With my new interest in the Mid-East, I decided I should learn some more about Islam. While the oil in my car was being changed today, I wandered over to a book-a-million store. Browsing the religion section, I found Unveiling Islam. Written by the Caner brothers (Ergun and Emir) who were converts to Christianity from Islam. You can see Emir's Biography here and Ergun's here.
Basically, the book boils down to this. If you want to witness to a Muslim, you need to know the following things:
1)what you believe — so you can defend it 2)What they believe — so you don't offend them by what you do (did you know that in addition to not eating pork, Muslims don't eat shellfish? Do you know why you should, essentially, not do anything with your left hand (eat, shake hands, etc…) 3)Know what has happened in history and where you stand (What do Muslims think of the crusades? Why?)
Those things are important so you can get an opportunity to witness to them. For an indepth review of the book, click here.
…the book I was reading (Christian Jihad) by the brothers Caner. It was an interesting read. It was, basically, a short history of Christendom focused around the development of a "Church Army" commanded by the pope that went on Crusades. Additionally, it talked about other "crusades" this army went on that focused on the extermination of heritics (heritics were anyone who did not agree whole-heartedly with the Catholic church). For some more information on this, see this post.
When I was done with that book, I read The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham. This book was very interesting, and if you are a christian, you need to read it. You especially need to read it if you believe that God used evolution to "create" things. Folks, this is a lie straight out of the pit of Hell. The first 11 chapters of Genesis are true, and need to be taken literally. When the Bible says that God created everything in six days, he did it in sis 24 hour periods. He spoke everything into existance.
Reading The Lie has made me take a step back and think about some things. I think what I am going to do is write some short essays outlining what I believe and why (back that up with scripture) and put them on the web. I think this will do two things: first, it will make me evaluate what I believe and why so I can support it and, secondly, it will give others a resource they can go to while researching things. This may take me several months and years to accomplish, but as I get things done, I will keep the website up to date.
In the meantime, I'm looking for something else to read. Does anyone have any suggestions?
As I have mentioned before, I'm reading the book Christian Jihad by the Caner brothers. This book talks not only about "The Crusades"–the war waged by the Catholic Church to retake the Holy Land–but it also talks about other crusades that were waged against believers who were never a part of the Roman Catholic Church such as the Anabaptists.
This made me think of a pamphlet Cyndi had a copy of called the Trail of Blood. I have found a copy of it online here. This pamphlet…
…is sent forth for the purpose of making known the little-known history of those FAITHFUL WITNESSES of the Lord Jesus, who, as members of the CHURCH JESUS BUILT, "Overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony: and they loved not their lives unto death," Rev. 12:11.
It chronicles the history of this seperate group of believers who we now know today as baptists. Everyone has heard of Protestants, and we are all taught that a Protestant is a non-Catholic christian; however, this simplistic view is incorrect. Modern day Baptists were never part of the Catholic church so they could never leave the Catholic church.
I happen to not believe the lie that Islam is a peacefull religion. Read the Koran (or Qur'an. I don't know the proper spelling, and have seen it many ways online), and you will find this out. According to the Qur'an, there are two ways a Muslim gets to their "heaven" (only one way will certainly get theim there). The first way they get there is by having their good and bad weighed once they are dead. If their good deeds outweigh the bad deeds they have done in life, their god Allah will allow them in. The second (and the "sure" way way for them to get into their "heaven") is to die as a martyr in a jihad. If they do this, Allah will allow them in. The Qur'an also commands them to kill unbelievers and infidels who will not convert to islam. In my book, this makes Islam a violent religion.
This is where most people end the discussion of Jihad–a holy war–ends. This book, Christian Jihad makes the case that as Christians, we also have skeletons in our closet. Does anyone remember these things called The Crusades? "Christians" did the same thing except they said "God" called them to retake the Holy Land. What is the difference? Here is the description of this book from Ergun Caner's website:
Western Christians are often myopic when it comes to our own history. Christian Jihad examines the tragic events in Christian history when we have been guilty of the exact same atrocities which the Muslims have carried out in recent days.
This will be fairly ho-hum because I’m only really reading one book: Constitutional Chaos by Judge Andrew Napolitano. For those who don’t know, he is the senior judicial analyst for Fox News. This book is a must read for anyone who cares about limitied government. The entire book details problems we are experiencing in this country because the government doesn’t respect its own laws. The one question I have over and over as I read this book is “How do we recover?”
How do we recover? The judiciary has thrown the Constitution in the trashcan over and over. We need to figure out how to erase these bad precidence setting rulings. I don’t know the solution, unfortunately.
In addition to the Judge’s book, I receive various computer industry publications such as Info World, Software Developer, etc….
[Updated 2011-01-09 22:19:09] The link to the book was pointed at WND’s store, but they changed URLs. Since I really like the Kindle, I thought I would link to the kindle version.