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The other night I viewed a 2-part, 4-hour documentary on the History Channel covering the 1st through 3rd crusades of the 9th and 10th centuries. In viewing this, the perfidy and apostasy of Roman Catholicism continues to astound and appall me.
Centuries of bloodshed were instigated upon a pack of lies perpetrated by Pope Urban II, then head of the Catholic Church, among others.
Now don’t mistake me here: I’m not defending the Muslims as if they were innocent victims in this whole sordid affair. Their hands were just as drenched with blood — before, during, and after — as the crusaders (I absolutely refuse to dignify the group of religious apostates and thugs that went on crusade at the behest of a corrupt pope as “Christian”). Nor am I in any way acting as an apologist for Islam, a worldwide false belief system that has held billions in religious bondage from the 7th century through the current day (more on that later).
All that being said, the Crusades were instrumental in keeping Islam at bay and preserving Western Civilization (more on that later, too).
So how did this all come about?
Why & How The Crusades Occurred
The initial reason for the crusades was that the Muslims were attacking, murdering, raping, and robbing Christians who were making pilgrimages to the Holy Land. We’ll deal with Islam after a bit, but first let’s tackle the concept of why the pilgrims were making these trips to Israel in the first place.
The first doctrinal problem with this pilgrimages thing is the then-pervasive — and still widely accepted to this day — belief that there was some sort of mystical or magic benefit to be gained from making trips to the “Holy Land.” People would actually travel thousands of miles from their homes to “worship” there, thinking God was giving out some sort of spiritual brownie points for making the journey.
There are three major lies of Satan wrapped up in this practice.
#1: There is No “Holy Land,” Period.
When Jesus breathed on His disciples and said “Receive the Holy Spirit” in John 20:22, He forever removed geographic location from the equation of God’s relationship with His followers. At that moment, not only were those disciples born-again, but the Holy Spirit moved into their physical bodies and took up residence there. That means that everywhere a believer goes, God goes with them both externally and internally. And that implies that there no longer exists anyplace on this earth that is “holier” or more sacred to God than another because the human spirit of the believer is now “holy ground” — wherever that believer might be.
Related to this concept was the tearing in two of the curtain veiling the Holy of Holies in the Jewish temple from the rest of the facility, a graphic symbol representing the sin that separated mankind from a holy God. When Jesus completed His atonement for those sins by His precious Blood, sin and its resulting separation were no longer an issue and God removed that veil, supernaturally tearing a thick (some say it was 12 inches in thickness, but I find it hard to accept that ancient weavers could create such a piece of cloth) curtain from top to bottom. The tearing of the veil also confirms that God’s earthly presence was no longer in the Holy of Holies, so that location no longer had any special significance. Why? Because God moved out!
#2: There are No “Holy Places,” Period.
Within the so-called “holy land” are sites that have religious (note I said religious, not Christian) significance to the ignorant (e.g., the church containing the cave where Jesus was supposedly buried) who, thinking that if they go there and walk on their knees or do some other work of penance, their own sins or those of their relatives or both will be expunged (see the next point in this list concerning that issue). But again, as with the geographic region itself, there is nothing “holy” about such places other than the fact that some of them are actual holes. 🙂 It may be awe-inspiring to visit such sites, but that’s about the sum of it.
#3: There is Nothing We Can Do to
Earn or Deserve Anything From God, Ever!
Salvation and forgiveness of sins are by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, period, finito, end of story. That means that, no matter how “holy” or “godly” someone may act, no matter how many good works he/she may perform, etc., that all of us are unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness. We will all readily agree with the idea that Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Chairman Mao are undeserving of God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness, but, truth be told, so are Billy Graham and Mother Theresa. We are all sinners, all deserving of hell, and all incapable of doing one single thing to change that other than accepting by faith God’s salvation in Jesus Christ as a free gift and allowing Him to change us from the inside out.
The bottom line is that, after Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, God got out of the real estate business regarding His presence here on earth. So making pilgrimages to Israel is simply reduced to a spiritually worthless form of medieval tourism with no eternal significance.
Repenting and confessing our misdeeds to our Heavenly Father (directly, rather than to a human priest) is sufficient to to remove all sins and nothing more is needed (see my article on the Lord’s Prayer where I deal with the Catholic heresy of penance).
Who Were the Crusaders?
The second problem is with the crusaders themselves. History has thoroughly documented that the knights of Europe during the 9th and 10th centuries were a bunch of crude, uneducated, well-armed, lawless thugs (think in terms of armored medieval gang-bangers or Hell’s Angels on horses) who spent most of their time warring amongst themselves and oppressing the peasantry with senseless acts of sin and violence — theft, murder, rape, torture, adultery, you name it! They were what we might call today predatory sociopaths who cared nothing for the rights/welfare of their fellow men. Maybe sociopaths is the wrong term in the absolute sense of the modern psychological pathology by that same name because they did care just enough about their future eternal destiny to want to find some way to go to heaven despite their acts of terror against the populace and one another. But they didn’t care enough to stop their behaviors (that would be true repentance), and were susceptible to the false religious band-aids offered by a corrupt Catholic Church playing on their venality.
So along comes a lawyer-pope (did you know that for centuries the Catholic Church was run by lawyers, not theologians, up until the Reformation? Absolutely true!) named Urban II who in 1095 AD had the triumphant self-promotion concept of that age: offer salvation to any man who would take up a crusade against the barbarian Muslim hordes! That would have the two-fold benefit of increasing the prestige and political clout of the Catholic Church as well as ridding Europe of those pesky knights who were being such a nuisance to their respective countries.
Here is another set of lies to deal with:
The Body of Christ Was Never
Intended to be a Political Entity
Vatican City is in fact treated as if it were a sovereign nation, though it has no right to such status. Jesus Himself eschewed temporal political power and last time I read my Bible, it said we as His Body were to spend our time and effort loving one another and saving the lost, not trying to control secular governments through sinful and fleshly political machinations. No theocracy has ever worked in the long term and never will, at least until Jesus returns in His glory and all those who would rebel against Him are judged and removed from the populace.
Neither the Pope nor the Catholic Church Have
Salvation to Offer as a Salable Commodity!
Only God can save souls and He has clearly defined His standards for who gets into heaven and how. Traveling halfway across the known world and killing those who don’t agree with us theologically are nowhere on that list. And as much blood as Islam has on its hands from centuries of murder and forced conversion in the name of jihad, there is nothing in the New Testament that justifies Christians killing other people simply because they have different — though false — philosophies and belief systems than ours — the Muslims have a monopoly on that concept! That being said, Christian believers are permitted to defend ourselves when attacked, but we don’t earn any brownie points with God by doing so.
There is No Salvation Without Repentance.
When a person comes to Jesus, he/she is abandoning all control of his/her life to the One True Living God and submitting to His absolute rule. When one’s life is submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, salvation takes place. “But what about ‘salvation by grace through faith?'” you might ask. Not a bit of incompatibility between the 2 concepts. What I’m describing here is “faith unto lordship,” the total entrusting of one’s self to the care and rule of a loving and merciful Savior. So these bozo knights and so-called nobles bought the lie that they could continue doing what they were already doing — murdering, raping, pillaging. etc. — but now because they were doing it in the name of God, they would thereby be saved from eternal damnation.
So-called “Holy Relics”
Add to these lies the heresy of “holy relics.” These were physical objects that supposedly were involved somehow (touched by, etc.) with the physical bodies of Jesus and/or the apostles. Examples are:
- The legendary “Holy Grail” of Arthurian legend and Indiana Jones/Monty Python movie renown, supposedly the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper
- The famous “Shroud of Turin,” supposedly the cloth used to wrap Jesus body prior to His resurrection
- The Spear of Destiny, supposedly the spear used by the Roman soldier to pierce Jesus’ side at the crucifixion
- Pieces of the “true cross” used to crucify Jesus
- Bones of various disciples/apostles (Peter, James, John, Paul, et al)
- And so on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
This is nothing more than superstitious nonsense and idol worship. The power of God does not reside in objects of any kind, much less some piece of wood, metal, stone, or bone spuriously attributed to Jesus or His disciples. Instead, His power is primarily expressed through the Holy Spirit’s habitation within all born-again believers (“…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” – Colossians 1:27b).
And while the possession of so-called relics can certainly inspire the superstitious and ignorant, they have absolutely no power to imbue their possessors with anything special from the Almighty!
And since the vast majority of these silly European keniggets were illiterate and, even if they could read, the Bible was not yet available to the masses to be read in the common language (again, thanks to the corrupt Catholic Church who had a bad habit of burning at the stake those who translated God’s Word into English and other languages), they had no way of determining for themselves that they were staking their lives and eternal destinies on doctrinal horse manure.
The thing that REALLY bugged me about this whole thing was the so-called Prelate of Jerusalem (the modern-day head of the Catholic church there) who sat there on camera with a straight face, and not only solemnly stated that holy relics exist to this day and indeed have special powers, but that certain people have a “gift” to detect which ones are authentic and which aren’t! ARRRRRRGH!
Let’s examine this statement for a moment and take that concept to its logical conclusion:
- How does the Catholic Church test for such an ability?
- How does someone actually prove to the Catholic hierarchy that he or she has it?
- Is there actually a list of criteria somewhere that determines who qualifies?
- What are those qualifications?
- Is there a certification exam?
- Is it true/false, multiple choice, or essay questions?
- How does one practically demonstrate this gift?
- And the questions just keep on coming!
Am I the only person who thinks this is some of the highest grade bovine scatology on the planet?
All that I have just covered doesn’t mean that the Muslims who dominated the Mediterranean region until this very day were innocent victims of the Christian hordes as their apologists and post-modern political liberals are wont to claim. It was the Muslims who initiated the wars leading up to and including the Crusades about 500 years prior and their hands from that time onward until modern times have been drenched in the blood of their victims.
Other than petroleum (which required outside assistance from Western Civilization’s technology to discover and exploit in the first place), the insane death cult of Islam has been the only successful major export from the Arabian Peninsula.
Just after the turn of the 6th century AD, a obscure, spiritually ignorant Arab merchant named Muhammed claimed the Archangel Gabriel dictated the contents of the Qur’an to him in a cave (remarkably, the cult of Mormonism began in a very similar manner, albeit with an occultist named Joseph Smith and a different angel around 1830).
Amazingly, he managed to persuade a horde of other equally uneducated and spiritually ignorant Arabs to buy into his schtick and, solely by the edge of the sword, managed to launch the world’s second-largest world religion.
The Spread of Islam
Everywhere Muslim armies conquered, they literally enslaved or killed any of their victims who refused to declared their allegiance to Allah as their god and Muhammed as Allah’s prophet.
At the time of Muhammed’s birth in about AD 570, the Mediterranean Sea was a virtual Christian lake surrounded on all sides by the Byzantine Empire, which gave lip-service to Christian beliefs, but whose internal politics and morals were much more in line with the modus operandi of Satan.
Almost 200 years later by means of virtually non-stopmilitary conquests, the coast of North Africa, the Middle East, eastern Asia Minor, the Trans-Caucasus, Spain, Central Asia, Persia, Sicily (plus all other major islands of the Western Mediterranean), Southern Italy, the Balkans, and good-sized chunks of Western India and Western China were under Muslim domination.
Since then, Islam has expanded and continues to dominate all of Northern Africa, the Horn of Africa, Asia Minor, the Middle East (other than Israel), all the “-stans” of Central Asia, all of Indonesia and Malaysia, with significant enclaves in the Balkans, the Philippines, India, Russia, China, and Burma.
Were it not for a few crucial battles plus the Crusades themselves, all of Northern Europe would have become Muslim and Western Civilization as we know it would never have come to pass. Which also implies that the fruits of Western Civilization, whether it be modern business, medicine, science, politics, education/literacy, transportation, or technology — everything we take for granted today — would never have come into existence! North and South America would have remained untamed continents ruled by various warring indigenous tribes to this day. In other words, world history would have been dramatically changed from what we know today — and drastically for the worse!
So while we can and should hold in utter contempt the heretical enticements used to lure medieval European warriors to go on crusade, we owe those valiant men, no matter how personally despicable and amoral they may have been, an incredible debt of gratitude for having driven back the Muslims from their evil intentions for Northern Europe and elsewhere.
Ironically, the current stupidity of modern socialist governments across Europe are allowing Muslims to achieve through open immigration what the Arab and Turkish hordes of the past could never accomplish through centuries of warfare.
A General Overview of Muslim Beliefs
The Qur’an makes the specious claim that Allah, the god of Islam, is the same One True God worshipped by Jews and Christians. This is patently false and anyone who believes otherwise demonstrates an abysmal ignorance of the tenets of all three belief systems.
However, there are a host of spiritually ignorant and/or intellectually dishonest folks who have swallowed that lie whole. Such folks tend to be the same ones who plaster COEXIST bumperstickers on their cars — you know, the ones where all the symbols of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, LGBT, etc. are arranged to spell out the word? Such folks are also typically ones who believe one’s religion is a matter of personal preference — something you add to your life to make you a better person, rather than believing the tenets of any given belief system to the point where you order your life around them — that sort of dedication is strictly for fanatics!
Any honest student of world religions laughs at such claims because, if all these religious roads indeed lead to God, then God is schizophrenic! The tenets of Buddhism are completely at odds with Hinduism which totally conflicts with Islam whose beliefs are openly hostile to Judaism and Christianity, just to cover the Big Five. But I digress…
Analyzing in depth how Islam is the biggest religious con job in world history would require a book, rather than a section of one article, to analyze properly, so I’m going to confine myself to dealing only with the low-hanging fruit.
Full of Contradictions
Unlike the Bible, the Qur’an is full of contradictions because it was written by one person over the period of his personal lifetime. Muhammed’s attitudes and viewpoint started out sounding like most moderate Muslims and ended up much closer like fundamentalist jihadists when he died. So-called Muslim scholars coped with this mishmash of contradicting dictates by arbitrarily deciding that whenever such a contradiction appears, the newer command supersedes the older one. The bottom line? According to their own rules, the likes of ISIS and company are the only Muslims accurately interpreting the Qur’an! These rules of interpretation is also why it is so easy to “radicalize” moderate Muslims.
All truly Islamic governments are totalitarian theocracies. Any Muslim country that operates under a different system of government, such as a parliamentary republic, is a religious anomaly operating in clear opposition to the Qur’an’s dictates. In Islam, there is NO concept of separation of church and state, period. So for the United States to engage in promoting democratic reforms in the Middle East is an exercise in utter futility over the long haul.
This is also why Islamic fundamentalists cannot conceptually separate the United States government as well as the attitudes and behaviors of its post-modern citizens from Christianity. We Americans have always historically stood for Christian mores and values, called ourselves a Christian nation, yet Hollywood, the porn industry, and a host of other post-modern public attitudes/behaviors loudly and publicly indicate otherwise. That is why many Muslims call us “The Great Satan.”
All that being said, Muslims can be some of the vilest of sinners, especially sexually. Homosexuality, pedophilia, rape, and sex trafficking are rampant in all Muslim countries, regardless of the drastic penalties meted on offenders. We have recently witnessed that very thing in Europe as Muslim refugees and immigrants engaged in wholesale rape of dhimmi women.
Zero Inalienable Human Rights
The idea of “human rights” is conceptually alien and antithetical to Islam. According to Muhammed’s deranged scribblings, a human life has zero intrinsic value, especially if the human being is a dhimmi aka an infidel aka a non-Muslim. Talking to a fundamentalist Muslim about human rights violations is like trying to get him to smell the color purple.
Related to #2, everywhere Islam is the dominant religion, chattel slavery is pervasive and has thrived ever since those regions were conquered in the name of Allah. It is a historical fact that 100% of all the slaves who were purchased in Africa and imported to the plantations during the colonization of the New World were captured and sold to the slave ship captains by Arab and African Muslim slavers. It was Christian nations who eventually outlawed and ended chattel slavery outside the boundaries of Islam.
Death to Apostates
Also related to #2, Islam is the only world religion whose “holy book” decrees a death sentence upon any of its followers who convert to other religions, such as Christianity or those who insult the Qur’an or Muhammed.
Women Totally Repressed
Again related to #2, under Sharia law, women have zero rights and can be imprisoned, beaten, raped, disfigured, and murdered by the male perpetrator who will experience little or no consequences for it, especially if the woman did something truly “heinous” such as converting to Christianity.
Depending upon the level of orthodoxy of the Islamic society in which they find themselves, Muslim women must wear hijab (headscarves) or burqas (a long, loose garment covering the whole body from head to feet, worn in public by many Muslim women) to demonstrate their “modesty” and submission to their tyrannical husbands in specific and Islam in general.
Women have no standing in a Sharia court, are not allowed to give evidence directly to the court, and are not permitted to give testimony against any man for any reason under any circumstances. In the strictest Islamic countries, women are not allowed to be educated, drive cars, appear in public apart from their husbands or male family members.
And the list goes on and on and on…
No Respect for Human Life
A last point related to #2, a complete lack of respect for human life is constantly on display by Islamic groups such as Hamas, Hesbollah, Taliban, Al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Abu Sayyef, Islamic Jihad, ISIS, et al, where their cowardly combatants place armories, rocket launch sites, headquarters, and other military installations in mosques, hospitals, schools, and in civilian residential neighborhoods. Their total disregard for the populace they are supposedly “defending” is the height of religious and political hypocrisy, extending to training mothers and small children to be suicide bombers and the like. With few exceptions, Islamic governments are among the most barbaric and brutal regimes on the planet, matched or exceeded only by their atheist Communist counterparts, such as North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, and mainland China.
Doesn’t Play Well With Other Religions
Islam also distinguishes itself from other major world religions by being the only one which attacks the beliefs of any another world religion by name, specifically Judaism and Christianity. The Hindu sacred books say nothing of other religions. Same with Buddhists.
Case in point: in the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem — a place Muhammed never came near during his entire lifetime, I might add — is a building that was deliberately built to tower over every other Christian building in the city. Inside, there are Arabic inscriptions that proclaim, “Christianity is the false witness. Islam is the true witness.” You cannot find comparable proclamations in any Christian church or Hindu/Buddhist temple anywhere on the planet. Remarkably, neither testament of the Bible says anything about any other world religion, either, other than to wholesale condemn the worship of idols.
Islam is unique in that its so-called “holy book” is the only one which commands conversion-by-coercion and authorizes the wholesale slaughter of those who refuse to bow the knee to Allah. Jihad is a uniquely Muslim concept — nowhere do we see news reports of Christians and Jews burning down/bombing Hindu or Buddhist temples, suicide bombing innocent civilian Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists, other otherwise being perpetrators of violence against those who disagree with them religiously.The proof of this? In what became known as Muhammed’s farewell address, it is reported that he said, “I was ordered to fight all men until they say, ‘There is no god but Allah.'” This is consistent with the following:
“Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.” — Qur’an (9:5)
Islam’s Bogus Golden Age
The so-called “Golden Age of Islam” was neither initiated nor sustained by Islamic scholars, but by Jewish and Christian dhimmi converts during the early stages of Islamic domination. Once the incredibly backward and anti-intellectual philosophies of Islam had been in place for a century or two, such folks died off and there were none to replace them. Thus endeth the “Golden Age of Islam!”
How Europe Won
The successful defense of Christian Europe was accomplished by its superior military technology over that of the Islamic forces. Armored European infantry was universally successful over the light cavalry fielded by the Muslims. Heavy armored knights were able to stay seated during cavalry charges due to the stirrups on their saddles, a technical innovation the Muslim forces did not possess.
Christian naval superiority consistently transcended Muslim efforts to duplicate their technologies, having little or no ability to navigate away from the sight of the shore. Muslim ships were build and navigated by Christian dhimmi slaves which was the only reason Islamic forces had a navy to begin with.
The Fruit of Islam
To see the fruit of Islam — and you can add to that Hinduism and Buddhism, for that matter — simply examine the culture, society, technology, and productivity of any country under their sway. There, you will find 3rd-world sewers where every single good thing available to their populace was invented and initially manufactured by countries where Christianity was once the prevailing religious system. This is scientifically and historically proven fact.
A textbook case of the cultural and economic transformation of such a region by changing its prevalent religious system is the nation of Israel. Prior to Zionist immigration to the area beginning in the late 1800s, what is now Israel was an unproductive Muslim (Ottoman Turkish) region consisting of subsistence farmers, nomadic herdsmen, huge malarial swamps, abject poverty, producing nothing for export. Once Jews started arriving — bringing with them a biblical work ethic, I might add — the land started to blossom as they reclaimed the swamps — typically the only land the Ottoman Turk overlords would sell them and at astronomical prices no less! — and turned Israel into the garden of the Middle East, the only successful parliamentary democracy in the region, and the economic and technological powerhouse it is today, exporting goods all over the world.
I could go on and on and on. But here’s the bottom line truth of the matter:
- Allah is not the One True God of the Judeo-Christian Bible, but in fact is Satan operating under a nom-de-guerre.
- Muhammed was a psychopathic idiot and a reprobate. He deserves absolutely no respect or credence as a religious leader.
- The Qur’an is a book of depravity, death, and destruction, deserving zero credence in the marketplace of ideas. It is totally antithetical to Western Civilization and the Judeo-Christian Bible upon which that civilization is founded
- Islam is a religion of war, death, destruction, depravity, and slavery, not a religion of peace.
- We are once again at war against this barbaric belief system that seeks to enslave and/or destroy us. Any legislation, manpower, and funds directed towards supporting military suppression of Islamic expansionism is money well spent and deserves the enthusiastic support of all Americans and Christian believers.
- We have no business accepting even one Muslim refugee into our country, period.
- We believers should be praying for an expansion of the miraculous interventions by the Holy Spirit among jihadists, supernaturally leading them to Jesus. I hear such reports and marvel at the compassion and mercy of our Jesus reaching out to those who hate Him so thoroughly and virulently.
- We believers should also be praying for and supporting financially Christian missionaries and missions organizations who have the incredible courage to go into Muslim countries and minister there under a very real threat of death if they are caught.
- Finally, we should be praying for those Muslims who renounce Islam, receive Christ, and thus become our brothers and sisters in the faith. Doing so almost always costs them everything: their families, their possessions, their livelihoods, even their very lives.
Yeah, I know I’ve just painted a huge target on my chest because, as I’ve already stated, defaming Islam and Muhammed incurs a death sentence according to the Qur’an.
I’m an unashamed and unapologetic infidel. My life is not my own and I would not be the first Christian to die for boldly proclaiming the Truth. That being said, I also serve a really, really big God who laughs at their threats and plans (Psalm 37).
All I have to say is to any Muslim fanatic who wants to enforce the Qur’an’s dictates upon me:
“Take your best shot, cupcake! I’m the crusader Allah warned you about!”
Thanks for reading!