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Who is Jesus according to Islam? 

While visiting the Mosque in Mission Viejo, CA I was very interested to learn what Islam teaches about Jesus.  After carefully listening to the Imam’s presentation, talking with him and his associates, and reading the literature they handed out, I did research of my own to discover the Jesus of Islam.  

Muslims have great respect for Jesus and consider him “the Hebrew Messiah and the last great Hebrew prophet (peace be upon him).”  In fact, they say that you cannot be a Muslim unless you believe in Jesus. But like the fact that Allah of the Koran and the God of the Bible are not the same God; the Jesus of the Koran and the Jesus of the Bible are not the same Jesus.  The Muslim Jesus (Isa) is not the Son of God who came to Earth in the Incarnation which we are about to celebrate.  He is not our Lord and Savior.  He did not die on a cross to atone for our sins, and was not resurrected to give us eternal life. (In Islam you have to save yourself — Sura 6:51, 70; 10:3).  Jesus was just another of the “Hebrew” prophets.  Muhammad is superior to Jesus and is “the true and final Prophet of God for all mankind.”  In fact, his coming was foretold by Jesus himself.

I wanted to compare the Muslim Jesus (Isa) to Muhammad from what Islam teaches about them.  According to the Koran, Isa is considered to have supernatural attributes whereas Muhammad is not, e.g., he performed miracles.  Isa possessed superior ethical attributes to Muhammad (apparently Muhammad’s shortcomings are of little concern).  A comparison shows clearly that the Muslim Jesus is superior in attribute and character to Muhammad, but Muslims obviously don’t draw that conclusion.  A discussion of that could provide a good starting point for Muslim evangelism and lead them to finding the real Jesus.

A Comparison of the Muslim Jesus (Isa) with Muhammad

 This information drawn from the Koran and other Islamic sources is helpful to the Christian in two ways:  (1) You will not be tempted into believing that the Muslim Jesus Isa is the Jesus of the Bible, and (2) the historical Jesus is our best starting point for Muslim evangelism. 

  • Jesus (Isa) was miraculously conceived by God and born to a virgin. 

 Contrast … Muhammad was the natural product of the sexual union of a mother and father. 

  • Isa was the Son of Mary (their favorite title for Jesus), a woman who was the sister of Moses and Aaron (Sura 19:28).  She was alone under a date palm in late summer when she gave birth to Isa (Sura 19:22). 

Contrast … Miriam, not Mary, was the sister of Moses and Aaron and lived 1400 years before the NT Mary.  It is commonplace throughout the Koran for biblical characters to be mixed up and placed together hundreds of years apart.

  • Isa’s birth, death and ascension were prophesied hundreds of years before his birth. 

Contrast… there are no prophesies concerning Muhammad.

  • Isa was faultless (sinless). 

Contrast… Muhammad was anything but.  He was human.  Allah commanded him to repent of his sins (Sura 40:55; 48:1-2).  Muhammad had all sorts of “faults” according to the Islamic records (below).

  • Isa performed many miracles throughout his entire lifetime. 

Contrast…. Muhammad never performed a single miracle (Sura 17:91-95).

  • Isa was the highest moral example for humanity. 

Contrast …  you will discover in the Koran and the Hadith (recollections of Muhammad’s eords and deeds), that Muhammad was a warrior who lied, cheated, lusted and murdered (Sura 2:216-18; 5:33; 9:5, 29).

  • Isa never possessed worldly goods to distract him from his mission. 

Contrast … Muhammad amassed fabulous wealth by looting caravans, settlements and conquering cities.  

  • Isa’s disciples went on peaceful missionary journeys after his death. 

Contrast … Muhammad’s disciples went on a hundred year crusade to conquer Iraq, Persia, Syria, Egypt, Cyprus, North Africa, Palestine, Spain and into the Byzantine Empire and India.  They were on their way to conquering Europe until they were stopped 100 miles south of France. 

Contrast … what they did with conquered people.  If those conquered were “People of the Book” i.e., Jews or Christians, they were given the  option to convert to Islam or they became 2nd class citizens (Dhimmis).  People of other religions, e.g. Hindus, Zoroastrians, etc., had to convert to Islam or die.

  • Isa committed no sexual sin.  

Contrast …. Muhammad engaged in gross sexual sin.  He had at least 16 wives and 6 concubines;  one of his “wives” was 8 years old (according to the Hadith she was “still playing with her dolls”).   And in an egregious act, he forcibly took his adopted son’s wife as his own after lusting after her.  Muhammad never repented of this.

  • Isa was sinless and miraculously taken to heaven (ascension).  He is now in heaven with Allah waiting to return to judge the quick and the dead at his 2nd coming (in other words, Jesus is alive!). 

Contrast …  Muhammad died in his sins and remains dead. 

  • Isa spread the Good News (Injeel) by teaching his disciples to witness and set a high moral example.  

Contrast … Muhammad taught his disciples to rob in Allah’s name and forced people to submit to Islam through jihad (over 150 verses in the Koran).

  • God directly rescued Isa from death.  Islam teaches that the Romans attempted to crucify Jesus but “he slipped away” and they mistakenly executed Judas (or some unknown person) instead. 

Contrast… Allah did not rescue Muhammad from death.  Muhammad’s life was abruptly ended; apparently assassinated by a Jewish woman.

  • Isa left detailed instructions for what his disciples were to do after his death. 

Contrast … death caught Muhammad by surprise.  He left no succession plans.  Immediately this became a huge point of contention between warring factions (Sunni and Shiite being the most prominent); and remains so to this day.

 

In the final analysis the Bible teaches that the historical Jesus is love incarnate, taught love, and loved humanity so much that He gave His life for each one of us.  There is no record in the Koran of Muhammad teaching love.  Instead he taught conquest and died for no one other than himself.

The question left hanging for our Muslim friend is, based on their own teaching, why would Muhammad be considered the “true and last Prophet of God for all humanity” rather than Jesus?  

Beyond the comparison the most important thing for the Muslim to know is that God loves them so much that He sent Jesus to die for them.  Since Muslims believe in a historical Jesus (regardless of how flawed their understanding might be), Jesus is the place to start the dialog with your Muslim friend.  But know that they have been taught that it is blasphemous for Christians to claim that Jesus is the Son of God and is the very incarnation of God — the core tenant of our faith.

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It was a rainy Sunday afternoon.  The mosque in Mission Viejo, California was hosting an open house, so with all the current interest in Islam we decided to pay a visit.  A well-groomed young Muslim boy walked out to our car with an umbrella and respectfully ushered us into a well appointed building.  A dozen or so smiling faces of Middle-Eastern descent greeted us — the men mostly in business casual attire, and the woman with head scarves.  It reminded us of attending an event at any local church.

We had many questions and they were eager to provide answers.  Book tables lined the entry.  Friendly people milled around us with a willingness to engage in conversation.  Then the announcement came that in a few minutes the head imam would make a presentation.  We went into the assembly hall with the forty or so folks who had similar suburbanite backgrounds to ourselves.

The imam was well dressed and brandished a huge smile telling us that he was from a small country in Northeast Africa.  He was a likeable fellow and a polished speaker.  He said that we were free to ask any questions and that nothing was off-limits.  He was my kind of person — I couldn’t wait to engage!

 The first 20 minutes or so was getting to know these new neighbors as friends: tolearn their history and the purpose of the mosque; how they serve the community and are faithful citizens.  He easily broke down any stereotypes I might have had that Muslims were somehow different.  No — they too were made in God’s image.  I was getting more comfortable with their different look, dress, language, and traditions.  However, in the following 20 minutes I started becoming uncomfortable as he addressed the tenants of Islam.

I have studied Islam to some degree.  I respect its differences with Christianity and can agree to disagree agreeably with Islam.  But what made me uncomfortable was the ease with which the imam smoothly glided over these differences, attempting to make Islam and Christianity seem like variations of the same religion.  For example, he and others later on misleadingly said:

  • We’re both monotheistic religions and both believe in the same God
  • The Bible was given by God and accepted by Muslims
  • All the OT prophets (Noah, Moses, Abraham, etc.) are indeed messengers of God and are respected as such by Muslims
  • Jesus was the greatest in the long-line of Hebrew prophets.  He had a miraculous birth,  performed many miracles and delivered “the gospel” (good news). 
  • Muhammad was the last of the prophets and the final revelation to mankind.
  • Each of these many Messengers spoke a different language and followed varied customs.  Yet the core faith taught by each was the same: surrender your imperfect and fickle will to your Creator.

The following Q&A was lively and engaging.  The imam has a regular TV program and was able to effortlessly handle the increasingly difficult questions coming his way:

  • What do you say about the Islamic terrorists?
  • Will there be the reward of 72 virgins in heaven?
  • Why don’t the moderate Muslims speak out against the radicals?
  • What’s your personal opinion about building the Mosque at Ground Zero?

Unfortunately my experience was becoming more like a Islamic PR campaign, and it started feeling like purposeful manipulation.  For example — Allah and YHWH are the same God. 

Allah is not the God of the Bible

They said that “Allah” is just the Arabic word for “God” and that Allah is the God of the Bible.  Not true –and it was deceptive how it was presented.  Yes — both Islam and Christianity are monotheistic (one God) religions, but their conception of God is fundamentally different even though they may have several similar attributes (e.g. God is the Creator). 

The Koran says:

“Allah is One, the Eternal God.  He begot none, nor was He begotten.  None is equal to Him” (Sura 112:1-4)

However, the God of the Bible says,

“I am the LORD (YHWH), that is My name; I will not give My glory to another” (Isaiah 42:8)

“I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me” (Isaiah 44:6)

“You are My witnesses,” declares YHWH … “I am the LORD: there is no savior besides Me” (Isaiah 43:10)

When there was an opportunity to discuss this with one of the leaders I said, “I respect your religion and how you are giving your children a good moral education” (we were impressed with what we saw in their School), “but let us not say that we worship the same God.  Our God is Triune, yours is not.  Our God was incarnate in Jesus Christ, yours was not.  In fact, you consider the incarnation blasphemous.  You do not worship YHWH and we do not worship Allah.  So either YHWH is God or Allah is God — or both of us are wrong.  I accept and respect those differences.  I can only hope you do too.”  After some discussion he sheepishly admitted that he attended a Catholic school when he was growing up in Pakistan; and that he knew the difference.  It appeared that he also knew (without admitting it) that Muslim evangelists say that Allah is just another name for the God of the Bible as propaganda to convert Westerners to Islam.

All in all it was a positive experience as I connected with those of a different culture and was able to see them as people for whom Christ died.  It increased my respect for Muslims as neighbors and American citizens.  At the same time it brought home that Christians need to understand the differences between the two religions, and not be swayed by attempts to eliminate or minimize those differences.  In this post-modern and politically correct age that is becoming increasingly difficult to do.

In future posts I will discuss the differences between the Koran and the Bible,  Jesus, the Prophets and Muhammad. 

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He’s thought of as the smartest man — or at least the smartest man in theoretical physics.  Stephen Hawking, the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University for 30 years, has just released his new  book — The Grand Design.  In it he  says there is no need for God, and that the universe (including you and me) have been created out of nothing.  He says he has solved the mystery of creation and believes that mankind’s salvation  will be found through time travel in the universe.  “We’re real close to understanding the theory of everything and when the scientific account is complete, theology will be unnecessary.”

What I find most fascinating about his pronouncements is that they are not scientific.  Rather they are statements of philosophy and speculative ponderings.  But most people think (and he is happy to project) the backing of the authority of science.  Here is where the Christian can be wise and expose the “bait and switch” taking place. 

As Professor Hawking makes his rounds promoting his latest book and appearing on Larry King Live and Good Morning America, et. al., people sit wrapped in awe taking his conclusions as fact.  He is certainly entitled to his opinion about God, but know what he is proclaiming is not science even though it’s portrayed as such. 

Here are six points that show his statements are non-scientific —

1. Observational science is based on corroborating evidence.  If there is any one fact of science known with certainty it is that “nothing comes from nothing.”  So why would Hawking make such an apparently ridiculous claim?  Because he can make his mathematical models say so.  You see you can play games with numbers and show practically anything you want.  You’ve heard that said about statistics; well it is just as true in physics (e.g. ponder sometime what zero divided be zero means in the physical world; or even what the physical significance of “infinity” is).  Hawking’s alleged “proofs” consist of mathematic and philosophic speculation.

2.  Hawking says life arose spontaneously on earth therefore it arose spontaneously throughout the universe.  On this one he’s way out of his field of cosmology.  The most ardent evolutionary biologists have no idea of how life arose on earth let alone on planets trillions of miles away.  They don’t know how living things came out of non-living things.  We have even less knowledge of how our own consciousness arose.  As Einstein once commented, “The only thing incomprehensible about the universe is that it is comprehensible.”  Once again Hawking is making speculative assumptions.

3.  The physics behind his conclusions stem from what is called the “Multiverse Hypothesis.”  When he says “the mystery of creation of the universe has been solved,” you are led to think that science has found an alternative to God; but that is not what he means.  What he really is saying is that he believes our universe is just one of many — perhaps an infinite number of — universes.  Ours “just happens” to be the one where our laws of physics work the way they do.  It’s like if you had an infinite number of spins on a roulette wheel — you are bound to find the winning number no matter how you defined it.  Scientifically this is a meaningless statement, as well as anti-scientific.  Hawking admits “there is no evidence for this” but  he doesn’t tell you that it is not even possible to find out anything about these supposed alternate universes.  We are locked into our own universe by our own physical laws.  Sure we can play with the mathematics and wax philosophically, but that has nothing to do with scientific reality.

4.  In Hawking’s multiverse theory there are many — even an infinite number — of possible histories and possible states.  There can even be a universe exactly like this one but where he doesn’t exist!  I know that sounds like the Twilight Zone, and is certainly fun entertainment, but it doesn’t lend much to his scientific credibility nor trusting his conclusions.

5.  He says, there is no need for God because our universe “just happens” to be the one that works.  Out of this  infinite sea of universes ours “just happens” to have the “just right” laws of physics; ” the “just right” conditions where life will spontaneously arise out of non-life; the one universe with the “just right” tuning of all possible physical laws; and the one that “just happens” to possess within itself all the answers (by unknown mechanisms) to our being conscious; having a conscience; pondering a soul; requiring  meaning and purpose, as well as the answers to our ultimate questions of “Why?”.  Where does the longing in our hearts for God and love, eternity and truth, goodness and beauty come from?  The great questions regarding our existence are the grist by which we live our daily lives, even if just by assumption.  Hawking’s answers are certainly possible but are not backed by anything scientific.

6.  Remember Carl Sagan and his Cosmos series on TV.  The show’s byline was,  “The Cosmos is all there is; all there ever was; and all there will ever be.”  For Sagan, the Cosmos was his god.  Professor Hawking has only raised the stakes.  To him, the “Universes” are all there is, all there ever was, and all there will be.  They have no beginning and no end.  But philosophic Universes and Cosmoses are only Sagan and Hawking’s conceptions of God, not scientific reality.  Hawking shows his hand when he says that “since we are part of this universe, we are in a sense lords of creation.”  That is not science — it is theological speculation.  I pray the Creator bless him in his struggle to find the true and living God.

I’m delighted Stephen Hawking has raised this question and that his book is selling well (currently #2 on NY Times Best Selling List).  It brings to attention the most basic questions we all wrestle with, but usually don’t discuss in public:  How did we get here?  Why is there something rather than nothing?  Why are we here?  Where are we going?  This is great engagement material for Christians who, unlike Hawking, have special information given by the Creator Himself. 

We are all struggling to know the answers to the great questions.  Hawking’s book provides a wonderful opportunity  for us to put forth our biblical worldview.  But we must be prepared to understand the Grand Design arguments and be able to show why they aren’t so grand after all.  Understanding the six points above will help you show why the Grand Design isn’t fact, even if it comes from the mind of the smartest man in the world.

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PROVERBS 22:7 — The borrower becomes the lender’s slave.

What is it about the word “bankrupt” our government doesn’t understand?  Maybe it’s because they use doublespeak and words like “unsustainable.”  At home, many in Congress must have experienced something like, “Dad, I would like a new car. Would you please buy one for me?”  An unwanted but reasoned answer might have been, “I’m sorry son, but we don’t have the money.  And if I have to borrow anymore we’ll go bankrupt.”  Who outside of government  doesn’t understand this? 

Our president asked Congress to provide free health care to millions.   Perhaps this is a noble request.  But a reasoned answer from Congress should have been, “We can’t afford it Mr. President.  If we continue to borrow we’ll be bankrupt since our own Budget Office just told us …” 

“… unless (tax) revenues increase at a similar pace to current spending, it will cause federal debt to grow to unsustainable levels … (the current federal debt level) raises the probability of a fiscal crisis in which investors would lose confidence in the government’s willingness to fully honor its obligations (and such a loss in confidence) could occur abruptly!” 

In plain everyday language — WE’RE GOING BANKRUPT! 

This Congressional Budget Office report was issued just a few months ago.  A few weeks after that (August 10) this same Congress put me and my immediate family into debt by another $7000 with their so-called stimulus package (7 members in my family — $25,000,000,000 for all of us combined).   Worse yet — it was done in full knowledge that we’re going bankrupt.  Even worse if true — it appears for reasons more like political payoff than for benefitting our economy. 

Fortunately I trust my Bible much more than my government.  But now I spend a lot of time trying to figure out — Just whose slave am I going to end up?

Stu

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I received this email a few days ago from Austin T (with a cover note from his Dad) — and I was overjoyed!  I thought if only more of our Christian kids and parents would question what our schools teach, and learn how we can respond with God honoring answers, the Church would quickly become the major influencer of society instead of the other way around.

My name is Austin and I’m 12 years old.  A couple days ago a question came to mind after seeing articles from my social studies text book and magazines . Scientist say that we may have evolved from monkeys because our dna is very similar. I want to know how to explain this theory to anyone who asks so I can defend my faith.

Thank You
Austin

Click on the Comments Link to see my answer, but please Post a Comment yourself from your experience as a parent or a student.  My response was as a apologist, but yours may be from an entirely different perspective — and a lot briefer!  I would love to see a Forum develop (perhaps here on Christian Perspectives) where we can encourage our young people to ask questions and receive Godly wisdom.

In the 3rd century BC there was a large Jewish population living in Alexandria, Egypt, one of the great centers of Hellenistic culture.  Those Jews were the first to translate the Torah (the first 5 books of the OT — the Law of Moses) into Greek and it became known as the Septuagint (LXX).   Over time other books of the Hebrew Scriptures were translated and added, as well as a number of other texts which were not in the original Jewish Palestinian Canon.  These books were known as the “Apocrypha” and became interwoven with the 39 original books.  This “Alexandrian List” of texts and the Septuagint Greek translation is at the center of the controversy.

The Inter-Testamental Period (from 400 BC to Jesus Messiah)

The OT prophets record a continuous history of revelation from God for a thousand years, starting with Moses around 1450 BC and ending around 400 BC with Malachi.  Their writings are a continuous exposition of the Word of God bound together into one cohesive unit called the “Canon” (Gr: “standard”).  There are indications in Malachi 4:5 and Zechariah 13:2-5 that there would be prophetic silence after they wrote — until just before the coming of Messiah.  That is, there would be no true prophets in the intervening period.

The literature from this “inter-testamental” period confirms the prophetic silence.  The Dead Sea Scrolls of the Qumran community stated that they were looking for the “coming of a prophet” (The Manual of Discipline).  The book First Maccabees (1 Macc) says that the people were waiting “until a prophet should arise” (9:27; 14:41).  The Talmud, which is a rabbinic commentary on the laws of Moses, states, “After the latter prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, the Holy Spirit departed from Israel.”  Josephus, a famed Jewish historian of the late 1st century confirmed the silence of the prophets after Malachi in Against Apion, 1.8, “the exact succession of the prophets ceased.”

The Apocrypha

The New American Bible (NAB) used by Roman Catholics lists 46 books in the Old Testament rather than the 39 books of the Jewish Bible (Tanakh), and Protestant Bibles (e.g. NASB, NIV).  These additional 7 books (Wisdom, Sirach, Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Baruch), as well as additions to Esther (10:4-16:24) and Daniel (3:24-90; 13; 14) were written for the most part in the Inter-Testamental period and are known as the Apocrypha.

The Jewish Old Testament canon was completed with Malachi about 400 BC.  It consisted of the 39 books in the Jewish Tanakh and the Protestant OT.  These Scriptures are identical as both are based on the Hebrew Masoretic text.  (There is only a variation in how they are categorized).

The Catholic OT is based on the Greek Alexandrian text (Septuagint) and adds in the Apocrypha based on the Alexandrian list.  The  Jews and Protestants reject these books as Scripture based on the Palestinian Canon.  The Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Church give the books “quasi-canonical” status. 

Is the Apocrypha inspired, i.e., “God-breathed?”

Today’s Catholic New American Bible (NAB) says in its introduction to 1 Maccabees, “The Book of Maccabees, though regarded by Jews and Protestants as apocryphal, i.e., not inspired Scripture, because not contained in the Palestinian Canon or list of books drawn up at the end of the first century A.D., have nevertheless always been accepted by the Catholic Church as inspired, on the basis of apostolic tradition.” 

There is no doubt as to the good value of the Apocrypha texts for historical and devotional use. But, Protestants do not accept the apocryphal texts as Scripture because:

  1. The Apocrypha does not meet the prophetic test.  It was written in the inter-testamental period when there were supposedly no prophets of God (1 Macc 9:27; 14:41).  It’s delivery was not accompanied by confirming OT signs and wonders which validated true prophets and condemned false prophets (Deu 13:1-5; 18:15-22).  And there was not a continuous acceptance of these texts as Scripture by the Jews (the people who were “entrusted with the oracles of God” – Rom 3:2).
  2. There are several errors of fact in the text, e.g. Judith 1:1 speaks of Nebuchadnezzar ruling from Nineveh rather than Babylon; and Tobit being alive when the Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 BC as well as when Jeroboam revolted against Judah in 931 BC.  The Bible, however, is inerrant.
  3. Several of the teachings are “sub-biblical” (e.g. Judith 9:10, 13); “fanciful” (Bel and the Dragon); and contain moral expediency (Sirach).  Some of the teaching is even “non-biblical” in that it is in conflict with what God has revealed elsewhere, e.g., prayers for the dead (2 Macc 12:45-46 vs. Heb 9:27, Luke 16:25-26; 2 Sam 12:19), and salvation by works (Tobit 12:9 vs. Gen 15:6; Rom 4:5; Gal 3:11).
  4. The Apocrypha itself never claimed to be Scripture.  Even though Jesus and the apostles frequently quote the OT from the Septuagint translation, they never quote apocryphal texts (they quote most every other book).  Jewish scholars of the first century AD, e.g. Philo, Josephus, and the Council of Jamnia, did not recognize the Apocrypha as Scripture.
  5. Many of the early Church Fathers spoke out against the Apocrypha, including the biblical scholar Jerome who was commissioned by the Pope to make an improved Latin version of the Bible (383 AD).  Jerome started with the Septuagint (Greek version) but soon became convinced that he must return to the original Hebrew text which did not contain the Apocrypha.  He said the Apocrypha was good, “for example of life and instruction of manners,” but the church should not “apply them to establish any doctrine.”  At first he even refused to translate the apocryphal books into the Latin Bible (Vulgate), but eventually did and after his death they were added to it. 

 

Martin Luther and the Reformers (16th century AD) rejected the canonicity of the Apocrypha as did many Roman Catholic scholars of the time.  It was not until the Council of Trent 1546 AD that the Apocrypha received full canonical status by the Roman Catholic Church in an apparent counter-Reformation move.  They stated, “… if anyone receive not as sacred and canonical the said books entire with all their parts, as they have been used to be read in the Catholic Church … let him be anathema.”  Vatican I and II reaffirmed this position.

With or without the Apocrypha, however, all traditions believe that the Bible is the Word of God and when it speaks, God speaks!

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Planned Parenthood is now welcomed at 20% of the Girl Scout Councils nationwide where they conduct “educational” events. Part of that education has been to distribute their brochure Healthy, Happy, and Hot to our young girls. This brochure blithely states, “Sex can feel great and can be really fun! …… There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself … It’s your body. You choose what you do, when you do it, how and with whom” (page 7). On page 13 it recommends that you visit the local Planned Parenthood clinic to help you create a “plan” for terminating any unplanned pregnancies though “safe abortion,” or for figuring out how to start a family if you are single or in a same-sex relationship. On page 16 — “You should find out whether there are any centers near to you where you can go without needing the permission of your parents or guardians.”

I thought perhaps I was overreacting at first until I downloaded the 20 page brochure at http://www.ippf.org/NR/rdonlyres/B4462DDE-487D-4194-B0E0-193A04095819/0/HappyHealthyHot.pdf Then I was flabbergasted. I was seriously considering putting a Warning on this blog until it struck me that the brochure had already been given out to our young daughters and granddaughters without our knowledge.

Planned Parenthood has a PR and media image of care and compassion. But in fact it is the world’s largest abortion mill (250,000 babies a year) — and it is supported by government/taxpayer funding to the tune of $275 million a year. It works hard at defeating parent’s rights.
Planned Parenthood glorifies promiscuous sex, especially among unwed teens; devalues Crisis Pregnancy Centers as ‘fake clinics’; and is openly hostile to the Christian worldview. As evidence of this I ask you to watch their 30 second TV Ads on MTV, VH1 and FX targeted at youths aged 18-24 http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppgg/tv-commercials-28122.htm . Of the ad entitled Angel, the “Chaplain” at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate says, “I love the fact that this ad challenges popular conceptions of religion and sexuality. I think it will really break through the clutter and get people thinking about sexual responsibility as part of their larger value system, which may be religiously influenced.”

We with a Christian perspective seem to be one of the few hopes to stem this growing tide of degeneracy. On the bright side there are plenty of positive things we can do, starting with becoming informed. Here are additional things I recommend you consider …

1. Forward this link to family and friends who participate in the Girl Scouts.

2. Forward it to any Troop leaders and Girl Scout volunteers and officials in your area along with what you think.

3. Reconsider your participation in supporting the Girl Scouts — referrals, donations (even perhaps giving up those Thin Mints?)

4. Check out Biblically-based information regarding sexuality. Focus on the Family recently highlighted a good resource Teaching Children Healthy Sexuality on their website http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/sexuality/teaching_children_healthy_sexuality.aspx

5.Investigate Christian alternatives for your daughters. American Heritage Girls is an overtly Christian organization that teaches leadership, character development, and spiritual growth http://www.ahgonline.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=18722

6. Honor and support the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Last week a legislative committee of the California State Assembly voted down a bill which would honor the Boy Scouts on their 100th anniversary because they “steadfastly continue to discriminate against individuals because of their sexual orientation.” This same Committee voted unanimously to honor the Girl Scouts on their 98th anniversary for “inspiring millions of girls with the highest of ideals of confidence, courage and character. (As an aside, the BSA was just ordered to pay $18.5 million to a man who was sexually abused by a former assistant Scoutmaster. BSA policy is specifically designed to protect boys from such abuse.)

Now that we’re in forum mode, please share your thoughts and experiences for the rest of us to enjoy by posting a comment.

— Stuart Orr