Fundamentalist Christianity vs . Fundamentalist Islam; What difference does it make?

Fundamentalist Christianity vs . Fundamentalist Islam; What difference does it make?
A few years ago when Rosie was on “the View” she made the following statement: “Fundamentalist Christianity and Fundamentalist Islam: There is NO difference!”
Now I am a fundamentalist Christian. I was not always one, nor did I know what it meant. Reading through the Bible (I always loved old Christian music and playing a record of a cantata of J.S. Bach over and over one night I realized he knew something I do not know, I must find out what that is) I started to read the Gospel of Matthew. Nothing moved me until chapter 27: 62 -65 Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’ 64 Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.”

That was when it hit me. I believed in God, but like the Pharisees I made sure Jesus was not risen, certainly not bodily. I liked the concept, but refused to accept the reality. What convinced me was the honesty in the language “that deceiver”, referring to the Lord Jesus. The Pharisees could only have said that if they in some way believed but refused to accept the claim he was to rise again. In a flash I saw my problem: If Jesus is not risen I miss out on Christianity.
The other thing that made me believe the Bible to be true was the Dead Sea Scrolls. As a child I had been told the book of Isaiah had been written after Christ. There was no other way to explain the many prophesies other than to say it had been modified after the birth of Christ. Then they found a complete scroll of Isaiah written at least 140 B.C. This convinced me the whole bible is true.
These are the five pillars of Christian Fundamentalism:
• The inerrancy of the Bible in the original languages
• The literal nature of the Biblical accounts, especially in regard to Christ’s miracles
• The Virgin Birth of Christ
• The substitutionary atonement of Christ on the cross
• The bodily resurrection and physical return of Christ
That is it. That defines  Christian Fundamentalism.

These are the five pillars of Islam:

  1. Shahadah: declaring there is no god except God, and Muhammad is God’s Messenger
  2. Salat: ritual prayer five times a day at precise times determined by local sun time, not standard time, facing Mecca.
  3. Zakat: giving 2.5% of one’s wealth to the poor and needy yearly, 1/8th of which must go to Jihad (Struggle or Holy War)
  4. Sawm: fasting and self-control during the holy month of Ramadan, which occur 11 days earlier every year, making 103 Ramadans/century.
  5. Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime  if one is able.

Islamic fundamentalism may be best defined by what they do not believe in:
• Freedom from religious police.
• Equality issues between men and women.
• Separation of religion and state.
• Freedom of speech.
• Freedom of religion.

But Islamic Fundamentalists do believe:

Death to apostates.

Death (fatwa) to anyone insulting the Prophet.

Death to the Jews.

Death to Christians that do not acknowledge the superiority of Islam and Muhammad and do not pay the protection tax.

Death to converts to Christianity.

Sharia law is supreme to all other laws, and shall be practiced in all Islamic countries.

Islam is the religion of peace, and peace will come when the whole world is under Islam.

They believe the Bible is corrupted but the Quran is true to the last letter.

They believe the accounts of the Old Testament (the Book) when they do not conflict with the Quran.
They do believe in the virgin birth of Christ. (We can agree about something).
They do NOT believe Christ died on the Cross (it only seemed so unto the Jews), no substitutionary atonement exists. That is why the cross is so offensive to Muslims.
They believe Christ was directly translated to God, but since he never died he could not have been resurrected.
They believe Christ will return again and tell all Muhammad is greater, and that all crosses must be destroyed.
They believe Jesus was a Muslim (as was Moses and Abraham).

How do you become a Muslim convert?

Recite the Shahada in front of witnesses.

It is to be noted that President Obama has recited publicly the Shahada with a perfect Arab accent.

Therefore he is a Muslim to all Muslims.


 The Muslim Brotherhood’s slogan:  “Allah is its goal, the Prophet is the model, the Qur’an its constitution, jihad its path, and death for the sake of Allah its most sublime belief.”





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11 thoughts on “Fundamentalist Christianity vs . Fundamentalist Islam; What difference does it make?”

  1. I’m not a Muslim, and you are certainly entitled to your beliefs. I don’t understand how you correlate what Islamic Fundamentalists may best be defined as according to the Five Pillars.
    Also, I was unaware that Fundamentalist Christians don’t believe you must be born again. I always thought that salvation was important to you.
    Lastly, I never understood how the God of Abraham is God to Christians, except when Muslims say the God of Abraham is God.

      1. I understand the concern about Obama. I think he’s a complete moron. Is he Muslim? No, not at all. He’s a Muslim sympathizer, certainly. But he’s not Muslim. The guy is an idiot who sympathizes with Muslims because he knew a few at some point in his life, and I think he feels sorry for them (for whatever reason). I can’t say that I think he means well, because I’m not sure what he means. But I was born and raised Muslim, and I know this guy isn’t Muslim.

        It’s not as simple as “say the Shahada sincerely.” There’s a process that people go through to become Muslim. It is not nearly as complicated or in depth as the process to become Jewish, but there is a process. I’ve seen it done before, as I lived in the Muslim community for most of my life. In fact, if a person wanted to go perform Hajj in Saudi, they have to prove they are Muslim, and I know there’s no way Obama would be let in. He does not belong to a masjid (mosque), he has no way to prove he is Muslim.

        Why is it that he has to prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that he is Christian, but people can assume (without a shred of proof) that he is Muslim? In Islam, if you declare “I am not Muslim” or say any variation of such a declaration, like “I am a Christian. I am a devout Christian” then you are not a Muslim in the eyes of Muslims.

        If you cannot accept that the man is Christian, then at the very least you should consider that he is Atheist, Agnostic, or Deist. Because he is NOT a Muslim. I’m not saying he is Christian, but I’m telling you, Obama is not Muslim.

        1. I know from testimony that he was a Muslim in College. You are right, Obama does not recite prayer five times a day, nor does he observe Ramadan.
          He says he prays to Jesus every night. But to my knowledge he is not baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. If he has not renounced his former Muslim faith and is not baptized, he is still a Muslim, not in good standing, but a Muslim nevertheless.
          By their fruit you shall know them. I perceive he serves no God but Himself.
          As to the conversion to Islam, the new mantra by ISIS, Convert or Die, all that is needed immediately is the reciting of the Shahada.

        2. Proof Obama is a Muslim? Try his school records from Indonesia. It states clearly his religion. He is clearly Muslim and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. All this is very clear to anyone that looks. If you are indeed Muslim for your own sake look in to Christianity it is a beautiful personal relationship with God. Islam is the ugliest and greatest killing machine ever devised. Clearly of Satan.

  2. One thing about one of the pillars of islam – zakat – is that part of it is required to fund violent jihad. And the lack of a mention of the obligation of jihad on ALL moslems is always apparent when listing out what islam requires from a moslem. they can wage it via violent jihad (the most holy of jihads), or jihad by the word (deception in its many forms), or jihad by their wealth (part of the zakat that goes to fund violent jihad).

    The shahada bothers me too since one cannot just believe in one ‘god’ (I don’t believe allah is God, but at the worst Satan/evil and at the very least mohamed’s alter ego). One has to believe in mohamed as his prophet and mohamed never proved he was a prophet but instead proved himself to be one of the most despicable human beings alive. moslems deny it but the only place one can find about mohamed is in their own texts (koran, hadith, sira) and those texts paint a picture of a very disgusting man. And according to the koran that disgusting man is what is to be emulated. And besides their bowing to a rock and visiting it, kissing it and thinking it will forgive their sins (idolatry), they say they do not and do not worship mohamed, but if one criticizes mohamed in any way – sharia says to kill that person.

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