Reflections on life, marriage, and a young woman who is constantly learning how much there will always be to learn!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Islam's Vision

I don't spend a lot of time dwelling on eschatology (study of the end times). Though it can be interesting, I know that we'll never know exactly what will happen until it does. The Bible gives us some clues--things to watch out for--but also reminds us that only God holds complete knowledge of the future.
That said, I do believe God wants us to stay alert and to be aware of the true nature of the forces at play in our world. In the New Testament, He warns us numerous times to be watchful, be prepared and to be careful of being deceived.
The fact is: westerners--despite our stated ideals of enlightenment and rationalism--are especially vulnerable to allowing ourselves to become deceived. Political correctness demands that we accept, tolerate, and even encourage everyone's right to self-expression (except for white conservative Christians...but that's a soapbox I won't get on right now!). If (almost) everything becomes sacred, discernment becomes unacceptable. What right do I possess to say you're wrong? To claim that your ideas are harmful? To question your honesty? (Especially if you belong to a cultural minority?)
It's time for the world to wake up and acknowledge the reality of the socio-political-religious vision of Islam. No...not all Muslims are inclined to commit acts of terrorism. But the system of Islam is based upon jihad, which means "striving". Islam compels its believers to "strive" by any means necessary to make Islam the sole political and religious authority on Earth. Considering that Islam is currently the 2nd largest religion on Earth and will soon surpass Christianity to become THE largest religion (if current birth rate trends continue, possibly within 15-20 years), this is something we need to take very seriously!
We cannot have a vague vision for the future. Islam doesn't. Their doctrine concerning the "Last Day" is one of the primary tenets of their belief system. According to the Quran, there are five basic things a Muslim must believe in order to be a Muslim:
It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces to the East and the West; but righteous is he who believeth in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the Scripture and the prophets…-Surah 2:177 (Pickthall translation)
Within Islam, the Last Day is not just an interesting, passive footnote. The Islamic Vision of the Last Day demands the action of all Islamic believers. Through jihad, They are responsible to help bring about the Last Day...that is, the ultimate triumph of Islam as the sole world order, and Allah recognized world-wide as the only god.
My next post will elaborate on what, specifically, Islam anticipates about the future, according to their sacred texts and traditions. I think you might be surprised, and startled, as I was, to see how Islamic belief lines up with what the Bible teaches.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Erin. Love your blog!! I just browse through Christian Mothers sites when I have time. I wish these had been around when I was a young mother - so much help and encouragement and inspiration is available now!!!! Your note on Islam is exactly as how I have seen it over the last few years. We need discenment to live in these times of grace the Lord has provided for us. May God bless you. Love from Tonia in Western Australia.

7:01 PM, February 14, 2007  

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