I have been thinking about the horrible act of terrorism that occurred in Moore, Oklahoma this last week. A man was fired from his job. He then went to the corporate office attacking a lady by stabbing her and beheading her. He then attacked a second lady; he was in the process of stabbing her, when the CEO of the company, who was also a police officer, shot him. Throughout his attack, it was said he was yelling Islamic phrases.
I kept thinking about the great contrast in the two sets of beliefs. From the two sets of beliefs we can identify two different gods to worship. From my perspective, there is a false god (Allah) and a True God (Jehovah). There are two different ways to Paradise/Heaven.
I’m not an expert in Islam, but apparently in Islam and the teaching of the Quran, Islam was founded in 610 A.D. by a man named Mohammed. He had a vision from a being he perceived to be an angel who said, “There is only one God, and His name is Allah. Worship Him.”. They believe in one god and reject the Biblical teaching of a triune godhead, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Salvation is achieved by good works outweighing bad works. Their follower, like the man in Moore, was to try to convert infidels to his faith. If they rejected the message, apparently their blood was required and by killing them that was considered good works. The messenger was to be the judge of them and promote his way to Paradise.
According to the Bible, Jehovah was before the beginning of time. He is a triune god (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit) each 100% god. God the Father required holiness from man. Man was, from the time of Adam, unable to meet His requirement and fell short of the Glory of God. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to die for the sins of many (the spotless lamb of God) on the cross. He was buried and after three days was resurrected and ascended to the right hand of God. Before Jesus left the earth, He promised to leave a guarantee of His return, the Holy Spirit. For the Christian, the Holy Spirit indwells with in him.
The Christian messenger is to tell of the Good News of Jesus. If the message is rejected, the one who rejects will someday stand before the Lord at the Great White Throne Judgement, where God will judge him to an eternity in Hell. If the message is accepted, one accepts that he is a sinner and that Jesus Christ died for his sins, and by Grace he was forgiven of those sins, not by works.
So you can see from my eyes, there is a great contrast. Joshua 24:15 says, 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”