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Why I believe Allah is the Antichrist.

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The crucial difference between Islam and Christianity.

For centuries there has been a plenty of speculation about the Antichrist. Who is he? Is he a figure of the past, a figure of the present or a figure of the future? Is he a she or maybe even an it? Everyone has their own ideas and over the years the finger has been pointed at such people as The Pope, The Queen, various presidents of America and also individuals in the Islamic world. But there has, however, never been an Antichrist who fulfilled the prophesies of the Bible and many deny even the possibility of an Antichrist. They argue that it is all a myth invented by powerful people to try and frighten the masses into going to church and doing as they are told.
           But technically, a religion is a meme and it does follow that somewhere along the line, two powerful memes will be oppose one another in such a way that the supremacy of one, in a globalised world, can only be achieved through the total annihilation of the other and in the end, history might well refer to the leader of the losing side as the Antichrist.
           The two most powerful religions of the moment are Christianity and Islam and as human society continues to become more globalised, the possibilities of a conflict between them grow more numerous by the day because, at a very deep and fundamental level, they are opposites.
           To show how they are opposites I will begin by looking at the Islamic side. It is important to remember that when Muhammad first began having his visions he lived in Mecca, was married to a rich woman and also enjoyed the protection of a rich and powerful relative. Consequently, although many disagreed with what he preached and preferred to stay with their old religion, Muhammad's position in town meant that they had to tolerate him and, in the beginning at least, it's even quite possible that he was looked on as something of an eccentric. But as his band of followers grew, he gained confidence and started to assert himself within the community. There then came a time when he began demanding that the idols of the old religion, which were dotted around the town, should be destroyed because they were offensive to Allah. But Allah, at the time, was only the supreme being of Muhammad's own personal religion and so what he was really saying was that the idols were offensive to him and all who believed in what he preached. This, naturally, was a recipe for trouble because many of those idols had been in place long before Muhammad had even been born. Nevertheless, Muhammad perservered and so conflict developed. But then, quite unexpectedly, Muhammad's rich wife died and shortly afterwards his powerful protector also died leaving Muhammad and his followers in an extremely vulnerable position. They had become so unpopular they had no option but to flee. But because Muhammad was the instigator of the trouble and therefore particularly unpopular, some Meccans decided to murder him before he left. But either though luck or guile he managed to escape and made his way to Yathrib with his band of devotees. (Yathrib at the time was a small fertile oasis to the north of Mecca which later became known as Medina.)
           But one of the main troubles with Yathrib was that it was already fully populated and there wasn't much room for this influx of Muslims. In consequence, after struggling for a while, it was decided that the survival of those who believed in Allah was paramount and that banditry was the only available option. Nothing was more important than protecting the word of Allah and his prophet and so it was decided to rob some of the caravans which made their way to and from Mecca. As a result of this decision there followed the now well remembered battle of Badr in which Muslims successfully attacked a caravan and killed a number of people. But this, in the eyes of the Meccans, was nothing short of outright banditry and to put an end to it, they raised an army and attacked Muhammad and his followers in Medina. However, due to the fact that it's not exactly easy to cross a desert with an army and that Muhammad was a capable military commander, the attack failed and the Meccan's were forced to retreat and, as a result of Muhammad's success, many from the surrounding area flocked to his banner and happily professed their faith not only in Allah, but also in the fact that Muhammad was Allah's prophet.
           Within any society, success has always been attractive and as success followed success, more and more flocked to Muhammad's banner. Some joined for spiritual reasons while others were attracted by the fact that banditry was an important part of ensuring the Islamic faith survived and prospered. Before long, even Mecca itself fell to Muhammad, though he did manage to achieve this mostly through peaceful means. After that, either through negotiation or battle, came the subjugation of the surrounding tribes. But every time a tribe was subjugated, the leaders were obliged to pay a yearly tribute to Muhammad in Medina. All this, when taken together, clearly indicates that in order to survive, Muhammad and his followers accepted that stealing from others and if necessary, killing opponents, was a legitimate religious tactic.
           Christianity, on the other hand, took a different route. When the religious leaders of Jerusalem decided to have Jesus killed because they took serious exception to what he preached, Jesus simply said that the truth he preached was greater than life itself. He therefore offered no resistance and allowed them to have him tortured and killed without even a murmur of complaint. Through the ages many Christians have followed in the footsteps of Jesus and when persecuted for their beliefs, they have not tried to protect themselves or their beliefs with violence. Nor have they indulged in theft to ensure their survival. In later years, when Christianity became a religion of state, some leaders did use violence and also stole in the name of Christianity. But these were people who interpreted the Bible in ways which suited their own personal ambitions. Even a quick glance at the New Testament would have exposed the corruptions and this may have been one of the reasons why many kings refused to allow the Bible to be printed in the local language - they didn't want the people to realise that rather than following the dictates of the Bible, they were simply interpreting it to suit their own political ambitions.
           So, if we return to the present and take a rational look at these the two major religious texts, we can see they are diametrically opposed. In the Koran, to kill and steal is permissible if a believer is acting in the defence of Islam. Believers are also allowed a great deal of moral leeway when they are dealing with non Muslims or if they are pushing the borders and conquering new lands for Allah. Christianity, on the other, forbids all these things. In Christianity the Word is more important than life itself and no Christian can lie, cheat, steal or take a life to defend their belief. Nor can they act in an immoral way to try and increase Christianity's presence in the world. Christian belief is Christian belief and it is more important than the lives of the people who hold to it. If others cannot be persuaded to join the ranks of Christianity by the power of the Word alone, then those people have to be left alone and allowed to pursue their own beliefs. They cannot be persecuted or discriminated against because they have chosen not to believe in Jesus Christ. Not that this always happens because human beings are human beings, but fundamentally, those who profess to be true Christians are forbidden from using any kind of force or coercion to try convert others to Christianity.
           Due to these fundamental differences, the future in a continually expanding social environment looks difficult, especially for the Christians. This is because the success of the Islamic meme depends on the material and reproductive success of the people within whose minds it resides whereas the Christianity meme is held to be greater and more important than the minds which hold it to be truth.


           Please note: At the moment most Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and members of other religions are in fact, first and foremost, Moneyists. They want happy, peaceful and confortable lives and so money is the god of present world society while religious disputes are confined mostly to the peripherals. But should money fail the world, the global population will retreat into their religious beliefs and serious conflicts are likely.

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For more about Islam, The Bible and the end of times you might want to check out Walid Shoebat on youtube.

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