GLEANINGS FROM THE SCRIPTURES
By Keith L. Estes
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8,9)
In his book ISLAMIC INVASION, Robert Morey writes: “After visiting various Muslim information centers and mosques, I have collected a vast amount of Muslim literature which openly attacks the Bible and denies the trinity, the deity of Christ, His Sonship, His death on the cross, His bodily resurrection, and His intercession at the right hand of God the Father. Since Muslims evidently have no problem whatsoever in openly criticizing other religions, why should they have a problem with those who for good and sufficient reasons criticize Islam? After all, the same Bill of Rights that guarantees to Muslims the freedom to criticize other religions also gives other people the freedom to criticize Islam. The sword of religious freedom always cuts both ways.”
Morey presents A Modern Parable that may seem farfetched, but in reality it underscores the true essence of Islam. It is reprinted in its entirety.
“One day during a lunch break from your job in Washington D.C., you are waiting for a friend on a street corner when a strangely dressed couple approaches you and asks if they can speak to you for a moment. The man has a powdered wig on his head and is wearing a silk shirt, a waistcoat, breeches that reach only to his knees, silk stockings, and black shoes with a silver buckle on each shoe.
The woman is wearing a powdered wig and a long, flowing dress that reaches almost to the ground. They look like a couple that has just stepped out of a movie set for an American Revolutionary War film.
The couple starts to explain to you that they are followers of a religion in which George Washington was a mighty prophet of Ba-al, who is the one true God.
The speeches and letters which people think came from Washington are in the English language because that is the language of heaven. Even though there are foreign-language translations of some of these writings, they really cannot be understood unless they are read in the original English.
The speeches of Washington were actually written in heaven on a tablet of stone. George Washington did not really write a single page of his works; they were given to him by the angel Gabriel out of heaven. Washington merely recited them when Ba-al so ordered.
The strangely dressed couple went on to explain that because Washington was a prophet of Ba-al, the true God, we must live as George Washington lived. For example, all men should dress the way George Washington dressed, and all women should wear a dress such as Mrs. Washington wore.
We must even eat the food that the Washington’s ate. For example, George Washington did not like peas. Thus no one should be allowed to eat peas today.
Washington’s political views must be viewed as the only valid form of government. And, since he owned slaves, slavery must be viewed as being a valid political structure for today. At that moment the alarm on the man’s wristwatch goes off and he pulls a compass out of his coat pocket. After facing in a certain direction, the couple gets down on their hands and knees and bows in prayer.
After they finish their prayers, they get up. You can’t help but ask them what they were doing.
They explain that they must pray five times a day toward Washington D.C. where the Washington Memorial stands. As a matter of fact, all those who are true followers of George Washington must pray five times a day toward Washington D.C. where the Washington Memorial stands. As a matter of fact, all those who are true followers of George Washington must make a pilgrimage to Washington D.C. at least once in their lifetime.
Once they get there, they must run around the Washington Memorial seven times. Then they have to run down to the end of the mall and throw some stones at the devil. The man and his wife also remark that the Washington Memorial was actually built by Adam. Although it had been subsequently destroyed at various periods, it was eventually rebuilt by Abraham, and all the biblical patriarchs actually lived at that exact spot. The Washington Memorial is a sacred site and it has always been part of the worship of God.
At this point they ask for your opinion, so you give it: They can’t really be serious about this religion of Washingtonianism. The idea of bowing in prayer toward the Washington Memorial is absurd. The memorial was not built by Adam or rebuilt by Abraham. The patriarchs did not live in Washington D.C. but in Israel. The whole thing seems ridiculous.
They respond that they are in dead earnest and that they really believe that George Washington was a prophet of Ba-al and that his writings were the Word of God.
You respond by saying, “It seems to me that you have made a religion out of eighteenth century American colonial culture. Do you really expect people at the end of the twentieth century to live, dress, and eat in accordance with the habits and tastes of people living in the 1700’s in the United States?
“What if the Russians were to invent a religion in which we were told that we had to pray toward Moscow five times a day? Why can’t the Japanese invent a religion in which everyone has to pray toward Tokyo? Why cant the Mexicans say that you must take a pilgrimage to Mexico City once in your lifetime or you will not be saved?
“This whole religion seems to be silly at the least and racist at the worst. Why would you expect every culture and every race of people to live the way that people lived in eighteenth century Colonial America? It just doesn’t make sense!”
At this point the man opens his coat and reveals a shoulder harness with a gun in it. He says that his religion does not allow anyone to ridicule or blaspheme the holy faith.
But at that moment, your wristwatch alarm goes off, indicating that your lunch hour is over.
With a sigh of relief you explain that you have to get back to work. But if they would like to talk with you further, they could meet you on this street corner sometime. With that said, you beat a hasty retreat without waiting for any further response from the couple.”
Ref. THE ISLAMIC INVASION Confronting the World’s fastest Growing Religion by Robert Morey. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon 97402