Judgment, Jesus, & Jihad
From heaven the righteous God executes judgment upon wickedness among the sons of men; it is His prerogative.
He may do so directly as in the days of Sodom when fire rained from His throne upon the perverse and deviant [Gen.19:24]; or when myriads of Assyrian soldiers were slain in one night by the Angel of the Lord [2 Kings 19:20].
Means may also be employed in the discharge of His righteous sentence against sin. Stormy winds compelling swirling clouds of thunderous lightening may be the executioners of his wrath [Job 37:10-13]. Swarming troops of voracious locusts may be mustered to ravage the wayward by Divine summoning [Joel 2:25]. Plagues may decimate populations according to Almighty decree [Deut.28:27,28].
Even men may justly serve as God’s agents in executing judgment upon individual or national iniquity. Capital punishment was instituted from earth’s earliest days: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man” [Gen.9:6].
Government has been ordained by God to effectively punish evil and reward the good. Civil authority “does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil” [Rom.13:4].
Even wicked regimes serve Sovereign purposes in curtailing the spread of national wickedness through invasion, conquest, and annihilation – witness the overthrow of Babylon in one night by the Medes [Dan.5:30,31] and the Lord’s calling of Pharaoh Neco of Egypt to join Assyria against Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in order to cripple Egypt and destroy Assyria [2 Kings 23:29; 2 Chron.35:20].
How the Lord can engage the unrighteous to perform His will is a mystery to any spiritually sensitive heart. The prophet himself found it distressing that the terrible Chaldeans would be raised up as a destroying scourge against many lands, the very Israel of God included [Hab.1:5-7]. Yet he had to confess: “O Lord, You have appointed them for judgment; O Rock, You have marked them for correction” [Hab.1:12].
There are many times when we must conclude: “The war was of God” [I Chron.5:22]. And it is in this capacity that Israel was brought into Canaan; to judge a specified group of people in a particular place at a designated time.
But quite in contrast to Islam, God did not ordain His people as a general force against unbelief, immorality, and idolatry wherever they may be found. He commanded Israel to annihilate only the Canaanites and possess that land alone as He had promised to Abraham some four hundred years prior [Gen.15:18-21]. The following clearly testifies to this.
“It is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land, but it is because of the wickedness of these nations [Canaanites] that the Lord your God is driving them out before you, in order to confirm the oath which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” [Deut.9:5].
Why had God not destroyed them and divested them of their land in the days of Abraham? Because, “the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete” [Gen.15:16]. Four hundred years passed in the mercy of God while their abominations abounded until judgment was the only recourse. “Every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods” [Deut.12:31].
They were wholly given over to sexual immorality and perversion along with idolatry, witchcraft, and child sacrifice. “When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, [or] one who…practices witchcraft…because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you” [Deut.18:9-12].
And thus it was that the Lord sent Israel to execute His judgment upon the wicked Canaanites. “You shall not give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech [an idol]…you shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal…For the land has become defiled, therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants” [Lev.18:21-25].
Yet the Lord did not thereby establish His people as agents of subjugation and slaughter to any who did not embrace their religion. No, rather they were commanded not to detest or seek to harm their surrounding neighbors though they, like the Canaanites, were corrupt idolatrous enemies.
Edomites and Egyptians were not to be despised [Deut.23:7] and Ammonites and Moabites were not to be pursued and destroyed even though Israel was not to seek their peace or prosperity [Deut.23:3-6]. Joshua chapters 10-21 detail the specific regions captured and occupied by Israel at the time of their Divinely directed conquest; all within the boundaries specified at the time of God’s promise to Abraham.
This is in absolute contrast to Islam’s agenda of Jihad. Allah preaches a message of submission or slaughter. The Kafara [unbelievers] are to be converted or eliminated. Islam must be embraced world-wide or populations who refuse are to be exterminated.
This is not extremism; it is faithful devotion to the Qur’an [quotations from the Qur’an will appear in italics and the references will follow. “S” stands for Surah, similar to a chapter]. Islam was begun by a Jihad led by Muhammad. Those who do not engage in Jihad are not true Muslims at all, but are no better than other Kafara.
Jihad is not optional if one would reach the Paradise of God and be saved. Those engaging in Jihad who have the highest rank in the sight of Allah; They are the people who will achieve salvation [S.9:20]. Truly Allah loves those who fight in his cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure [S.61:4]; who fight unyieldingly, whether with words, the pen, politics, wealth, or the sword; yes, and the sword.
How is the “faith” to be propagated and defended? Is error to be fought with truth or by physical force? The Lord Jesus answers, “With the Truth.” Allah replies, “By Jihad.”
Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers in fight, smite at their necks; at length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind the captives firmly: therefore is the time for either generosity or ransom: until the war lays down its burdens. Thus are ye commanded: but if it had been Allah’s Will, he could certainly have exacted retribution from them Himself; but He lets you fight in order to test you, some with others.
Therefore when ye meet the unbelievers in fight, smite at their necks…But those who are slain in the way of Allah, — He will never let their deeds be lost. Soon will He guide them and improve their condition, and admit them to the Garden which He has made known to them [S.47:4-6].
What is it that the faithful Muslim is called upon to do in the cause of Jihad? The Qur’an answers this frequently so that there can be no mistake. Fight in the cause of Allah…and slay them wherever ye catch them…and fight them on until there is no more persecution and the religion becomes Allah’s [S.2:190-193].
I [Allah] will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them. This because they contended against Allah and His Messenger [Muhammad]: If any contend against Allah and His Messenger, Allah is strict in punishment [S.8:13,14].
Fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, and beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war [S.9:5]. Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands [S.9:14]. It is not ye who slew them; it was Allah [S.8:17].
Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject Faith fight in the cause of Evil (Tagut) [Tagut is anything other than Allah, the one true God]: So fight ye against the Friends, of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan [S.4:76].
Let not the Unbelievers think that they have escaped, they will never frustrate (them). Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know [S.8:59,60].
This is not the Gospel of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not what the Lord Jesus practiced, nor what He taught His disciples to practice. Christianity is the true religion of love and forgiveness.
God Himself in the final Day of Judgment will righteously execute punishment upon all unbelief. It is His prerogative. But true believers in the Lord Jesus are never to take vengeance, much less take up the sword. Regarding this, the Scriptures are clear.
Jesus said, But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you…treat others the same way you want them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same [Lk.6:27,28, 31-33].
In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets [Mt.7:12].
But they did not receive Him…When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” [Lk.9:53-56].
They crucified Him…but Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” [Lk.23:33,34].
When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, “Stop! No more of this.” And He touched his ear and healed him… Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword” [Lk.22:49-51; Mt.26:52].
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good [Rom.12:17-21].
This is Christianity. It is completely opposite of Islam. They are not the same religions because they do not have the same God.
Love, forgiveness, blessing, peace, and kindness flow from the Father in heaven to His own people who display the same to others.
Submission to Allah displays his qualities. Allah is another god.