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Is the Koran Satanic?

January 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Some people have been posting things on the internet that are very hateful regarding Muslims. These people even claim to be Christians, but in my opinion they are not practicing the Christian faith very well. In other words, they are not obeying the commandments of Jesus. Some people go as far as to say that the Koran is Satanic and inspired by the devil. Is this really true?

First, let us look at some words of our Lord in the Gospels, in particular this passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel.

Then was brought unto Him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, “Is not this the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:  and if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house. He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” (St. Matthew 12:22-30, KJV)

The verse that I primarily want to focus on in this passage is St. Matthew 12:26:

And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

If the Koran teaches people to worship Satan and/or to follow Satan, then it is clearly Satanic. However, if it teaches just the opposite, it cannot possibly be Satanic. Otherwise, Satan would be casting himself out. The devil would be divided against himself and according to the words of our Lord, “How shall then his kingdom stand?”

Let us look at a few passages from the Koran about Satan to see if the Koran encourages Satan worship or adopting a lifestyle promoted by the devil.

O ye who believe! Come, all of you, into submission (unto Him); and follow not the footsteps of the devil. Lo! he is an open enemy for you. (Koran 2:208, Pickthall)

O ye who believe! Follow not the footsteps of the devil. Unto whomsoever followeth the footsteps of the devil, lo! he commandeth filthiness and wrong. Had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy unto you, not one of you would ever have grown pure. But Allah causeth whom He will to grow. And Allah is Hearer, Knower. (Koran 24:21, Pickthall)

Notice in the two verses that I just cited that the Koran says that we should not “follow the footsteps of the devil.” The words, “Had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy unto you, not one of you would ever have grown pure,” clearly indicate that the Koran does not teach the Pelagian heresy. The heretic, Pelagius, taught that it is possible to keep all of the commandments of God and never sin without ever receiving God’s grace. The Koran teaches just the opposite of what Pelagius taught.

Jesus told the Jews that rejected Him:

If God were your Father, ye would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear My word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (St. John 8:42-44, KJV)

He also said:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (St. John 10:10, KJV)

Stealing, killing, destroying, and lying are the deeds of the devil. Hating Jesus is also a deed of the devil. The Koran teaches us not to do these things when it says: “Follow not the footsteps of the devil.”

The Koran says in several places that we should accept the Bible and its teachings. Here are just a few of those passages.

And believe in that which I reveal, confirming that which ye possess already (of the Scripture), and be not first to disbelieve therein, and part not with My revelations for a trifling price, and keep your duty unto Me. (Koran 2:41, Pickthall)

Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered. (Koran 2:136, Pickthall)

Lo! those who disbelieve in Allah and His messengers, and seek to make distinction between Allah and His messengers, and say: We believe in some and disbelieve in others, and seek to choose a way in between;  such are disbelievers in truth; and for disbelievers We prepare a shameful doom. But those who believe in Allah and His messengers and make no distinction between any of them, unto them Allah will give their wages; and Allah was ever Forgiving, Merciful. (Koran 4:150-152, Pickthall)

If they had observed the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed unto them from their Lord, they would surely have been nourished from above them and from beneath their feet. Among them there are people who are moderate, but many of them are of evil conduct. (Koran 5:66, Pickthall)

Muhammad was told according to this next passage to tell the Jews and Christians that he believes in whatever Scripture God has sent down, INCLUDING THE BIBLE.

Unto this, then, summon (O Muhammad). And be thou upright as thou art commanded, and follow not their lusts, but say: I believe in whatever Scripture Allah hath sent down, and I am commanded to be just among you. Allah is our Lord and your Lord. Unto us our works and unto you your works; no argument between us and you. Allah will bring us together, and unto Him is the journeying. (Koran 42:15, Pickthall)

Therefore, the words of Jesus are very important for any Muslim who is truly following the teachings of the Koran. So, those words of Jesus that I have just cited are applicable to Muslims. [I know that there are Muslims religious leaders who are teaching that the Bible has been corrupted so much that it can no longer be trusted, but there are in existence complete codices of the Bible which date back to the fourth century. There are fragments of the New Testament which date back to the second century, not to mention the Dead Sea Scrolls. Plus, there are many citations of the Biblical Scriptures found in the writings of the Church Fathers. So, to those Muslim religious leaders, I quote the Koran: “(O man), follow not that whereof thou hast no knowledge. Lo! the hearing and the sight and the heart – of each of these it will be asked.” (Koran 17:36, Pickthall) and “Bring your proof (of what ye state) if ye are truthful.” (Koran 2:111, Pickthall)]

The Koran also says:

The devil promiseth you destitution and enjoineth on you lewdness. But Allah promiseth you forgiveness from Himself with bounty. Allah is All-Embracing, All-knowing. (Koran 2:268, Pickthall)

Here, in this verse the Koran contrasts the kind of life the devil promises to people and the kind of life that God offers people.

The next verse says that Satan is a bad friend for anyone to have.

And (also) those who spend their wealth in order to be seen of men, and believe not in Allah nor the Last Day. Whoso taketh Satan for a comrade, a bad comrade hath he. (Koran 4:38, Pickthall)

This verse from the seventeenth chapter of the Koran says that the devil sows discord among people and is an “open foe” for mankind.

Tell My bondmen to speak that which is kindlier. Lo! the devil soweth discord among them. Lo! the devil is for man an open foe. (Koran 17:53, Pickthall)

Then, these verses from the Koran clearly state that one should not worship the devil.

Did I not charge you, O ye sons of Adam, that ye worship not the devil – Lo! he is your open foe! – But that ye worship Me? That was the right path. Yet he hath led astray of you a great multitude. Had ye then no sense? (Koran 36:59-61, Pickthall)

Can’t you just imagine Satan telling people, “Do not follow in my footsteps. Do not accept me as your friend. Remember that I am your enemy. Do not worship me?” So, then, if the Koran is inspired by Satan, then Satan is clearly divided against himself, because the Koran tells people that Satan is our enemy, that we should not have him for a friend, that we should not follow in his footsteps, and that we should not worship him. The answer to the question about whether or not the Koran is Satanic must clearly be, “No.” If the Koran is Satanic, “how shall then his kingdom stand?” (St. Matt. 12:26, KJV)

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Who is Allah?

January 18, 2016 1 comment

I have been doing some research on Islam and during one of my web browsing sessions, I learned something very interesting. Allah is the Arabic name for God. Just as people have names for God in their own languages, Arabic speakers have their name for God. For example, people who speak Spanish call God Dios. People who speak French call God Dieu. The Irish speakers call Him Dia. The Welsh call Him Duw. The Swedes call Him Gud. Well, now I think you have the idea.

What I thought was very interesting to learn was that even Christians and Jews whose native language is Arabic call Him Allah. (I am Eastern Orthodox. Yes, I know for a fact that there are Arab Christians. I have worshiped with them on various occasions.)

So, whenever one starts making fun of Allah, one should remember that Allah is just the Arabic name for God.

On the internet, I see so much hate being directed towards Muslims in general. Some of them are terrorists, but I do not believe that all of them are. I went to college with some Muslims. I remember a Muslim from Pakistan named Ahmad. He used to come over to our dorm room and visit with me and my roommate. He was not a terrorist and he showed no hatred toward Christians. I also remember asking a Muslim if they force people to accept Islam. He told me no. He said that “there is no compulsion in religion.” He said that that was in the Koran. He also told me that everyone has his own traced out way. Well, after studying some things some Muslims have put on the internet and after reading the Koran, I understand now what he was telling me.

“There is no compulsion is religion.” (Koran 2:256) The traced out way he was talking about is in the fifth chapter.

Lo! We did reveal the Torah, wherein is guidance and a light, by which the prophets who surrendered (unto Allah) judged the Jews, and the rabbis and the priests (judged) by such of Allah’s Scripture as they were bidden to observe, and thereunto were they witnesses. So fear not mankind, but fear Me. And barter not My revelations for a little gain. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are disbelievers. And We prescribed for them therein: The life for the life, and the eye for the eye, and the nose for the nose, and the ear for the ear, and the tooth for the tooth, and for wounds retaliation. But whoso forgoeth it (in the way of charity) it shall be expiation for him. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are wrong-doers. And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, confirming that which was (revealed) before him in the Torah, and We bestowed on him the Gospel wherein is guidance and a light, confirming that which was (revealed) before it in the Torah – a guidance and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil). Let the People of the Gospel judge by that which Allah hath revealed therein. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are evil-livers. And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee. For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced-out way. Had Allah willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He hath given you (He hath made you as ye are). So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ. (Koran 5:44-48, Pickthall)

According to this passage in the Koran, the Jews have their traced-out way, the Torah. “The life for life” and “eye for an eye” law is in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. (See Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:23-25; Leviticus 24:19,20; Deuteronomy 19:21.) The Christians have their traced-out way, the Gospel. Jesus gave us another law that replaces the “eye for an eye” law. (St. Matthew 5:38-42). The Muslims have their own traced-out way, the Koran. In the Koran, it says:

A kind word with forgiveness is better than almsgiving followed by injury. (Koran 2:263, Pickthall)


Even if thou stretch out thy hand against me to kill me, I shall not stretch out my hand against thee to kill thee, lo! I fear Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. (Koran 5:28, Pickthall)

It also says:

Such as persevere in seeking their Lord’s Countenance and are regular in prayer and spend of that which We bestow upon them secretly and openly, and overcome evil with good. Theirs will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home. (Koran 13:22, Pickthall)

That last verse has some words in it that sound a lot like something out of the New Testament, doesn’t it? (See Romans 12:21.)

In that passage I just quoted from the fifth chapter of the Koran, it says, “Had Allah willed He could have made you one community.” If God wanted to, according to the Koran, He could have made Jews, Christians, and Muslims one community. It says, “Unto Allah ye will all return, then He will inform of you of that wherein ye differ.” That means unto God, Jews, Christians, and Muslims will return (talking about death). Then, God will “inform us of that wherein we differ.” In other words, He will judge us.

The view that I get from reading the Koran is that Muslims are supposed to tell people about their faith, but not force it upon them. According to the Koran, God judges those outside of the Ummah (the Muslim community). This is very similar to what we Orthodox Christians say. We say that there is no salvation outside of the Orthodox Church. However, we are forbidden to pass judgment on those outside of the Church. God judges them. We don’t.

One more thing. Those who want to spread the Gospel to Muslims need to remember the words of St. Paul. “Speak the truth in love.” (Ephesians 4:15) Do not make fun of the Muslims. The Koran has already instructed them:

O Ye who believe! Choose not for guardians such of those who received the Scripture before you, and of the disbelievers, as make a jest and sport of your religion. But keep your duty to Allah if ye are true believers. (Koran 5:57, Pickthall)

The Jews and Christians are those who have received the Scripture before the Muslims. The disbelievers are the idolaters. Also, remember that Arab Christians also call God Allah. So, do not make fun of Allah. Allah is only the Arabic name for God.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, one Allah. Amen.

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Esperanto in Schools

January 18, 2016 1 comment

It is interesting to discover that an artificial language that has only existed for about 130 years is actually being taught in the schools to children in various countries throughout the world. I have found some videos on the internet that show children learning Esperanto.

Here is a video showing children in Brazil learning Esperanto.



Here is another video showing children in France learning Esperanto.



Here is another video showing children in Switzerland speaking Esperanto in class.



These Chinese students are learning Esperanto in school.



These German students speak Esperanto.



These Russian university students apparently know the language.



These Dutch university professors teach Esperanto at the University of Amsterdam.



Teaching children Esperanto first is a good idea because it helps them learn other languages faster. Esperanto is such an easy language to learn. Virtually anyone can learn to speak it at a basic level or better within 3 months. However, like learning other languages, one still must work at it. The main difference is that one does not need to work as much at it as one would have to do if one studied one of the national languages. Here is another video by Ted Morley. He teaches Esperanto to children in a primary school in the UK.



Ted Morley has even taught the pop singer, Kelly Clarkson, some Esperanto.



Finally, here is another song in Esperanto by a Swedish band called “La Perdita Generacio” (“The Lost Generation”). Enjoy!