"No temple had the fame of the Kaaba, whose pre-eminence…was looked on as a present made by Jehovah to the Arab race to bear witness to its condition privileged beyond all others. Receiving the 360 idols, subordinate powers accepted by the Arabs, included all their divinities and became the Pantheon of the nation…. The Sabians, the fire-worshippers, sent their offerings to it….
"The votaries of Muhammad are more assured than himself of his miraculous gifts…. His dream of a noctural journey, is seriously described as a real and corporal transaction…. He successively ascended the seven heavens…. Beyond the seventh heaven, Muhammad alone was permitted to proceed; he passed the veil of unity, approached within two bow-shots of the throne…. His resistless word split asunder the orb of the moon; the obedient planet stooped from her station in the sky, accomplished the seven revolutions round the Kaaba, saluted Mohammad in the Arabian tongue — and, suddenly contracting her dimensions, entered at the collar, and issued forth through the sleeve of his shirt." Thus the Historians’ History.
For whatever it may be worth, I mention that SIRIUS, the Strategic Issues Research Institute (www.siri-us.com and e-mail: Benworks@AOL.Com) estimated in 2002 (Copyright) that in Islamic Terrorist attacks on the West from 1988 till then, "a visible crescent moon appears to be a ‘signature’ element in recent Al Qaeda attacks…. Islam runs on the Lunar calendar and the god Allah draws
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as much from the ancient moon-goddess worshipped at the Kaaba in Mecca as it does from the God of the Christians and Jews. Ramadan begins and ends with the new moon over Mecca. And by unofficial count, a crescent features in 12 national flags of Muslim states. Further data indicate that Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorists do, in fact, favor action during the period of the crescent moon." Thus SIRIUS.
The morning star Venus seems to have been venerated throughout ancient Arabia. The Meccans honoured two goddesses, Manat the goddess of happiness and Allat the goddess of the sky. Over these two was placed Allah who was recognized by the seventh century A.D. as ‘Lord of the temple’ in the Kaaba of Mecca.
"Merry melodies, loony tunes"? Choose ye this day, Whom (or what) ye will serve!
God of Bible — or Islam’s god? Jehovah Lord — or Allah? Immanent — or remote? Creator of man — or creature of man? Incarnated — or suprahistorical? Omnipotent – or impotent? Forgiver of sin — or excuses sins? Gracious – or tyrannical? Evangelizer — or subjugator? Trini-personal – or uni-personal? Ever-loving – or fickle? Knowable – or unknowable? Immutable — or capricious? Just – or arbitrary?
TEXTS IN THE QUR’AN EMPLOYABLE IN APPROACHING MUSLIMS (derived chiefly from the Bible, and Arabized subsequently)
I. DOCTRINE OF GOD
(1) Only one God — Qur’an 2:255 & 6:100-106 ( Deut. 6:4; I Cor. 8:6; Jas. 2:19). "God! There is no god but He — the Living, the Self-subsisting, the Eternal…. His are all things in the heavens and on earth…. He knows what (appears to creatures as) before or after or behind them…. He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory)….
"God did create…. There is no god but He…. Follow what you are taught by inspiration from your Lord!… Turn aside from those who join [other] gods with God!" (2) God indivisible — Qur’an 4:171; & 5:75-76; 50:38 (cf. Matt. 28:18 & I John 5:6f).
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"Believe in God and His Apostles! Do not say ‘Trinity’! Desist!… For God is one God….