Joe Butta & Steve Daskal
Genesis: Chapter 1
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for the appointed times and for days and years.15 They will be lights in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made the two great lights—the greater light to have dominion over the day and the lesser light to have dominion over the night—as well as the stars. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth, 18 to dominate the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 Evening came and then morning: the fourth day. — Genesis 1:14-19 (HCSB)
The earth in which we live was draped in darkness until the light was made to shine upon it. The lights in the sky are to serve as signs for appointed times, days and years. The greater light [sun] dominates day, stars are visible at night while a full moon would dominate the night.
By: Joe Butta and Steve Daskal
CHRISTIAN MESSIANIC ANALYSIS AND APOLOGETICS
Islam is a revolutionary ideology wrapped in set of religious beliefs, rites and rituals. Islamism is the movement to Islamicize the world by fully implementing Islamic law [the Shari’a] globally over all believers [to stamp out heresy] and unbelievers [to bring all of mankind into submission to Allah]. Allah is the medieval Arab conception of the one God whose symbol is the crescent moon, whose primary place of pilgrimage is the Ka’aba in Mecca, and is linked through them to pre-Islamic moon worship]. The Allah of the Qur’an [the Islamic holy scripture] is NOT the God of the Bible, because the Allah of the Qur’an denies the validity of the far older and better documented Bible and rejects fundamental Biblical teachings such as the covenant promises to Isaac and Jacob/Israel for their descendants, asserts that Hebrew prophet Moses, the first Israelite High Priest Aaron, and Israelite kings David and Solomon were Arabs descended from Ishmael, and denies the virgin birth, sinless life, death by crucifixion, and resurrection of Yeshua HaMoshiakh [Jesus Christ]. If the Qur’an is accurate, then the Bible is a corrupted jumble of half-truths. If the Bible is accurate, the Qur’an is a counterfeit of true religion.
It is easy today to hear many things from various sources. One of the modern day mantras is that Islam is a Religion of Peace. Upon closer inspection neither Muhammad nor any of his early followers used this argument as they defeated the Polytheists, Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Hindus and Sub-Sahara African polytheists and animists on the battlefield. 20th Century Pakistani Muslim scholar Abdul Maududi stated the following:
“But the truth is that Islam is not the name of a ‘Religion,’ nor is ‘Muslim’ the title of a ‘Nation.’ In reality, Islam is a revolutionary ideology and program which seeks to alter the social order of the whole world and rebuild it in conformity with its own tenets and ideals. Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or the nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and program.” [CMAA emphasis]
Back in the 7th century Muhammad had very limited success trying to convince others to adopt his new politico-religious ideology. From 610-622 his followers totaled about 100 when one considers those that earlier escaped to Abyssinia. It was from 623-632 that Muhammad swelled his ranks by practicing political and militant Islam whereby the possessions of his vanquished enemies [Jews, Christians and pagans] became the possessions of Muslims and where the slave trade became lucrative.
Muslims who apostatized were killed on Muhammad’s order and those who left Islam after Muhammad’s death were soundly defeated by Abu Bakr [the first kaliph] in the Ridda Wars which lasted from 632-634.
Often in life people of good will find it very difficult to understand or even tolerate the other let alone find areas of agreement. Upon closer analysis when one understands the core beliefs of people their opinions and actions become far less perplexing. This is important because once understood we can more easily anticipate certain views even those views that are in opposition to what we may hold as being true. Let’s categorize and extrapolate some conclusions.
Those who claim to need more proof to believe in God, don’t believe in God or are against those who espouse a belief in God conclude the following:
There is a difference in worldview between Biblical Christianity and Islam. The major difference at its core is deeply spiritual. This variance is as deep and drastic as the teachings and lives of Jesus and the Apostles as compared to Muhammad and his immediate successors.
All Muslim groups, including the Jihadis, see themselves as good Muslims. This is a most important point. Even the most violent Muslim groups see themselves as good Muslims. They believe they are being obedient to the words in the Qur’an and the traditions of Muhammad. Therefore if any Muslim group, Sunni or Shi’a, deviate or attack another Muslim group then that Muslim group must be bad. If you are a pious and practicing Muslim and other Muslims disagree with your group or attack your group then they must be bad or takfir. This perspective incentivizes the “good Muslims” to attack the bad Muslims. This helps explain how a Sunni Jordanian pilot was burned to death by ISIS. Since ISIS adherents see themselves as good the Jordanian pilot who bombed them could not possibly be a good Muslim. He was then treated as a heretic. Since Muslims who disagree with another Muslim sect are viewed as bad/misguided then this assures unending conflict between Muslims and with non-Muslims. This also helps explain why many Muslims feel they must defend Islam despite the facts. The quote below is often repeated.
Not so many years ago most Christians and Jews never heard of Ramadan. Now with a growing Muslim presence in the West observance of Ramadan has come front and center. It is not unusual for non-Muslims to be invited to the Iftar meal during Ramadan when Muslims break the fast at sunset each evening. When Ramadan concludes the same is true for the three day observance of Eid al-Fitr. Before answering the initial question let’s explore the origin of Ramadan.