Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Monday, July 22, 2013

8 Things The Church Needs To Understand About Islam

1.   The word Islam does not mean "peace".
Arabic words have only one root.  The root word for "Islam" is “al-Silm,” which literally means “submission” or “surrender.”  There is no disagreement about this among Islamic scholars. "al-Silm" (submission) does not mean the same thing as "al-Salaam" (peace).  Submission is a different  concept from peace, although a form of peace may be enacted through forcing others into submission.  Islamic scholar, Ibrahim Sulaiman, says,  "Jihad is not inhumane, despite its necessary violence and bloodshed, since its ultimate desire is peace which is protected and enhanced by the rule of law (shari'a)."


2.  Islam permits lying to non-Muslims (Kafir).
Islam permits two forms of lying to infidels (non-believers) under certain circumstances:  taqiyya and kitman.  These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.
  • Taqiyya - Saying something that isn't true.
  • Kitman - Lying by omission. 
Islamic support for the use of deceit against unbelievers is found in the following references:

The Qur'an:  (16:106), (3:28), (9:3), (40:28), (2:225), (66:2), (3:54
From the Hadith:  Bukhari (52:269), (49:857), (84:64-65)
From Islamic Law:  Reliance of the Traveler (p. 746 - 8.2)


3.  It is the will of Allah and duty of all Muslims to bring the entire world under Shari'a (Islamic Law). 
Islam decrees that all non-Islamic civilizations and cultures must be brought under the Islamic Shari'a legal system.  According to Islamic Sharia law, once subdued by the “soldiers of Allah,” the non-Muslim has only three options:

1) convert to Islam;
2) submit and live in servitude (Dhimmitude), acknowledging the superiority of Islam by paying annual jizya which is “protection money,” or
3) fight to the death.

Muslims are exhorted by their jurisprudence and code of living to follow Muhammad’s example and participate in jihad in order to establish the dominance of Islam through adherence to the laws of Islam (Quran suras 5:48 & 45:18), that is, to the Islamic Shari'a. According to Islamic doctrine, the Islamic Shari'a, dictated by Allah, cannot be subordinate to any legal system conceived by man; therefore, Shari'a must reign supreme over every other legal system in the world.

UPDATE Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to Coptic Christians: Convert to Islam, or pay ‘jizya’ tax.  (Keep in mind the Obama Administration supports the Muslim Brotherhood.)


4.  Jihad (holy war) is the obligation of every Muslim. 
Islam historically was and is a religion spread primarily by the sword.  The "official" Koran published in Saudi Arabia by the “King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an, Madinah, K.S.A.” has a footnote on page 39 commenting on Surah 2:190 that every Muslim on earth is mandated to participate in holy war (jihad) and that no one but Allah is to be worshipped.  Muslim theologians, when speaking in their native tongue to their faithful, make it very clear that Jihad means a holy war undertaken by Muslims against non-believers.  When speaking to westerners in English, they deceitfully describe jihad as a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline, the inner struggle of good against evil; refraining oneself from the whispers of Shaitan (Satan).

It's important to understand that Muslims who undertake Islamic jihad are not “radicalized,” they simply become religious Muslims who are carrying out Islam’s fundamental purpose, which is to Islamicize the entire world through imposition of Islamic Shari'a law.  Abdurrahman Wahid, the former president of Indonesia (the world’s most populous Muslim country) in an essay titled “Right Islam, Wrong Islam,” agrees that a literal reading of the Koran leads to what is popularly called Muslim extremism.


5.  Jihad is ultimately the fault of the infidels.
For Islam, the whole world is a wakf - that is, a territory belonging to Allah that must be brought under Islamic rein.  The conquest of non-Muslim territory is described in Muslim legal and historical texts as the "return" of lands to the Muslims.  Thus, Muslims are never guilty of unjust aggression because Allah has granted them the whole world (explaining Islamic aggression during the Middle Ages.)  Jihad returns to the Muslim what is rightfully his.  Islam is therefore, never the aggressor (Kor 9:33; 4:144) and jihad is the fault of the infidel who refuses to accept the will of Allah.

On Jul 27, 2013, MAJ Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter in the U.S. who killed 13 and injured more than 30 others, released this statement:  "My complicity was on behalf of a government that openly acknowledges that it would hate for the law of Almighty Allah to be the supreme law of the land".  His statement clearly reveals the perspective of Islam that Allah wills all the world to be under Shari'a law, and to resist incurs the righteous wrath of Muslims.  MAJ Hasan is not a "radical" Muslim; he's simply a religious Muslim following the clear teachings of his faith.


6.  500 years of Islamic aggression precipitated the crusades.
Modern-day Muslim apologists condemn the medieval Crusades from 1095 to 1291 as unprovoked aggression against Islamic lands.  But in fact, history is crystal clear that the Crusades were launched to stop 500 years of Islamic aggression wherein 2/3 of formerly Christian lands had been forcibly and violently conquered by Muslims who were then threatening southern France and Italy.  The Crusades, contrary to the Islamic distortion of history and contemporary political correctness, was a just war launched by the West to stop 500 years of Islamic aggression.  You can read historically accurate details of Islamic aggression in the Middle Ages here and here.


7.  Islam is not tolerant of other faiths.
Many apologists defend Islam against the charge of intolerance by pointing to the “tolerance” exhibited by the Muslims during the Middle Ages. To claim Muslims of that era were tolerant or open-minded is false. During this era, Jews and Christians living in Muslim lands were reduced to the position of dhimmis. Dhimmitude entailed allowing non-Muslims to remain non-Muslim, so long as stringent rules were adhered to, rules that were designed to humiliate the dhimmis and to "demonstrate" the superiority of Islam over the religions of the conquered peoples. Dhimmis were not allowed to engage in any outward show of their religion, praying or reading their Scriptures in public, nor were they allowed to dispute religious matters with a Muslim. They were also not allowed to build any religious buildings such as churches or synagogues, nor could they repair those already existing that wore down with age. They were most often reduced to a position of economic privation and near-slavery. Dhimmis had to wear distinctive clothing that marked them as clearly non-Muslim. Further, the distinctive clothing was often meant to humiliate the wearers. At various times, Jews and Christians would be compelled to wear badges in the shapes of apes and pigs, drawn from the quranic description of unbelievers as these animals (Suwar 2:65, 5:60, 7:166).

Coupled with this position of dhimmitude was the requirement for non-Muslims to pay the jizyah, the religion tax levied specifically upon non-Muslims, usually Christians and Jews.  Paying the jizyah was the only life-preserving alternative to outright conversion to Islam. The jizyah was designed to "encourage" subject populations to convert to Islam, since conversion meant being relieved of a heavy financial burden.

Other faiths have not “flourished” under Islamic rule.  In fact, they have dwindled to mere shadows after centuries of persecution and discrimination - i.e., consider the plight of Christians and Jews in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc.  One of the great ironies of Islam is that non-Muslims are treated according to the very standards by which Muslims themselves would claim the right to violent self-defense were the shoe on the other foot.  Islam is its own justification.


8.  Islam permits husbands to beat their wives (Kor 4:34).
Islam views the woman as inferior to the man and as such, places her in a subservient and subordinate position in the marriage relationship. The man is allowed to discipline his wife because he is her superior and responsible for her. He has the authority to beat his wife if he feels she is being disobedient.  (In a Christian marriage the husband is given the role as head of the household and the wife is expected to submit to the husband’s leadership. However, she is his equal in terms of social status; she is not inferior to him.  Their status is equal while their functional roles differ.)

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