I Want To Be An Extremist

We have heard more about Islam since 2001 than in all the years before (and not all of the information is accurate, but that’s a different discussion). Know this: It is no coincidence that terrorists are Muslims. It has become popular (except by the White House) to say that “not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims,” but the fact is that Muslims who murder are simply ones who have read and follow their entire (un)holy book. Therefore, within every Muslim is the potential to commit acts of terror if he just keeps on reading the words of the false prophet, Muhammad, and allowing Satan to possess more and more of his mind. These are the Muslims referred to as extremists.

One striking difference between Islam and Christianity (besides the obvious that the former is a lie and the latter is the truth) is that when a Christian reads more and more of his holy book, the Bible, and surrenders more and more of his mind and heart to Christ, he begins to display more love, compassion, patience, goodness, and gentleness. He exhibits unexplainable peace and joy. He even goes so far as to commit senseless acts of kindness and goodness and generosity. Essentially and beautifully, he begins to look more and more like Christ.

This one gigantic, eternal difference is enough to illustrate the glaring disparity between the two religions–although it is an affront to Christianity to be called merely a religion and be lumped together with all the false religions. But there are many other differences between the two belief systems:

Islam is an empty, angry religion.
Christianity is a vibrant, loving relationship with the Creator.

Islam is Satan possessing its followers.
Christianity is Christ living and loving through His followers.

Islam is destructive, bringing suffering and death.
Christianity is constructive, alleviating suffering and giving hope and life.

Islam is a lie from Satan passed down from a hateful, lying man who died and who remains dead.
Christianity is the truth revealed through God who became sinless man, who died and rose again, who now lives, and who lives forever.

Islam exhibits the limited and impotent influence of darkness.
Christianity exhibits the limitless and almighty victory over the darkness because Jesus Christ is the light.

Muhammad’s teachings are the way of Satan. They are a lie and they are death.
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.

A Muslim’s reality is eternity in hell.
The Christian’s reality is eternity in Heaven with Christ.

Muslims are hopeless because they follow a dead man.
Christians follow the living Christ who is the only and best hope.

Islam is extreme hatred.
Christianity is extreme love.

The differences are obvious to a discerning eye and heart, and yet there are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims on the planet. That is a monstrous army waiting in the wings for Satan to command on an ever larger scale.

In these times that are frightening and unknown, I want to be an extreme follower of Christ. I want to be one who, as in Revelation 12:11, overcomes because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of my testimony, and who does not love my life even when faced with death.

Oh God, make me like Christ, who did not love His own life even when faced with death. Do this so that I am not scared to death but am brave in life and death. Lord, so that many will see and fear and believe, make me an extreme Christian.

Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told. Acts 27:25 NAS

Janice Powell 2015

Searching for the truth? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6) Come to know Jesus and you will know the truth!

 

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