What is God Doing in the Muslim World?

Islam seems to be on the move around the world, exerting its influence through terrorism and the spread of Sharia, as well as immigration and political persuasion. Some reports conclude that Muslims will outnumber Christians by the end of this century,[1] and other sources predict that Christianity will recede into obscurity as Islam rises in power and influence. However, Christian leaders... Continue Reading →

Pre-Islamic Overview: Paganism or Heretical Monotheism?

Introduction The traditional accounts describe Arabs before the time of Muhammad as being in a state of confusion, which Muslims refer to as “Jahiliyyah.” This term means that the Arabs were spiritually lost, and their practices were strongly opposed to Allah’s ways – they did not know the truth and were always fighting among themselves. Culturally they are depicted as... Continue Reading →

Glossary for The Guide to Answering Islam

Abrogation: the belief that later revelations (Medinan surahs) sometimes contradicted the earlier ones (Meccan surahs). Therefore, the later revelations canceled and replaced the earlier ones. For example, Surah 9:5, often called the “sword verse,” is said to nullify and replace 124 verses that called for tolerance, compassion, and peace (Q. 2:106, Q. 16:101, Q. 13:39) Adhan: the Muslim call to... Continue Reading →

ISLAM AND THE CRUSADES

The Crusades were a series of military campaigns first declared by the Pope in an effort to reclaim the Holy Land from the Muslims. The Crusaders left jobs and family to take up arms and fight in the cause for Christendom. The word Crusade is taken from the Latin word crux or cross. There were... Continue Reading →

CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS

Christians and Muslims live in the same world, but they don’t always understand each other. This chapter will look at some of the statements we often hear that aren’t accurate and deserve further study. We will also look at some of the misconceptions Christians have about Muslims. In particular, we will look at some of... Continue Reading →

ISLAM AND TERRORISM

Muslim terrorism has become part of our world today. That is not to say that all Muslims are terrorists. Very few Muslims even sympathize with terrorist attacks by other radical Muslims. But even if few Muslims are terrorists, it is also true that most terrorists are Muslims. Terrorism can be defined as the use of... Continue Reading →

Is the Quran from God or Man?

The orthodox Islamic position on the Quran is that it is “uncreated” and “it was written from the beginning in golden rays on a gigantic tablet in the highest heavens.” (Morris 1916) The objective of this claim is to place the Quran above all else, even making it equal to God himself. However, this is... Continue Reading →

ISLAM and Shariah Law

People living in the Western world generally accept the concept of a true separation of the institutions of church and state. Hundreds of years of Western tradition have demonstrated the wisdom of keeping these institutions separated and the danger that ensues when the ecclesiastical and civil institutions are melded into one. That is not the... Continue Reading →

ISLAM: The Clash of Civilizations

Before we look at the rise of Muslim terrorism in our world, we need to understand the worldview conflict between Islam and western values. The Muslim religion is a seventh-century religion. Think about that statement for a moment. Most people would not consider Christianity a first-century religion. While it began in the first century, it... Continue Reading →

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