Theme: The Error and Dangers of Islam. Cp. Jn. 14:6
A. It is arguably the fastest growing religion in the world.
B. With these kinds of numbers what do we really know about the religion of Islam?
C. In this lesson we take a brief but factual look at Islam as well as its error and dangers that it poses to Christians.
THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM
A. Shahada (Islamic statement of faith read in Arabic):
B. Salat (ritual prayer): pray to Allah, facing Mecca five prescribed times each day.
C. Zakat (alms): Generally ~ 2.5% obligatory to help those in need. Anything more is voluntary.
D. Sawm (fasting: ritual, repentant, ascetic):
E. Hajj (December pilgrimage to Mecca).
THE ERROR OF ISLAM
A. The Qur’an.
B. Qur’an compared to the Bible.
A. When Jesus – the Son of God – is lessened by one iota, the gospel becomes adulterated and false. Cp. Gal. 1:6-10
B. Anyone who brings a different teaching than the full deity and humanity is antichrist and has no fellowship with God. 1 Jn. 4:2-3; 2 Jn. 1:9
C. While we see the Christian view toward a Muslim, what is the Muslim view toward Christianity/Christians?
THE DANGERS OF ISLAM
A. Clearly: there are Muslims who do not act out in “terror” against non-Muslims.
B. While there are peaceful Muslims there are also violent Muslims who have acted out against Christianity (and other non-Islamic religions).
C. Warnings from expert and ex-Muslim:
A. Islam teaches a different God and Jesus Christ.
B. It perverts the teachings (particularly: the gospel) found in the Bible.
C. While there are peaceful Muslims, the overall practice of “faithful Muslims” only achieve “peace” by “subjecting” all to Islam.
D. Faithful Christians have nothing to fear because we have Christ. Rom. 8:31-35
E. Let it be known, however, that the warning regarding Islam and its (arguable) trends should be yet another reason to gird our loins and stand up for the faith once for all delivered to all the saints. Jude 1:3