About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
word "Islam" means "surrender."
The word "jihad" means "struggle."
When you combine these two words you have "a surrender after
a struggle." The
Islamic world is divided over how to practically understand these two
words. It all depends on how
one views the life of Mohammed, the Koran, and the Hadith (the canonized
commentaries on the Koran).
liberal leaning Muslims view the word "Islam" as a surrender
of the individual to Allah. More
conservative leaning Muslims view the word "Islam" as a
surrender of non-Muslims to Islam after being conquered by war.
Liberal Muslims view jihad as a struggle between the individual's
will and Allah's will. Conservative
Muslims view jihad as a struggle between Muslims and non-Islamic
infidels. The historical
setting of these words clarifies who is right.
the first 13 years of Islam, when Mohammed supposedly received
revelations from the angel Gabriel, Islam was peaceful.
After that, it became violent.
Surah 8 of the Koran describes the Battle of Badr, the first
battle that Mohammed and his small band of soldiers fought.
During the last 9 years of his life Mohammed led his soldiers
into 86 wars (mostly offensive) as they fought their way across the
historical roots of the word "Islam" makes it clear that Islam
means a surrender of non-Muslim territory to Muslims after being
conquered by war. History
also tells us that jihad means a struggle between Muslims and
9 is the last supposed revelation Mohammed received from Gabriel.
It says that jihad must be waged, not with self, but with
Christians, Jews, and polytheists. Here
is where the Islamic doctrine of abrogation comes into play.
This doctrine states that the later revelations from Gabriel have
priority over the earlier revelations.
That means the peace verses of earlier revelations are nullified
by the war verses of later revelations.
For this reason Islamic extremists today reject the progressive
views of moderate to liberal Muslims.
In fact, they believe they are in the midst of an Islamic
Reformation; restoring Islam to its roots when Muslims dominated two
thirds of the culturally Christian world.
contrast, Christians are not to wage jihad against non-Christians ((John
18:36). We, with the
assistance of the Holy Spirit, conquer, not nations, but the hearts of
individuals through preaching the gospel (Matthew 28:18).
Furthermore, our struggle is not with unbelievers but with the
demonic forces who rule this age. Thus,
our weapons are spiritual, not material (Ephesians 6:10 - 18).
will be waged, but not by Christians. "The Lord will go out and fight against those nations as He
fights on the day of battle" (Zechariah 14:3).
"When I restore the fortunes of Judah