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    So, in these interesting times, is the Qu'ran required reading? If so, how are we to treat it, as we read it? With the respect of a scripture, or the scepticism of propaganda? If not, how are we to get to know our enemy?

    Best wishes, 2RM

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    Originally posted by 2ndRateMind View Post
    So, in these interesting times, is the Qu'ran required reading? If so, how are we to treat it, as we read it? With the respect of a scripture, or the scepticism of propaganda? If not, how are we to get to know our enemy?

    Best wishes, 2RM
    Hi 2RM,

    Required reading?

    I will not encourage my children to read from it, though I have read from it. Children in public schools are being subjected to it, as reported by various news publications through the Common Core curriculum.

    How are we to treat it as we read it?

    According to Scripture. The Qur'an's teachings are to be weighed in the balance of Scripture.

    How are we to get to know our enemy?

    By their fruits we shall know them.

    God bless,
    William
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      Uh huh. But in the military sense, knowing one's enemy is not just about recognising him. It is about understanding him, so that one can predict him, and outwit him.

      Cheers, 2RM.
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        Originally posted by 2ndRateMind View Post
        Uh huh. But in the military sense, knowing one's enemy is not just about recognising him. It is about understanding him, so that one can predict him, and outwit him.

        Cheers, 2RM.
        Then study the tactics used by Satan throughout the Holy Scriptures.

        Ephesians 6:12 - For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

        God bless,
        William
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        • #5
          An example:

          Deception: The Scriptures speak much of deception. It takes Strong's Concordance two full columns to record the number of times the words and its derivatives are found in the English Bible. The word occurs over 150 times, spread equally throughout both Testaments. Vine says that deception essentially means giving "a false impression." That's how Satan approaches people, and that is evidently how he first approached his angelic peers to lead them in rebellion against God. Note Paul's warning in 2 Corinthians 11:3 and his mention of Satan's schemes in 2 Corinthians 2:11. However, once Satan has established a strong foothold in a person's life Ephesians 4:27, deception may no longer be so important.

          Satan's first recorded appearance by name is found in 1 Chronicles 21:1. This passage reveals his attempt to draw David, a man of God, into disobedience to God. It suggests a pattern of operation against humanity found all through Scripture, discovered throughout history, and experienced by believers and unbelievers everywhere. In it we find Satan's main strategy, his primary target, and his essential purpose.

          Leaders, the Target: In the case of those who do not love our God, he moves in deception against persons in all levels of leadership. Political, military, economic, religious, educational, media, family, and other kinds of leaders become the target of deception. Why?

          Perhaps, because if a solitary man sins, he alone may be affected. If a family man sins, his entire family is affected. If a community leader sins, the community is affected. If a leader over a given structure of a given society sins, the entire society is affected. If a national leader sins, the entire nation is affected. If a world leader sins, the whole world is affected.

          If a Christian leader sins, a church, a Christian institution, or a Christian home is damaged or possibly paralyzed.

          The Purpose, Dishonor: To dishonor God by bringing shame and even judgment upon His children. Through deceiving God's leader, David, Satan brought shame upon God's people. He also indirectly caused God's righteous judgment to fall upon His own children. Therefore, in the first recorded appearance of Satan by name in Scripture we discover the major features of his evil schemes against God and His people. He is a deceiver who seeks to seduce the leaders of God's people into actions of disobedience to God. He exists to dishonor God and injure His people.

          Human sin always has a dual source. It has a human source, one's wrong choices, but it also has a supernatural source, Satan's temptations. He plants the seeds of evil thoughts and imaginations into human minds and hearts, intensifying the evil already there: Acts 5:1-3, 1 Corinthians 7:5, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Thess. 3:5, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Phil 4:8.

          God bless,
          William
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          • #6
            Originally posted by 2ndRateMind View Post
            So, in these interesting times, is the Qu'ran required reading? If so, how are we to treat it, as we read it? With the respect of a scripture, or the scepticism of propaganda? If not, how are we to get to know our enemy?

            Best wishes, 2RM
            The Quran should be required reading for Christian leaders in the middle-east. But, in America, Christian obsession with Islam has been a crippling distraction.
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