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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Biblcial Viewpoint on Death, Terrorism, Middle East


A BIBLICAL VIEWPOINT ON DEATH, TERRORISM AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Charles e. Whisnant  Pastor-Teacher
                                          Romans 1-2, James 4:1-2; Genesis       
Sunday September 11, 2011



We know why on a superficial level.
·       We now know that there is a very highly developed, sophisticated group of terrorists in the Middle East who are the superficial, the immediate why.
This then immediately projects us into the land of the Bible

·       These terrorists weren't Norwegian and they weren't Argentine and they weren't Mexican and they weren't German and they weren't Chinese, they were Middle Easterners from the land of the Bible. 

THE QUESTION WE WANT TO ASK, WHY DO PEOPLE KILL

THERE IS A NATURAL MOTIVATION WHY PEOPLE KILL

·       Sociologists in modern days in psychology have been trying to convince us that man is basically good but he is not. Man is basically evil, he is basically wicked.

·       The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked...the Bible says...and who can know it? That is who can figure it out, it is so desperately wicked?

Biblical Answer to man’s problem:

ROMANS 3:10
·        Man is by nature a killer. We see it in the wars of the world. We see it in the terrorists actions of the world. We see it in the tribal battles. We see it everywhere. We see it on the streets of the cities of the world. Man is a killer

Why does this happen? Let's turn to James chapter 4. James is an epistle in the New Testament

JAMES 4:1
·       "What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you?" Why do these things happen? Why is there murder? Why is there war? Why are there quarrels and conflicts at every level?
o   It comes down to this. It is your pleasures. 2237  (lust) pleasure, please
·       What is Hedonism?
o   Hedonism is a school of thought which argues that pleasure is the only intrinsic good In very simple terms, a hedonist strives to maximize net pleasure (pleasure minus pain).
JAMES 4:2  develops it. "You lust and you don't have." “You kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain. Or you ask and you don't receive it because you ask with wrong motives that you can spend it on your own Hedonistic self-love.
·       You want it, you have this Hedonistic compulsion, this drive and it's dissatisfied. You want it.
·       It's a war inside of you, that's how much you want it.
·        And something is in the way and that something is   someone because you want it so badly and you can't have it, you commit murder. 

Why does Hitler massacre the Jews? Because he saw them standing in the way of his Aryan supremacy. Why does Joseph Stalin massacre millions more?  (In Nazi ideology, a white person is superior.)
·       Because they stood in the way of his world empire. It may be as vast as that, it may be as simple as a mother who kills her children because she can't find satisfaction, they're in the way of it.
That's why people kill because they want something and somebody stands in the way.

THERE IS A HISTORICAL MOTIVATION WHY PEOPLE KILL


In order to get to the very core of this we need to look back to the MIDDLE EAST  in the Bible.
GOD GAVE ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED THE LAND OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN

GENESIS 12  ABRAHAM FATHERED THE JEWISH PEOPLE
·       Abraham was the son of Terah and they were moon god worshiper in the area of UR in the Mesopotamian valley, known as the MIDDLES,  the land where there are 22 Arab states.

GENESIS 15:18  

·       By divine right from the mouth of God Himself, the region belongs to Abraham and his seed.

GENESIS 10:21 
·       Ham’s son Mizraim is the Hebrew name for the land of Egypt.
·       They were all idolatrous.
·       They were all rejecters of the true and living God, the Creator God.
·        And when God gave the promise to Abraham that all of this land was his, there was a collision course established.
·        In order for that land to belong to Abraham, God was going to have to give it to him and Abraham was going to have to be true to God. And if Abraham was true to God and obedient, God would give him the land.
·        But if the descendants of Abraham were disobedient to God, they were going to have an endless battle trying to claim what was really theirs.
·       So, the idolatrous people, as I said, if that land were set on a collision course with Israel, and the reason Israel has never really been able to possess the land they were given is because Israel has not been faithful to God...some day they will be.

GENESIS 17:21, I CHRONICLES 5
·       In an act of distrust toward God, he did that and she became pregnant and she brought forth a son whose name is Ishmael, an illegitimate son, not the son of God's promise, not the son of the covenant.
·       God wanted to remove those people, those wicked idolatrous, adulterous people. He wanted to do it when He led Israel out of Egypt Descendants of all those people that I identified who today speak Arabic, who accept Arab culture. Two hundred and fifty million of them surrounding five million Jews..
·       Jews believe it is a divine right to have the land but they can't take the land, they can't have the land because God won't give them the land until they turn from their sin and embrace their Messiah. 

GENESIS 16:10
·       So Scripture says Ishmael's descendants will, dwell in the presence of all his brethren. They're all trying to co-exist in the Middle East, and little Israel, the covenant people, unbelieving, apostate, but still the covenant people, unsaved but still the covenant people, surround it and everybody around them has destruction on their minds.

WHY GOD MADE SEPARATE NATIONS IN THE WORLD AND PEOPLE TO HAVE 

DIFFERENT LANGUAUGES  GENESIS 11:1
·       That's why I told you when everybody was of one language and one mind in battle, God scattered them and, remember, separated their languages and sent them out all over the world because when everybody gets together and you have one great force among ungodly people, you have one great force for evil...unmitigated and unrestrained.
·       And just on a human level, God separates the world into nations because it prevents monolithic evil. 

THE HISTORY AND BEGINNING OF MUHAMMAD

THERE IS THE RELIGIOUS MOTIVATION WHY PEOPLE KILL

ISLAM
·       Islam is the monotheistic religion articulated by the Qur’an, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Arabic: Allah) and by the teachings and normative example  (called the Sunnah and composed of Hadith) of Muhammad, considered by them to be the last prophet of God. 
·       An believer of ISLAM is called a MUSLIM
o   Some 1 + billion Muslilms 21-23% of the worlds population.
MUSLIM BELIEVE
·       Islam is a word that means "surrender." It means "submission." And the idea is that Islam is surrendered to the will of Allah and the will of Allah is revealed. It's not an unknown thing, the will of Allah is revealed through his prophet Muhammad and the revelation from Allah is written down in the holy book called the Koran. A Muslim is one who submits to the will of Allah.

·       No Muslim, no Muslim knows for sure in this life where he's going, it's all predetermined by Allah. And on the scale of life, good things weigh heavy and bad things weigh light and it doesn't hurt to weigh heavy on Allah's decision. But there are no guarantees. Those are the six basic articles of faith.

Where did all this come from? Where did all this stuff come from?
 
MUHAMMAD (610-632)
·       Muhammad grew up in Mecca. He was a member of a tribe called Quarish(?).
·       And in Mecca they worshiped 360 idols and also a prominent black stone supposedly given by Gabriel to Abraham.
·       It was said in the Koran that at the age of three Muhammad had an amazing event take place.
·       Gabriel did some surgery, the archangel Gabriel, split open his chest, reached in and squeezed all the sin out of his heart so that Muhammad was sinless. 

If you see any muslamic symbols you would see a crescent moon. Allah was the moon god, some form of the very god that Abraham's family worshiped, that Abraham's father who was an idolater worshiped, the children in the family were named after, even Terah is a name that connects with the name of the moon god.

So, what Muhammad did under the influence of the powers of darkness was take all the elements from the 360 different forms of idol worship, piece them all together into a form of religion making only one change, he demanded that there was only one god, Allah the moon god

Muhammad built his whole system of religion on all these demonic forms of idolatry, adapting all the forms and features of idol worship with one new thing, and that was only the moon god Allah was true god and all the others were not and worship of all the other gods was forbidden and they were going to bring people into submission to that or kill them.

Resources came from John MacArthur, Articles from Wikipedia,  Many Websites