The Culture of Death
Vol: 29 Issue: 18 Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Religious Shi’ites in Iraq warned US administrator Paul Bremer of the risk of civil war should Bremer carry out his threat to veto any Iraqi constitution that uses Islam as its legal basis.
Bremer’s short argument is that an Islamic constitution would violate women’s rights. The majority of Iraq’s population are Shi’ite, like the ruling party of that well-known Islamic paradise, Iran.
Not that Shi’ites have any corner on violence. Osama bin-Laden is an adherent to Wahabbist Islam — like that other well known Islamic paradise, Saudi Arabia. Other Islamic states and wannabe states include Pakistan, Jordan, the threatened state of ‘Palestine’ and Egypt, just to name those in the region.
Islam has also spread from Algeria to Somalia and throughout North Africa. Turkey is a secular republic with an Islamist ruling party, if that makes any sense to you.
All these places have similar characteristics. There is a direct relationship between the degree of Islamic influence on a society and that society’s social advancement.
Iran and Pakistan are allegedly advanced enough to become Islamic nuclear states — but they bought the technology from China. (Libya was also about to become a nuclear power, remember).
Thomas Friedman of the New York Times wrote that “between 1980 and 1999 the nine leading Arab economies registered 370 patents (in the U.S.) for new inventions. Patents are a good measure of a society’s education quality, entrepreneurship, rule of law and innovation. During that same 20-year period, South Korea alone registered 16,328 patents for inventions. You don’t run into a lot of South Koreans who want to be martyrs.”
But you find a lot of people in Islamic countries that want to be martyrs. The more extreme the brand of Islam, the more martyrs you find.
Writes Arnold Beichman in the Washington Times, “This culture of death has been noted by Harvard professor Ahmed H. Al-Rahim, who pointed out in a Wall Street Journal article (Feb. 5) that Hajj pilgrims who were trampled to death in Mecca were described in his mosque in these joyful words: “They’re so fortunate to have died in Mecca.” What the suicide bombing in Erbil shows, wrote Mr. Al-Rahim , is “an erosion in respect for human life in large parts of the Muslim world … the celebration of murder.”
A young National Guardsman at Fort Lewis read the Koran, and began to study Islam, eventually converting and becoming a Muslim. The first thing Ryan Anderson did after converting was try to join al-Qaeda. He was arrested last week and charged with “wrongfully attempting to communicate and give intelligence to the al-Qaida terrorist network.”
What is there about Islam that makes it the destroyer of worlds? It is impossible to argue it otherwise. The wider Islam’s footprint is on a culture, the more primitive that culture becomes. This is an observable truth, yet one that could get me lynched in many of those cultures for simply pointing it out. (Which in itself makes my argument for me)
Where Islamic law reigns supreme, women are routinely killed without consequence for alleged ‘honor’ violations, men, women and sometimes children voluntarily blow themselves up, hoping to kill an enemy and thereby enter paradise. It brings with it a culture of death, wherever it finds fallow ground.
Moderate Muslims argue that Islam is a religion of faith, and that Allah is just another name for God and that the Koran is a continuation of the Revelation of God contained in the Old and New Testaments.
(That is even argued by President Bush, when he wears his Theologian-in-Chief hat to court Muslim votes)
But it isn’t true. It isn’t even possible. Things that are different are not the same, no matter how much you want them to be. Consider:
is knowable is personal
is revealed in three persons
is active in man’s life and history
is a spirit, has personality, loves, thinks, is omnipotent… etc.
is a God of grace
cannot be known
is far off
is not the Father, Son nor Holy Spirit
has no regard for man
does not interact with man
is not definable, we are only told what Allah is not
grace is not found in Allah, only judgment
Attorney General John Ashcroft explained the difference using theology even Bush could understand, saying, “Islam is a religion in which god expects your son to die for him, whereas Christianity is a faith in which God sent His Son to die for you.”
As much as we would like to see Judaism, Christianity and Islam as branches of one big happy “family of Abraham,” it cannot be.
The stumbling block is Jesus Christ, the “seed of Abraham.” The issue between Islam and Christianity has to do with the way Muslims have departed from the Scriptures and denigrated Christ.
In fact, they have gone far beyond doctrinal differences; they have set up a rival religion that seeks to supplant Christianity. Islam has taken an adamant stance against the very heart of the Gospel message, including denial of the deity of Christ, incarnation, atonement, the crucifixion and the question of God as Father, Son and Spirit.
Islam claims Abraham’s son, Ishmael, as its patriarch.
Taking a few steps back into the Bible and the story of Abraham, Isaac, Sara and Ishmael we know that Ishmael was the first-born. Its too long a story to go into, but the crux of the story was when Sara got pregnant Ishmael made fun of his little half-brother.
That was too much for Sarah. She made an irrevocable decision: “. . . Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac” Hagar and Ishmael were provisioned and dismissed from service.
The source of the Lord’s prophetic utterance ( He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers (Gen. 16:12) concerning the behavior of Ishmael is rooted in these events.
The Bible says that in the last days, the generation that would see the fulfillment of all things would also be able to clearly recognize the signs of the times.
The overall picture of the Tribulation Period is one in which the fabric between the natural and the supernatural is rent, and the ongoing spiritual battle of the cosmos spills over onto the earth. Angels and men and spiritual events all blend together, culminating at the end with the final battle in the ongoing war of Armageddon.
For the first time in two thousand years, the entire world is engaged to some degree in that battle, exemplified on the earth by the religious war between Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
Throughout history, there’ve been skirmishes, but the war didn’t begin until Israel was restored to her ancestral homeland. The war is spiritual, but being played out on real-life battlefields using real-life weapons.
Exactly as the Scripture said it would. But the fabric between the natural and supernatural is still holding.
Until the Lord Himself tears it at the Rapture.