Expectations. What we project on others; expecting them to behave, say, do as we think they ought to; which results in us being disappointed, upset, offended and angry when they do not behave as we want them to.
So often, we think that other people should be like us. We assume that they have the same perceptions and way of thinking that we do and become frustrated when it becomes apparent that they do not think like us. I was thinking of Martha and Mary in the infamous Luke 10:38-42 story. Jesus and everyone in His entourage descends on Martha’s house and this throws Martha into a frenzy of preparing food to be hospitable for everyone who walked through her door. I can understand Martha at that moment. I would probably do the same, except that maybe, I now have the option of ordering pizza. But, if Jesus walked through my doorway, I would worry if the house was all clean for Him, if my floors had been mopped or if they are sticky. And, I would definitely rope my husband into helping me make everything acceptable for Jesus.
So, I can understand Martha’s frustration with Mary. Of all the times to go and do nothing, this was not it! The injustice of having to do everything and not being given help to do it. I wonder if Martha was upset at Jesus for showing up and expecting her to do everything without help especially since He was encouraging Mary to sit and do nothing. Perhaps that was why Martha directed her question at Jesus, to ask Him to say something to get Mary up and moving. I can only surmise. But, Jesus did the opposite and instead, basically told Martha to do the same thing as Mary. Be still and know that He is God.
Martha had been projecting her expectations on Mary, thinking that she should respond to Jesus’ arrival in the same manner as Martha did. She wanted Mary to do what she thought was the correct thing; doing based on her own ability and capacity. Martha probably figured that she had to do it all if it was going to get done at all and if she was not doing it, who would feed Jesus and His entourage? She had forgotten that Jesus is more than capable and able to make miracles happen. Martha was relying on her own ability and expected that Mary do the same thing, rather than to lean on and draw from Jesus’ strength and ability to get things accomplished. Which was why she was frustrated and flustered.
She had also forgotten that Jesus did not ask her nor expect her to do what she was doing.
Jesus, being the Son of God, was more than capable of feeding them all if He had to and by doing things in her own manner and by her own ability, Martha might have forfeited herself from being part of a miracle Jesus could have and might have performed right there in her house. She had thought that it was expected of her to do as she was doing, perhaps because society and good manners dictated it; but not only that, she had expected her sister to be like her and to behave in the same manner.
So often, we act like Martha, doing things because we thought we should as Christians because of others’ expectations, and then we think that others should do the same as us (I am not referring to sin here, or being disobedient to the Word of God) and when it does not happen in the way we expected, we get frustrated and upset. Or become self righteous. Instead, we need to find out what the better way is and do that, lean on Jesus and rely on His abilities rather than our own and rest in Him to know that He is God and more than able to accomplish that which He said He would do in our lives. Let us not get all riled up, frustrated, offended and upset because we have chosen to do things in our own abilities or based on other’s expectations and are now expecting others to do the same when they have chosen to go a better way.
Like Mary, let’s sit at His feet constantly, waiting for His direction, and His timing instead of working ourselves up in a frenzy and possibly missing out on a miracle that He would have done had we just waited on Him.
El Shaddai (God Almighty) and Allah, who is real and who is right? Who should you follow and dedicate your life to?
Islam is labeled as the religion of peace, but is it really?
The Quran (the holy book of the Islamic faith) espouses hatred and violence in many places. The Christian Bible also speaks of violence as well. The difference is that in the Bible there were peoples and places God specifically commanded be destroyed in the Old Testament, violence is no longer commanded or encouraged. In the Quran, violence is open ended meaning the violence commanded by Allah is to occur even today. Look at one of the opening verses in the Quran; the tone of treatment towards people who do not follow Allah is set already:
Surah 1:7 The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger (such as the Jews), nor of those who went astray (such as the Christians).
It was not always this way, in 622CE Muhammad made a treaty between the non-Muslim Arabs and the Jews and the Muslims having moved from Mecca to Medina. Each party was pledged to help the other, Muhammad having the final say in all things.
“The Jews shall be responsible for their expenses and the Believers for theirs. Each, if attacked, shall come to the assistance of the other.”
The following verses in the Quran clearly state to kill those who do not follow Islam. Worshiping Jesus in a Muslim nation is grounds to have your property taken away, to be beaten, and to be killed. One need only read today’s news to see this is true.
Surah 2:191 And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.
Surah 2:193 And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.
Surah 2:216 Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.
What does the Bible have to say about those who do not follow Christ or are our enemies?
Matthew 5:43-46 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Romans 12:18-21 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Clearly the Word of God says to pray for our enemies, for those who have hurt us, oppressed us or harmed us in any way. There is no command to kill them or even harm them in any way. Rather we are to pray for them and do them no harm regardless of what they do to us.
When the Pharisees were stoning Stephen to death, he prayed that the Lord would forgive them…incredible. Acts 7:59-60
When the Romans crucified Jesus Christ who is God Himself…He prayed to the Father that He would forgive them for doing so. Luke 23:34
What are the main points of the Bible and the Quran?
The Bible teaches we are to love God who gave us life and paid the price of our sins Himself in the person of Jesus. John 3:16, John 13:34, Jude 1:21
The Bible teaches forgiveness for all no matter what they have done to us. Matthew 6:14
The Bible teaches love Mark 12:31, Luke 6:35, 1 John 4:7, Ephesians 4:2
The Bible shows us how to treat others: Luke 6:31 Andas ye wouldthatmen should do to you,doyealso to themlikewise.
The Quran teaches to kill those who do not adhere to Islam:
Surah 5:33 The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.
Surah 8:12 When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them
The Quran teaches adherents to be violent towards those who do not believe as they do and glorifies it:
Surah 4:95 Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward.
Surah 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (People of the Book are Christians and Jews)
A Hadith of Islam – Bukhari (8:387) - Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally.”
The Quran teaches that killing a family member is ok under certain circumstances:
Quran (18:65-81) - This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with “special knowledge” who does things which don’t seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would “grieve” his parents by “disobedience and ingratitude.” He was killed so that Allah could provide them a ‘better’ son. (Note: This is one reason why honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring (o.1.1-2).)
The Christian Law of Love and Islamic Sharia Law
The Christian Law of Love is simple really. Christ said we are to follow two commands that all the law and the teachings of the prophets hang upon:
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him,Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
How can everything hang on these two commands? Simple: if we love the Lord our God with everything we have we will do as He says. Second, if we love our neighbor (meaning all people) as ourselves, we will do no harm to them—no killings, no insults, no fighting, no lying, no defaming them, no hating…
How about Islam? We have seen already that the holy books of Islam specify subjugation, harm, and killing of those who do not follow Islam.
Jihad, defined as “to war against non-Muslims to establish the religion,” is the duty of every Muslim and Muslim head of state (Caliph). Muslim Caliphs who refuse jihad are in violation of Sharia and unfit to rule.
A Caliph is exempt from being charged with serious crimes such as murder, adultery, robbery, theft, drinking and in some cases of rape.
It is obligatory to obey the commands of the Caliph, even if he is unjust.
A Muslim who leaves Islam must be killed immediately.
Sharia dictates death by stoning, beheading, amputation of limbs, flogging even for crimes of sin such as adultery.
Non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims under the law. They must comply with Islamic law if they are to remain safe. They are forbidden to marry Muslim women, publicly display wine or pork, recite their scriptures or openly celebrate their religious holidays or funerals. They are forbidden from building new churches or building them higher than mosques. They may not enter a mosque without permission. A non-Muslim is no longer protected if he leads a Muslim away from Islam.
There is no age limit for marriage of girls. The marriage contract can take place anytime after birth and can be consummated at age 8 or 9.
See this article: What You Need To Know About Sharia Law
God or Allah?
So whom will you follow? The God (Jesus) of love or the god (Allah) of hate?
Gave Himself for us – John 3:16
Loves us – Romans 5:5, John 3:16, 1 John 4:19, Romans 5:8
Intercedes for us – Romans 8:1-39, 1 Timothy 2:5, John 10:10, Hebrews 7:25
Commands all adherents to fight and kill non-believers – Surah 9:29
Adherents who fight are better than those who do not – Surah 4:95
Loves all who; fight for him, spend their money in his cause, obey him.
The love of Allah is conditional, IF you fight for him, judge rightly, persevere, trust him…there is always a condition.
Two choices; follow God who commands His followers to love and pray for all people including those who do not follow Him, or follow Allah who commands his followers to maim and kill those who do not follow him.
Jesus and judgment
We all are sinful; we all have broken God’s laws.
Have you ever lied?
Ever hated someone? (Same as murder according to Jesus)
Looked on someone with lust?
Used God’s name in vain?
Dishonored your parents?
The punishment for breaking God’s laws is death. Not physical death but permanent spiritual death, separation from God forever in Hell.
Yet God in the person of a man; Jesus Christ, came here and first taught us about Himself, then willingly died for us so that we do not have to. Jesus took our punishment for us in accordance with His Father’s will.
Those who believe in Jesus will be judged based on what they did for God in life and need have no fear of the second death, permanent separation from God. Unbelievers are judged already because they do not believe in God (Jesus). Those whose names are not in the Book of Life (known by Jesus) will be judged for their deeds in the flesh and thrown in the Lake of Fire (Hell).
All who come to Christ in faith will be forgiven. The precious blood of Christ shed on the cross pays for all sins for all people, if they come to Him believing in Him and repenting of their sins. It is never too late to do so and there is no sin you cannot be forgiven for except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
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