“Yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he is offering a service to God.”
— John 16:2
Religion-wise, the greatest competitor to Christianity for hearts and souls for all eternity is Islam. Some people like to say we all worship the same God, just with different names. How naïve they are.
Islam has been violent for the bulk of its fourteen-centuries-long existence. From the very beginning, Islam gained much of its territory by wielding the sword. By about 1000 A.D. half of what had been Christendom was conquered by Islam.
All of the churches to which Christ sent letters in the book of Revelation were in territories now dominated by the Muslims. Much of the New Testament was written in and to places now in Muslim hands. This includes the books of Galatians, Ephesians, and Colossians. The Christians were first called Christians in a place (Antioch) now under complete Muslim control.
The radical follower of Islam does not represent the views, life, actions of all or of most Muslims. But taking jihad seriously is one of the teachings of the Koran, and those who do it are considered good Muslims.
The difference between Christianity and Islam is enormous. Mohammed said that people were to give their sons for Allah. The Bible says that God gave His son for you and me.
Oh Lord, as we see the spread of Islam and its violence and its persecution of Your saints, we tremble at the terror with which they are flooding the world. But we thank You that You only allow evil to seemingly triumph for a limited time…
BY GOD’S STRENGTH, WE
CAN STAND AGAINST EVIL.