As a proud American who still remembers when the first planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11th, 2001, I can safely say that I have a great hatred--not for Muslims--but for Islam. Some may not understand this distinction. Just as there are false Christians who do not adhere to the words of the Bible, yet insist on identifying as Christians, so there are "moderate Muslims" who do not adhere to all the words of the Quran, yet continue to identify as Muslims.
From what I've heard, these people are very kind and loving. They do not espouse the values of jihad and would never kill another for the sake of "honor." But these are not the Muslims I speak of. I am speaking of the real Muslims, the ones who believe in jihad, all the words of the Quran, and Allah's "prophet," Mohammad. I believe these, in a very twisted way, have gotten one thing right: turning the world upside down.
The Great Commission
As the image of Christ in the earth, He left us with a mandate to advance His Kingdom in the earth. And yet, as we can clearly see by looking around our respective communities, the Church is not doing the best job of, well, being the Church. We by and large have done a poor job with the Great Commission overall.
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:15-18, see also Matthew 28:19-20)
This is what God commissioned us to do in His earth, yet this is the very thing I believe the Muslims are doing. Allow me to explain.
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel..." (Mark 16:15)
Now as Bible-believing Christians, we do not believe that Islam is the true Gospel. And yet, these lies have been perpetuated as truth for centuries. But then, the Bible already warned us about false gospels.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron... (I Timothy 4:1-2)
Yes, the Gospel of Allah is being propagated from the East to the West, even with spin-offs nicknamed "Chrislam" which is the unholy mixing of Islam with apostate Christianity. These pulpits of Allah are also found in less religious places such as our schools, k-12 and college-level alike.
"He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16)
In Mark's Great Commission, we are told that those who believe will be saved, but those who do not will be condemned. This is similar to what John's Gospel states:
"He who believes in [Jesus] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:18-19)
As Christians, we understand that the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23), but unlike the days under the Law which ruled the nation of Israel, we no longer inflict physical death on people for sinning. Instead, that final payment is made when the person dies and enters into eternal death also known as Hell. Islam, however, espouses the idea that all infidels deserve to die. Hence, the beheadings going on in the Middle-East at present.
I might add that Islam is the only current religion that beheads people for not believing, just like the religion of the AntiChrist in Scripture (Rev. 20:4).
"...The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matt. 11:12)
Islam does nothing if not advance its own "kingdom" by force. Where you find Islam, you find violence. World history is a testament to that.
Jesus told Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight..." (John 18:36). There were many who thought Jesus would be like David, a conquering king who would cut down the Romans like David cut down Philistines, but not so. I love the way the International Standard Version states Matthew 11:12:
"From the days of John the Baptist until the present, the kingdom from heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people have been attacking it..."
Yes, God's people are called to forcefully advance the Kingdom of God, yet the violence spoken of here is spiritual, not literal. Why? Because we don't fight earthly beings (Eph. 6:12) which mean our weapons are also not earthly (II Cor. 10:4). We are not called to kill the "infidels" of the earth, but to win them. God would that none perish (II Peter 3:9).
Yes, Muslims who hold to all the words of the Quran are indeed holding to their own "Great Commission" more fervently the Christians at large ever did. Many comments are often made on the devotion of those who practice Islam. But make no mistake, Islam is not Christianity; it is a lie. Allah is not the God of the Bible; he is Baal. Islam is not a religion of peace; it is the sword and the fulfillment of the words of the Angel of the Lord spoken over Ishmael in Genesis 16:11-12. And yet, if Christians at large displayed half the devotion of Muslims, this world would be a far better, godlier place.
For more on the true nature of Islam, see "Silent Jihad within America" on It's Supernatural with Sid Roth!