Civilized people agree that shooting to death two radical Muslims in Garland, Texas on May 2, 2015, by a security officer was justified on legal and moral grounds. The Muslim men were attracted to a free speech event in order to murder as many people as they could, manifested by the assault weapons they bore, the extra ammunition they carried, and the explosives they brought with them.
ISIS not only praised the actions of the cowardly and murderous Muslims in Garland, but boasted that seventy-one more terrorists are now on American soil in five states and are ready to attack. The conclusion is without controversy. Many Muslims not only will kill, they want to kill. It is instructive to consider why Muslims desire to murder in the name of their god, Allah. Several observations come to mind.
Muslims want to kill in order to avenge insults, real or imagined. Militant Muslims feel it is a matter of honor to put to death anyone who insults Islam, disagrees with their religion, or shows disrespect to Mohammad. “The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Muhammad is the prophet of God” (John Quincy Adams).
Muslims want to kill in order to secure their eternal salvation. While Islam does demand repentance over personal sins, there is no alien righteousness for sinners in the person of God’s Son. There is no new birth. There is no Saviour in Islam. There is jihad in the Muslim faith, meaning “to struggle”, “to resist.” While some Muslims believe in a greater jihad that concentrates on an inner spiritual struggle to be good, and to do good, other Muslims embrace the lesser jihad which takes a violent form and gives freedom to kill with the promise of an eternal reward in paradise. The Muslim has the permission and blessing of Allah to murder others. “Seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and in any case take no friends or helpers from their ranks.” (Surah 4:89)
Muslims want to kill in order to live out the ethics of the Koran. Unfortunately for non-Muslims, a large part of that ethic is coercion. The religion of Islam seeks to control others by force and that will disrupt peace. William Gladstone (1809-1898) correctly said that the “Qur’an…is an accursed book…So long as there is this book there will be no peace in the world.” There will be no peace because the Quran calls Muslims to coerce or kill Jews and Infidels. Sam Davidson, president of Heartland Baptist Bible College has said, “History declares that a nation shaped by the influence of authentic Christianity becomes the most inviting place in the world. On the other hand, there is no Statue of Liberty inviting the weary masses in the harbor or at the border of any Islamic nation.”
Muslims want to kill in order to vent the natural depravity of the human heart. In the dark recesses of the human heart there is a natural lust for power to the point of shedding blood. Winston Churchill understood the natural evil found in the heart that wants religion to justify what is done and stated that Islam “is as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog…No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Islam is a militant and proselytizing faith.”
Muslims want to kill in order to plunder the wealth of others. Rather than engage in obtaining a good education and engaging in honest hard work, many Muslims are willing to exploit the wealth of others for their own personal gain. While the Koran prohibits stealing, it is not considered stealing when wealth is taken from an Infidel or a non-Muslim. “Allah promised you many acquisitions which you will take, then He hastened on this one for you and held back the hands of men from you, and that it may be a sign for the believers and that He may guide you on a right path” (Qur’an 48:20).
Muslims want to kill in order to emulate Mohammad who was a butcher of men without mercy. President John Quincy Adams noted that, “Muhammad declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind.” Mohammad’s slaughter of the Banu Qurayzah, a Jewish tribe, is but one example. The murderous beheadings took place in 627 AD. On the orders of the prophet Muhammad, almost nine hundred people were massacred by Muslims. The killing began early in the day, ending in torchlight. Those who escaped death were taken captive and sold at slave markets. The Qur’an refers to this incident in Surah 33:26-27. “And He brought those of the People of the Scripture who supported them down from their strongholds, and cast panic into their hearts. Some ye slew and ye made captive some. And He caused you to inherit their land and their houses and their wealth, and land ye have not trodden. Allah is Able to do all things.” The current beheadings of Christians, and the stoning of women, provides modern illustrations of men without mercy.
Long ago, the Lord said that the Arabs, as the descendants of Ishmael, would be wild by nature, violent, and divided. “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren” (Gen. 16:12). Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled. Murderous Muslims want to kill. They find great joy in killing the Infidels, and they want to kill each other reflected by the Arab wars in the Middle East.
Knowing this, the heart of every Christian should stay strong and be brave enough to defend our God given right to life, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. But then, the heart of every Christian should be broken enough to pray for every Muslim. They need the Lord. They need to hear that they do not need to die for their god. In loving kindness and mercy God has sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to die for sinners. No sin is too great for the grace of God to forgive, including murder. However, forgiveness is based upon true repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Otherwise, every unrepentant murdering Muslim will discover that no murderer has eternal life.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9). Those Muslims who want to kill are not righteous. They do not know the one true God nor His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.