Romans 8:5-8 (NIV)
"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God."
The carnal nature of this movement should give Christians special concern. Having an understanding of Islam's fleshly priorities is essential to understanding how to prepare for the darkness that is approaching.
On Tuesday, January 22, 2008, I finished the long arduous journey of reading Islam’s most holy book, the Qur’an. Although I discovered many things within this book that Christians would find deeply offensive (Jesus is not God’s Son, infidels can be crucified or have limbs amputated, disobedient wives can be beaten, etc.), it may be the Qur’an’s teachings about the carnal pleasures of the afterlife that exposes this male-driven religion the most.
Consider the following passages from the Qur’an and ask yourself, how might this view of paradise influence the treatment of women in this life?
Qur’an 78:31 “As for the righteous, they shall surely triumph. Theirs shall be gardens and vineyards, and high-bosomed maidens for companions: a truly overflowing cup.”
Qur’an 55:56 “Therein are bashful virgins whom neither man nor jinnee will have touched before.”
Qur’an 55:70-72 “In each there shall be virgins chaste and fair. Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny? Dark-eyed virgins, sheltered in their tents.”
Qur’an 52:20 “They shall recline on couches ranged in rows. To dark-eyed houris We shall wed them.”
Note: Webster's Dictionary defines houris as “a beautiful nymph of the Muslim Paradise.” Webster further describes a nymph as being part of Greek and Roman mythology and defines them as “any of a group of minor nature goddesses, living in rivers, trees, etc.” In other words, the Islamic paradise of Allah rewards Muslim men with sexual pleasures from the dark-eyed goddesses of nature first worshipped by the pagan religions of Greece and Rome. This is just one more example of how Muhammad borrowed pagan beliefs and practices to build his own religion.
Some time ago, I passed a billboard directly across from a pornography store. The message was clear and so very true. It simply pictured a set of handcuffs and these words, “Pornography: Garbage in, Garbage out!”
Q: If Muslim men lay awake at night fantasizing about a multiplicity of “high-bosomed maidens” (Qur’an 78:31), “bashful virgins” (Qur’an 55:56), and “dark-eyed” mythological goddesses (Qur’an 52:20) with whom to cavort, how might they treat the less than perfect woman with whom they wake up?
If paradise is filled with the carnal pleasures of sensuality, what keeps them from expecting some of the same in this life? Why would such carnal actions be holy in paradise, yet unholy here?
I believe the Qur’an’s teachings on paradise may very well be one of its most disturbing elements. Erotic fantasies of a playboy paradise in the afterlife can only serve to promote a playboy lifestyle in this life. Women beware!
Ask a man what he lives for and you will discover the way he lives. Just as a Christian’s view of Heaven will impact his actions on earth, a Muslim’s view of Paradise will also impact the way he lives.
Every Christian woman should celebrate the loving example Christ provided in order to guide their husbands into a proper God-sanctioned relationship with them. They should also pray fervently that Allah’s standards never become dominant in America.
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church- for we are members of his body. 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.'”
Below you will find one more alarming passage from the Islamic holy book. Please read this passage and ask yourself what would happen if these values were to become dominant within our nation.
"Men have authority over women because God has made one superior to the other, and because they spend their money to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them, forsake them in beds apart, and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is high, supreme."
From this passage, I draw three very disturbing points that should concern every American woman:
1. According to the Qur'an, the authority of men over women is rooted in man being “superior.”
2. According to the Qur'an, the authority of men over women comes “because they spend their money to maintain them.”
3. According to the Qur'an, the authority of men over women gives husbands the Qur’an-sanctioned right to “beat” disobedient wives.
Just as the Qur’an has not lifted the Muslim world out of the childish sandbox rules of bullying its neighbors, neither has it lifted women out of the carnal role of being objects for male possession.
However, as bad as this passage from the Qur’an may be, the opposite extreme is equally damning. Few things have been more devastating to the American culture than the feminist movement of today. The push for women to abandon their role in the home (Titus 2) has devastated the American family. I believe that comments from prominent politicians like Hillary Clinton, who mock the responsibilities of homemakers and suggest they are little more than cookie bakers, is nothing less than appalling. One need only consider the quality of their marriages, the harmony within their homes and the development of their children to see the results of their feminist choices. I have no doubt in my mind that feminism is among the greatest threats posed by liberals today.
Unlike the Qur’an or the feminists, the Bible takes neither extreme. The truth is almost always found in the middle. Although Scripture plainly teaches that men and women are equal in value (Galatians 3:28), it also plainly teaches that they are different in function (1 Timothy 5:8, Titus 2:4-5). When the equal value of men and women is honored and their unique functions are celebrated, the home is secure, marriages succeed and the children flourish.
Authority within the home stems not from men being "superior" or "because they spent their money on them" or from wives being "beat" into submission. (Qur'an 4:34) Authority within the home stems directly from the supreme love exemplified by Christ for His bride, the church. (Ephesians 5:22-33) Since Allah neither had a son nor wants one (Qur'an 10:68), he offers no Divine example for men to follow. The Qur'an leaves the door wide open for spousal abuse and cruel servitude of women.
And that leads us to part 2 of this important study on "What Does Their Holy Book Teach?" In the next lesson we will look at what the Qur'an teaches about violence and earning paradise.
Missed the first three lessons of this series? Take a look!
Want to continue this series? Go to:
"Preparing for Islam: What Does Their Holy Book Teach? (Part 2)"
"Preparing for Islam: Why Are They So Violent?"
"How Can We Reach Them With the Gospel? (Part 1)"
"How Can We Reach Them With the Gospel? (Part 2)"
"How Can We Reach Them With the Gospel? (Part 3)"
"Preparing for Islam: Conclusion"
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