture will take place, according to Christ, at a time of peace and prosperity with buying and selling, building and planting, marrying and partying, etc. (Matthew 24:37-42; Luke 17:26-30). The September 11 attack could be a step toward the false peace that must arrive prior to Armageddon and a step in the direction of both the one-world religion and government. During the discussion of terrorism by the UN General Assembly, October 4, the ambassador to the UN from Tajikistan said that no imaginable tragedy or disaster could unite the world as the events of September 11 had done. The unity expressed by all in their determination to track down all terrorists, and to place outside the pale of civilization any country that harbours terrorists fails to acknowledge that many of the countries expressing such sentiments have promoted terrorism, and continue to do so! Most international terrorists come from Saudi Arabia or Egypt, and few from Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden and many of his followers are Saudi. The world dream of a new era of 'peace and safety' is shattered for now, but must prevail at the time of the Rapture.
The attempt to unite Judaism, Islam and Christianity, claiming we 'share the same values and have a common spiritual heritage,' as the ambassador for the Northern Alliance opposing the Taliban declared, hides behind a lie which Roman Catholic popes and Rome's official documents have declared for years: that Allah is the same God whom Christians and Jews also worship. Huge strides are being made in the direction of the world religion over which Antichrist will preside, leading to his worship by all except those who refuse to take his mark (Revelation 16:2):
And the first angel went and poured out his bowl into the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore upon the men who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. (Revelation 19:20)
The popes created a politico-ecclesiastical institution wielding totalitarian power in both sacred and secular fields and historians such as Walter James have captured this truth:
'The Papacy controlled the gateway to heaven which all the faithful, including their rulers, hoped earnestly to enter ... gave the Popes a moral authority which has never been wielded since. A Pope like Innocent III [1198-1216] held all Europe in his net....'
James records 95 popes who claimed to have divine power to depose kings and emperors. Gregory IX (1227-41) thundered that the pope was Lord and Master of everyone and everything and Pope Nicholas I boasted:
'Fear, then, our wrath and the thunders of our vengeance; for Jesus Christ has appointed us [the popes] ... absolute judges of all men; and kings ...are submitted to our authority'
In commanding one king to destroy another, Nicholas wrote: 'We order you, in the name of religion, to invade his states, burn his cities, and massacre his people ....'
Eminent Catholic historian Ignaz von Dollinger writes: 'Pope Clement IV, in 1265, after selling millions of South Italians to Charles of Anjou for a yearly tribute of eight hundred ounces of gold, declared that he would be excommunicated if the first payment was deferred ...'
Catholic Professor Carrerio boasted that the popes had 'put down from their thrones great kings and yet mightier emperors, and set others in their place, to whom the greatest kingdoms have long paid tribute, as they do to no other, and who dispense such riches ... that no king or emperor has ever had ...'
Heretics (those who felt bound by conscience to follow God*s Word) were committed to the flames because the popes believed that the Bible forbade Christians to shed blood. Such care for its' victims reminds us of the concentration camp commandant at Nuremburg who claimed that the SS who sent Jews to the ovens were very disciplined and would never mis-treat the victims they were herding to their deaths! Victims of the Inquisition exceeded by hundreds of thousands the number of Christians (and Jews) who had been martyred under pagan Roman emperors. Catholic apologists try in vain to absolve their Church of responsibility, arguing that the sentence of death was carried out by civil authorities, but forgetting that this transference to the 'secular arm' was required by the Church*s canon law and, at the tribunal where heretics were condemned, the Inquisitor*s throne was higher than that of the magistrate. The prisoner was allowed to know neither the charge against him nor the identity of his accusers. No one was ever acquitted for torture often made the pitiful victims willing to confess to anything! Will Durant reminds us of Pope Clement V*s rebuke of King Edward II*s leniency:
We hear that you forbid torture as contrary to the laws of your land. But no state law can override [the Church*s] canon law, our law. Therefore I command you at once to submit those men to torture.
Pope Martin V commanded the King of Poland in 1429 to exterminate the Hussites (sympathizers with the martyred Jan Hus). This excerpt from the Pope*s letter to the King explains why popes hated independent Christians and wanted them destroyed:
Know that the interests of the Holy See, and those of your crown, make it a duty to exterminate the Hussites. Remember that these unpious persons dare proclaim principles of equality; they maintain that all Christians are brethren, and that God has not given to privileged men the right of ruling the nations; they hold that Christ came on earth to abolish slavery; they call the people to liberty, that is to the annihilation of kings and priests ...[T]urn your forces against Bohemia; burn, massacre, make deserts everywhere, for nothing could he more agreeable to God, or more useful to the cause of kings, than the extermination of the Hussites. (Emphasis added)
The medieval Inquisition had flourished for centuries when, in 1542, Pope Paul III gave it permanent status as the first of Rome*s Sacred Congregations, the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Inquisition. Known more recently as the Holy Office, its name was changed in 1967 to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - quite appropriate, inasmuch as public burnings were known as autos-da-fé, or acts of faith. After this 'adjustment' of the office operation continued from the Palace of the Inquisition adjacent to St. Peter*s under the 'Grand Inquisitor', Cardinal Ratzinger, reporting to Pope John Paul II!
Before he became Pope Paul IV in 1555, Inquisitor-General John Peter Carafa had converted a house at his own expense into a fully equipped torture chamber for eliciting confessions from the accused. He denounced any who tolerated heretics and declared, 'If my own father were a heretic, I would personally gather the wood to burn him.' During his brief pontificate the population of Rome was decimated almost by half, with Jews the main victims. Under Paul IV, marriage between a Christian and a Jew was punishable by death - this reflects the many parallels between Catholicism and another cult, the Mormons, whose 'prophet' Brigham Young declared that marriage between 'a white person and a Negro would result in death on the spot' and who made a similar declaration to Carafa - 'suppose you found your brother in bed with your wife, and put a javelin through both of them. You would be justified, and they would atone for their sins, and be received into the kingdom of God. I would do so at once, in a such a case; and under such circumstances, I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands' (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 3, page 247). Thus these men prove that the same filthy, hell-bound, spirit inspired both religions and Hitler who, in the same vein, claimed only to be carrying out what the Popes and Catholic Church councils had already decreed.