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  1. You're welcome
  2. He's not a Muslim.
  3. He will not do that because he is of Muslim decent himself (Maranao on his mother's side). The Maranao tribe was the first in the Philippines to convert to Islam. His oldest son, is married married to a Tausug-Maranao woman and their children are Muslims. On a side note, the two groups that are currently fighting government forces in Marawi are the Maute Group which is comprised almost exclusively of Maranaos, and the Abu Sayyaf which is almost exclusively comprised of members of the Tausug tribe. While he will have no problem killing those who are sowing terror in the Philippines like those currently doing so in Marawi, he understands the Moro struggles in Mindanao and would never turn the situation into a religious war. "There is a part of me which is Moro... I have grandchildren who are either Muslim or Christian... We can call ourselves by any other name but the fact that we are brothers will always remain... All that we could do to our Muslim brothers and sisters now is to give them what is due them which includes respecting their unique identity and respecting their claim to what is rightfully theirs"-- President Rodrigo Duterte
  4. You claimed that "those things do not define our culture". I was assuming you were talking about the list of crimes you gave and that was the point of my paragraph. Any country that has the level of crime and the number of incarcerations as the US has, can certainly be classified as having a crime culture. There are few people that would deny that. The only way to counter such a culture is with the gospel. Change will not come any other way. This is also true when it comes to the "Islamic" culture that you hate so much as well.
  5. The four witnesses are needed to report adultery, not rape. Rape falls under a series of crimes classified as "hiraba". Having to provide four witnesses in cases of adultery is actually beneficial to a woman because it prevents people from making false allegations against her and ruining her reputation. Here is an example of how that would work. If someone claims that a woman is having an affair with a married man (Commiting Adultery), and they can not provide four witneses to back up their claim, then they are guilty of being a false witness against another and to be punished. And those who start a charge against pure women, and do not have four witnesses in support of the accusation — Severely whip them with eighty stripes; And do not ever accept their testimony afterwards: Because such men are wicked transgressors" (AN-NUR 24:5) A woman's testimony alone is sufficient when it comes to rape however, and no witnesses are required. The first link you shared thereligionofpeace (dot) com should not be your source for anything concerning Islam. That is one of the most anti-islamic hate sites on the internet. As for the second one you shared, it confirms that four witnesses are not required. Below are quotes from what you shared. "it is not permissible to accuse the father of rape without evidence." This would be true for anyone regardless of their religion. People can't go around accusing people of crimes if they do not have support for their claims. "the statement of this girl or the statement of her mother in itself does not Islamically prove anything against the father, especially that the latter denies it." This is also true. It would be the same as me accusing a guy named John Doe of attacking me in my home. If no one saw the assault take place, my testimony alone can not prove that John Doe was even in my house, much less that he actually attacked me. There would need to be a witnesses to the incident if I could not provide any other evidence to support my claim. "if this daughter has no evidence to prove that her accusations are true, she should not have claimed that she was raped by her father and she should not have taken him to the court. But if what she says is true, then she has the right to ask for protection from him even by taking him to the court so that he would not continue committing this evil or practice more sinful acts with her." As can be seen, the daughter in this example can bring the charges to court without any witnesses at all, but she needs to also have some sort of evidence to go along with her claim. This once again would be the case for anyone, regardless of what religion they follow. Evidence a rape victim can produce can be circumstantial, medical, expert testimony, or eye witnesses as would be the case with any crime. America definitely has a culture of crime and violence and this is statistically proven. This is something that can not be denied, and something that the Church should not be ignoring. There needs to be more outreach into the communities that have high rates of crime so that the hearts of those committing these crimes can be turned towards Christ and away from evil.
  6. Already have, got my copy right here I have also taken several courses in Islamic Studies as well during my life. First when I was in the military as it was a requirement before I was to be deployed to an Islamic country. The courses at that time were provided by the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. In recent years I continued studying in an effort to better minister to Muslims here in Mindanao. In addition to living in a predominantly Muslim community here in Davao City, the people group I work with originates from the Muslim provinces and I travel there often. If I am going to be spending time and associating with people of a different faith, then it helps to be well educated in what and how they believe. In fact, this is the way Paul was better able to reach the Greeks with the gospel in his day. In verse 28 of Acts 17 Paul quotes the Greek poet Phaenomena of Aratus: "for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children." In doing this, Paul shows that he is familiar with the writings and beliefs of the Greeks, in learning the popular philosophies of the Greeks, Paul was able to present the gospel and point out their errors using their own writtings as a tool and without ridiculing his listeners. Paul's example is a good lesson in how Christians should be reaching out to Muslims today rather than condemning an entire religion because of the actions of a few who claim they follow it and rehashing anti-Islamic propaganda found on the internet. If everyone who claims to be a follower of Christ today would just focus on loving God with all their heart, soul, and mind; and start loving their neighbors, even the neighbors who may not love them, then the Church could begin to gain the upper hand on all this evil that is taking place around the world. We would probably see the Kingdom of God advance like it hasn't done since the first century as well. We as believers don’t get to pick who we love and Jesus never said following Him was going to be easy. Loving those we disagree with, who believe differently than we do, or those who cause us pain are probably some of hardest things we as followers of Christ have to do. The only thing harder I can think of is forgiving those who have hurt us whether it be physically or emotionally. Either way, love and forgiveness towards others is what Jesus expects from all of us, and if we're going to proclaim to the world that we follow Him, then we really need to put these two things into practice. Some here may not think that sharing/spreading anti-Islamic rhetoric is harmful, but I can assure you that it is.
  7. Paul is speaking about Israel. The remnant Paul is speaking of is the remnant of the nation of Israel that accept the gospel. The earlier worldly Israel no longer exists since the cross, Jesus' resurrection, and the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. I covered this earlier in the thread, but I will repeat it again here. The scriptures below should be enough to show that the nation of Israel today is no longer recognized by blood and physical ties to Abraham, but rather by faith in Jesus Christ. This means that one can be a Jew and a direct descendant of the house of Judea, but if they do not by faith accept Jesus Christ, they will be excluded from the new covenant. Only those who believed in the Jesus as the Messiah could enter or remain a part of Israel. “Just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Therefore know that ONLY THOSE WHO ARE OF THE FAITH ARE SONS OF ABRAHAM. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.” (Galatians 3:6-9) “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly (BORN AS A JEW), nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh (FOLLOWS THE LAW); but he is a Jew who is one inwardly (THROUGH FAITH); and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.” (Romans 2:28-29) “For they are not all Israel who are of Israel (NOT ALL JEWS ARE CITIZENS OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL), nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham (DIRECT DESCENDANTS); but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh (PHYSICAL DESCENDANTS), these are NOT the children of God; BUT the children of the promise (THOSE UNDER THE NEW COVENANT BOUND BY FAITH) are counted as the seed.” (Romans 9:6-8) Therefore, under the new covenant: “know that ONLY THOSE WHO ARE OF FAITH are sons of Abraham.(THE NATION OF ISRAEL)” (Galatians 3:7) The above verses should make it clear that the "Israel" Paul is speaking of in Romans is all of those who have faith whether Jew or Gentile. For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (Romans 4:16) How can we be the last generation when Jesus and the apostles claimed they were living in the last days? They lived in the unbelieving and perverted generation spoken of by the prophets: And Jesus answered and said, "You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here." (Luke 9:41) Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:38-41) Peter confirms that they were in the last days: For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams; (Acts 2:15-17) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, (1 Peter 1:19-20) And later Paul: God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. (Hebrews 1:1-2) And Jude is speaking of the ungodly, the lustful, the mockers, and those who reject authority that as prophesied had already entered the Church. He was not speaking of the future, but what was taking place at that time. Beloved while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:3-4) ...just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. (Jude 1:7-8) It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” (Jude 14-15) But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. (Jude 1:17-19) Also, in Paul's personal letter to Timothy (Not a letter to us today), he tells him to turn away from the evil doers that would be present in the last days. Why would he warn Timothy of these men and tell him to avoid them if Timothy were not going to be living in the last days? To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. (2 Timothy 1:2) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-8) The evidence is overwhelming that the last days referred to in the Bible is the time frame between the ministry of Jesus and the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.
  8. I find it strange that @Wolf Bridges or anyone would come to the conclusion that I defend ISIS actions as anything less than evil based on what is written in this thread. I know terrorism first hand and I have had people I know die as a result of terrorism here in Mindanao. I was within site of a bombing that took place here in Davao last September that killed 15 and injured dozens more. Ironically, part of my ministry is trying to prevent young people here from joining terrorist groups by encouraging them to stay in school and teaching them that God (Regardless of their religious affiliation) does not approve of terrorist activities. In 2013 some members of the people group I work with were offered 10,000 pesos (Just $200) and a weapon to launch an attack in Zamboanga City. That was all it took to convince some of them to take up arms. Hundreds died and tens of thousands were left homeless following that attack with more than 150 from the people group I work with dying from disease in the months that followed. I have seen the suffering that terrorism causes first hand. A lot of people join these extremist groups out of desperation. $200 may not sound like a lot, but that is more than most people in the Sulu region of Mindanao make in six months. It is easy for these types of groups to recruit people to join their ranks not only here, but anywhere where there is poverty and lack of opportunity. How pointing out that financial gain rather than religion is a major factor in why people decide to join ISIS made me a supporter of them, I will never know. The one thing this thread did was show how defensive and angry people become when their religion is challenged. I did make several posts about how there are atrocities being carried out in the name of Christianity in this thread, and angry responses are what followed. As was pointed out, this is a Christian forum. But how would a Muslim feel if they happened across this thread or another thread similar to this? They would no doubt be hurt at some of the posts being made that condemn their religion and its followers. They would take this as a personal insult. There are other threads on this forum that are far worse, but if we are trying to reach the lost, we shouldn't be slandering the faith of those we hope to reach on a public forum that is supposed to represent the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. By doing so, a Muslim who may be coming to this forum to seek answers about Christianity would certainly be turned away by some of the things Christians are saying about them in some of the threads. If this forum is to be used to bring people closer to Christ in addition to allowing brothers and sister from around the world to study, then we should limit the amount of bashing we direct at unbelievers and their faiths regardless of our opinions of them. It is also hypocritical for Christians to be throwing stones at Islam when there are groups out there committing the same evil crimes against others in the name of Christianity. I am not equating the two religions in saying that, I am only pointing out that the pendulum swings both ways. In parts of India for example, Christianity is viewed in much the same way as many westerners view Islam. They view Christianity as a barbaric, backward religion. They claim Christianity is being spread by the sword and that conquering their lands to create a Christian nation. The sad thing is that these Christian extremist groups are being supported and funded by American churches. The point I am trying to make is that the Church needs to weed out a lot of its own problems before it even thinks it has the right to condemn the rest of the world for theirs. But even then, it's not our place to condemn anyone, that is God's place. Our role is to love God, love others, share the Good News, and show people of all backgrounds, including our enemies, the same compassion that Jesus showed us. I apologize to anyone who may have taken my posts in this thread the wrong way, that was never my intention. I assure you that you would be hard pressed to find someone who despises the evil actions of ISIS and groups like them more than I do.
  9. I have no clue what you are getting at here. Where have I ever defended ISIS or their atrocities? Which post are you talking about that can not be altered that proves this? How in the world can you say I and championing an enemy of God on this forum? Please give some more information, because I am blown away right now by these accusations you are making against me.
  10. Such an untrue statement. I am not sure how you got such a false impression based on my comments in this thread, but it's sad that you would think that way towards me.
  11. They will all suffer the same fate which is an eternity separated from God. As Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) And Peter later says: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
  12. Where is this person?
  13. Exactly. I am saying the opposite of what you think I am. What I am saying is that the LRA are not Christians, just like ISIS are not Muslims. A true Christian would not do these things in the name of religion, just as a true Muslim would not either. Neither of these groups are true representatives of their faith, they are frauds.
  14. What? I never said the LRA was Christian, only that they claim to be Christian. I have never tried to equate Christianity to Islam either. Where did you get such an idea?
  15. I am not defending or promoting the IS in any way, but I do know what drives a lot of people to join terrorist organizations such as the IS. Sorry if my version doesn't follow the traditional right-wing narrative.