Word Faith Teachings and Mind Science Cults

 

Recently, while discussing with some friends on Facebook about the Word-Faith movement, I realised that the varying doctrines and nuanced terminologies found within the WOF can sway even sincere Christians to innocently embrace their heretical teachings and techniques.

Unravelling this aberrational hoodwink requires an exploration of the origin of such false teachings. Once their roots are exposed, you can easily discern when a teaching or practice has crossed the lines of Christian orthodoxy and is skating on the thin ice of curious cults.

First, let’s remind ourselves of what the Bible says about God and faith, because these are key areas through which WOF peddlers smuggle their load of errors through the back door.

  • God

The God of the Bible is “the Living God who made the heaven, and earth, and the sea and all things therein” (Acts 14:15). Not only that, He has a present interest and an active hand in the affairs of men:

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” (2 Chr. 16:9).

This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites” (Josh. 3:10)

…For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and saves; he performs wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions” (Dan. 6:26-27).

Since God is the Creator of the universe, He’s not the universe and He is not subject to the laws of the universe. This is called “the Infinity of God.” A scholar puts it this way:

“The infinity of God is that perfection of God by which He is free from all limitations. In ascribing it to God we deny that there are or can be any limitations to the divine Being. It implies that He is in no way limited by the universe, by this time-space, or confined to the universe” (Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, The Banner of Truth Trust, 1958, p. 59).

The Bible also shows us that God is sovereign. He has absolute authority over all His creatures and upholds all things by His almighty power. God – not man – has absolute rule.

He shapes the whole present history of the world and all things are dependent on Him and subservient to Him:

“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes” (Deut. 10:17)

“With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please” (Jer. 27:5).

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns’” (Rev. 19:6).

  • Faith

Faith generally means having an unhesitating assurance of the truth of God’s testimony, even when it is unsupported by any other evidence.

Hebrews 11:1 describes it as: “the assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen” (Amplified).

Faith rests on the unseen because it rests upon the foundation of God’s Word. Noah was “warned about things not yet seen” so by faith he responded in obedience.

Abraham went forth in obedience to the land of inheritance without having seen it. Sarah was enabled to conceive Isaac without having seen him. Joseph didn’t see the exodus of the Israelites, but it happened as he believed (Heb. 11:7, 8, 22).

All these happened because they took God at His Word; they believed that God is willing and has “power to do what he had promised” (Rom. 4:21). Biblical faith acknowledges that God knows what is best for us. (Job. 42:1-6; Matt. 26:39; Rom. 8:26; 2Cor. 12:7-10).

True faith necessitates believing in God and His Word (e.g. 2 Chr. 20:20); therefore, God doesn’t need to have faith in Himself to do anything. To assert that God “used the force of faith by speaking faith-filled words to create the universe” presupposes that there is a ‘higher God’ he rested his faith on. This is an error.

God created everything by and through His own omnipotence. He is infinite and there is no being higher than Him.

Having this understanding, when we pray in faith, we let God be God and trust in His wisdom and goodness. Even though God can do all things, we recognize that He reserves the right to determine the terms and timing by which we will receive what we ask from Him (Rom. 11:33-36).

Faith is not an impersonal force that can be harnessed to create a new reality. The right faith is a willingness to believe what God had said (2 Cor. 12:7-10; Phil. 4: 10-13).

Regarding Mark 11:22, Word Faith teachers disregard the standard “Have faith in God” translation in favour of an erroneous rendering of the text, which reads, “Have the faith of God.”

Indeed, the literal word-for-word translation of the Greek used in Mark 11:22 (echete pistin theou) is “Have [echete] faith [pistin] of God [theou].” But where WOF teachers miss it is that the grammatical construction of Mark 11:22 makes theou an “objective genitive.”

This means that the noun (i.e., theou) is the object of the action mentioned (i.e., having faith). In other words, God is the object of faith, not the possessor of faith. Hence, a proper, meaningful translation is: have faith in God.

True faith is not hinged on an idea; an institution; an image; a feeling or a ritual. It is based on God, His Word, Jesus Christ and His finished work.

In Christianity in Crisis, a 447-page critique of Word Faith doctrines, Hank Hanegraaff contends that the movement’s entire theology “rests on the word ‘substance’ in Hebrews 11:1: ‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’”

He goes on to explain and then refute their argument:

Faith teachers interpret the word “substance” to mean the “basic stuff” out of which the universe is made. … Faith cannot be rightly understood to mean “the building block of the universe,” since it is never used in that sense in the book of Hebrews, much less the entire Bible … The word translated “substance” in the KJV [hypostatsis] is more accurately rendered “assurance” (see NASB). … Faith is a channel of living trust—and assurance—which stretches from man to God. … True biblical faith is faith in God as opposed to  faith in substance (or “faith in faith,” as Hagin puts it). … True biblical faith (pistis in the Greek) encapsulates three essential elements … knowledge … agreement … trust.”

The earliest preachers to introduce the ideas of faith as a tangible or conductive “force” were Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947) and Essek Kenyon (1867-1948).

Due to scant documented evidence of Wigglesworth’s power and exploits, it has been stated that much of the tales and claims attributed to him were mythical (see Gerard Fisher, The Quarterly Journal, January-March 1995, pp. 1, 11-14).

Essek Kenyon absorbed the teachings of the Higher Life movement as well as mind science concepts which birthed WOF teachings. This leads us to briefly explore mind science religions.

New Thought, Mind Science and the New Age

The 19th century wasn’t just an era of industrial revolution; it was also an era of religious revolution.

In the middle of that century, Western society was entering a new and scientific era, where reason, experimentation, and observable results were becoming the standard means of measuring progress and assessing truth claims.

In a bid to sustain the social mechanics of that time, some people attempted to create a dubious mix of science and religion giving rise to metaphysics or mind science cults.

After being influenced by Phineas Quimby, an occultist and founder of New Thought philosophy, Mary Eddy Baker founded the Christian Science cult.

She taught that Jesus was a scientist who applied dynamic laws of the mind – which govern the universe – to heal people. She also taught that sin, sickness or death were illusions of the mind which can be dispelled with what she called scientific faith or positive thinking.

Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, who founded Unity School of Christianity in 1889, essentially taught the same in Dynamics for Living:

God cannot create without law. God is the Mind force carrying forward creation under law… Whatever Mind commands to be brought forth will be brought forth by and through the law of evolution inherent in Being.

Ernest Holmes of the Church of Religious Science also taught that:

Science of Mind teaches that Man controls the course of his life… by mental processes which function according to a Universal Law… that we are all creating our day-to-day experiences … by the form and procession of our thoughts” (“The Viewpoint in the Science of Mind Concerning Certain Traditional Beliefs” by Science of Mind Publications).

These were concepts that emerged later as New Age philosophies. John Randolph Price in his book The Superbeings says:

“Like attracts likeWhat you think in your mind will produce in your experience … All the Power of the Universe is within you and this Power you can have anything on earth you desire” (The Superbeings John R. Price Quartus foundation, 1981, xv).

Though some of these mind science cults deceitfully use Christian terminologies, they give them different meanings to suit their own beliefs:

  1. They don’t believe in a personal God who directly, sovereignly governs the universe as Christians believe, but in an impersonal god (called “the Force,” “the Infinite Power” or “the Spirit of Infinite Life”) who rules the universe indirectly through immutable laws.
  2. They believe man is the one in control of all that happens to him. Since their god is like energy, he holds no one morally accountable: he only exists to give man what he wants. So, man needs to control his situations or the world with his mind. With positive thinking, he can activate the god energy for his own good.

This idea is seen in Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, where he quoted a poem which says:

“It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishment the scroll, I am the master of my own fate, I am the captain of my soul” (p. 86).

Napoleon Hill was the key figure who brought the “Positive Mental Attitude” (PMA) mind formula into the hearts of many Christians and non-Christians in the 20th century. He explains:

PMA attracts good luck. Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep on trying with PMA. This is a universal law … that we translate into physical reality the thoughts and attitudes we hold in our minds, no matter what they are” (Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone, Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude, Pocket Books, 1977, p. 55).

Hill also admitted he got his teachings from “9 invisible counselors” he met through intense visualization:

I can truthful say that I owe entirely to my ‘Invisible Counselors full credit for such ideas, facts or knowledge as I received through ‘inspiration’…” (Think and Grow Rich, p. 86).

Who were these “invisible counselors?” Your guess is as good as mine. These mind science occult beliefs came into the church in the 20th century through three key figures:

(a) Robert Schuller who had gleaned much of his “possibility thinking” ideas from Napoleon Hill (who admitted being inspired by demons).

In one of his tapes, Schuller said: “You don’t know what power you have within you! … You make the world into anything you choose. Yes, you can make your world into whatever you want it to be” (Possibility Thinking – Goals. Amyway Corporation tape).

(b) Norman Vincent Peale, a 33 degree Mason who taught that:

“God is energy. As you breathe God in, as you visualize His energy, you will be reenergized! (PLUS: The Magazine of Positive Thinking 37:4, May 1986, 11).

He also taught on mind power: “Your conscious mind… [has a] power that turns wishes into realities when the wishes are strong enough” (Positive Imaging, Fawcett Crest, 1982, p. 77).

In 1984, on the Phil Donahue program, Peale said, “It’s not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God; I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine … I’ve been to Shinto shrines, and God is everywhere:”

Shocked, Phil Donahue responded, “But you’re a Christian minister; you’re supposed to tell me that Christ is the way and the truth and the life, aren’t you?” Peale replied, “Christ is one of the ways. God is everywhere” (Christian News, May 12, 1997, p. 11).

(c) Agnes Sanford, an Episcopal mystic healer who taught visualization and Jungian psychology. She wrote:

The same principle is true of the creative energy of God. The whole universe is full of it, but only the amount of it that flows through our own beings will work for us” (The Healing Light, Penguin  Random House, 1983, p. 1)

Strands of mind science concepts were adopted by Word Faith preachers and couched with different terms like “the laws of faith”, “the laws of the fourth dimension” or “the laws of miracles.” Though the terminologies differ, the concept is the same.

David Yonggi Cho: “You create the presence of Jesus with your mouth … He is bound by your lips and your mouth … through intense visualization and dreaming, you can incubate your faith and hatch results … Sokagakkai [a Buddhist sect] has applied the law of the fourth dimension and has performed miracles…” (The Fourth Dimension, 1979, pp 64, 83)

Frederick Price: “You are in control! … God cannot do anything on earth unless we…give Him permission through prayer” (The Word Study Bible, p. 1178).

Charles Capps: “This is not theory. It is fact. It is spiritual law. It works every time it is applied correctly … You set them [spiritual laws] in motion by the words of your mouth… everything you say – will come to pass” (The Tongue – A Creative Force, Harrison House, 1976, pp. 24, 131, 132).

Sam Adeyemi: “This world is governed by laws. God invested tremendous energy in this world; energy which He put within the bounds of certain laws. When you satisfy the conditions of those laws, you generate tremendous force in your life to get things done” (Success is Who You Are, 2008, pp. 25-26).

Kenneth Copeland: “Any image that you get down on the inside of you that is so vivid when you close your eyes you see it, it’ll come to pass. When God came at the Tower of Babel, He said, ‘Anything they can imagine, they can do.’“ (Copeland, Inner Image of the Covenant, side 2).

Myles Monroe: “Prayer is man giving God permission or license to interfere in earth’s affairs… God could do nothing on earth… nothing has God ever done on earth without a human giving him access. [So he is] always looking for a human to give Him power permission. In other words, God has the power, but you get the permission. God got the authority and the power, but you’ve got the license. So even though God can do anything, He can only do what you permit Him to do” (“This is Your Day” with Benny Hinn, July 2004).

These mind science beliefs relegate God and exalt man. The idea that there is a universal law or “faith force” which Christians and non-Christians can tap into and use to experience miracles or achieve success is not a Bible teaching.

These teachings have confused many sincere Christians into imagining that “faith” is a force that makes things happen because they believe. This faith is not placed in God but is a power directed at God, which forces Him to do for us what we have believed He will do.

True miracles are not governed by laws – they override all laws. We receive from God by faith, not by applying some impersonal laws. If everything works according to the cosmic “law of faith” or “laws of success,” then God is irrelevant and grace obsolete.

A study of the Bible shows that there is no fixed technique, ritual, formula nor “laws” that can be used to force the true God to work miracles or answer our prayers. We must all be very careful of what we glean from some preachers or books so that we don’t fall into the trap of practising occultism passed off as mind-power.

The devil knows Christians would never listen to the ravings of a shaman reciting his cult corpus and waving his rattle. We won’t even allow him get past our church doors.

But if a shaman shows up in a three-piece suit, has some degrees under his belt, carries a big bible and mouths off the same cultic ideas, this time, laced with familiar Christian clichés, many Christians will fall for his deceptive teachings.

Scientific Miracles? Not quite

Many educated Muslims are struggling to waft their Quran from its Medieval fossil form to fit into the 21st century age of science and technology.

To this end, they are boldly asserting that their book foretold modern scientific findings 14 centuries ago. These portions are dubbed “scientific miracles” of the Quran. Let’s see if these claims hold up.

The following rebuttals were drawn out from dialogues I’ve had with several Muslims on this topic. When I asked them to present their strongest “proofs” for the Quran’s divine inspiration, their favourite trump cards were the “scientific miracle” passages. But as it often turns out, the cards quietly slip back into their pockets as their propaganda backfires.

(I) Quran 24:40 says “(The unbelievers’ state) is like the depth of darkness, in a vast deep ocean, overwhelmed with a great wave toppled with (another) great wave, toppled with (dark) clouds, darkness one above another; If a man stretches out his hand, he can hardly see it; for whom Allah gives no light, there is no light.”

It’s a miracle that the Quran described layers of darkness in the ocean 1400 years ago. This has now been recently confirmed by marine scientists stating that the ocean becomes progressively dark at very distinct layers of its depths.

Reading through the various English translations of the Quran, however, it’s clear that this passage refers to darkness covering the surface of sea, not dark layers within it.

Arberry: “Or they are as shadows upon a sea obscure covered by a billow above which is a billow above which are clouds, shadows piled one upon another…”

Palmer: “Or like darkness on a deep sea, there covers it a wave above which is wave, above which is a cloud – darknesses one above the other…”

Rodwell: “Or like the darkness on the deep sea when covered by billows, above which are clouds; darkness upon darkness…”

Sher Ali: “Or, their deeds are like thick layers of darkness spread over a vast and deep sea, on whose surface rises waves, above which are clouds…”

Pickthall: “Or as darkness on a vast, abysmal sea. There covereth him like a wave, above which is a wave, above which is a cloud. Layer upon layer of darkness…”

There are no clouds within the sea, so this verse refers to darkness above the sea. One would have to be so desperate to force oceanography into this banal allegory.

(II) Sura 21:30 saysHave they not who disbelieve seen that the heaven and earth were joined together (as one piece), then We parted them.

Here, Allah explained a mystery unknown to the greatest physicists and astronauts for centuries. It described the creation of the universe by joining together heavens and the earth and separating them. This harmonizes with Big Bang Theory of the creation of the universe which holds that about 20 million years ago, the universe began with an explosive expansion of a single condensed matter.

I appeal to all Muslims who don’t wish to be exposed to ridicule to read up about the Big Bang theory before including it in their dawah memo.

This theory stipulates that about 13.7 billion years ago, a tremendous explosion started the universe.

Prior to this, the energy that transformed the matter was contained at one infinitely small point, thus, the explosion supposedly gave rise to the particles that became matter as well as space and time. It proposes that the galaxies were not all clumped together, so the claim of heavens and earth “being separated” as the Quran says is false.

Even more than a point, the Big Bang theory excludes Creationism, so the term “Big Bang theory of creation” is ludicrous. The Big Bang is just that – a theory – not necessarily a scientific fact.

If it’s true, that means God didn’t create the earth and there were no Adam and Eve. Most believers in the Big Bang theory are atheists and agnostics. Appealing to speculative theories in place of facts is self-defeating.

(III) Sura 78:12-13 says “We have built above you seven strong (heavens) and placed therein a blazing lamp.”

It’s clear from this verse that the sun is the only light for our solar system. Astronomers have now established that the moon merely reflects the light of the sun. The Qur’an stated this fact centuries before the astronomers could establish this by their findings

These verses actually prove that the Quran is not from an all-knowing Allah.

The idea of “seven solid (heavens)” built up like some storey buildings is absurd. No astronomer will buy into such gobbledygook.

Finally, the sun is not “a blazing lamp”. It would have been scientifically accurate if the Quran said that the sun is the star at the centre of the solar system around which the earth rotates.

(IV) Sura 16:68-69 “And your Lord inspired the bee, saying: Take your habitations in hills, on trees, and in (men’s) habitations. Then eat of all fruits, and follow the way of your Lord made easy (for you); There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colours wherein is healing for men; Verily, in this indeed a sign for people who think.

The Quran in this verse used the female form of the verb, thus is stating that the female bee is entrusted with the task of collecting food and making the honey. Muhammad wasn’t an expert entomologist, so he couldn’t have known this 14 centuries ago.

There are problems with these verses. One, bees have a more complex navigation, communication and social mechanisms than what was described here. They live in a wide variety of environments and are certainly not restricted to hills, trees and houses.

The Muslim who wrote this obviously has a poor information about bees at his disposal. Bees are classified into queen, drones and workers based on their responsibilities.

Two, bees don’t eat fruit; they feed on nectar and pollen from flowers. That is what they use to produce honey and this activity also results in cross pollination in flowers. If Allah authored the Quran, he should have known this, but he didn’t.

Three, how exactly do insects “follow the way of their Lord”? Are they Muslims too? The Quran seem to attribute human thinking or abilities to insects. That’s fairy tale, not science.

The “drink of various colours” from bees being alluded to are beeswax and royal jelly, and they are not for healing; they actually do cause allergic reactions in humans. Allah should have given a disclaimer.

Finally, this passage may not be much of a sign for thinking people. Apiculture or bee-keeping has been practiced in ancient Egypt and ancient Greece, so the Quran is saying nothing beyond what a 7th century desert man would have known.

(V) Sura 1:1 says “Praise be to Allah; the Lord of the worlds.”

Fourteen centuries ago, the human mind was certainly incapable of thinking about the earth, the solar system or the galaxies. Yet the very first verse of the Quran states that Allah is the Lord of the worlds. Today, mankind knows for a fact that there are other planets besides earth. Allah revealed this to Prophet Muhammad before modern discoveries.

Planets are not “worlds” and no planet is as inhabitable as earth, so they can’t be “worlds beyond the earth.”

Another absurdity in the Quran is the claim that there are seven heavens. These “heavens” couldn’t be planets, because there are 9 planets observed so far and scientists are looking at the possibility of a 10th planet which is still too dark to see now.

Maybe, Allah should have given us the number of planets instead. Methinks that would have been the real “scientific miracle.”

(VI) Sura 10:5 “He it is Who made the sun a shining brightness and the moon a light, and ordained for it mansions that you might know the computation of years and the reckoning. Allah did not create it but with truth; He makes the sign manifest for a people who know

Sura 25:61 “Blessed is He who made constellation in skies and placed therein a lamp (sun) and a moon giving light

Sura 71:15-16 Do you not see how God has created the seven heavens in stories, and has set the moon therein for a light, and set the sun for a lamp.

The Quran uses two different words for the sun (siraj or zia) and the moon (noor). It acknowledged that the sun is the source of light and the moon only reflects it.

There’s a spoof here. The Arabic word “noor” used for the moon means “direct light” and it’s scientifically wrong. The Arabic word for an object emitting light is “munir.”

The moon doesn’t have its mansions or stations. This nonsense was borrowed from Astrology which is about as scientific as placing garlic on your bed to ward off spirits.

The sun is a star and there’s no scientific evidence that the moon is in the midst of or on the same level as stars. Scientists have observed that stars are much farther away from the earth than the moon. Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the earth, is about 4.3 light years (40 trillion kilometre) away from it.

No matter how you slice the cake, the Quran is premodern.

(VII)And it is He (Allah) Who spread out the earth, and set thereon mountains standing firm, and (flowing) rivers ; and fruits of every kind he made in pairs, two and two. He draws the night as a veil over the day ; Behold ! Verily, in these things there are signs for those who consider.” (13:3) 

Who made for you earth like a carpet spread out, and has opened roads therein, and has sent down water from the sky? With it have We produced diverse pairs of plants, each separate from the other” (20:53)

Glory be to Allah, Who created in pairs all things that the earth produces ” (36:36).

Centuries before Botanists knew of plant genders, the Quran made it known. How could Muhammad have had this information if he wasn’t inspired by God?

These verses are quite revealing, though not in the way Muslims suppose.

Sura 13:3 says that Allah “spread out the earth and set thereon mountains” and that the “earth [is] like a carpet spread out” (20:53). This is teaching a flat earth.

It was the belief of Muhammad’s time that the earth was flat. This has been disproved by the Voyages of Discovery and the advent of scientific instruments.

Sura 13:3 speaks of “fruits of every kind He made in pairs.” This is wrong. Fruit do not have male and female sexes! One doesn’t even need to be a scientist to know this.

Sura 20:53 also speaks of “diverse pairs of plants” made. This is untrue; many plant species reproduce asexually.

Sura 36:36 is totally false. The lizard Cnemidophoras reproduces asexually. All members of the Monera kingdom reproduce asexually. Higher fungi (Fungi imperfecti), as well as various plants and single-celled organisms also reproduce asexually. Why did Allah not know these facts?

You see, Muhammad was a good observer, but he wasn’t all-knowing. These blunders (ironically presented as “scientific miracles”) actually prove that the Quran is entirely man-made.

How Influential was Muhammad?

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Prophet Muhammad’s greatness needs to be examined

Ever since Michael Hart ranked Prophet Muhammad as the most influential figure in his 1978’s book, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, he has been over quoted.

It doesn’t matter that Mr. Hart is an astrophysicist, not a historian; or that he is a xenophobe who loathes Muslim immigration to the West, his ranking is the needed horse and Muslim apologists must ride it to death.

Interestingly, they substitute the term “influential” with “greatest” when quoting Hart. Never mind, these guys are experts at polishing brass into silver.

Did they check up the meaning of “influential” before canonizing Mr Hart as a crypto-Muslim historian?

The word “influential” means: “exerting or possessing influence” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary)

It means “having a lot of influence on someone or something” (Cambridge English Learners Dictionary)

It also means “someone or something that has an impact on or shapes how people act or how things occur” (The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language)

That a person is “influential” doesn’t mean he is “great.” A person can be negatively or positively influential. Hitler was ranked the most influential by TIME magazine, that doesn’t make him great.

Aleister Crowley was ranked the most influential man of the 20th century, but he was a rabid Satanist.

Osama Bin Laden was ranked by St. Petersburg Times as the most influential man of the decade. Does that make him a saint? No.

Granted, Muhammad was influential, but was his influence a positive or a negative one? That is the real question. To answer this, one needs to look at the regions most influenced by him. This is what this piece intends to do.

1. Studies have shown that Muslim majority countries like Pakistan or Jordan are less economically stable than minority Muslim countries like India or Israel.

In the UK, Muslims have the highest drop out rate and lack of qualifications of any religion. They also have the highest male and female unemployment rate.

In Ireland, Muslims have the highest unemployment rate.

In Belgium, Moroccans and Turks have a five times higher unemployment rate of the native population.

In Australia, Muslims have twice the unemployment rate of non-Muslims and 40% of their children live below the poverty line. The typical Muslim cry, “racism,” won’t cut it since Islam is not a race.

When Mitt Romney said in 2012 that the GDP differences between Israel and Palestine reflects a contrast of values, it blew the cap off the heads of the Palestinians who roared back that the GDP gap was due to oppression, checkpoints and blockades.

If this was true, why then was Israel’s GDP at the time higher than oil-rich Saudi Arabia by 13 places? There are no Israeli check points in Saudi Arabia, yet in spite of being an oil-rich country, it was behind Israel.

In Israel, while 56% Jewish women and 52% Christian women are in the workforce, only 19% of Muslim women and 59% Muslim men are officially part of the workforce.

This probably accounts for an average Israeli family earning double the income of the average Arab family. This is not racism, this is Islamism.

When Muslim fail in the West bank, they blame Israeli check point. When they fail in Australia or Europe, they blame racism. But when they fail in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, who is to blame?

The point is this: responsibility is a missing element in Islam. This religion inculcates irresponsibility into its victims. Muslims are not taught to take responsibility for their actions but to shift blames.

Blaming one’s failures on someone else is a slavish mentality. It shows itself each time there is a Muslim terrorist attack and Muslims quickly rush to position themselves as victims rather than dealing with the violence in their midst; it’s a cheaper way to live.

They got this from Muhammad and it has affected their economic life as well.

2. The Quran says: “No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in decree before We [Allah] bring it into existence…” (Sura 57:22).

In fact, “no soul can believe [in Islam] except by the permission of Allah” (Sura 10:100).

This fatalistic principle is adhered to mostly by the Asharites and Hanibal Muslims. An opposite school of thought – the Maturidis and Mutazilites – cite Quranic verses about human free will instead of blaming Allah for every misfortune. Notwithstanding, this fatalistic ideology is more entrenched in Islamic thinking.

When a crane collapsed and killed 118 and injured 400 Muslim pilgrims in September 2015, the first response was: “It was an act of God.”

When 1,420 people died in a stampede due to poor ventilation in 1990, the Saudi king at the time, Fahd bin Abdulaziz, said “It was God’s will, which is above everything … It was fate.”

When Muslims slaughtered Christians in Northern Nigeria in 1991, the president of the country then (Ibrahim Babangida) said “It has been ordained by God that these things will happen.”

This narrative is repeated every time there is an epidemic, a terrorist attack, a collapsed building or natural disaster where human lives are lost. Muslims just shrug their shoulders and say their line: “It is Allah’s will” and go back to their beds.

This explains why even with the oil money, most Islamic nations have no welfare or social safety net for the poor, the handicapped or the elderly.

If you have an accident and can’t work again, it’s Allah’s will, pick up a pan and become a street beggar. If a woman’s husband dies or divorces her, Allahu akbar! If she is pretty or young enough, she could still get taken by some rich old man, otherwise, pan handling and suicide are the options left.

In a map showing top ten richest Islamic nations, not one of them gives foreign aid to disaster-stricken countries. It’s understandable. Why muster charity for others when Allah has decreed their misfortunes?

“In these codes,” writes Mustafa Akyol in the New York Times, “human free will is easily sacrificed to fatalism, science and reason are trivialized, and philosophy is frowned upon. Consequently, ‘God’s will’ becomes an easy cover for intellectual laziness, lack of planning and irresponsibility.”

3. Muhammad’s low view of women echoes all through the teachings of Islam. He said:

“Bad omen is in the women, the house and the horse… after me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women” (Bukhari 7:30).

Speaking to a group of women, he said “I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you” (Bukhari 2:541).

Hence, the more Islamic a region is, the more women are abused and relegated to the backroom.

In Mauritania, more than 1,800 domestic violence against women have been reported.

In Gaza, 51% women suffered the same in 2011 alone.

In Algeria, Yemen, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, there are no laws against marital rape.

In Palestinian territories, only 17% of women are employed despite a literacy rate of 93%.

In the UAE, 14% of women are in the total work force.

A UNICEF report shows that 12.1 million women are subjected to female genital mutilation in Sudan. In Syria, over 4,000 cases of rape and sexual mutilation have been reported.

In Lebanon, there are no laws against sexual harassment of women.

Northern Nigeria has one of the highest rates of child marriage (rape) in the world. Is this a blessing to the human race or a curse? You figure that out.

In Saudi Arabia – the cradle of Islam – women can’t drive a car because it would “undermine social values.”

It wasn’t until late 2014 that the ban on women voting or holding a public office was lifted by their king. Yet, Saudi women can’t open a bank account, leave their homes or even travel without a male guardian (mahram).

In a certain case, a teenager who was gang raped was punished more than her rapists because she didn’t have a mahram with her when she was violated. Saudi women can’t wear make-ups, go for a swim or try on clothes when shopping (The Week UK, Dec., 14, 2015).

Saudi banks, offices and universities have different entrances for men and women. Yes, men and women who mix in public will face criminal charges.

Their public transportation, parks, beaches and amusement parks also have separate places for both genders.

Muslims tell us they need to hide their women behind a dark screen because they are “precious,” but we all know the moral economy behind such injunctions – asymmetrical gender relations – a culture that punishes women harshly but gives men a pass when it comes to sex.

4. Islamic ideology is a travesty of justice, intelligence and civilization. Little wonder majority Muslim countries have less than 600 universities for 1.4 billion people.

The United States has 5,785. While the US has over 1.1 million scientists, the Muslim world has produced only 300,000 that can be called “scientists.”

In the last 105 years, 1.4 billion Muslims have produced only 8 Nobel Laureates. One of them, Naguid Mahfuz, had his novel banned in Egypt and was stabbed in the neck by another Muslim for “heresy.”

It’s a known fact that Muslims have a high rate of illiteracy, perhaps a consequence of following an illiterate hero. No, this is not the fault of the Jews or America, it is Islam. It keeps people ignorant, unproductive and lazy. It fills the minds of intelligent youths with fiqh, Sharia, the arts of defecation, copulation and urination until their mind regresses into 7th century ideologies.

Sura 5:41 says “As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hand: a punishment by way of example from Allah…”

The Encyclopedia of Islam informs us that amputating the hands of thieves was introduced into Arabia by a pagan named Walib bin Mughirah.

Indeed, ancient societies maimed criminals as punishment because they didn’t have prisons or reform schools where criminals could be held or morally modified to become useful to the society.

Allah’s law of amputating hands has outlived its usefulness; today people are no longer stigmatised for having a cut hand, since some health or accident problems could warrant amputation. Muhammad and his Allah couldn’t see beyond their time.

Also, there are different forms of theft today – with the pen, credit cards and the Internet – which are more sophisticated to detect. How can amputating hands deal with these since one might not necessarily need a hand to carry them out?

Aside from the use of prosthetics, a person without limbs can still steal, whether by aiding and abetting theft or organizing a gang of thieves with his speech.

Amputation changes nothing because stealing comes from the heart (Mark 7:21-23). When a person is regenerated and becomes “a new creature” in Christ, rather than stealing, he would find fulfillment in “working with his hands” and giving to others (2 Cor 5:7, Eph 4:28). Even in the Old Testament, the punishment for theft was not amputation, but returning what was stolen in folds.

That Muhammad couldn’t deal with sin in a relevant or wise way proves that he was negatively influential to mankind.

The Quran tells us: “Travel in the land and see the end of those who rejected the Truth [Islam]” (Sura 16:11).

Ah, yes, but today we see the lands of these rejecters of Islam flourishing in milk and honey while the lands of the accepters are lined with starving beggars, torn apart by wars and troubled by pestilence.

We see many Muslims fleeing decades of the hardships and backwaters in their own countries to study, shop and seek medical care in kafirland – and in some cases, indulge their base instincts in the pubs and strip clubs.

Evidently, Muhammad’s influence on mankind has been more devastating than the influence of AIDS, Cholera, Nazism or any other biological and social plague.

The extent to which a region holds to his teachings is the extent to which human lives are cheap, dictatorship thrives, barbarity lives, women are abused and violence is prevalent.

These are the bad fruitage Jesus warned us to look out for. We therefore reject Muhammad and his Islam (Matthew 5:18).