ANOTHER terror attack in France today as ISIS murderers slit the throat of an 85-year-old priest during a church service and right in front of his parishioners!
You wanna know the key differences between the so-called "Religion of Peace" and the only religion that confesses and preaches the true "Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6)?
There are many, actually, but only a few that really matter and will tell you all you need to know.
"A true 'Religion of Peace' bows the head, exposes the neck, and says, 'Do your worst.' A 'Religion of Evil' holds the knife." -- Rev. Gaven Mize
"World, death, devil, hell, away and leave me in peace! You have no hold on me. If you will not let me live, then I will die. But you won’t succeed in that. Chop my head off, and it won’t harm me. I have a God who will give me a new one."
-- Martin Luther
The violence in Islam's holy book is "prescriptive" for all faithful followers today (2:191-193; 2:244; 2:216; 3:151; 4:74; 4:76; 4:89; 4:95; 4:104; 5:33; 8:12; 8:15-16; 8:39; 8:65; 9:5; 9:29; 9:123; 17:16), while the kind found in Christianity's is merely "descriptive" instead (or is restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text).
So, one religion expects its faithful to kill non-believers who won't covert, while the other religion expects its faithful to pray for those who aren't believers (Matthew 5:39; Matthew 5:44-45; Romans 12:19-20).
As a result, one religion uses the sword that can kill the body but not the soul (Matthew 10:28), while the other religion uses the "sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17) and "the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).
In short, one religion's followers will kill for what they believe in, while the other religion's followers will die for what they believe in...just as we saw plain as day with today's tragic event.
What Franz Pieper wrote in 1901 immediately following the assassination of U.S. President William McKinley is still true some 115 years later and following this latest horrific attack: "All people, but especially Christians, should recognize that the murderous spirit, which brought about this horrid murderous act, resides in every human heart and therefore must be acknowledged and fought. He who knows our heart described it this way (Mark 7:21-23): 'For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within.' So it is with every heart, also with every American heart. And it does not merely remain a matter of thought. The murderous spirit is so evident in word and deed that it is hard to comprehend."
Yes, Jesus Christ died for the sins of all mankind -- me, you, and even Islamic terrorists (or those who torture and kill His own people), and so we turn to God in humble prayer in times like these.
As Rev. Joshua Scheer put it, "God restrain or convert the murderous 'Turk.' Amen. God restrain or convert all who teach falsely in His name. Amen."
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