This is a follow-up to the story offered in Talking Point #60. It seems the whole truth of the evils of Islam can never be fully represented in one post so it is taking more and more linked-together posts in order to get the proof and points across. If you haven’t yet read Talking Point #60, please go and do so now and return here. I’ll wait for you.
You know the word used in this post’s title: martyr. You’ve heard it before, you’ve talked about martyrs. There’s a popular book that Christians like to read called “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.” The term is not a new one…we all know what a martyr is. Through the years, martyrs have been burned, crucified, fed to lions, etc., all in an effort on behalf of their killers to show the world that serving Messiah is not the smartest thing one can do.
Nero burned Rome and blamed it on Christians. He crucified them and hung their bodies in the city to be lighted on fire at night and used as light. Peter was crucified upside down. Saul, who would later become Paul after his meeting with Messiah on the road to Emmaus, stood by at the stoning death of Stephen because of his service to Messiah. The Great Persecution under Emperor Diocletian is considered the worst time in history for persecution of Christians. Beginning with a series of four edicts banning Christian practices and ordering the imprisonment of Christian clergy, the persecutions included Christians in the Roman empire being commanded to sacrifice to the gods or face immediate execution. Over 20,000 Christians are thought to have died during Diocletian’s reign.
How many of you could stand right now under such direct orders to offer sacrifice to a false god or be put to death? How would you react? Don’t bother answering now…I know you couldn’t offer an opinion until you got to the place, and I pray none of us ever does. However, being a martyr is not necessarily a bad thing.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Yes, as Christians we are told to love our enemies and trust in God that He will avenge our martyrdom. And why should we be surprised at having to suffer persecution?
“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.”
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.”
1st John 3:13-14
So is it any surprise that the world hates anyone who follows Messiah? And, equally, is it any surprise that the god of Islam calls not for his followers to love their enemies, but to hate their enemies and to wage war against them until they submit? He is NOT the God of the Bible and his teachings are completely opposite of the God of the Bible. And this is one of the reasons that we have to suffer the persecution that we do…because of
religious political systems like Islam.
So what is a martyr, then? As you may have guessed just by this topic being posted here, it has a different meaning for the Christian than for the Muslim. The word itself means to be a witness or a messenger. The word martyr or martyrs only appears three times in the English KJV version of the Bible (Acts 22:20, Revelation 2:13, Revelation 17:6, ). The Greek word translated as martyr in these three locations is translated “witness” twenty-nine other times. In each of these occasions it references one slain as a witness for Jesus (of the Bible). So, from the Christian perspective, it has a meaning of dying in service to the King. It suggests one of His servants who “loved not their life unto death“. Notice it has nothing to do with the killing of anyone else.
So what about Islam? Islam would have you believe that killing as many infidels as possible while dying for their false god is the definition of martyrdom. Yes, they include MURDER as a part of martyrdom!
This is why I REFUSE to call them “suicide bombers”. They have more intent on the “murder” aspect of their mission than they do on the “suicide” intent of their mission.
In fact, if it weren’t for the preposterous supposition of a guaranteed entry into paradise and the gift of 72 virgins as a reward, all of them would rather simply perch themselves high on a hill and snipe infidels from afar than to kill themselves in the same act. The suicide is included in their sick minds because this is THE ONLY WAY to guarantee their entry to paradise, for themselves and their families.
This is why the lady in the video in Talking Point #60 is so happy to have sacrificed her sons – in her mind, she is now guaranteed entry. All others will have their good deeds weighed against their bad and must *hope* for security of salvation. Once again, there is no similarity between the false god of Islam and the Creator God of the Bible!
So which martyr do you want to be? Do you want to die willingly in service to the Creator God of the Universe because you show love at His command and are, therefore, hated by the wicked hearts of men? Or would you rather “take as many with you as possible” as you pull the ring from the bomb strapped to your side?
If I’m wrong and Islam isn’t about murder, please tell me how the child in the picture below is supposed to use this gun against himself. If this is purely suicide, why is he training with this gun? The point is to take as many with you as possible, and the point goes completely against what we are taught in the Holy Bible by its Jesus.
Let’s sum this up like this:
The Christian martyr is one who dies in service to his God.
The Muslim martyr is one who kills in service to his god.
I’ll let you decide, but I’m betting you get the point. There is a huge difference in how the word martyr is used in relation to the perspective. The Creator God of the Bible tells us to expect it because of the world’s hatred of His Son; the false, black-rock god of Islam would have us go directly against the God of the Bible and murder as many in the crowd as possible. In case any have forgotten and need a reminder, here’s how the God of the Bible feels about murder:
“Thou shalt not kill.”
I’m certain that the Islamic definition of martyr and the expectation of the murder bomber is out of sync with the God of the Bible. I’m also certain that the guy named jesus in the Quran is an imposter –
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!